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Leah Weinryb Grohsgal

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Leah Weinryb Grohsgal is a Senior Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities and Coordinator of the National Digital Newspaper Program, an open access digital project that includes partnership with the Library of Congress as well as libraries and archives in 43 states and one territory. The NDNP makes America’s historic newspapers available to the public, providing content and tools that are widely accessible and free to use. She recently introduced and administered the NEH Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers Data Challenge to demonstrate the potential for using the open data found in Chronicling America, highlighting the ways in which open information and collaborative software development improve research methods and foster the public good.

Before coming to the NEH, she worked as the Digital Repository Coordinator for the Libraries at Emory University, managing the project of creating an open access digital repository of faculty scholarship. She produced an in-depth report on faculty data sharing practices that informed data and repository services offered by the Libraries. Previously, she worked in academic and public libraries including the Berklee College of Music Library, the Tewksbury Public Library, the Haverford College Library, the University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Library, and the Bala Cynwyd Library.

She holds a PhD in History from Emory University, where her research focused on free speech and religious and civil liberties. Her graduate work was supported by awards including a Cromwell Fellowship from the American Society for Legal History and the Cromwell Foundation, an American Historical Association Littleton-Griswold Grant, and a Princeton University Library Research Fellowship. She also served as a graduate research fellow at The James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies. She holds an M.L.I.S. from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science and a B.A. cum laude in history, from Brandeis University.