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2019 GLAM Cross-Pollinator Registration Awards


Museum and library staff face similar challenges in the digital landscape and yet have too few opportunities to come together. For a fourth year, the Digital Library Federation and its partner organizations will support eight registration awards meant to encourage collaboration and conversation about these challenges among our museum and digital library communities.

Four awards were offered to partner-affiliated GLAM professionals to attend the 2019 DLF Forum in Tampa, and in exchange, four DLF-affiliated practitioners will receive complimentary registration at the upcoming conferences of the following partnering organizations: the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), the Museum Computer Network (MCN), and the Visual Resources Association (VRA).

About the GLAM Cross-Pollinator Registration Awards

Building on a program initially supported generous Kress grants in 2015-2017 and with the continuing partnership of the AIC, ARLIS/NA, MCN, and VRA, the Cross-Pollinator program endeavors to build bridges among our communities, bringing new voices and perspectives to our Forum–particularly those from the art museum community–and continuing our efforts at “cross-pollination” by sending accomplished DLF practitioners to valuable conferences they might not otherwise visit.

An award covers the cost of registration at one partner conference and can be applied retroactively for a full refund if payment has already been submitted. Conference dates are as follows:

Awardees’ only obligations to DLF are to fully engage in the conference they attend and write a brief reflection on their experience for the DLF blog.


To be eligible for a GLAM Cross-Pollinator Award, an applicant must be affiliated with a DLF member organization.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to advancing research, learning, social justice, and/or the common good through the creation and/or use of digital library and museum technologies.


Applicants must supply contact information, a resume or C.V., and a personal statement (500 words or less) about how attending the conference of your choice will expand your professional horizons, and what you can contribute in the role of ‘cross-pollinator’.


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Applications for each award will close at 5:00 p.m. pacific time on each of the following dates:

To attend MCN: September 30, 2019

To attend VRA: December 13, 2018

To attend AIC: March 8, 2019

Applicants will be notified of their status within two weeks of the closing date.


Award winners for all opportunities will be selected by CLIR/DLF staff in consultation with partner organizations. You may apply for multiple awards, but preference will be given to applicants who have not yet been a GLAM Cross-Pollinator Fellow.

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RECOMMENDED: Manifesto: A Life on the Hyphen

In their new article in Digital Humanities Quarterly Hélène Huet, Suzan Alteri, and Laurie N. Taylor from the University of Florida reflect on the challenges of engaging in “invisible work and life on the hyphen — between the academy and the library and between the human and the digital.”

“Manifesto: A Life on the Hyphen: Balancing Identities as Librarians, Scholars, and Digital Practitioners” explores the interdisciplinary work of being full-time librarians, fully-fledged scholars and digital humanists. They muse:

“We enjoy our hyphenated lives, and our ability to build bridges between and contribute to fields we love. But we also are tired, overworked and underappreciated, in large part because our split professional identities often fit us nowhere, marking a particular kind of intersection that warrants recognition.”

Their essay is divided into three sections: At the Intersection of Overtaxed and Underevaluated, Splitting Professional Identities, and Realizing the Promise. Like so many digital humanities librarians, they details the numerous demands on their time, noting the difficulties in being perceived as scholarly equals or in performance evaluations.

“Living on the hyphen, we are constantly juggling positionings and identities. When someone asks us what our research is about, we struggle to answer. Do we detail all of the work we do: our research in library science, our area specialty, and digital humanities? Or do we only detail research that will be most relevant to the person with whom we are speaking?”

They conclude their piece with suggestions for faculty and administration that might address some of these challenges, including encouraging visibility and inclusivity in professional venues, revising promotion and tenure guidelines, and pushing for broader cultural change for “librarians-scholars-digital practitioners.”

POST: OCR Now Available in the National Archives Catalog

The National Archives has announced the addition of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) search capabilities to its online catalog. Until now, the catalog was only searchable by a few metadata fields — including title and description — or crowdsourced tags and transcriptions. OCR functionality will improve search across millions of pages, and potentially make findable some of the text that appear in images.

The new OCR engine (build on Tesseract) is applied to records in either JPG or PDF format added since June 2019, but NARA is working to apply OCR processing to older records.

The post includes a sample search experience, and offers a few recently-added collections to try it yourself.

POST: Libraries and Archivists Are Scanning and Uploading Books That Are Secretly in the Public Domain

This Motherboard post by Karl Bode details efforts of archivists, activists, and libraries to vastly expand the number public domain books that are being digitized, with particular emphasis on books published between 1923 and 1964.

