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Job: Digital Projects Librarian, University of Oregon

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 12:30

From the ad:

Reporting to the Head of the Digital Scholarship Services (DSS), the Digital Projects Librarian plans, executes, and finalizes digital scholarship projects and other digital initiatives in the Libraries, as assigned. Projects may include creation of instruction-related tools, digital scholarship applications, digital collections, and digital systems implementation.

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Job: Digital Humanities Specialist – Assistant or Associate Professor, Purdue University Libraries

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 12:00

From the ad:

Purdue University Libraries (PUL), a recognized leader in information literacy, scholarly communication initiatives, and research data management, seeks a highly motivated, collaborative, learner-centered Digital Humanities (DH) Specialist to join our faculty. The DH Specialist will join a collaborative team of information professionals to teach, lead, and participate in DH projects and grant proposals/projects, and contribute to DH research and scholarship as the Libraries embarks upon a committed effort to establish a robust program to support the DH efforts at Purdue University.

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Job: Librarian (Digital Collections Specialist), Library of Congress

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:30

From the ad:

Serves as a digital collections specialist for multiple workflows within the Digital Content Management Section, handling complex situations requiring technical knowledge and judgment. Applies extensive knowledge of library policies, procedures, and workflows to acquire digital collection materials through a variety of acquisition methods and streams. Independently implements, tests, and improves workflows in order to achieve digital content management goals for collections under the care of the unit.

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Editors’ Choice: Collaborative Writing to Build Digital Humanities Praxis

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:00

[The following is the rough text of my short paper given at the 2017 Digital Humanities conference in Montréal.]

Thanks very much for having me today! I’m Brandon Walsh, Head of Graduate Programs in the Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia Library. I’ll be talking a bit today about “Collaborative Writing to Build Digital Humanities Praxis.” Since the subject here is collaboration I wanted to spend a few minutes here on my collaborators.

This work was begun at my previous position at Washington and Lee University’s library. My principal collaborator here is and was Professor Sarah Horowitz, from Washington and Lee University. We conceived the project together, co-taught the associated course, and her writing figures prominently on the project I will describe. The other names here are individuals, institutions, or projects who figure explicitly in the talk, whether they know it or not. You can find a Zotero collection with the resources mentioned during the talk here.

So. To begin. Emergent programs like those associated with the Praxis Network have redefined the possibilities for digital humanities training by offering models for project-based pedagogy. These efforts provide innovative institutional frameworks for building up and sharing digital skills, but they primarily focus on graduate or undergraduate education. They tend to think in terms of students. The long-term commitments that programs like these require can make them difficult to adapt for the professional development of other librarians, staff, and faculty collaborators. While members of these groups might share deep interests in undertaking such programs themselves, their institutional commitments often prevent them from committing the time to such professional development, particularly if the outcomes are not immediately legible for their own structures of reporting. I argue that we can make such praxis programs viable for broader communities by expanding the range of their potential outcomes and forms. In particular, I want to explore the potential for collaborative writing projects to develop individual skillsets and, by extension, the capacity of digital humanities programs.


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Job: Digital Matters Lab Director, University of Utah

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 13:00

From the ad:

The Digital Matters Lab Director will guide projects relating to Digital Humanities, digital scholarship, and digital fabrication, charting a course for the lab and the university. They will provide oversight of day-to-day operations of the Lab; help to plan and organize intellectual programming, grants, fellowships, pedagogical initiatives, and outreach. They will integrate these activities into the overall programs and services of the Marriott Library and the University. They will represent the Digital Matters Lab, serving as a liaison with University staff, faculty, and affiliated centers, as well as national and international peers.

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Job: Digital Library Services Developer, Northeastern University

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:30

From the ad:

As a member of the Northeastern University Libraries’ development team, you will have opportunities to participate in grant-funded research, collaborate on cutting-edge digital scholarship projects, and lead the development of new tools and services. You will get to contribute to the development and customization of key library systems, including our Samvera-based digital repository architecture, a digital humanities workflow system, integrated data management, preservation, analysis, and visualization systems, and real-time connections between the Library’s management system (Alma) and its Drupal-based website. And, of course, whatever comes next!

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Resource: Catalog of Visualization Types to Find the One that Fits Your Dataset

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:00

About the resource:

There are a lot of visualization methods to choose from, and it can be daunting finding the right visual for your data, especially for those just starting out. The Data Viz Project by ferdio is a work-in-progress catalog that aims to make the picking process a bit easier. Start with a bunch of chart types and filter by things like shape, purpose, and data format. If you’re stuck, this should help get the juices going.

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Resource: Black Digital Humanities Projects & Resources (Google Doc)

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:30

From the resource:

Black Digital Humanities Projects & Resources A list of projects, resources, events, and anything else. Created by @CCP_org.

