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Job: Director for Teaching, Learning and Digital Scholarship, Barnard College

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 12:30

From the ad:

Reporting to the Dean of BLAIS, the Director for Teaching, Learning & Digital Scholarship is a new position dedicated to leading and shaping the instruction and liaison program and agenda in the Barnard Library. The Director coordinates the Personal Librarian program, a liaison program designed to create unique, specialized services for students and departments, and supervises most of the Personal Librarians. The Director is responsible for developing and deepening the Barnard Library instruction agenda using a lens of diversity, inclusion, accessibility, equity and critical librarianship to build programs and services.

Read the full ad here.

Job: Digital Innovations Specialist, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 12:00

From the ad:

Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center seeks an innovative and energetic individual to provide leadership for digital initiatives at Galter Library. The Digital Innovations Specialist works with a wide range of campus stakeholders to develop and implement programs that increase awareness about digital scholarship and issues in the digital environment among faculty, researchers, and students at Feinberg School of Medicine. This position works with library colleagues on preservation and access to scholarly outputs through a digital repository and other digital means and is expected to act as a contributor to greater campus-wide digital preservation activities. This position will collaborate on digital initiatives at Galter Library and be empowered to explore new areas of digital growth and opportunity for our campus.

Read the full ad here.

Resource: Visualizing Incomplete and Missing Data

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 11:30

From the resource:

We love complete and nicely formatted data. It means we spend less time restructuring and poking at a sparse dataset and more quickly get to the visualization, analysis, and insights. It’s why I like to work with Census data so much. A lot of time and research is put into making sure the data is as complete as it can be.

But a lot of the time (most of the time?), the data you work with is not complete. There is missing data. Available values can be sparse across time and space the farther out you stretch.

Read the full resource here.

Editors’ Choice: First Things First – Conducting an Environmental Scan

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 11:00

As a digital humanities librarian, E. Leigh Bonds (The Ohio State University) undertook an institutional environmental scan as the basis for assessment, identifying gaps, and developing recommendations. In this post, Bonds details her approach and framework, which prompted conversations and coordination across campus.

In August 2016, I became The Ohio State University’s first Digital Humanities Librarian. I’d already been “the first” at another institution, so I was acutely aware that distinction is both a gift and a curse: on one hand, I have the opportunity to define the role; on the other, the responsibility of defining that role. More importantly, I knew “the first” typically has the task of mapping previously uncharted (or partially charted) territory—the scope of digital humanities on campus—and exactly one week into my new position, I received that first charge: conduct an environmental scan of DH at OSU.

Having never conducted a formal environmental scan before (or even witnessed someone else doing one), I turned to the literature: no one charged with such an undertaking—regardless of campus size—does so without consulting those who have already charted their own environments. From recent publications (see Works Consulted), I gleaned that the scan should determine the nature of DH work underway, researchers’ interests, researchers’ needs, existing resources, and gaps in resources. All of the information gathered would then be complied into a report—in my case, an internal report for the Libraries’ administration and the head of the research services department—that included  recommendations based on the findings.

What follows is my strategy for making these determinations and framing my report. Rather than provide a one-size-fits-all template (which would most likely work for no one), I explain the process I followed—and the thinking behind that process—to guide other “firsts.”


Read the full post here.

Job: Assistant Professor, English and Digital Humanities Specialist, Gonzaga

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 13:00

From the ad:

To accelerate the adoption of new and emerging forms of digital scholarship, teaching, and learning, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Foley Center Library at Gonzaga University invite applications for a joint tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 28, 2018. The Digital Humanities Specialist—a faculty member of the Department of English—will support digital scholarship, teaching, and learning in three distinct ways:
(1) Advance Digital Humanities work at the Foley Center Library,
(2) Advance Digital Humanities as a teaching-and-learning practice in the College, and
(3) Advance Digital Humanities scholarship and research at Gonzaga University.

Read the full ad here.

Job: Assistant Professor, Digital History/Native North America, OSU

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 12:30

From the ad:

The Oklahoma State University Department of History invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in digital history with a specialization in the indigenous peoples of North America to begin in August 2018. The successful candidate will have a completed PhD, teaching experience, and a strong record of research productivity. The position will enhance departmental strengths in public history and Native North America as well as a university-wide digital humanities initiative. The position includes graduate advisement, arranging and supervising student internships, fostering community engagement, and providing seminars and training on digital humanities tools and methods. The teaching load is 2 courses per semester.

Read the full ad here.

Opportunity: Digital Humanities Research Institute

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 12:00

About the opportunity:

Are you interested in learning fundamental technical skills and growing a community of digital humanities practitioners locally? Join the GC Digital Initiatives from June 11 – 21, 2018 to learn how to work from the command line, git/GitHub, Python, databases, mapping, APIs, and more. Then learn how to take our curriculum back to your institution and lead workshops of your own. Find out more and how to apply at:

Read more here.