“As it currently stands, all books published in the U.S. before 1924 are in the public domain, meaning they’re publicly owned and can be freely used and copied. Books published in 1964 and after are still in copyright, and by law will be for 95 years from their publication date. But a copyright loophole means that up to 75 percent of books published between 1923 to 1964 are secretly in the public domain, meaning they are free to read and copy.”

The New York Public Library is leading the effort to identify appropriate titles, digitize them, and upload them to the Internet Archive. Using Python scripts to automate parts of the process, organizers and volunteers are striving to do this work at scale, including verifying that copyright was not renewed. Volunteers from Project Gutenberg and other organizations “are tasked with locating a copy of the book in question, scanning it, proofing it, then putting out HTML and plain-text editions.”

DH library folks might want to keep an eye on these efforts in order to help faculty and student access a broader range of texts, including computationally-ready plain-text files, to engage in textual analysis and other DH work.

EVENT: Digital Scholarship: Opportunities and Challenges – Registration Open

Hosted by the University at Albany, University Libraries and Binghamton University Libraries, Digital Scholarship: Opportunities and Challenges is a one-day conference that will bring together scholars interested in exploring all aspects of digital scholarship. The conference will showcase new and important digital research projects, explore the potential of new and emerging trends in digital scholarship and investigate the technology, infrastructure, and support needed for effective scholarship. The conference will be held on Friday, October 11 at the University of Albany.

Robert K. Nelson, University of Richmond, will deliver the keynote talk, “Digital Humanities, Digital Scholarship, and Civic Engagement.” Panels and breakout sessions on a range of topics, including “Key Issues involved in creating and disseminating digital scholarship,” “Unlearning Mastery in Digital Scholarship: Labor, Failure, and the Art of Troubleshooting,” and “Digital Scholarship Pedagogy” will follow throughout the day.

Registration ($40, free for students) is now open.

CFP: Digital Initiatives Symposium 2020

University of San Diego’s Copley Library has announced its call for proposals for the Seventh Annual Digital Initiatives Symposium on April 27-28, 2020. Organizers welcome proposals from a wide variety of organizations, including colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, public libraries, special libraries, museums, and other cultural memory institutions. They are especially interested in proposals from international applicants and/or proposals with international perspectives.

Topics include:

  • social justice and open access
  • the future of open access
  • Plan S
  • data management and sharing; open data
  • linked data
  • open educational resources
  • digital initiatives in instruction and undergraduate research
  • roles for deans and directors in digital and institutional repository initiatives
  • roles for disciplinary faculty in digital and institutional repository initiatives
  • diverse repository platforms and functions
  • digital humanities
  • copyright, licensing, and privacy issues
  • collaboration: interdisciplinary initiatives and collaboration within and between campuses
  • scholarly communication
  • technical applications related to platforms or tools
  • web archiving
  • web annotation

Proposals can be for either concurrent sessions (45 minutes ; 1-2 speakers) or lightning talks (10 minutes; limited to one speaker).

Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, Nov. 22, 2019

The Symposium is scheduled for April 27-28, 2020, with half-day workshops taking place on the 27th. Registration will open in early 2020.

JOB: Digital Production Manager (University of California, Davis)

From the announcement:

Under general direction of the Library’s Director of Online Strategy, assist in the development of strategy and the execution of digital programs that drive innovation and enable the UC Davis Library to engage with faculty, students, and external communities. Responsible for providing advice and input for launching internally sponsored projects that may later be moved to other Library or campus units for ongoing support. Example projects include web-based sites that invite user engagement with digital content; digital applications involving Library archival and special collections material; and applications that provide research communities and the public with an easy-to-use online experience of the data, research, history, and interpretation of major fields of study.

Coordinate across academic communities, research activities, and fundraising interests utilizing a requirements-driven approach to build engagement, obtain consensus on application functionality, and facilitate application development. Work with programming, UX design, librarians, and other professional staff in the Library to deliver these applications. Act as liaison with other University departments, and Campus Information and Educational Technology (IET) on applications of shared interest.

Work closely with the Director of Online Strategy to explore projects that align with the overall strategy and vision of the Library’s online presence, within a complex organization engaged in a diverse set of activities. In tandem with the project management team, help to define and drive project deliverables, and represent the work to stakeholders within the Library and the University and to the community outside UC Davis.

100% appointment. Regular hours Monday – Friday; 9:00am to 6:00pm. Works occasional flexible schedule including irregular shifts, evenings, weekends and holidays to meet operational needs. Some remote work is acceptable. Out-of-state and/or international travel for training, conferences, and project work. Overnight stays may be required.

