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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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Job: Coordinator for Digital Archives and Records at University of Delaware

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 13:00

The University of Delaware is recruiting a Coordinator for Digital Archives and Records.

From the ad:

Developing, implementing, and maintaining a digital asset management system to manage the electronic collections of the Archives Program; Developing, implementing, and maintaining resources for the intake and archiving of the university’s electronic records, including documents, databases and data sets, file formats of all types, and web content.

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Job: Molloy College – Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and New Media

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:30

From the ad:

The Department of Digital Humanities and New Media at Molloy College invites applications for an Assistant Professor rank faculty member in game studies to begin January 1, 2018. Applicants’ expertise in teaching and research may include interactive narrative, digital games studies, game theory and development, educational games, and digital media literacy in secondary ELA or education. Applicants’ interests should also emphasize social good, particularly how digital technology interfaces with and disrupts structural inequalities along axes of identity and subjective formation (race, class, gender).

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Editors’ Choice: The Story of the Stuff

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:00

It smelled like popcorn on April 16, 2007. I had just begun projecting a movie at the Lyric Theatre in sleepy downtown Blacksburg, Virginia. It was an early morning show geared towards moms with small children and special needs patrons. I can no longer remember the title of the film. Just the smell of popcorn and getting a phone call. “There’s been a shooting on campus. Lock the doors.” Everyone knows what happened next. In the weeks that followed, all the world over learned of the shooting that left 32 students and faculty at Virginia Tech dead, plus the shooter himself. The satellite trucks came and didn’t stop coming until the university’s enormous conference center parking lot was full. Our private grief became public. Like so many people in Blacksburg—a town of only 40,000—I knew a few of the victims. The footage you see above is my sole document of those days. I used my Super-8 camera to film the town’s movie theater marquee, the stone memorials for the victims. Something about the silent film made it more permanent and also less real. And it certainly looked different from the footage I saw on television: this wasn’t an outsider’s “pornography of the real.

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Report: R is for Archaeology

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 13:00

From the report:

The Society of American Archaeology (SAA) is one of the largest professional organisations for archaeologists in the world, and just concluded its annual meeting in Vancouver, BC at the end of March. The R language has been a part of this meeting for more than a decade, with occasional citations of R Core in the posters, and more recently, the distinctive ggplot2 graphics appearing infrequently on posters and slides. However, among the few archaeologists that have heard of R, it has a reputation for being difficult to learn and use, idiosyncratic, and only suitable for highly specialized analyses. Generally, archaeology students are raised on Excel and SPSS. This year, a few of us thought it was time to administer some first aid to R’s reputation among archaeologists and generally broaden awareness of this wonderful tool. We developed a plan for this year’s SAA meeting to show our colleagues that R is not too hard to learn, it is useful for almost anything that involves numbers, and it has lots of fun and cool people that use it to get their research done quicker and easier.

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Announcement: Mapping Early American Elections

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:30

From the announcement:

The Mapping Early American Elections team is pleased to launch the project website. During this three-year project, funded by the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities, we plan to blog about our process and progress. Our project is building on the New Nation Votes (NNV) collection of electoral returns, a project that was also funded by the NEH. Mapping Early American Elections is turning those election returns into a dataset which has a spatial component. Our dataset will offer researchers new opportunities to visualize and map the changing character of early American democracy as revealed through the country’s earliest elections, 1787 to 1825.

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CFP: Current Research in Digital History

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:00

From the CFP:

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media invites submissions for the first annual Current Research in Digital History conference. Submissions should offer historical arguments and interpretations rather than showcase digital projects. We anticipate that the format of short presentations will provide an opportunity to make arguments on the basis of ongoing research in larger projects. Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals. Some travel funding is available. Presentations will be peer-reviewed and published in an online publication that accommodates dynamic visualizations and narrative.

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Editors’ Choice: How Google Book Search Got Lost

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 11:30

When it started almost 15 years ago, it also seemed impossibly ambitious: An upstart tech company that had just tamed and organized the vast informational jungle of the web would now extend the reach of its search box into the offline world. By scanning millions of printed books from the libraries with which it partnered, it would import the entire body of pre-internet writing into its database…Today, Google is known for its moonshot culture, its willingness to take on gigantic challenges at global scale. Books was, by general agreement of veteran Googlers, the company’s first lunar mission. Scan All The Books!

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Announcement: Mellon Grant Supports Open Access to Humanities Texts

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 13:00

From the announcemnt:

For the second year in a row, Cornell University Press has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant worth nearly $100,000 to fund the open access initiative, Cornell Open. “This is exciting news for the press and for the university,” said Laura Spitz, Cornell’s vice provost for international affairs. “Open access to humanities scholarship aligns with the mission of a global and engaged Cornell.” Cornell is one of four presses to receive a second NEH/Mellon grant. The new grant will allow Cornell Open to expand its selection from 20 to 77 titles, providing a much wider range of subject areas. “We’ve been so pleased to have Cornell Open as a shining example of what the program might help support,” said Perry Collins, senior NEH program officer.The initial grant brought back 20 classic out-of-print titles from the Cornell University Press archive; in seven months these open access titles have generated 25,000 downloads at 832 institutions in 152 countries.

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Job: Digital Preservation Librarian at James Madison University

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:00

James Madison University is recruiting a Digital Preservation Librarian.

From the ad:

The Digital Preservation Librarian reports to the Head of Digital Collections and is responsible for the stewardship and protection of LET’s digital assets; leads the development of an effective and achievable strategy to establish a cohesive digital preservation program ensuring the long-term viability of university digital assets regardless of format; establishes policies, procedures, workflows and best practices related to the long-term preservation of and access to digital collections; manages daily services and ensures organizational practices adhere to LET’s Digital Preservation Policy Framework (; updates the Digital Preservation Policy Framework to reflect evolving standards and best practices; and brings to the forefront a proactive awareness of social responsibility and ethics of digital preservation.

