Madiha Zahrah Choksi is the new Digital Humanities technologist and librarian at the Barnard Library! Madiha was formerly interning at Columbia’s Digital Social Science Center where she instructed Python coding labs, designed 3D printed artifacts for research and scholarship, tested data visualization tools amongst other creative projects. As a technocrat, Madiha focuses on the intersection of information access, excess, and privacy and prioritizes the use and instruction of Open and Free sourced materials. Madiha is dedicated to critically engaging with born digital information, and digital tools and resources in an effort to maintain individual autonomy in an increasingly wired existence. She is excited to encourage critical thinking and research at the Digital Humanities Center by ushering students and faculty into 21st century research models that simultaneously challenge and strengthen existing relationships with information and technology.
Madiha is working towards an M.A. in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University, and holds an M.S. in Information Science and an Honors B.A. in English Literature Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Toronto. Her first day at the library was Monday, July 30th.
We're so glad Madiha is here with us as we launch our new Digital Humanities Center in the Milstein Teaching and Learning Center! Madiha's office is in the DHC on the first floor of Milstein, and she can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.