ACRL Digital Humanities Interest Group Community
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com
Academic Services Librarian
The DHIG meeting will take place Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 4:30-5:30pm CST. It will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers (301 East North Water Street, Chicago, IL 60611) in Ballroom 08. This year, we will try a slightly different format. Wby Zach Coble on Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 11:25 am
The DHIG meeting will take place Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 4:30-5:30pm CST. It will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers (301 East North Water Street, Chicago, IL 60611) in Ballroom 08.
This year, we will be trying a slightly different format. We will have two guest speakers, followed by a short business meeting. We are excited to welcome Margaret Heller, Digital Services Librarian at Loyola University Chicago, and Hannah Scates Kettler, Digital Humanities Librarian at the University of Iowa.
Margaret will discuss the process of creating a digital exhibit corresponding with a physical exhibit of a collection of Edward Gorey artifacts relating to his early life in Chicago and the trajectory of his career. The process of creating this exhibit illustrates some commons threads in library-supported digital humanities projects, including determining intellectual property rights, balance between open and closed access resources, and how to approach boutique projects.
Hannah will discuss the initiative to evaluate the notion of boutique digital exhibits/websites, the attempts at creating modular web components, and faking a fee-for-service model for project development and digital preservation. Using the Fluxus Digital Collection project, during which we collaborated with the Digital Studio for Public Arts and Humanities and an English faculty member to develop an online digital exhibit of avant-garde art objects, and the James Van Allen space data preservation project that culminated in a digital edition, as examples.
We will have a short business meeting following the presentations - all are welcome to stay and participate. Please send any business items to firstname.lastname@example.org.