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Project Manuals as Zones of Engagement: Working Across Disciplines in a Digital Project

The structure of digital humanities projects is often predicated on a manual or guidance document that supports project frameworks and outcomes. Heather F. Ball (St. John’s University), and Kate Simpson (IASH Fellow at Edinburgh University), as a librarian and literary historian respectively, have begun to explore the role of such documentation in the work of …read more

Introducing the 2019 Authenticity Project Fellows

Thanks to a generous grant from the IMLS, the HBCU Library Alliance and Digital Library Federation are pleased to announce the first of three annual cohorts of Authenticity Project Fellows! hese fifteen Fellows work in libraries and archives at historically black colleges and universities. They will receive full travel, lodging, and registration expenses to the 2019 DLF Forum in Tampa, FL; professional development through online discussions, activities, and in-person networking; and opportunities to apply for microgrant funding to undertake inter-institutional projects of strategic importance across DLF and HBCU Library Alliance institutions and communities. They will also participate in quarterly facilitated, online networking and discussion sessions, and will be matched for mentorship and mutual learning with two experienced library professionals: an established mentor from an HBCU Library Alliance library or with a strong background in HBCUs, and a “conversation partner” working in an area of the Fellow’s interest, ideally within a DLF member institution. (Names of our 2019 mentors and conversation partners will be announced soon.) Applications for this fellowship opportunity were extraordinarily strong, and we are pleased that we will be able to welcome 30 more Authenticity Project Fellows in our 2020 and 2021 cohorts. If you are interested in applying or re-applying for the fellowship, please stay tuned for a call in the autumn of 2019, and see our press release about the program for more information. About the Fellows: Meaghan Alston Prints and Photographs Librarian, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University Meaghan Alston received her MLIS with a focus on Archives and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. She has been the Prints and Photographs Librarian at Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center since 2017. In this position she is responsible for a collection of over 150,000 graphic images depicting African American and African Diaspora history. Prior to joining the staff at Moorland-Spingarn, she worked as a Visiting Librarian with the University of Pittsburgh’s Archives and Special Collections. Her interests include digital preservation, community archives, digital humanities, and archival education.       Danisha Baker-Whitaker Archivist/Museum Curator, Bennett College (North Carolina) Danish Baker-Whitaker is the Archivist/Museum Curator at Bennett College. She’s also a Ph.D. student in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program at North Carolina State University.  She focused on archives and special collections in obtaining the MLIS degree from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. Her main research interests include exploring how the digital humanities field can intersect with and influence the duties of archivists. The overarching interests behind her work are identity and librarianship in the 21st century. Other interests include digital archives, access, and information architecture.   Cassandra Burford (@DigitalPresPro) Special Collections Librarian, Talladega College (Alabama) Cassandra Hill Burford is the special collections librarian at Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama, where she manages eight collections. An Alabama native, she received a BA and MA in history from Jacksonville State University, and her MLIS, with a focus in digital preservation and digital libraries, from the University of Alabama in 2018. Cassandra firmly believes that objectivity is an archivist’s most important quality. An archivist is not concerned with who won or lost the battle, but rather with the materials and artifacts and the stories they tell. With that objectivity in mind, she is an avid proponent of digital preservation initiatives for archives, especially niche collections like those maintained at Talladega College.   Justin de la Cruz (@justindlc) Unit Head, E-Learning Technology, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library (Georgia) Justin has worked on technology training for library staff and patrons in both public and academic libraries. He currently serves as the Unit Head of E-Learning Technology at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, where he collaborates with faculty and students on technology projects involving multimedia production, 3D design, and social media, among other topics. His recent publications, including a chapter in ACRL’s Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology, have focused mainly on library staff professional development. Justin recently joined the editorial advisory board for Library Hi Tech and is working on an ALA Diversity Grant-funded research project investigating the information seeking and sharing behaviors of LGBTQIA+ students.   Cheryl Ferguson (@cdferg4) Archival Assistant, Tuskegee University (Alabama) Cheryl D. Ferguson is the Archival Assistant at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama.  As part of the university archives she helps to build and promote the rich history of the university. Her areas of interest include archival research, digital preservation, digitization, outreach/development, and program management. Cheryl is a member of the Society of American Archivists, Society of Alabama Archivists and the Association of African American Museums. Outside of the archives, Cheryl can be found actively involved servicing her community as a member of Tuskegee Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Tuskegee United Women’s League, Inc.   Ida Jones (@Ida39J) University Archivist, Morgan State University (Maryland) Ida E. Jones is the University Archivist at Morgan State University. She is the first professional archivist hired by Morgan in celebration of the 150th anniversary. Since her arrival 3 years ago there are 10 processed manuscript collections with online finding aids and a number of new donors and departmental contacts she made. The contacts are working with her in preparation for their future deposits, research and reference queries. She has taught at the Lancaster Bible College, University of Maryland, College Park and Howard University. She specializes in African American church history, organizational history, and local history. She authored four books. Her most recent publication is Baltimore Civil Rights Leader: Victorine Q. Adams: The Power of the Ballot debuted in January 2019.   Alvin Lee Library Technical Assistant Supervisor at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (Florida) Alvin Lee is a recent MA-LIS graduate.  He is currently employed as Senior Library Technical Assistant Supervisor and Resource Sharing Coordinator for University Libraries at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a Historic Black College/University, located in Tallahassee, Florida.  Additionally, Alvin also serves as the chair of University Libraries’ Digitization Committee. Mr. Lee has a passion for learning about digital libraries and digital Read More

