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Editors’ Choice: Evaluating Digital Humanities Beyond the Tenure Track

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 11:00

This post (and its partner post on Evaluating Digital Humanities Beyond the Tenure Track Part 2: For Employers) continues a series of blog posts from the MLA Committee on Information Technology about evaluating work in the digital humanities. (See Amanda Visconti’s post on digital dissertations and Shawna Ross’s explanation for the series.) I’ve taken on the task of writing about evaluating the work of “alt-ac” and other digital humanities professionals not working in traditional tenure-track roles.

To a great extent, evaluating the work of these positions is the same as evaluating the work of anyone else–good scholarship is good scholarship, from any source. But the less-charted paths of Digital Scholarship Specialists and Digital Humanities Librarians can lead to some specific issues and points of tension, which I want to address here. I think there’s a lot more discussion to be had on these issues as we work towards fuller guidelines, and I’m hoping this will be only the first part of the conversation.

Read the full post here.

Job: Library Data Scientist, Arizona State University

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 13:00

From the ad:

Under general direction, design, implement, and/or deploys tools for statistical analysis, machine learning, data acquision, data cleaning, and data visualization. Performs professional work in the research, design, development, implementation and maintenance of data science projects. Works typically involves researching a complex problem and implementing a machine learning or analytic tools to solve that problem. May work with or lead others on larger projects.

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Job: Data Manager & Project Coordinator, Digital Library of the Middle East

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:30

From the ad:

The Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME) project is an international effort, gathering digital resources of Middle East and North African (MENA) material from providers around the world. This initiative will create the first seamlessly interoperable, large-scale digital library of cultural artifacts from the region. Working as part of Stanford Libraries’ digital library systems & services unit, the Data Manager & Project Coordinator will form part of an inter-institutional, grant-funded team. S/he will coordinate DLME data acquisition, data management, and day-to-day operations of the record harvesting and indexing pipeline. S/he will also provide technical support for digital library access tools to power and end users. As new data providers are identified by the Lead Curator and curatorial team, the Data Manager & Project Coordinator will work with them to acquire or harvest the metadata, map it to the DLME schema, and put content through the pipeline. For providers without their own repository, the Data Manager will help acquire and ingest the materials into SDR or other IIIF-compatible repository. This role will also work with the curatorial lead to ensure data agreements are in place and tracked, and perform ongoing QA of both data and site functionality.

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Job: Librarian for Collections and Digital Scholarship, European Languages Division, Harvard

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:00

From the ad:

Reporting to the Head of the European Languages Division (ELD), the Librarian for Collections and Digital Scholarship will initiate and lead the ELD’s digital projects. As a member of a team of librarians emphasizing collections in the humanities and social sciences in Western European and Slavic languages, providing collaborative support for the Division’s digital initiatives in collections and working with FAS faculty, students and other librarians on planning and developing innovative research and digital tools. This position will provide project management and direction to faculty and students and will have an important role in advancing digital scholarship and digital humanities projects at large within the FAS and beyond at Harvard.

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Funding: Announcing 2018 Deadline for NEH/Mellon Humanities Open Book Program

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 11:30

From the announcement:

I’m pleased to announce that the next deadline for the NEH/Mellon Humanities Open Book Program will be September 26, 2018.

The Humanities Open Book Program is designed to make outstanding out-of-print humanities books available to a wide audience by making them open access. NEH and Mellon are soliciting proposals from academic presses, libraries, scholarly societies, non-profit publishers, museums, and other institutions that publish books in the humanities to participate in the Humanities Open Book Program. Applicants will provide a list of previously published humanities books along with brief descriptions of the books and their intellectual significance. Awards will be given to digitize these books and make them available as Creative Commons-licensed “ebooks” that can be read by the public at no charge on computers, mobile devices, and ebook readers.

Read more here.

Resource: Enter “The Magazine Rack,” the Internet Archive’s Collection of 34,000 Digitized Magazines

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 11:00

About the resource:

Before we kept up with culture through the internet, we kept up with culture through magazines. That historical fact may at first strike those of us over 30 as trivial and those half a generation down as irrelevant, but now, thanks to the Internet Archive, we can all easily experience the depth and breadth of the magazine era as something more than an abstraction or an increasingly distant memory. In keeping with their apparent mission to become the predominant archive of pre-internet media, they’ve set up the Magazine Rack, a downloadable collection of over 34,000 digitized magazines and other monthly publications.