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Editors’ Choice: Exploring the Local Impact of the NEH

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:00

Recent budget proposals by the Trump administration have allocated zero funding to a number of independent federal agencies concerned with education, democracy, cultural preservation, and public-facing scholarship. Among them are the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which supports NPR and PBS. As a child, I grew up watching shows such as Sesame Street and Shining Time Station on PBS, and as an adult I regularly listen to public radio podcasts such as NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour and WBEZ Chicago’s This American Life. In my career as a graduate student at the GC, I’ve also had the privilege of working on an NEH-funded project, DH Box, and have consulted on two others, Social Paper and Beyond Citation. These programs and projects were, and are, non-partisan, and collectively their goal has been to make culture and scholarship—and necessarily American culture and American scholarship—more rich, more open, and more accessible to the public.

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Job: Digital Scholarship Strategist

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 13:00

Ball State University is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Strategist

From the ad:

More than one year of experience with digital scholarship/humanities project management and utilization of digital tools in a research environment. Knowledge of research methods and technical applications in a digital publishing or repository environment. Strong technical, problem-solving and communication skills required. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, demonstrated ability to collaborate well with colleagues. Experience with text mining, data visualization applications, augmented reality, and/or data management; experience with research analysis technologies to support digital scholarship, learning, and scholarly publishing; experience with grant writing.

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Job: Communications Specialist at Texas Digital Library

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:30

The Texas Digital Library is recruiting a Communications Specialist.

From the ad:

Develop and implement communications and member recruitment plans targeting multiple audiences, in collaboration with Executive Director and other team members. Manage promotional campaigns from conception to completion. Manage the development, distribution and maintenance of all external-facing print and electronic collateral, including multiple web sites, social media channels, e-newsletters, brochures, and press releases.

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Job: Data Concepts Librarian at College of the Holy Cross

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:00

The College of the Holy Cross is recruiting a Data Concepts Librarian.

From the ad:

Reporting to the Head of Research, Teaching & Learning, the Data Concepts Librarian will coordinate instructional and learning assessment initiatives within the library, working closely with the Office of Assessment and other pertinent offices. He/she will initiate projects surrounding Research, Teaching and Learning data collection and management, and serve as liaison to one or more departments on campus. . . .He/she will collaborate with other academic services to engage students and faculty with data needs, will serve on Library committees, task forces, and working groups that address long-term challenges and opportunities as well as shorter-term operational issues for the libraries.

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Editors’ Choice: Messy & Chaotic Learning, A Domains Presentation at Keene State College

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:30

When I was asked to come speak at Keene it was due, in part, to a presentation I gave last summer at Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute at Mary Washington. My presentation was titled Making & Breaking: Rethinking the Web in Higher Education, and the purpose of that talk was to disentangle a bit of the history of the Web within colleges and universities. My thesis was that we in higher education have spent far too long avoiding larger conversations about the Web: what it means to our culture and communities; how it’s re-shaping our social and political landscapes; how it’s altering the work of our individual disciplines; and, on a whole, what role schools of higher education should be playing in helping our citizenry understand all of these factors.

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Resource: Runaway Slave Advertisement Databases

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 13:30

From the post:

Below is a list of existing datasets, as well as those still in development, that are suitable for research and teaching on black resistance. These sources can be used to ask other questions related to social and human capital, and the ways in which enslaved people made use of their immediate resources to facilitate their escape. For example, who were most ‘successful’ at remaining free for longer periods of time, women or men? And why? What role did literacy play in contributing to finding freedom? How important was it for a runaway to have a social network of actors in place to help coordinate the escape? These are questions researchers and students may be interested in pursusing through qualitative and quantitative analysis. The ads, as well as historical fictions of runaways, help broaden public understanding of slavery by highlighting new faces, names, locations, and ways of embodying the spirit of freedom and liberation that pushed the modern era toward democracy.

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CFP: Data Sharing, Holocaust Documentation and the Digital Humanities

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 12:30

From the CFP:

We would like to invite you to participate in the international workshop on” Data Sharing, Holocaust Documentation and the Digital Humanities. Best Practices, Case Studies, Benefits”, to be held in Venice on 29-30 June 2017. Launched in November 2010, the main goal of EHRI is the implementation of a research infrastructure, which enables collaborative work in Holocaust research and documentation. As part of the infrastructure work, EHRI integrates archival metadata across institutional, national and language boundaries, making it searchable and helping researchers to find relationships between archival collections. This context makes the deployment of efficient data collection, sharing, processing and integration technologies and approaches (including semantic technologies) crucial to achieve success in the implementation of the infrastructure.

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Resource: Introducing the Bibliography on Stylometry

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 12:00

From the post:

The understanding of the term stylometry underlying the conceptual scope of the bibliography is relatively wide and covers any type of quantitative analysis of literary style. In practice, a large part of the entries are focused on stylometry understood as the theory and practice of authorship attribution with so-called non-traditional, quantitative methods. However, the bibliography endorses the idea of “stylometry beyond authorship” which means that any computational, preferably but not necessarily quantitative approaches to issues like author gender, literary genre or text type, time period or data of publication are also within the scope of the bibliography. Additionally, the bibliography also contains some forays into aspects not limited to literary texts, such as forensic linguistics or cognitive stylistics. Publications on statistics, machine learning, natural language processing or mainstream stylistics, literary theory and history are included only if they have a direct connection with an issue in stylometry as defined above.

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