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Cultivating Partnerships in Digital Humanities (Free Online Presentation)

  • 1.  Cultivating Partnerships in Digital Humanities (Free Online Presentation)

    Posted Oct 21, 2022 11:18 AM

    FREE Online Presentation: Cultivating Partnerships in Digital Humanities: Strategies, Tips, and Lessons Learned
    Presented by Max Evjen, Sharon Ladenson, Kristen Mapes, Amanda Tickner; all at Michigan State University

    Monday, November 14th 2022, 1pm-2pm CT
    Register here
    Sponsored by the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee

    How can librarians collaborate effectively to promote cross-disciplinary scholarship and teaching in digital humanities? What are examples of spaces, activities, and programs developed cooperatively by librarians and digital humanities colleagues?  What are strategies for cultivating meaningful partnerships to advance interdisciplinary work? How can librarians and digital humanities colleagues work together to develop and promote cross-campus conversations among scholars in the humanities and social sciences?

    This session will include a panel discussion exploring partnerships between the library and digital humanities (DH) colleagues at Michigan State University (MSU). The panelists will describe collaborative work in developing spaces, programs, outreach, and events to connect scholars from across campus engaging in digital scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Through exploring background on programs and initiatives, such as interdisciplinary programming developed by the DH@MSU Engagement & Outreach Committee, and the Graduate Arts Fellowship program, panelists will also share key takeaways and lessons learned for effective collaboration.

    Building on the knowledge and experiences of attendees, this interactive session will include discussion-based activities to facilitate sharing strategies, practices, and further lessons learned for cultivating and nurturing productive partnerships to promote digital scholarship research and teaching. Participants will gain ideas and collaborative techniques for facilitating cross-campus connections to advance interdisciplinary teaching and inquiry.


    Max Evjen, Digital Humanities Coordinator, Michigan State University

    Max Evjen works at MSU as Faculty in the Department of Theatre, where he teaches Site-Specific Performance and is core faculty in the Arts, Cultural Management & Museum Studies program, where he teaches Introduction to Arts & Cultural Management, Learning in Museums, and Museums, Arts, & Culture in the Digital Future.  He is also Digital Humanities Coordinator in the Digital Humanities program. He has more than 15 years of experience in arts & cultural management and informal science learning. More information at

    Sharon Ladenson, Gender and Communication Studies Librarian, Michigan State University

    Sharon Ladenson is Gender and Communication Studies Librarian and Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Education at the Michigan State University (MSU) Libraries. As an active collaborator, she has served on the MSU Digital Humanities Engagement & Outreach Committee, and as a co-editor (with Jenny Brandon and Kelly Sattler) of the 2018 Library Juice Press book, We Can Do IT: Women in Library Information Technology. Sharon currently serves as incoming convener of the ACRL Contemplative Pedagogy Interest Group and recently served as chair of the ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section.

    Kristen Mapes, Assistant Director of Digital Humanities, Michigan State University

    Kristen Mapes works with faculty and students to run the Digital Humanities program and community at MSU. She teaches courses in Digital Humanities to undergraduates (Intro to DH) and graduates (DH Pedagogy) as well as a DH focused study abroad program to the UK (Technology, Humanities, and the Arts). Her background is as a librarian, and she has most recently served on the ACRL Digital Scholarship Section’s EDI Committee and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section’s Diversity Committee. Her work can be found at

    Amanda Tickner, GIS Librarian, Michigan State University

    Amanda Tickner is the GIS and Makerspace Librarian at Michigan State University Libraries. She has taught an undergraduate seminar in Digital Humanities, regularly teaches workshops on a variety of digital research methods and assists classes with using the 360 immersive display in the library’s Digital Scholarship Lab. In 2019-2021 she served on the ACRL Digital Scholarship section Steering committee as an elected Member at Large. She has also served on a variety of Digital Humanities related committees at MSU, including the MSU Digital Humanities Engagement & Outreach Committee.  

    This free presentation is sponsored by the ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee. It will take place on Monday, November 14th 1pm-2pm CT via Zoom. Register here: 

    If you can’t make this session but wish to view a recording later, please register so that you’ll receive an email that includes a link to the video of the presentation.

    Please direct questions and concerns to Andrea Wright (, or Samantha Harlow (, chairs of the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee. A full list of the committee’s past and future programs are available here

    Amber Wessies
    Instruction Librarian
    Union University