iSchool associate professor teaches at FSU Foundation’s Presidents Club College

Dr. Paul Marty teaches at a class during the FSU Foundation's Presidents Club College.
Dr. Paul Marty (right) teaches a class during the FSU Foundation’s Presidents Club College.

Florida State University School of Information associate professor Paul Marty was one of a select group of faculty members who conducted exclusive classroom sessions at Presidents Club College hosted by the FSU Foundation on April 11.

Marty’s class, “Hackathon 101: Innovating with Information Technology,” was part of the day-long back-to-school event, which provided Presidents Club honorees the opportunity to return to campus and sample a curriculum based on several of the university’s big ideas.

Hackathon 101’s course description read, “No longer do computer programmers sit in front of a blank screen and code from scratch; instead, they ‘hack together’ innovative projects using a variety of tools and systems, many of them free and open source. This highly interactive and hands-on session will introduce participants to one of these tools — an open source content management and web authoring system called Omeka. Participants will use content from FSU’s Heritage Protocol collection to create online, interactive exhibits that explore the history of Florida State University.”

Marty has a background in ancient history and computer science engineering, and he earned his Ph.D. from the graduate school of library and information science at the University of Illinois. His research and teaching interests include museum informatics, information behavior and user-centered design. Marty’s current research focuses on the evolution of sociotechnical systems; the digital convergence of libraries, archives and museums; and the co-construction of distributed, digital knowledge.

Assisted by CCI webmaster Alex Lehner, digital archivist Krystal Thomas, and students from AITP and STARS Alliance, participants spent the 75-minute course building a website to document their time as students at FSU, which you can find online at

Undergraduate students from the iSchool that assisted Dr. Marty were: Russ Hill, Luisa Laitano, Maria Arjona, Milton Ramer, Michael Helfrich, Marissa Monovis, and Sarah Yasi.  They were joined by  Ph.D. student Rienne Saludo.

The FSU Foundation’s Presidents Club recognizes the university’s most generous donors—individuals, families, corporations and foundations—whose support, dedication and vision make positive things happen in our community, our state and beyond.