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Editors’ Choice: Beyond Coocurrence – Network Visualization in the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:00

On August 10, 2017, my partner Sara Carlstead Brumfield and I delivered this presentation at Digital Humanities 2017 in Montreal.  The presentation was coauthored by Patrick Lewis, Whitney Smith, Tony Curtis, and Jeff Dycus, our collaborators at Kentucky Historical Society. This is a transcript of our talk, which has been very lightly edited.  See also the Google Slides presentation and m4a and ogg

[Ben] We regret that our colleagues at the Kentucky Historical Society are not able to be with us; as a result, this presentation will probably skew towards the technical. Whenever you see an unattributed quotation, that will be by our colleagues at the Kentucky Historical Society.

The Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition was conceived to address a problem in the historical record of Civil War-era Kentucky that originates from the conflict between the slaveholding, unionist elite with the federal government. During the course of the war, they had fallen out completely. As a result, at the end of the war the people who wrote the histories of the war—even though they had been Unionists—ended up wishing they had seceded, so they wrote these pro-Confederate histories that biased the historical record. What this means is that the secondary sources are these sort-of Lost Cause narratives that don’t reflect the lived experience of the people of Kentucky during the Civil War. So in order to find about that experience, we have to go back to the primary sources. The project was proposed about seven years ago; editorial work began in 2012 – gathering the documents, imaging them, and transcribing them in TEI-XML. In 2016, the Early Access edition published ten thousand documents on an Omeka site, Sara and I became involved around that time for Phase 2. The goal of Phase 2 was to publish 1500 heavily annotated documents that had already been published on the Omeka site, and to identify people within them.


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Job: Systems Administrator/Webmaster, George Mason University Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 13:00

From the ad:

The George Mason University Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media ( within the Department of History and Art History is seeking an innovative, full-time Systems Administrator/Webmaster… The incumbent maintains and grows the technical infrastructure of the center that includes 23 servers (over 26 million visits in 2016) and a complex set of networked connections, storage, databases, software, programming languages and operating systems.

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Job: Digital Scholarship Librarian, Binghamton University

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:30

From the ad:

The Digital Scholarship Librarian leads the development and implementation of library initiatives in support of current and emerging research, teaching and creative activities in digital scholarship on campus.  This includes designing and presenting workshops on digital tools, resources and best practices on digital scholarship; coordinating the development and expansion of sustainable digital scholarship services at the Libraries; building partnerships with library faculty and campus departments; and establishing a community of practice for digital scholarship across campus.

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Job: Assistant Professor, Indigenous Digital Arts and Performance, University of Toronto Mississauga

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:00

From the ad:

The Departments welcome applications from emerging researchers or artist-researchers working in and across the fields of Indigenous digital arts and visual culture—including but not limited to digital media art, video games, activism, and design—and digital performance, including but not limited to digitally enhanced performance, virtual performance, and performance inflected by, or engaging with, digital culture. The focus of applicants’ work should be on the experiences of and engagement with Indigenous peoples in Canada.

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Job: Academic Technology Consultant, University of Richmond

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:30

From the ad:

The Academic Technology Consultant (ATC) for the humanities will consult and collaborate with faculty through assistance on projects, and support classes utilizing tools often associated with the digital humanities. The ATC will use sound instructional design to assist in effectively implementing and assessing instructional technologies in the teaching, learning, and research environment.

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Editors’ Choice: What Do We Do About Archival Violence? (#DH2017 Talk)

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:00

Data is fraught with peril.

I want to do two things today. The first is to talk about how archives enact epistemic violence on some of the subjects they preserve. The second is to talk about how DH methods, combined with insights from scholars who study marginalized people, can be used to undermine the inhumanity of that data.

This is both about not accepting the epistemologies of historical actors, and being critical about how our own work can enact violence. (I’m echoing stuff from alternative histories of dh yesterday.)

In the 1840s, Ireland had a famine. One million people died. One million people fled. You only need to know this because the vast majority of these immigrants sailed for New York.

The Atlantic crossing from Ireland could take more than a month, and the ships were rife with typhus and cholera. Irish immigrants’ experience of ships was deeply corporeal. New York City’s experience of them was as potential liabilities.

In response to the thousands of immigrants arriving in New York in the nineteenth century the city passed a law requiring that the master or captain of every ship originating outside of the state of New York commit funds in case immigrants became sick and were cared for in city institutions.

Some ships paid. Others sold their obligations to brokers. In New York, immigrants were transformed into sickness futures. Because of this, it was important for the city to produce data on them.

Simultaneously, when immigrants occupied public spaces in New York in ways unacceptable to bourgeoisie New York – either because they were ill or because they were simply the wrong kind of bodies – they were extracted and incarcerated – most often in public health institutions.

