Hoesley Digital Literacy Program

The Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellows program includes a cohort of juniors and seniors each year. Partially funded by a generous gift from Penn Libraries' Board Member Jim Hoesley and his wife Sandee, and conducted in collaboration with Career Services, the School of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF), the program aims to demystify technology, provide hands-on training and a website building project, and foster career connections. Students can apply via our CURF Listing each March for the following academic year.


This program is designed for juniors and seniors who are not familiar with the technology topics described below. It focuses on building confidence, providing learning strategies and encouraging creative exploration of software and technologies commonly used in the workplace. Comfort and confidence with, and a strong foundation in technology skills can provide a valuable edge in many job and internship searches. Students meet with library staff to plan out personalized programs, and delve deeper into technologies particularly relevant to careers of interest. Since the program provides workshops throughout the academic year, this may not be a good fit for those who plan to study abroad for a semester or more. Attendance at all workshops is a requirement for completion. Students create a professional website, which could include a web portfolio or online resume in preparation for job, internship or graduate school search. Students are selected based on level of interest and match between their needs and planned training.

Hands-on workshops provide 8+ hours of instruction on eight topics:

  1. Digital/information literacy - finding, evaluating, sharing and creating content using technology and online resources
  2. Presentation skills - good design choices, animations, integration
  3. Web design  - basic concepts and templates, what to include on a professional website
  4. Social media, networking, and online identity - creating online personae for professional purposes
  5. Using the Web to enhance your job search - PennLink, researching employers, guidelines for portfolios and resumes (Career Services)
  6. Spreadsheets and data organization - data analysis, importing data, constructing charts and tables
  7. Graphic design and visual literacy - software, design principles, formats
  8. Coding and programming - basic principles, software, and applications


Rachel Brock C'18
Lara Gruering C’18
Yasmine Issah C’18
Ryan Leone C/W'19
Adam Mansell C’18
Brandy Pineda C’19



Kevin Chen C'18
Bryan Tuong Hoang C'17
Jessica Hundly C'17
Pei Lun Hung C'18
Linda (Da) Lin C'18
Talia Moss C'17
Oluchukwu Okonkwo C'17
Lina Qostal C'18
Arjun Subramanyam C'18
Dalia Wolfson C'17

2015 Cohort

Selamawit Bekele C'17
Courtney Bliler C’16
Carolina English C’16
Rolanda Evelyn C’16
Jacquelyn He N/W ‘17
Roshumba Llewellyn C’17
Sofia Amalia Lund C’16
Mabel Oviedo C’16
Andrew Parsons E’17
Divya Ramesh C’16
Sara  Ramirez C’17
Laura Ruiz-Colón C’16
Terrill Warrenburg C’16


Khari Austin-Rawls
Danielle Chuang
Hannah Dardashti
Audrey Harnagel
Jelani Hayes
Robert Hsu
Kimberly Kolor
Jacklyn Kornstein
Thuy Le
Charity Migwi
Stephanie Munoz
Joseph Prado
Ileana Santos-Gonzalez
Wing Tung (Dyana) So



Carolina Angel C'14
Davis Butner C'14
Hua Chen C'15
Debby Chiang C'15
Ann-jie Ching C'15
Annie Guo C'15
Yessenia Gutierrez C'14
Joanne Ho C'15
Joyce Kim C'15
Danielle Landress C'15
Irene Manousiouthakis C'14
Breanna Moore C'15
Brian Mund C'14
Julie Palomba C'14
Rosemary Santos C'14
Mirela Zaneva C'14


Maryam Alireza C'13
Elliott Brooks C'14
Morgan Finkelstein C'13
Afuah Frimpong C'14
William Gilbert C'13
Brittney Joyce C'14
Catherine Kipsang C'13
Marguerite Leone C'13
Samuel Lim E'13 W'13
Chase Merlin C'13
Franco Nilo C'13
Kara Silberthau C'13
Alexis Van Eyken C'14
Stella Ying C'13


2011 Cohort

Emily Blecker C'12
Grisselle DeFrank C'12
Christian De Luna C'12
Chelsea Dommert C'12
Caitlin Dougherty C'13
Michael Gorshein C'12
Meghan Hussey C'12
Marwa Ibrahim C'12
Ross Kelley C'12
Rebecca Rosen C'12
Virginia Senf C'12
Gina Shin C'13
Isabelle Sun C'13
Windy Tam C'13
Mai Chi Abby Tran C'13
Julia Wolfe C'12

2010 Cohort

Anna Elizabeth Adler C'11
Adam Behrens C'11
Rachael Durkin C'11
ChuanKeat Josh Foo C'12
Nitya Kanuri C'12
Mansi Kothari C'12
Ruani Ribe C'12
Morgan Russo C'12
Melissa Rutman C'11
Tayler Sorensen C'11
Linda Wang C'12
Zhicong Wang C/E'11