RECOMMENDED: Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity: Members of the Association of Research Libraries

Last week Ithaka S+R released a report, “Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity: Members of the Association of Research Libraries: Employee Demographics and Director Perspectives,” authored by Roger C. Schonfeld and Liam Sweeney (both Ithaka S+R). The report, which employed demographic surveys and interviews with library directors, found that libraries remain “over three quarters white, and nearly 90% white ...

RECOMMENDED: What Libraries Did with Google Books

Mike Furlough (HathiTrust) has published a storify with his commentary on two recent articles on Google Books, Scott Rosenberg’s “How Google Book Search Got Lost” in Backchannel and James Somers’s “Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria” in The Atlantic. Furlough challenges the articles’ implication that Google Books is a failed project. But we’re still at ...

Round-Up: Archival Futures, Neutrality and Speculative Knowledge Design

The texts of three provocative presentations relating to archival futures, current events, and digital libraries were shared online this week. While each of these texts in themselves merit individual attention, we thought that pulling them together might surface meaningful interconnections: “The Hubris of Neutrality in Archives,” by Samantha Winn (Virginia Tech). Delivered at the Mid-Atlantic ...

RECOMMENDED: Statement on US Administration Budget Proposal by DLF Leadership

Bethany Nowviskie (Digital Library Federation) has written a post on the new federal budget blueprint, published both on the Digital Library Federation site and her personal website. Nowviskie opens by describing the many agencies and offices “germane to the goals of the Digital Library Federation and its mission to ‘advance research, learning, social justice, and ...

RECOMMENDED: DLF Fellow Reflections

The Digital Library Federation has been publishing reports from its 2016 Fellows. This round-up covers posts reflecting on Fellows’ recent attendance at the DLF forum last November in Milwaukee. This week, Stacy Williams (USC) published a post reflecting on her experience on attending DLF 2016: I attended DLF 2016 for the first time during what ...

RECOMMENDED: Caring About Access

Tim Sherratt (University of Canberra) has posted the text of his portion of a panel discussion at Digital Directions 2016 in Canberra. Sherratt’s post begins with a reminder that: …we can’t take the meaning of words like ‘open’ or ‘access’ for granted. They are what we make of them. I’m a historian and hacker. I ...

RECOMMENDED: Speculative Collections

Bethany Nowviskie (Digital Library Federation) published the text of the talk she gave at the Harvard Symposium about the future of library collecting, “The Transformation of Academic Library Collection: A Symposium Inspired by Dan C. Hazen.” It is the sequel to her talk, “Alternate Futures, Usable Pasts,” featured in the Review last week. In this talk, entitled ...

RECOMMENDED: “What is an edition anyway?”

Dot Porter (University of Pennsylvania) has posted text and slides from her keynote at the Digital Scholarly Editions as Interfaces conference at the University of Graz. In her talk, “What is an edition anyway?” Porter offers a broader view of the conversation surrounding digital scholarly editions and their possibilities as interfaces. Electronic and digital editions ...

RECOMMENDED: Trans-ing History on the Web: The Digital Transgender Archive

In a post on AHA Today, Sadie Bergen (American Historical Association) discusses the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA) with K.J. Rawson (College of the Holy Cross, DTA). The DTA was established to enable researchers to locate and make use of transgender-related materials in digital and physical collections. The DTA, which continues to grow, currently contains some ...

RECOMMENDED: The Digital in the Humanities: An Interview with Ted Underwood

The latest installment of Melissa Dinsman‘s series on the digital humanities for the Los Angeles Review of Books is an interview with Ted Underwood (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). In the conversation, Underwood discusses his dislike of the term “digital humanities,” which he takes to simply indicate “a vague interest in technology,” and notes that ...

RECOMMENDED: Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016

Editors Matthew K. Gold (The Graduate Center, CUNY)  and Lauren F. Klein (Georgia Institute of Technology) have released the revised edition of Debates in the Digital Humanities.  Pairing full-length scholarly essays with shorter pieces drawn from scholarly blogs and conference presentations, as well as commissioned interviews and position statements, Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016 reveals a ...