Exploring Literacies Through Digital Humanities: A dh+lib Special Issue

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Literacies in a Digital Humanities Context: A Brief Introduction

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This special issue of dh+lib began with a call for proposals early last Fall and a goal of publishing in February. In the middle of the article review process came the COVID-19 pandemic and for the health and sanity of our authors and editors, we delayed a few months. Now, amidst an ongoing pandemic and ...

Towards an Electrate Library

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At their core, libraries offer participatory learning environments geared towards optimizing the potential for the creation and distribution of knowledge, a paradigm developed around traditional concepts of literacy. Libraries traditionally facilitate literate practices; they are institutions by which patrons can locate, contextualize, contribute to, and create information. However, with the continued proliferation of digital technologies, ...

What is Static Web and What’s it Doing in the Digital Humanities Classroom?

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Almost a decade ago, Matthew Kirschenbaum and Micah Vandegrift presented compelling and well-argued ideas about where the locus of digital humanities, or, more broadly, digital humanists should be within the academic context. The intervening years have demonstrated the unique capacity of DH to thrive in a variety of departments, centers, and libraries with specialties that ...

Developing Literacies in the Digital Humanities Classroom: A Case Study

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Developing literacies in the digital humanities classroom include, yet transcend, the ‘traditional’ passive literacies of reading, hearing, and seeing into the active realms of finding, evaluating, creating, engaging and communicating with an audience that may extend beyond institutional boundaries. These skills have been presented as a theoretical framework by Yoram Eshet et al. (2004, 2006, ...

Data Literacy as Digital Humanities Literacy: Exploration of Threshold Concepts

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For those who are both librarians and digital humanities instructors, we must either create new frameworks for teaching and learning or attempt to map existing ones to library instruction. “Digital humanities literacy” is a combination of many literacy areas. Still, the prevalence of data in both our daily lives and in digital humanities places data ...

The Virtual Blockson: Immersive Technologies for Teaching Primary Source Literacy on the African Diaspora

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My main goal in life is to build a good library of Black history – knowledge is a form of Black power and this is my part in it.  – Charles L. Blockson Introduction: Immersive Archives and Virtual Literacies By overviewing a collaborative project between Temple University’s Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, the Loretta C. ...

Digital Literacy on a Dime: Designing Community-Based Digital Humanities Institutes across North Carolina Universities

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The Digital Humanities Collaborative of North Carolina (DHC-NC), formerly known as The Triangle Digital Humanities Network (TDHN), is a cross-institutional community of practice for the digi-curious humanists in North Carolina. The mission of the DHC-NC is to promote DH projects and practices across North Carolina in an inclusive and equitable fashion. In the Fall of ...

PROJECT: Volta River Commodities

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As part of the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative, Ryan Carty, a third-year PhD student in the History Department at Michigan State University, created the Volta River Commodities, a digital history project that focuses on trade statistics maintained by colonial officials stationed along the Volta River. Carty used commodity data obtained in the National Archives in ...

PROJECT: Fighting Fascist Spain: The Exhibit

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Montse Feu, an associate professor at Sam Houston State University, introduces Fighting Fascist Spain: The Exhibit, a project that visualizes the story of the Sociedades Hispanas Confederadas (SHC), a group of US Hispanic cultural and mutual aid societies devoted to the antifascist cause. This group was known for its activism and publication of, particularly through ...

RESOURCE: 2020 NDSA Agenda for Digital Stewardship

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The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Agenda Working Group has recently announced the publication of the 2020 NDSA Agenda for Digital Stewardship. According to the Working Group, made up of Micah Altman (MIT Libraries), Karen Cariani (WGBH Media Library and Archives), Bradley Daigle (Academic Preservation Trust), Christie Moffatt (National Library of Medicine (NLM)), Sibyl Schaefer ...