Read more here.

CFP: Slavery in the Machine, sx archipelagos

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 13:00

From the CFP:

sx archipelagos is now accepting submissions for our upcoming special section “Slavery in the Machine,” guest edited by Jessica Marie Johnson. This special section aims to highlight scholarship situated at the intersection of technology and hemispheric American slavery. Topics may include but are not limited to:

black code studies through a hemispheric lens
plantation societies and the socio-technics of enslavement
digital archives of slavery
representations of slavery on the open web or social media
cultural analytics and slavery

Read the full CFP here.

Job: Digital Collections Curator, Florida International University

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:30

From the ad:

The Digital Collections Curator, in collaboration with the curatorial and library team, drives the creation of innovative digital products produced by and for The Wolfsonian at FIU and actively engages with a wide variety of communities, both online and in real life, as a means of engaging audiences using and creating digital technology and new media.

Read the full ad here.

Job: Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar in Library/Museum Collaboration

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:00

From the ad:

The MPS is a unique opportunity for a recent PhD recipient in the arts and humanities to develop as a researcher and scholar in a cross-disciplinary library/museum environment. The MPS will learn from and participate in the intellectual design, implementation, and assessment of this new, experimental program. The MPS will conduct research related to organizational models, best practices, digital tools and systems, and relevant research methods that will inform the program design and implementation.

Read the full ad here.

Job: Web Developer 2, University of Houston Libraries

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:30

From the ad:

The University of Houston Libraries is seeking a talented individual to fill its Web Developer 2 position. This developer will work with an agile team to develop, maintain, and integrate the University of Houston Libraries Digital Asset Management System (DAMS). They will provide advanced web skills in the areas of interface design, accessibility, utilization, and high performing scalable solutions.

Read the full ad here.

Editors’ Choice: Archives in the Anthropocene

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:00

I want to frame my talk around a quote from Community Futures Lab co-director Rasheedah Phillips from her workshop “Time, Memory, and Justice in Marginalized Communities.” She states “Oral Futures is about speaking into existence what you want to have happen.”

I want to think with you today about how such future-making materials are collected, preserved, and made accessible in a moment of extreme climate change and the attending displacements of people and animals due to environmental and political-economic erosion of homelands and sites of cultural heritage.

We cannot save everything, nor would we want to. Decisions have to be made about what to keep and what to discard; these decisions encode and reflect particular values, privilege and power structures—some decisions about what to be kept go against the community’s desire for privacy or restricted access to materials; this is a tension between surveillance and privacy, between visibility and erasure. Yvonne Perkins writes, “In the past people such as women, non-Europeans, Aborigines, the poor etc were not considered important contributors to our history so their stories are often not portrayed in archival records, or they were obscured in the archives by the social conventions of the time.”

Archives—in this usage I mean institutional, community, as well as digital collections curated by scholars—do not only exist to explain or contextualize the past, but also signal towards and shape futures. Archives call to the fore the processes of preservation, memory, and access. As Brit Stolli notes, attending to these processes raises uncomfortable questions of who decides what is significant to carry forward, in whose memory is the past best preserved, how do we (and who exactly counts as ‘we’) determine the ethical framework through which to focus our efforts of preservation and future-shaping? Absences and obfuscations are referred to as archival silences. Michel-Rolph Trouillot outlines the ways voices from the past are silenced:

  • there is a silencing in the making of sources. Which events even get described or remembered in a manner which allows them to transcend the present in which they occurred? Not everything gets remembered or recorded. Some parts of reality get silenced.
  • there is a silencing in the creation of archives—in this usage, Trouillot means repositories of historical records. At times this archival silencing is permanent since the records do not get preserved; other times the silencing is in the process of competition for the attention of the narrators, the later tellers of the historical tales.
  • And thirdly, the narrators themselves necessarily silence much. In most of history the archives are massive. Choices, selections, valuing must be done. In this process, huge areas of archival remains are silenced.


