Mike Zarafonetis is the Coordinator of Digital Scholarship and Research Services for Haverford College Libraries. Along with a wide range of collaborators in and beyond the library, he supports the critical application of technology to research, teaching, and learning for all library users. He's particularly interested in helping Haverford faculty and students ask new kinds of questions through the application of digital tools, and in engaging new community partners on and beyond our campus. Since joining the college in 2011 he has supported faculty- and student-produced digital scholarship, worked closely with Quaker & Special Collections on digital projects and exhibit curation, and helped create co-curricular learning opportunities including internships and fellowships for students in the libraries. He's helped build partnerships between Haverford Libraries and communities around the world, including indigenous language activists in Mexico as part of the Ticha project, human rights activists with the Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo in Guatemala as part of the GAM Digital Archive project, and the Scattergood Foundation as part of the Quakers and Mental Health project. He also works with colleagues at Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore to create learning opportunities in DS tools and methods across the Trico campuses as part of the Trico Libraries Digital Scholarship Group.
On most days, you can find him in Lutnick Library with his dog Tess, who is always available for a walk around campus to anyone who wants some time with a furry companion. Born and raised in West Michigan, Mike calls it "pop" instead of "soda" and may launch into spontaneous conversation about Bell's beer or lake effect snow. He will also happily talk at length about the "Russian Five" and the great Detroit Red Wings teams of the late 1990s.
PhD, History, Auburn University
BA, Computer Science, Kalamazoo College