ACRL Digital Humanities Interest Group Community
Webinar Program Now Available --- Engaging the Digital Humanities: Collaborating throughout the Research Lifecycleby Thomas Padilla on Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 09:10 am
The webinar program is now available for, "Engaging the Digital Humanities: Collaborating throughout the Research Lifecycle." We have a great series of presentations lined up and look forward to learning about how our peers are engaging the Digital Humanities on their campuses.
Fostering Community through Grassroots DH at Mississippi State University
Hillary Richardson and Nickoal Eichmann
Mississippi State University Libraries
How does a group of graduate and undergraduate students, history faculty, and research librarians, who are not beholden to assignment deadlines, grades, or even degree requirements, form a project team for civil rights digital scholarship? Miriam Posner, esteemed digital humanist and blog writer, has written, “For me, community happens when people are genuinely invested in seeing each other succeed. This doesn’t happen by being nice to each other--although there’s nothing wrong with that, per se--but by recognizing and rewarding other people’s work” (2014, “Here and There,” miriamposner.com/blog/here-and-there-creating-dh-community/). This sentiment, combined with a collective passion for the subject matter, served as the glue that held together the team responsible for “‘A Shaky Truce’: Starkville Civil Rights Struggles, 1960-1980” (starkvillecivilrights.msstate.edu). This project, a digital history website, features oral history interviews from locals who share stories of desegregation and integration in Starkville, MS during the late 60s and early 70s. To contextualize these stories, the project used archives in the Mississippi State University (MSU) Libraries and donated personal collections to provide tools for researchers and teachers. The project team has spent just under 2 years (and counting) developing a site that bridges town-and-gown, and tells a unique story unlike the narrative of Civil Rights History that is normally taught in Mississippi or Civil Rights history classes.
In this presentation, we plan to address a) the different stages of our project, b) DH skills needed, and c) collaboration within the library and externally in order to build “A Shaky Truce.” We will discuss how librarians were able to get buy-in from busy undergraduates, teaching and dissertating graduate students, and over-worked faculty (on sabbatical!) who had no previous experience with DH projects. Though not committed in a traditional sense (e.g. enrolled in a course with this as a final project, doing this research for a thesis, etc.), we were able to corral 11 people to conduct original research, try out various digital tools, and experiment with website design, effectively serving as project managers for this hodgepodge group of constituents. In addition to highlighting the digital tools for the site (e.g. WordPress, OHMS, TimelineJS), we will also discuss how we leveraged institutional and community resources to grow our project community beyond our university walls.
Carlos Montezuma’s Wassaja Newsletter: Access, Engagement, and Collaboration
Arizona State University Libraries
In 2014/2015 Arizona State University (ASU) Libraries, the Labriola National American Indian Data Center, and the ASU American Indian Studies Department completed an ASU Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) seed grant entitled “Carlos Montezuma’s Wassaja Newsletter: Digitization, Access and Context” to digitize all ASU held issues of the newsletter Wassaja Freedom’s Signal for the Indian, which Yavapai activist-intellectual Carlos Montezuma, MD (1866-1923) self-published during 1916-1922. The grant team additionally selected a portion of the ASU Libraries Carlos Montezuma archival collection for digitization to provide a more complete picture of Dr. Carlos Montezuma’s life and work. The ASU grant team produced a searchable online collection on the ASU Digital Repository and created an online exhibition in conjunction with the IHR Nexus Lab’s Developing Wassaja Project. The Nexus Lab’s role at ASU is to grow the digital humanities through interdisciplinary collaborations bringing together humanities, science, and technology. The Nexus Lab partnered with the grant team to create the Developing Wassaja Project which provided an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students at ASU to engage in electronic publication through web application development.
