Princeton University Library South Asian Ephemera Collection UAF

Fellowship Description

The University Administrative Fellow will focus on the digital collection of South Asian Ephemera (SAE) at Princeton University Library and will undertake an inter-institutional review of South Asia-related ephemera holdings in universities and archives across North America and elsewhere, as time allows. The project will provide an important foundation for collaborative collection building for the digital collection and will likely cast light on a number of collections that are currently hidden or undiscoverable due to lack of processing.

The fellow will research available finding aids, as well as conduct interviews as needed, in order to identify what is and is not available and of high research value. This research is an important step in strategic planning for SAE and is an excellent opportunity to gain professional library experience by deploying research skills developed through a PhD program to a different work environment. The fellow may also explore whether digital scholarship technologies can support the research process.

UAF Mentor

Ellen Ambrosone
South Asian Studies Librarian

Ellen Ambrosone joined Princeton University Library as the South Asian Studies Librarian in 2019. She has a Ph.D. in South Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago, where she completed her dissertation, "Making Modern Malayalam: Literary and Educational Practices in Nineteenth-Century Kerala." Ellen has…

Current and Former Princeton University Library Fellows

Annemarie Iker, GS, ART
University Administrative Fellow

"Over a single semester, I had the opportunity to learn about different divisions in academic libraries, from scholarly collections and research services to special collections and information technology... Now, because of the University Administrative Fellowship, I have a much better sense of day-to-day work in research libraries and of ongoing developments in librarianship."

Lisa Kraege, GS, ENG
University Administrative Fellow

"I'm a University Administrative Fellow with the Research Services department at the Library. I'm excited to learn about the inner workings of the library and how the librarians work with scholars and students to further their own work. I was drawn to the UAF program precisely because it offers the chance to combine professional experience with academic experience--it's really geared towards students."

Deborah Schlein *19, NES
Near Eastern Studies Librarian, Princeton University Library
Mentor, GradFUTURES Graduate Alum Mentorship Program
University Administrative Fellow Alum

"As a graduate student I was a University Administrative Fellow in Special Collections at the University Library. As an alum and now a staff member at Princeton, I serve as a GradFUTURES mentor to graduate students. My connections with GradFUTURES came about because I was looking for a space where I could learn and grow my interests in seeking a job outside of the professor track. GradFUTURES offers this and more to its graduate students."