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Editors’ Choice: Are Digital Literacies Generic or Context-specific?

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:00

I was recently asked by Sally Pewhairangi whether I thought digital literacies could be taught as generic skills, out of any particular context, and whether they would then transfer. When I was asked this question, examples of cooking and learning languages were offered (citing chef Tim Ferris). For example, could we learn the rules of cooking, then apply them to different ingredients and cuisines? Does “content” matter that much?

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Editors’ Choice: Remembering in May, Digital, Meaning-Making, and Community Building with Archives

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:00

I’ve been traveling a lot this past year with the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC). I’ve been meeting with folks to learn and share about digital scholarship. Most often, the response is, “what is digital scholarship?” Yes. Digital scholarship is a term that doesn’t really work, and that won’t persist. The term is a marker of a particular time, and it will fade to be simply scholarship. The addition of “digital” is really a shorthand for “scholarship in and for the digital age, scholarship in these times.”

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Job: Digital Scholarship & UX Design Librarian

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 14:00

From the ad:

Middlebury College seeks a creative and user-focused information professional to join our library staff as  Digital Scholarship & UX Design Librarian. The Digital Scholarship & UX Design Librarian will catalyze and support the use of digital research methods within the library and across academic disciplines. Specifically, the person in this position will apply user-centered, universal design principles to digital projects, library web content and printed materials in a team-based work environment. Working in close collaboration with colleagues, the Digital Scholarship & UX Design Librarian will also teach information skills, provide research and technology assistance, and create print and web-based instructional and publicity materials.

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CFP: Historia Ludens – Conference on History and Gaming

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 14:00

From the CFP:

This conference follows up on the workshop “Playing with History” that has been held in November 2015 in Huddersfield. Gaming and History is gaining more and more traction, either as means to “gamify” history education or museum experiences, or as computer games as prism into history like the popular History Respawned podcast series (http://www.historyrespawned.com/). Besides discussing gamification or using (computer) games, we also want to explore gaming and playing in a broader historical-cultural sense. Can “playing” be used as category for historical scholarship, maybe alongside other categories such as gender, space or class?

Read full CFP here.

Job: Project Manager, UVA

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 12:30

From the ad:

The University of Virginia School of Architecture seeks a Project Manager for the first phase of the UVA Landscape Studies Initiative. This position is funded by the Mellon Foundation and is a three-year appointment to begin in August 2017.The Project Manager will lead the first phase of the UVA Landscape Studies Initiative under the direction of the Faculty Directors. The position works closely with faculty and staff across the School of Architecture, UVA Libraries, and the College of Arts & Sciences to set a research and implementation agenda for an innovative digital resource in landscape design history. Under the direction of the Project Manager, the interdisciplinary Landscape Studies Initiative research group will create a database of landscape places, terms, and types that are geo-spatially referenced on a global scale. The digital resource will make use of a suite of visualization tools to support new creative interpretations and critical cartographies of historic landscapes. The digital resource will function as both a research platform and pedagogic tool. Digital humanities and technical experts on the team will create metadata terms, catalogue images and texts, and design a database interface and search engine.

Read full ad here, Posting Number 0620834.

Editors’ Choice: Video Games and Ancient War—Gaming as Pedagogy

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 12:00

War and games have much in common: multiple contestants compete to win within a physically determined set of realities, each using strategies that are frequently buffeted by interventions of chance and chaos. It is no surprise, then, that war games have been used as predictive tools by military leaders since at least the early 19th century (see the recent collection Zones of Control [2016]). Less familiar is the idea of using games as reconstructive tools in academic military history, although the ancient historian Philip Sabin (Lost Battles [2009]; Simulating War [2014]) has done excellent work on this topic.

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Editors’ Choice: Digitisation, Orphan Works & Copyright – New Resource for the GLAM Sector

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 11:30

How do archives, museums and libraries enable digital access to works in their collections when it is difficult to identify or locate the copyright owners? The problem of orphan works has been addressed in part by the EU Orphan Works Directive 2012 and the UK Orphan Works Licensing Scheme (OWLS). But are these solutions fit for purpose?

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Resource: Zines vs. Google Vision API

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 14:00

From the post:

Everyone likes zines. If you went to library school your probably really love zines. Even if you didn’t go to library school, you still probably like zines. Even Kanye likes zines. However much I like them I don’t really have too much experience with them. While I worked at NYPL I knew about the library zine collection. Other institutions around NYC house large important zine collections as well. But while reading about a large accession to University of Kansas Libraries zine collection from Solidarity! Revolutionary Center and Radical Library I saw they had a number of them already up on Internet Archive.

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CFP: DML2017

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 14:00

From the CFP:

Got an innovative program or research project dealing with connected learning or digital media and learning? We want to hear about it at this year’s Digital Media and Learning Conference, and the deadline to apply to be a featured speaker has been extended to May 1.

