Amal Ismail: Although my major is in the physical sciences, I had a deep interest in getting involved in research in the field of religious studies during my undergraduate years because of my minor in Interfaith Leadership Studies. This led me to ask my New Testament Professor, Dr. Richard Newton if he had any research opportunities for the summer or semester. Although digital curation was not the first thing that came to my mind when I thought of research in religious studies, I am very grateful for my participation in this project. I encourage all undergrad students looking for research opportunities to speak to faculty at their academic institutions so their interests are known. I don't think I would have ever been able to participate in something like this unless I approached Professor about my interest. I have gained an incredible amount of skills and knowledge that I will be able to use for the rest of my undergraduate career and beyond.
Hannah Ciocco: Ever since I was a first-year student at Elizabethtown College, I knew that I wanted to be a part of a larger project that would benefit others. Being a part of the digital curation of the Puffenberger Collection of Religious Artifacts has provided me with the opportunity to create something that will benefit Elizabethtown College and beyond. Additionally, I am very grateful for the opportunity to handle artifacts and use advanced technologies in order to catalog and establish the collection online. My future plans include becoming a museum curator, and this project has provided me with hands-on experience that I would have not otherwise received. Throughout the project, I have gained a friend and skills that will be important to me well into the future.
Podcast: Throughout the duration of this project, Hannah and Amal recorded a few podcasts expressing their thoughts, opinions, struggles, and feelings as they were creating the Digital Collection of Religious Artifacts.
The creation of the William V. Puffenberger Digital Collection of Religious Artifacts could not have been possible without the help of these resources.
Website: Omeka.net, Wordpress
Videos: Youtube.com, iMovie
Photos: Google Photos
Communication: Microsoft Teams
Podcast: Soundcloud.com, Garageband
Code: HTML, CSS, embedresponsively.com
Links: High Library, sacredtexts.com