The resulting web platform Wassaja: A Carlos Montezuma Project http://wassaja.lib.asu.edu/ provides context for this digitized collection and facilitates community interaction, including a partnership with Dr. Montezuma’s home community the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. In this webcast Digital Projects Librarian Matthew Harp , Developing Wassaja Project team member Joe Buenker (subject librarian), and grant team member Joyce Martin (librarian and curator of the Labriola National American Indian Data Center) will discuss and demonstrate the resources created and the resulting partnership with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. The webcast will focus on identifying collaborators and needed skills to engage in Digital Humanities research and on identifying the stages of a collaborative project. Participants will gain insight on working directly with diverse communities; overcoming technical limitations of traditional institutional repositories; collaborative strategies with faculty, research centers, and cultural heritage societies; solutions for moving hidden collections into an engaging digital exhibition; integrating digital humanities research and instruction with library curation; and preparing for long term costs and management issues.
Digital Humanities Un-Centered: Engaging Your Campus Networks to Support Scholarship and Teaching
How can you build upon existing relationships in order to support digital humanities on your campus? You and your library already have networks with colleagues across campus and throughout the global scholarly community. This interactive presentation will give you a set of strategies to utilize pre-existing partnerships in order to support and foster scholarship, research, and learning through DH projects, programs, and events. This collaborative model can help librarians, faculty, IT professionals, and students work together and with their colleagues, with or without a digital humanities center.
While institutions that have digital humanities centers benefit from -- and indeed, function precisely because of -- the collaboration of librarians with faculty and staff across campus, not all institutions have the resources to organize their services in this way. This opens a space in which cross-campus relationships can function as an “uncenter”; that is, we can provide services and build a community of practice at institutions that either don’t have digital humanities centers, or lack centralized leadership initiatives to build and sustain them.
Librarians and their colleagues can do the following to build an “uncentered” digital humanities community on campus: form partnerships with specific faculty who already have demonstrated interests in digital humanities; strengthen relationships with administrators and leadership; organize social events and offer hands-on workshops, scholarly lectures, and faculty presentations; consolidate a community on campus through outreach about projects and events; and, finally, connect to the broader scholarly community by utilizing social media and hosting regional gatherings.
ACRL E-Learning Webcast CFP
Engaging the Digital Humanities: Collaborating throughout the Research Lifecycle
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Central time
Proposal Deadline: Friday, February 12, 2016
The Digital Humanities Interest Group and the Digital Curation Interest Group invite presentation proposals that speak to the theme of “Engaging the Digital Humanities: Collaborating throughout the Research Lifecycle.” The selected presentations will be featured during our ACRL E-Learning Webcast on March 23.
Librarians are playing ever more integral roles in the Digital Humanities research lifecycle. Librarians contribute concretely to the conception, development, dissemination, preservation, and curation of digital humanities research. These activities often require collaborations between librarians working in a diverse range of roles including but not limited to subject liaisons, digital humanities and digital scholarship librarians, metadata librarians, and digital curation librarians.
We invite presentation proposals based on first-hand experiences dealing with a wide array of data formats, tools, methods, and digital platforms utilized in Digital Humanities research, and placed in the context of the latest research literature. By focusing discussion on practical challenges and solutions, it is our hope that your presentations will provide the library community with strategies that can be cross-purposed to a wide range of institutional contexts.
When crafting your proposal, please consider focusing on one or more of these learning outcomes:
Participants will learn how to identify the stages of a Digital Humanities research project in order to better collaborate with researchers.
Participants will learn about the use of data in Digital Humanities research in order to identify data curation needs.
Participants will learn how to identify the skills they need to engage in Digital Humanities research.
Participants will learn how to identify Digital Humanities research collaborators in the library.
Proposals should be no longer than 400 words, and can be submitted here:
Proposal submission form: bit.ly/dhlifecycle
Proposals are due on February 12, 2016.
Notice of acceptance will be sent by February 17, 2016.