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We’re Looking for Spring 2019 Editors-At-Large!

The dh+lib Review, a volunteer-driven service for highlighting and sharing the best of digital humanities and libraries, is looking for editors-at-large for Spring 2019. dh+lib Review posts appear on the dh+lib homepage, in a weekly email newsletter, and in our Twitter stream. They are selected from an aggregated stream of content that is produced and shared by the dh+lib …read more

dh+lib welcomes new editors

We are thrilled to announce some new members of the dh+lib Editorial Team: Linsey Ford (University of Houston – Clear Lake), Ian Goodale (The University of Texas at Austin), and Pamella Lach (San Diego State University) have been named co-editors of the dh+lib Review. Jason Mickel (Washington & Lee University) will be joining our team …read more

dh+lib welcomes new editors

We are thrilled to announce some new members of the dh+lib Editorial Team: Linsey Ford (University of Houston – Clear Lake), Ian Goodale (The University of Texas at Austin), and Pamella Lach (San Diego State University) have been named co-editors of the dh+lib Review. Jason Mickel (Washington & Lee University) will be joining our team …read more

Fellow Reflection: Abigail Shelton

  Last month, with support from a GLAM Cross-Pollinator Registration Award, Abigail Shelton attended the Museum Computer Network meeting in Denver, CO. We’re glad to share her thoughts about the conference below! Abigail Shelton  is an Outreach Specialist for the Mellon Foundation Library-Museum Collaboration Grant project at the University of Notre Dame. The project aims to build a unified digital space for cultural heritage collections at the university and her role is to work in between users and software developers. Ms. Shelton earned an MSLIS from Drexel University in 2018 and also has an M.A. in American History from Binghamton University, SUNY.  She previously worked at the American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia, PA. You can find her on Twitter at @aecshelton.   Tech should amplify human-ness. #mcn2018 — Abby Shelton (@aecshelton) November 14, 2018 Quoted from Amber Case, “Calm Technology: Design for the Next 50 Billion Things” So began my first Museum Computing Network (MCN) conference. I was honored to receive the DLF GLAM Cross-Pollinator Registration Award to attend. But as a newly-minted library school graduate making her first foray into the museum conferencing world, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. What I came away with was a renewed aspiration to empathize, connect, and serve our human users. If you didn’t walk away from Amber Case’s thought-provoking keynote presentation  (quoted above) questioning the use of technology in your own life and the life of your institution, you weren’t really listening. Case set the stage for the conference by exploring the principles of “calm technology.” The underlying idea is that we should design technology that empowers human work and life rather than competing or distracting from it. To do that, however, means that we really need to understand and empathize with our communities. We need to actually talk to them. And that’s exactly what so many MCN 2018 presenters reported on in their sessions: how to talk to and assess community needs. One session in particular, “Talk to Your Visitors: DIY Human-Centered Research,” introduced a toolbox of strategies for empathizing and understanding user needs. Susan Edwards of the Hammer Museum at UCLA, Michelle Grohe from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Kathryn Quigley at the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley shared their techniques for evaluating and improving user experiences. What I appreciated about their approach was that all three started by evaluating small and specific services. For instance, the Hammer Museum wanted to know more about how their theater patrons felt about the process of requesting a ticket for an assigned seat at free events. Instead of attempting to evaluate the visitor’s entire experience at the museum, they drafted very focused questions and talked to 5-6 people for 5 minutes or less before a few events. I can see how this approach will be useful for my work at the University of Notre Dame. As we test our prototype next spring, I plan to think about how we can target specific features in small testing groups. The idea would be to choose a handful of features that we want to evaluate at a deeper level and ask a small group of users to provide feedback on just those things, rather than on their overall experience. It’s exciting to see how museums and libraries are reassessing the “techno-utopianism” that has often driven the software development process. Instead of blazing ahead with the assumption that more tech is always better, conferences like MCN 2018 demonstrate that curators, archivists, librarians, and developers are starting to re-center technology as of, by, and for inclusive human communities. Upcoming opportunities The GLAM Cross-Pollinator Registration Awards aim to foster communication and conversation among the GLAM communities. In October 2018, as part of an exchange with our partner organizations, affiliates from our partner communities attended the DLF Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada. Students, faculty, and staff from DLF member institutions are eligible to apply for upcoming opportunities! A registration award is still available for the annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) in May 2019. Apply now!