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Announcement: Introducing the Active Archives Initiative

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:30

During our tenure at HyperStudio as research assistants, we’ve had the chance to work on a number of archival projects at various stages of implementation. From uploading, encoding, and storing of data, to visualizing, displaying and making it accessible, we’ve gotten first hand experience into the tremendous amount of possibilities and variables at play in the creation of digital repositories. And for our part, we’ve come to focus on the idea of an Active Archive–or a digital repository in which users have the ability to interact with resources in order to craft, discover and share links between content previously unknown. Key to this idea is the understanding of the “an-archive,” first proposed by Laearns & Gielen in their 2007 article “The archive of the digital an-archive.”

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Editors’ Choice: Student Participation Through Digital Platforms

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 13:00

Like many of my colleagues who think carefully about digital literacy and pedagogies, I began seriously considering the use of social media platforms in educational settings — sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr — around 2008. Despite nearly a decade of innovative uses of digital platforms in educational settings, the use of these platforms and spaces continues to be trivialized by the public and teachers alike, with cries echoing about attention spans and nostalgia for the loss of face-to-face interaction, which seem more “real.” But, to continue to dismiss digital platforms, particularly those focused on social media, as trivial, misses the potential that digital platforms can serve.

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Editors’ Choice: Mapping the Geography of Racism – Why Deep Dives in Data Matter

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:45

Drawing from the work of “Mapping Inequality,”ProPublica investigative report published earlier this month uncovered a phenomenon similar to redlining in the car insurance industry today. The report found insurers charged premiums that were up to 30 percent higher in minority neighborhoods than in predominantly white neighborhoods with similar rates of accident risk.  “As rates have been increased in the inner city, they have substantially decreased in essentially white areas,” Millard D. Robbins Jr., the head of the Insurance Brokers Association of Chicago, explained.  “This creates a surtax on blackness and a discount for being Caucasian.” This may not look like a “digital humanities” project but it actually has deep roots in the methodologies, impulses, theories, technologies, data analysis and social justice purposes motivating much digital humanities.

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Editors’ Choice: Endangered Data and the Digital Index of North American Archaeology

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 11:00

Endangered Data Week highlights the urgent need to protect public records. Our ongoing collaboration with the Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA) project provides a specific example of why public records matter. Before we discuss DINAA in detail, first we need to provide some context. The United States has enacted a variety of laws and policies that govern access to public records and the historical and cultural heritage of our Nation. The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, which begins with “The preservation of our heritage is in the public interest… as a living part of our community life, in order to give a sense of orientation to the American people,” represents one of the key pieces of legislation protecting archaeological and historical heritage in the US.

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CFP: Digital Pedagogy Institute 4th Annual Conference

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:00

From the ad:

The 4th Annual Digital Pedagogy Institute conference will be held this August at Brock University in the beautiful Niagara Peninsula…The two-day conference will include keynote addresses, presentations, workshops, and digital tool training that focus on the innovative use of digital technologies to enhance and transform undergraduate and graduate teaching.

Read the full ad here.

Resource: Data Privacy Project

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:00

From the post:

The goal of our trainings is to learn the building blocks of privacy protection and digital security. Our teachings focus on activities patrons do every day at the library so that library staff can develop the capacity to:

By beginning with common patron experiences, the Data Privacy Project makes learning about privacy protections relevant to the everyday realities of libraries today.

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Job: Research Associate, Albert Johannsen Project

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:00

From the ad:

This three-year term position serves as the Project Director for the Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Collections Grant, “The Albert Johannsen Project: Digitizing the House of Beadle and Adams and their Nickel and Dime Novels.” Reporting to the Digital Collections and Metadata Librarian at Northern Illinois University Libraries, the Project Director will be responsible for the day-to-day management and implementation of the grant project.

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Editors’ Choice: Robots.txt

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:00

The Internet Archive does some amazing work in the Sisyphean task of archiving the web. Of course the web is just too big and changes too often for them to archive it all. But Internet Archive’s crawling of the web and serving it up out of their Wayback Machine, plus their collaboration with librarians and archivists around the world make it a truly public service if there ever was one. Recently they announced that they are making (or thinking of making) a significant change to the way they archive the web…

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Resource: Georgia State Digital Scholarship Job Talk

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:30

From the post:

In November 2016, I started as the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Georgia State University Library. During my interview for the position, I presented a job talk related to the topic of opportunities and challenges involved in digital scholarship.

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Editors’ Choice: Books as Medicine

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:00

Have you ever read a book and felt healed by it? Most readers can think of a novel that offered some comfort, a poem that presented direction, or even a biography that provided inspiration. The notion that books can heal is as old as reading itself but, during World War I, doctors and librarians joined together to apply reading as a form of therapy… This online exhibit is part of an exhibit on World War I and bibliotherapy on display at the Homer D. Babbidge Library at the University of Connecticut.

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Job: Digital Processing Archivist

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 14:00

The University of Texas Libraries is recruiting a Digital Processing Archivist.

From the ad:

Manage, preserve and provide access to archival collections from post-custodial partnerships. Build and maintain relationships with post-custodial partners in Latin America. Support the implementation of post-custodial projects at partner sites in Latin America, including the development of digitization and metadata workflows. Create and conduct training in best practices for digital object description and preservation in support of post-custodial initiatives. Promote capacity building in support of local digital infrastructure for partner institutions. Review archival material received from partners and oversee quality control.

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