POST: What happens to libraries and librarians when machines can read all the books?

In a post sharing the text of a talk given at the Harvard Library Leadership in a Digital Age program, Chris Bourg (MIT) asks, “What happens to libraries and librarians when machines can read all the books?” Bourg posits that machine learning could play a key role in the future development of digital libraries. She ...

POST: Collecting Digital Content at the Library of Congress

In a guest post on The Signal, the Library of Congress’ digital stewardship blog, Joe Puccio (LOC) describes the current status of digital collecting at LOC, as well as their future goals: The adopted strategy is based on a vision in which the Library’s universal collection will continue to be built by selectively acquiring materials ...

POST: Developing a Digital Preservation Infrastructure at Georgetown University Library

In a guest post on the Signal,  Joe Carrano (Georgetown University, National Digital Stewardship Residency program) describes his NDSR Project, “building digital preservation processes for digital preservation platforms” that allow the institutions to collocate materials, document workflows and deposit them in the digital preservation repository, Academic Preservation Trust. Carrano outlines the project goals and completed milestones closing with ...

POST: “Gothic DH” at Washington and Lee

Christian Howard (University of Virginia) authored a post that was cross posted on the Washington and Lee Digital Humanities blog and the Scholar’s Lab Blog at the University of Virginia in which he describes a collaboration with Taylor Walle (Washington and Lee University) in the English 232 class, “Frantic and Sickly, Idle and Extravagant: The Gothic ...

POST: Digital Humanities Training Opportunities and Challenges

Lee Skallerup Bessette (University of Mary Washington) authored a post on ProfHacker about training opportunities in the digital humanities. Citing the lack of low-cost, low barrier opportunities, Bessette shares the opportunities she compiled in 2015 and 2016 as well opportunities compiled in 2017 by Katherine D. Harris. Bessette touches on the debates around whether coding ...

POST: A Library of Congress Lab: More Use and More Users of Digital Collections

Abbey Potter (Library of Congress) authored a post summarizing Michelle Gallinger’s (Gallinger Consulting) and Daniel Chudnov’s (Chudnov Consulting) report, “Library of Congress Lab” ,  which discusses “how libraries and other research centers have developed services that use computational analysis, design, and engagement to enable new kinds of discovery and outreach.” Potter interviews the authors to gain additional insight ...

POST: From piles of material to patchwork: How do we embed the production of usable collections data into library work?

In a post entitled “From piles of material to patchwork: How do we embed the production of usable collections data into library work?” Mia Ridge (British Library) has posted her notes for the recent panel at the Always Already Computational: Collections as Data workshop, held at UC Santa Barbara last week. Her position paper outlines ...

POST: In, Out, Across, With: Collaborative Education and Digital Humanities

Brandon Walsh (University of Virginia) has written a post detailing the job talk he gave at the Scholars’ Lab, where he was recently hired as Head of Graduate Programs. Entitled “In, Out, Across, With: Collaborative Education and Digital Humanities,” the talk explores “how best to champion the people involved in collaborative education in digital research.” ...

POST: New group purchasing pilot to lower cost of digital archival collections

Paola Marchionni (JISC) has written a post summarizing a recent collaboration between JISC and three publishers to lower the cost of access for digital primary source collections. Working with ProQuest, Adam Matthew Digital, and Brill, JISC designed a pilot project with the aim of developing a “more efficient, coordinated and transparent” approach to leveraging institutional purchasing ...

POST: The Practice of Play

Tim Sherratt (University of Canberra) has posted the text of a recent keynote presentation, “The Practice of Play.” In it, Sherratt reflects on several of his playful “hacks”—projects like Headline Roulette, Closed Access, and Historic Hansard—and situates them within the larger context of digital humanities research, both within and outside of the academy. He also ...

POST: Operationalizing “Non-Consumptive” Fair Use to Revolutionize Humanities Research

Brandon Butler (University of Virginia Library) has written a post for the Perspectives from HathiTrust blog to discuss a new policy on non-consumptive use from the HathiTrust Research Center. In “Operationalizing ‘Non-Consumptive’ Fair Use to Revolutionize Humanities Research,” Butler explains the key elements of fair use law that form the basis of the policy, noting ...