If you have questions, please contact Thomas Padilla at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Padilla, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Michigan State University
Harriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Suzanna Conrad, Head of Digital Services & Technology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Brianna Marshall, Digital Curation Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Fostering Digital Humanities Community On Campus and Beyond
(ALA MW DHIG Meeting)
Time: 4:30 - 5:30
Location: Westin Copley Place, Essex Center Room
The ALA Midwinter Digital Humanities Interest Group (DHIG) meeting will consist of a series of short talks from Amanda Rust (Northeastern University), Caro Pinto (Mount Holyoke College), and Vika Zafrin (Boston University) that explore Fostering Digital Humanities Community On Campus and Beyond. Collectively our three speakers represent depth of experience growing the digital humanities within the library, outside the library, across the Boston area, and beyond.
Please see below for speaker bios and talk descriptions.
Look forward to seeing you all!
Amanda Rust is currently the Assistant Director of the Digital Scholarship Group in the Northeastern University Library. Her work focuses on library services for the digital humanities and archives as well as library-community engagement broadly speaking. She holds office in the Literatures in English Section of ACRL, a national forum for literature librarians, and has presented or written on topics like information literacy and instruction, Drupal and website design, theatre archives, library special collections and Wikipedia, and the digital humanities.
Amanda will talk about her experience in DH in the Boston area, which is perhaps unique in having an extraordinary density of institutions of higher education, where most of those institutions are private and accustomed to going their own way. She will talk about DH collaboration at Northeastern as well as how BostonDH has fit into the work that Northeastern does. She will also discuss how BostonDH events have helped shape her career and network of colleagues, how BostonDH has or has not fit into existing library consortia, and the eternal problem of sustainability within volunteer organizations.
Caro Pinto is a Librarian and Instructional Technology Liaison at Mount Holyoke College where she works at the intersections of special collections, instructional technology, and libraries that leads to dh adventures with undergraduates. She serves on the Five College Digital Humanities Steering Committee (5CDH). Pinto is also a review editor for dh+lib. Her essay, “Construction and Disruption: Building Communities of Practice, Queering Subject Liaisons.” appeared in Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists last spring.
Undergraduate engagement is a major initiative at 5CDH. From J-Term classes to microgrants to student fellowship to the post-bac residency, 5CDH is creating an active pipeline of practitioners and critics. 5CDH is fostering a new generation of dh practitioners who actively collaborate, interrogate the technology, and ask engaging questions. Caro Pinto will talk about those efforts to integrate students into existing projects and how 5CDH creates a culture of collaboration among technologists, faculty, students, librarians, and post-bacs.
Vika Zafrin has been Boston University's Institutional Repository Librarian since 2010. She supports BU researchers doing digital humanities and social sciences work, and advocates for a formal infrastructure to support DH at the university. Zafrin has been involved with the Boston DH Consortium since its inception, and with the Association for Computers and the Humanities since 2012. She holds a PhD in Humanities Computing from Brown.
In my talk, I will discuss how my digital humanities advocacy work at Boston University informed, and has been informed by, my participation as an instructor in the 2013 Boston DH Consortium's Introduction to DH Faculty Retreat. I will share what I know of how the Consortium got its start, as well as some about its evolution over time. I will reflect on the campus advocacy experience at a large research university, and give a short report on where the BU Libraries are planning to take their nascent support for DH work.
I have an idea for a program proposal for this call (http://connect.ala.org/node/244108) and was wondering if anyone would be interested in joining me. As of September 28, I will be the Assistant Director for Digital Learning Initiatives at my library. Among other responsibilities, this job will include working with the DH community on campus and statewide. My idea is to present a program/panel about what DH and digital learning jobs in libraries are like, and probably how they're not necessarily alike from institution to institution.
What training and education do we have? What services do we provide? What departments do we most work with and what types of projects do we work on? How do we collaborate with subject liaison librarians? How do we keep up-to-date with the constantly evolving and expanding number of tools, applications, etc. available to the digital humanist? How do we assess the impact of our efforts? These are just a few examples of the questions we could address.
If you're interested in this idea, please respond as soon as possible since the proposal deadline is September 1.
