Digital Services Production & Development Specialist
Ben Ostermeier graduated with a B.A. in History with a minor in Computer Science and was the first to also receive a minor in Digital Humanities and Social Sciences from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). Ben subsequently served as the technician for the IRIS Center for the Digital Humanities at SIUE, supporting digital scholarship projects created by students and faculty at the university. Through this work, he developed an interest in developing user-friendly and equitable digital spaces for information retrieval in the humanities, leading him to pursue a Master of Science in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. During that time, Ben also served as a graduate assistant for the Scholarly Commons and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Over the years, Ben has developed or collaborated in several digital scholarship projects, which can be viewed on his personal website at benostermeier.com.