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Job: TPH Co-Editor/NCPH Digital Media Editor

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 13:30

From the ad:

We are pleased to invite applications for a full-time staff position at MARCH, located in the Cooper Street Historic District on the campus of Rutgers-Camden. The primary responsibility of the Public Historian in Residence will be to serve as co-editor of The Public Historian, the journal of the National Council on Public History (NCPH) and as Digital Media Editor for NCPH. The individual hired will be expected to provide, in particular, the perspective of a public history practitioner and to facilitate connections between the journal and NCPH’s various digital publications and venues, such as the blog.

Read more here.

Resource: Altair for visualization in Python

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 13:00

From the post:

With Altair, you can spend more time understanding your data and its meaning. Altair’s API is simple, friendly and consistent and built on top of the powerful Vega-Lite visualization grammar. This elegant simplicity produces beautiful and effective visualizations with a minimal amount of code.

Read more here.

Resource: Best Practices for Using Google Sheets in Your Data Project

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 12:00

From the post:

tweet by Hadley Wickham made me realize that we’ve learned quite a few good practices for using Google Sheets as part of our in-progress Provenance Index Remodel project at the Getty Research Institute…This post is an attempt to sum up some lessons learned.

Read more here.

Resource: Behold the MusicMap

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 11:30

From the post:

A Pandora for the adventurous antiquarian, the highly underrated site Radiooooo gives users streaming music from all over the world and every decade since 1900. While it offers an aural feast, its limited interface leaves much to be desired from an educational standpoint. On the other end of the audio-visual spectrum, clever diagrams like those we’ve featured here on electronic music, alternative, and hip hop show the detailed connections between all the major acts in these genres, but all they do so in silence. Now a new interactive infographic built by Belgian architect Kwinten Crauwels brings together an encyclopedic infographic with an exhaustive musical archive. Though it’s missing some of the features of the resources above, the Musicmap far surpasses anything of its kind online—“both a 23and me-style ancestral tree and a thorough disambiguation of just about every extant genre of music,” writes Fast Company.

Read more here.

Editors’ Choice: Some Thoughts on Preprints for NAS Journals Summit

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 11:00

I was invited to be a discussion leader for a panel on Preprints: Challenges and Opportunities at the National Academy of Sciences Journals Summit, but a nor’eastern prevented me from attending. I am grateful to Diane Sullenberger, Executive Editor of PNAS for reading my remarks. Discussion leaders were asked to talk about preprints from their own perspectives, and to offer questions/thoughts for discussion. These are my remarks…

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Job: Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, Loyola University Chicago

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 14:30

From the ad:

Loyola University Chicago (LUC), College of Arts and Sciences, Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities invite applications for a full-time, renewable, three-year Lecturer position in Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, beginning August 13, 2018 for academic year 2018-2019…The candidate will be responsible for supporting ongoing research projects in the Center and for teaching courses related to that program, including required Digital Humanities and special topics seminars at the MA and advanced undergraduate level.

Read more here.

Job: 2018-2020 DH Postdoctoral Fellowship

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 14:00

From the ad:

The Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship, located in Mills Memorial Library at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, invites qualified candidates to apply for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship…Working under the direction of the Academic and Administrative Directors of the Sherman Centre, the postdoctoral fellow will in general support the outreach and curricular activities of the Sherman Centre.

Read more here.

CFP: Slavery in the Machine

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 13:00

From the CFP:

sx archipelagos is now accepting submissions for our upcoming special section “Slavery in the Machine,” guest edited by Jessica Marie Johnson. This special section aims to highlight scholarship situated at the intersection of technology and hemispheric American slavery. Topics may include but are not limited to: black code studies through a hemispheric lens…plantation societies and the socio-technics of enslavement…digital archives of slavery…representations of slavery on the open web or social media…cultural analytics and slavery.

Read more here.

Job: Digital Projects Manager with Rhodes College

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:30

From the ad:

Founded in 1848, Rhodes College is a selective, private, residential, undergraduate college. This person will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive constituent engagement program to encourage involvement and investment in the college with primary focus on digital content. Rhodes College seeks a Digital Projects Manager to assist with faculty projects connected to the “Liberal Arts & Social Justice In the 21st Century” initiative and our ongoing partnership with the National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM). [if lt IE 10]>

Read more here.


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