CFP: Textual Heritage and Information Technologies – El’Manuscript 2018

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 11:30

From the CFP:

El’Manuscript-2018 is the seventh in a series of biennial international conferences entitled “Textual Heritage and Information Technologies” that brings together linguists, specialists in historical source criticism, IT specialists, and others involved in studying and publishing our textual heritage. Along with the lectures, a summer school will be part of the conference, which will allow practitioners to become familiar with various systems and methods for working with manuscripts and texts.

Read the full CFP here.

Editors’ Choice: #transform(the underlying systems of digital)health

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 11:00

Electronic health records, quantified health, and diagnostic tools are all ‘digital technologies’ that co-create meaning and knowledge throughout the medical industrial complex. The initial connection between digital humanities (DH) and medicine is an easy association to make: DH works with data, with structures of data, with big data, with various forms of tech. Medicine and health are already ‘digital,’ and create and use data and data structures in relationship to various technologies and bodies. Easily, digital humanists can investigate these formations.

We can also untangle the underlying structures of the U.S. medical industrial complex in order to create new formations founded in justice and care. This is where #transformDH is foundational to the kinds of work that can be done in these intersecting fields. As an academic guerrilla movement invested in transformative scholarship that works for social justice, accessibility, and inclusion, #transformDH’s ideals are exactly what is needed to investigate and change not only how we practice and study medicine and health, but to change the structures of power within the larger medical industrial complex.[1]

“What counts?” Fiona M Barnett asks, “…what is the effect when the conversation is not about recognizing similarity across differences or disparity in order to build a common ground, but rather, about declaring something to be unrecognizable within the confines of a field?”[2] The U.S. medical industrial complex is founded on preventing difference, on creating normative categories of health, illness, and wellness as well as normative bodies and minds. These structures create invisibility, an inability to recognize “similarity across difference or disparity.”


Read the full post here.

Resource: Working with The New York Times API in R

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 11:00

From the post:

Have you ever come across a resource that you didn’t know existed, but once you find it you wonder how you ever got along without it? I had this feeling earlier this week when I came across the New York Times API. That’s right, the paper of record allows you–with a little bit of programming skills–to query their entire archive and work with the data. Well, it’s important to note that we don’t get the full text of articles, but we do get a lot of metadata and URLs for each of the articles, which means it’s not impossible to get the full text. But still, this is pretty cool.

Read more here.

Editors’ Choice: A Broader Purpose

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 10:30

The weather prevents me from being there physically, but this is a transcript of my remarks for “Varieties of Digital Humanities,” MLA, Jan 5, 2018.

Using numbers to understand cultural history is often called “cultural analytics”—or sometimes, if we’re talking about literary history in particular, “distant reading.” The practice is older than either name: sociologists, linguists, and adventurous critics like Janice Radway have been using quantitative methods for a long time. But over the last twenty years, numbers have begun to have a broader impact on literary study, because we’ve learned to use them in a wider range of ways. We no longer just count things that happen to be easily counted (individual words, for instance, or books sold). Instead scholars can start with literary questions that really interest readers, and find ways to model them. 

Read full post here.

Announcement: Digital Humanities & Social Justice Speaker Series

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:00

From the post:

The speaker and workshop series on Digital Humanities & Social Justice at the University of Houston will explore the ethical concerns involved when creating digital projects and minority archives and how digital scholarship can be a site of social justice and activism. This series brings in leading scholars in the field of DH who are engaging and creating ethical, socially-conscious methodologies. The series is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For those unable to attend, please make sure to follow our hashtag #usLdh and our account, @AppRecovery, on Twitter for live-tweets of the presentations and check Facebook, our webpage, or our blog page for event updates. We will livestream the lectures on our Facebook page.

Read more here.

CFParticipation: Program Committee Members – Association for Computers and the Humanities

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:30

From the call:

The Association for Computers and the Humanities, in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and the University of Pittsburgh issues a call for nominations and self-nominations to serve as a member of the 2019 Program Committee for its first-ever Digital Humanities conference. Held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in Summer 2019, the conference is convened by Association for Computers and the Humanities to encourage the development of the digital humanities from diverse perspectives, communities, and organizations.  A six-person committee to manage the program is being convened to develop the conference program. To broaden participation from our membership and to respond to calls for greater diversity in leadership, ACH welcomes its membership to serve on this important committee.

Read more here.

Conference: Current Research in Digital History

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:00

From the post:

Hosted by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, Current Research in Digital History is an annual one-day conference that publishes online, peer-reviewed proceedings. Its primary aim is to encourage and publish scholarship in digital history that offers discipline-specific arguments and interpretations. A format of short presentations provides an opportunity to make an argument on the basis of ongoing research in a larger project. Current Research in Digital History 2018 will be held in Founders Hall at George Mason University in Arlington, VA, on Saturday, March 17.