There, clerks recorded more information – name, age, profession, nationality – but also the names of the people who referred immigrants and, most importantly for nineteenth-century Americans, the ship or broker that was obligated to cover the new inmate’s fees.


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Job: Head, Digital Scholarship and Data Services, Pennsylvania State University Libraries

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 14:00

From the ad:

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the position of Head of Digital Scholarship and Data Services. This 12-month tenure-track position reports to the Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies and provides leadership for digital scholarship and data service activities in the Pennsylvania State University Libraries, including open publishing, data learning services and statistics support, maps and GIS, research data management, and digital humanities.

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Job: Postdoctoral Fellow in Buddhist Studies/Digital Humanities, Leiden University

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:30

From the ad:

Leiden University is hiring a postdoctoral fellow in Buddhist Studies/Digital Humanities to join the ERC-funded Open Philology project The Open Philology project is described in detail in a document which can be found at

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CFP: CUNY Games Conference 4.0

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:00

From the CFP:

The CUNY Games Network of the City University of New York is excited to announce The CUNY Games Conference 4.0: The Interactive Course to be held on January 22 and 23, 2018 at the Graduate Center and the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City.

The CUNY Games Conference is a two-day event to promote and discuss game-based pedagogies in higher education. The first day of the conference focuses on interactive presentations, and the second day consists of low-key game design, playtesting, and game play.

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CFP: Questioning Models – Intersectionality in DH, Cologne Centre for eHumanities

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:30

From the CFP:

The Cologne Centre for eHumanities (CCeH) is organising a three-day symposium, 8-10 November, at the University of Cologne. The event aims at exploring intersectional approaches on textual scholarship and Digital Humanities theories, practices, and tools. A session will be dedicated to Italian and German women writers during the Renaissance. This specific case study is part of a project funded by NetEx (Network and Exchange funding programme, University of Cologne).

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Editors’ Choice: The Database as a Methodological Tool

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:00

The traditional role of the database in scholarship has been as a repository – a place to store information for later retrieval.  Over the past couple of years, however, I’ve found myself becoming more interested in the methodological use of the database not simply to store information, but to clarify points of tension between the questions we’re asking and the information we’re using to attempt to find answers.

My scholarship attempts to reassess medieval and early Tudor texts by setting paratextual and contextual elements equal with the text in examining questions of staging and hagiography. I do this for a couple of reasons: first, I think that our disciplinary and sub-disciplinary silos tend to get in the way of understanding how literary, devotional, and performed texts would have functioned as a part of the larger culture of late medieval England.  Second, accepting that context requires us to not just examine the text as a platonic ideal, but also the means of its production, reception, and dissemination. In short, I treat the medieval text as part of a holistic. This work involves thinking not only of the ways that the text doesn’t fit our general expectations (performance and non-codex witnesses, for example, do not fit neatly into the categories we’ve created to deal with the codex book online), but also about the inscription, reception, and re-inscription of ideas.


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Editors’ Choice: Paradigms in Academe – On the Digital, Motherhood, and Location-Nonspecific Work

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 11:00

While I am deeply awed by people who are able to choose to be stay-at-home parents, I never imagined myself to be one of them. Simply put, I never thought in that way about my contribution to the world. I always endeavored to seek my own path, to put my heart and soul into making the world a better place through meaningful work. But when my children were born, as happens to many people, my values about work were put to the test. How could I raise these beautiful tiny humans we had created, while running off to teach Spanish, attend literature seminars, and write a dissertation? I’m still not sure how I completed that journey, but somehow in five years’ time I had birthed three babies, earned an MA and a PhD alongside a full-time working spouse, and not completely lost my mind.

The truth is I have the digital to thank for enabling me to flex my multi-tasking muscles since the babies were born. (You should see my multi-tasking biceps; they are huge!) After completing my graduate degrees, the first few professional positions I held included the sort of work that could be completed from anywhere — either at home, in my office on campus, or anywhere I could bring along my laptop and get online. Even as a language teacher, I could complete everything but the actual teaching from home (grading, lesson planning, corresponding — these were all location-nonspecific tasks that went along with my teaching). Digital technology made this work life possible for me.

I have never had — and probably never will have — a desk job. Even the term “desk job” gives me the willies. To be honest, I don’t care for desks in the least. In my mind, a desk is a place of stasis, a place where you stop moving and acting and doing, a place where things come to a screeching halt. I do have a desk, but it’s set to a permanent standing height because I don’t sit at it, ever. My desk feels more like a landing station than a desk, a place where my laptop happens to come to rest occasionally on my journey through the workday. Because these days, as an instructional designer at Middlebury’s Office of Digital Learning, I complete my work from everywhere.


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