POST: Teaching with Digital Archives

The AHA Today blog of the American Historical Association has published a piece by John Rosinbum called “Teaching with Digital Archives,” in which he discusses the use of openly available resources with his undergraduate history class. I have found that targeted and guided use of digital archives in the classroom can powerfully engage students and ...

RESOURCE: Institutionalizing Digital Scholarship

Dan Cohen (Northeastern University) has shared a summary of his recent digital scholarship presentation at Brown University on his personal blog. In “Institutionalizing Digital Scholarship (or Anything Else New in a Large Organization),” Cohen introduces the “three critical elements of institutionalization” as presented in his talk: routinizing, normalizing, and depersonalizing. Drawing from his experience at ...

CFP: Digital Humanities BeNeLux Conference 2018

The Digital Humanities BeNeLux initiative has issued a call for papers for the 5th annual conference, taking place June 6-8, 2018 at the International Institute for Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam. The conference, which focuses on “data or research projects related to Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg,” invites papers from a variety of fields towards ...

JOB: Digital Projects Librarian, University of Texas at Arlington

From the announcement: The Digital Projects Librarian works with library and university staff, faculty, and students to develop and implement new digitization projects. Reporting to the Department Head of Digital Creation, the Digital Projects Librarian oversees and monitors all aspects of digital project work, including project development, assistance in digital collection selection, digitization of materials, ...

RECOMMENDED: Identifying Early Modern Books: Challenges for Citation Practices in Book History and Early Modern Studies

Archive Journal has published an essay by Meaghan Brown (Folger Shakespeare Library), Paige Morgan (University of Miami), and Jessica Otis (Carnegie Mellon University), “Identifying Early Modern Books: Challenges for Citation Practices in Book History and Early Modern Studies.” The article considers the tools and methodologies of bibliometrics, offering insights into the study of citations to ...

POST: Playing at Orientation: Interview with the Designers of “The Parasite” at University of Chicago

For the Chronicle of Higher Education’s ProfHacker blog, Anastasia Salter (University of Central Florida) interviewed Patrick Jagoda and Kristen Schilt, two of the creators (with Heidi Coleman [all University of Chicago]) of an alternate reality game,”The Parasite,” which was a part of undergraduate orientation at the University of Chicago this fall. The conversation details the collaborations and ...

EVENT: Recounting Evidence in African American Digital Studies

Columbia University Libraries’ Studio@Butler will host an afternoon workshop entitled “Recounting Evidence in African American Digital Studies (REAADS)” on January 6, 2018 to coincide with Modern Language Association’s Annual Conference. Scholars of African American experiences have long insisted that we shift perceptions about evidentiary privilege. Now, in tapping historical and contemporary humanities data, how do ...

JOB: University Archivist, George Washington University

From the announcement: The George Washington University Libraries & Academic Innovation (GWLAI) seeks nominations and applications for an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented University Archivist. The University Archives serves as the official “institutional memory” of George Washington University, providing long term stewardship and central access to the collections that document GW’s history and the people who ...

JOB: Reference & Outreach Archivist, Northeastern University

From the announcement: Reporting to the Head of Special Collections and University Archivist, the Reference and Outreach Archivist (ROA) manages all University Archives and Special Collections’ public and outreach services. The ROA manages the Archives’ reference services, including managing reading room staff and overseeing answering reference or research requests; plans and implements online and physical ...

RECOMMENDED: Computation in Conversation

Shawn Averkamp (New York Public Library) gave a presentation, “Computation in Conversation,” at a Library of Congress event hosted by NDSR resident Charlotte Kostelic (@chuckkostelic). As part of the residency, the NDSR fellows each organize an educational event, and Averkamp discussed metadata enrichment of digital collections. From her slide notes: I want to talk today ...

POST: The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech (NYTimes)

Cathy O’Neil (mathbabe.org) published an opinion piece in the New York Times suggesting that academia should play a larger and more responsible role in educating lawmakers and lobbyists on the problems with influential algorithms. She argues that the issue of limited engagement of algorithmic ethics in academia stems from limited infrastructure in addition to there being ...