Must be able to adjust schedule to meet emergency needs. Schedule will need to include occasional irregular shifts, weekends, holidays and evenings on short notice to meet operational needs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience with information studies, library science, or business and public administration.
  • Experience working with library, scientific, or cultural data and online information services.
  • Experience working as a producer or product manager for online content collections and applications in libraries, archives, museums, or content-based organizations.
  • Experience creating engaging online content narratives from written, video, graphic and audio sources.
  • Writing and presentation skills for forums and online publications including blogging, as well as articles for online publications.
  • Experience developing online products or sites for large academic, cultural heritage, or research institutions.
  • Experience with presenting complex technical development to audiences of varying technical understanding.
  • Knowledge of common library and archival metadata description, structured data formats, and data preparation for search engine optimization.
  • Experience working and collaborating in technically proficient teams with diverse job tasks.
  • Familiarity with project management workflows for application development and production.
  • Analytical, logical and problem solving skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BA degree in journalism, library science, information studies, or business and public administration.
  • Experience applying for and managing philanthropically funded projects through public and private foundations.
  • Experience working in Agile/Scrum software development environments.
  • Experience with GitHub or other software version control systems.
  • Knowledge of cloud-based computing, data management, and analysis tools.
  • Knowledge of UX best practices.

Requisition Number: 03024467
Final Filing Date: 09-24-2019
Salary: $5,916.67 – $12,733.33/MO
Appointment Description: 100% FTE, Fixed, Monday-Friday; 9:00am-6:00pm

RECOMMENDED: Recoding Relations

Recoding Relations, a podcast produced out of the Symposium for Indigenous New Media (#SINM2018), addresses best practices and models to support Indigenous peoples and research in the digital humanities. The creators currently offer four episodes:

  1. People Over Tools
  2. Indigeneity in DH
  3. Decolonial Digital
  4. Remediation

Each of these episodes addresses intersections between Indigeneity and DH, in particular decolonial futures, making space “for the lived experiences of Indigenous peoples, as well as Black, people of colour, queer and gender non-binary folks,” and decolonizing DH theory and practice. As we begin to recognize that Digital Humanities is more than methods and tools, but also a community of practice that values diversity, equity, and inclusion, Recoding Relations is an essential “reading” for anyone interested in DH, whether librarian or student.

RECOMMENDED: ‘Leading Lines’ Podcast

Cliff Anderson (Vanderbilt University) produces the podcast Leading Lines, which focuses on “creative, intentional, and effective uses of technology to enhance student learning.” The episodes include interviews with a variety of experts across fields and around the globe, and they address issues ranging from digital literacy to data ethics. Recent episodes include discussions about teaching close reading with the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) (episode 63), re-inventions of discriminatory practices through data mining and algorithmic decision-making (episode 62), and shortcomings information and web literacy instruction (episode 54).


CFP: Exploring Literacies Through Digital Humanities

From the announcement:

This past year an informal group of librarians began meeting to discuss the intricate relationships between digital humanities (DH) and literacies—information literacy, visual literacy, digital literacy, data literacy, and the like—with the intention of fostering a larger conversation around the topic and learn more about what’s actually happening “on the ground.” The group was motivated by the desire to help librarians striving to incorporate digital pedagogy into their teaching and those seeking to engage more critically with digital forms of scholarship. To contribute to this conversation, this dh+lib special issue is seeking submissions that explore DH work, be it research, digital project creation and evaluation, or digital pedagogy, through the lens of literacies.

The aim of this special issue is to provide readers from all areas of librarianship with greater insight into the intersection of DH and literacies, therefore, please keep the audience in mind and make choices such as defining DH-specific terms or linking out to resources that provide further explanation of DH methods and concepts.

New voices and submissions from graduate students, junior scholars, instructional technologists, and others who work on the frontlines of DH and literacy work are encouraged. Perspectives from outside of the U.S. are particularly welcome. Submissions may take the form of short essays (between 750 and 1500 words long) or responses in other media that are of comparable length. Possible topics include:

  • How can digital humanities tools/methods inform teaching information literacy concepts? Or vice versa?
  • How do aspects of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy, such as the constructed and contextual nature of authority, fit in with digital humanities work? How do digital humanities methods and scholarship create challenges for the ACRL Framework?
  • How might the ACRL Framework (or other frameworks and literacies) serve as a basis for evaluating digital humanities scholarship?
  • What are the threshold concepts for digital humanities?
  • How might our professional literacies inform our collection practices, especially around collections as data?
  • How might DH literacies inform other areas of professional practice?
  • Conduct an analysis of a digital humanities project that explores the literacies and competencies necessary for its creation.
  • Discuss criticisms of literacies as a concept or issues with applying a literacy framework to DH work.

Please send your proposals in the form of a 250-word abstract and a brief biographical statement for each author to the editors at using the subject line: 2019 Special Issue. Proposals are due by October 30, 2019.

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