Read the conference program here.

Editors’ Choice: “Material and Digital Rhetorics: Openings for Feminist Action”

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:00

It’s time for our “Material and Digital Rhetorics: Openings for Feminist Action” blog carnival to come to a close…In October when we shared our CFP on topics tied to feminist theory and practice, digital rhetoric, and new materialism, we had two goals in mind: (1) to better understand current feminist digital rhetoric concerns and (2) to consider what feminist new materialist perspectives offer to how we think about and define the work of digital rhetoric.

At the heart of this call, we aimed to gain a stronger awareness of what openings for feminist action may be possible in attending to our digital/material worlds. As this carnival comes to a close, three openings stand out.

Find links to the posts in this roundup here: Wrap Up for “Material and Digital Rhetorics: Openings for Feminist Action”

Job: Assistant Professor of English for New Media

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:30

Dakota State University seeks an Assistant Professor of English specializing in Digital Media Design and Digital Humanities. From the call:

Candidates should demonstrate the ability to teach courses in our English for New Media degree program and some area of specialization in the digital humanities. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in recruiting and outreach and have a strong background and interest in teaching general education courses in writing and composition. The teaching load is four courses per semester including first-year composition courses and new and existing courses in both our undergraduate English for New Media program and the Digital Humanities graduate certificate program and other duties as assigned.

Find more information and the application here: Assistant Professor of English for New Media

Job: Open Content and Digital Publishing Librarian

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:00

Ball State University is looking for an Open Content and Digital Publishing Librarian. From the post:

The Open Content and Digital Publishing Librarian will play a central role in maximizing the visibility and impact of scholarship and creative content at Ball State University, classified as a “high research activity” institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. As a key team member within the University Libraries Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office, the Librarian will collaborate with faculty, students, and staff across the University to increase access to research available in Cardinal Scholar, Ball State’s institutional repository. The Librarian will recommend and implement creative, inclusive strategies for developing and promoting repository content, which may include faculty publications as well as student scholarship, research data, educational resources, and other materials. Additionally, the Librarian will foster broad campus engagement with open access initiatives and will promote awareness of open resources available for research and teaching.

Find more information and the application here:


CFP: CNI Spring Meeting

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 13:00

From the Call:

Proposals are now being accepted for project briefings to be presented at CNI’s Spring 2018 Membership Meeting on April 12-13 in San Diego, CA, at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter. Please note that this year’s spring meeting will fall on THURSDAY & FRIDAY.

Project briefings are 30-minute, 45-minute or one-hour sessions that focus on a discussion of a hot topic, or on a specific institutional/organizational project related to digital information. A limited number of project briefings are accepted; anyone may submit a proposal, including non-members. 

Find the CFP here: Call for Proposals, CNI Spring Meeting

Resource: Python Programming for the Humanities

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:30

From the Resource:

The programming language Python is widely used within many scientific domains nowadays and the language is readily accessible to scholars from the Humanities. Python is an excellent choice for dealing with (linguistic as well as literary) textual data, which is so typical of the Humanities. In this book you will be thoroughly introduced to the language and be taught to program basic algorithmic procedures. The book expects no prior experience with programming, although we hope to provide some interesting insights and skills for more advanced programmers as well. The book consists of 10 chapters. Chapter 5 and Chapter 6 are still in draft status and not ready for use.

Find the Resource here: Python Programming for the Humanities by Folgert Karsdorp

Editors’ Choice: Distant Reading after Moretti

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:00

The question I want to explore today is this: what do we do about distant reading, now that we know that Franco Moretti, the man who coined the phrase “distant reading,” and who remains its most famous exemplar, is among the men named as a result of the #MeToo movement.

I feel deeply for his victims. But given the context of this panel, what I want to focus on, today, is how his actions might prompt us to revisit some more longstanding issues regarding gender, power, and distant reading (which, following Andrew Goldstone, I’ll use in the lowercase-d lowercase-r sense to refer to the subset of computational methods that derive from statistical modeling and computational linguistics that are most commonly applied to analyze texts at scale).

Because sexual harassment is a structural, as well as personal problem, as Sara Ahmed has recently observed. By describing it a structural problem, Ahmed calls attention to how sexual harassment is sustained not only by the harassers themselves, but also by the institutions that shelter them. She explains how the confidential nature of most institutional inquiries ensures that “people remain, networks stay alive, and structures and processes are not put under investigation.” This is in large part because no one outside of the individual actors gets to know what happened, and as a result, the structural nature of the problem never becomes visible.

Read the full post here: Distant Reading after Moretti | Lauren F. Klein


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