Barbara Lewis, MLS
Coordinator, Digital Initiatives & Services
University of South Florida / Tampa Library
4202 East Fowler Avenue, LIB 122
Tampa, FL 33620-5400
office: (813) 974-4040
fax: (813) 974-5153
The meeting will feature two groups of speakers followed by a 15 minute business meeting.
Our first group of speakers will be Arianne Hartsell-Gundy (Head of the Humanities Section & Librarian for Literature and Theater Studies, Duke University) Laura Braunstein (Digital Humanities and English Librarian, Dartmouth College), and Liorah Golomb (Associate Professor and Humanities Librarian, University of Oklahoma). Our second speaker is Justin Schell (CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow, Digital Arts Sciences + Humanities, University of Minnesota).
Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Laura Braunstein, and Liorah Golomb are co-editors of the recently published book, Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists. In their talk, “DH in the Library: What’s Missing, What’s Next?,” the three will discuss the book, describe additional case studies and projects, and facilitate a discussion on further collaborations among DH communities of practice.
Justin Schell will discuss the foundation and continued work of Digital Arts Sciences + Humanities, or DASH, at the University of Minnesota Libraries. DASH is a cross-disciplinary project from the University of Minnesota Libraries organized around emerging digital tools and methodologies for scholarly, pedagogical, and artistic projects. Through projects ranging across research projects, the classroom, and exploratory projects internal to the Libraries, Justin will articulate how DASH attempts to provide a low-barrier to these emerging digital tools and methodologies and connect often disparate communities of practice, both within and across the disciplines.
The last 15 minutes will be used for the business meeting.
Finding Your Role: The Subject Specialist and Digital Humanities
June 11, 2015
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Description: During this webcast the co-editors of Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists will discuss their recent book, give tips and suggestions for subject specialists interested in working with digital humanities projects, and give details on several case studies covered in the book. The interactive webcast will consider the following:
- What do you think the role of the subject specialist is in supporting digital humanities?
- Do you feel comfortable working with faculty on digital humanities projects? What kinds of training and support would you need to feel more comfortable?
- How can subject specialists work together with other librarians and staff? (i.e. IT specialists, digital humanities librarians, archivists, etc.)
- If you have worked on a digital humanities project, how have you balanced your time? How do you manage learning new skills, working on special projects, and doing the traditional work of the subject specialist? How can we engage/support students in digital projects?
- Participants will be introduced to ways in which they can initiate, join, or improve subject liaison collaboration on DH projects.
- Participants will share strategies for developing and contributing to DH communities of practice at their institutions.
- Participants will have an opportunity to discuss challenges they are facing in gaining skills used in DH scholarship.
Presenters: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy is the Head, Humanities Section and Librarian for Literature and Theater Studies at Duke University. She has a Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University. Her research interests include information literacy, graduate student pedagogy, collection analysis, and digital humanities, and she is the co-author of the forthcoming Literary Research and British Postmodernism: Strategies and Sources.
Laura R. Braunstein is the Digital Humanities and English Librarian at Dartmouth College. She has a doctorate in English from Northwestern University, where she taught writing and literature classes. She has worked as an index editor for the MLA International Bibliography, and serves as a consultant for the Schulz Library at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. Her research interests include collaborative learning, using archival materials in teaching, and the impact of the digital humanities on teaching and learning.
Liorah Golomb is the Humanities Librarian at the University of Oklahoma. She holds a doctorate in Drama from the University of Toronto and earned her MLIS at Pratt Institute. She has published several articles and chapters both within and outside of the field of librarianship, and is a co-author of Literary Research and Postcolonial Literatures in English: Sources and Strategies (Scarecrow Press, 2012).
Complete details including registration materials are online at http://www.ala.org/acrl/findingyourrole.
If you have a question about an e-Learning opportunity or need technical assistance, please contact Margot Conahan (email@example.com).
The University of South Florida Tampa Library is seeking a coordinator to connect and expand our role in a (frankly exciting) new DH community taking form on campus. It's a great position; salary negotiable.
Please disseminate where appropriate, and send any questions about the application process or life in Tampa to firstname.lastname@example.org
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