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DHNow is on Winter Break!

Digital Humanities Now will be taking a break until the end of January. On behalf of the DHNow staff, thank you for another great year of publication! A special thanks goes to the generous community of volunteer editors-at-large for dedicating their time and expertise, whether for a single week or throughout the year. We hope you’ll join…

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Fellow Reflection: Haiying Qian Li

  This post was written by Haiying Qian Li, who received a DLF HBCU Fellowship to attend the 2018 Forum. Haiying Sarah Qian Li has more than 10 years of experiences working with varies digital projects. She is currently the Director of Library Services at Inman E. Page Library of Lincoln University in Missouri. Mrs. Li first joined the library staff as the Institutional Repository Coordinator in 2014. She helped to build and promote Lincoln University’s digital repository Blue Tiger Commons. In 2016 Mrs. Li received a Digital Imaging Grant to digitize the University Archives’ photographs and documents, which greatly expanded the amount of resources available online about Lincoln University’s history. Mrs. Li understands deeply the innovations, opportunities and challenges that technology brings to academic libraries today. She is passionate about bringing 21st century library services to the Lincoln University campus and making Page Library the center of teaching, learning, scholarship and dissemination of knowledge. Having worked many years in the digital library field, I had always wanted to attend the DLF Forum, one of the best conferences of its kind. That is why I was very excited and honored to have been selected as one of the HBCU Fellows to attend this year’s DLF Forum in Las Vegas. At the fellow’s breakfast, I got to meet and experienced a great sense of community with many other DLF fellows, both the young and experienced, all full of energy, excitement, and commitment. The conference truly amplified the mission of the Digital Library Federation for advancing research, learning, social justice and the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technology. The opening speaker Anasuya Sengupta’s talk, “Decolonizing Knowledge, Decolonizing the Internet: an agenda for collective action,” truly set the stage for community action and collaboration from a social justice perspective. We have to think hard about what a “decolonized digital library” looks like. Who defines this vision? Who creates and curates it? What does “success” look like and to whom? Anasuya’s work focused on helping marginalized communities in India and across the global south, in the US and internationally, to amplify their voices in virtual and physical worlds.  One of the panelist’s comments really struck me when she said: “For marginalized communities, if we don’t have unfettered access to history, we cannot fight for our future.” As a woman, as an Asian American who also works at a HBCU (historically black colleges and universities), I feel a strong sense of social responsibility for contributing to a “decolonized internet.” As Anasuya described, a decolonized internet allows us to talk openly, so untold stories can be heard, different faces seen, and a diverse body of ideas protected and amplified. We have to change the internet by making conscious decisions in design and architecture, diversifying the sources of information used and providing ample and inclusive metadata for all audiences. It is everyone’s responsibility, especially those of us who are working in the digital library field and create and curate these types of content. I attended many other great sessions on building communities and promoting diversity and inclusion through digital collections, digital scholarship, etc. I was also able to join the Inclusive Metadata Task Force at the working luncheon to start working on providing equitable and inclusive metadata from policy to implementation. It is great to see so many IT professionals working on improving open source platforms, lowering the barriers for smaller institutions to implement too. As a digital library practitioner and librarian, I plan on taking these ideas back to our daily work spaces and building more equitable and inclusive digital collections.  For those who are not working on the cutting edge solutions, contributions can still be made by providing more content types, languages, and ample captions to videos, as well as by including more inclusive metadata for indexing and retrieving. We have to take action, no matter how small it might be. Progress begins with a single step. Want to know more about the DLF Forum Fellowship Program? Check out last year’s call for applications. If you’d like to get involved with the scholarship committee for the 2019 Forum (October 13-16, 2019 in Tampa, FL), sign up to join the Planning Committee now! More information about 2019 fellowships will be posted in late spring.

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Funding: Attend Digital Pedagogy Lab as a 2019 Fellow

About the funding: …As an event, the Lab receives no financial support from any institution or corporation, relying instead on the donations and contributions of its community, and on the revenue generated by registrations. Each year, we earmark funds to provide fellowships to as many people as we can. A Digital Pedagogy Lab Fellow attends…

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