Digital Humanities + Libraries, Past Events

Supporting Digital Humanities on a Shoestring

Jennifer Wolfe
Digital Initiatives Manager, Newberry Library
Matthew Krc
Digital Initiatives Librarian, Newberry Library
October 1, 2018 | 2:00pm
Ahmanson Lab | LVL 301

Like many smaller cultural heritage institutions, the Newberry -- a Chicago-based independent research library specializing in the humanities -- is rich in collections but relatively poor in digital infrastructure. Lacking in-house web design or development staff, librarians have struggled to keep up with demand for digital scholarship support. Adopting a toolkit of free and open-source software (FOSS) programs has helped turn things around, enabling a mostly pain-free process for creating professional-looking sites with specialized functionality. Learn about the Newberry's resources showcasing digital collections, crowdsourcing, digital pedagogy, and open data, how you can participate in these initiatives, and how you can use FOSS tools in your own digital scholarship projects.

Jen Wolfe worked as a librarian at Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture and the University of Iowa Libraries before becoming the Newberry's Digital Initiatives Manager. She was awarded the Center for Research Libraries Primary Source Award for Access in 2013, and co-authored "DIY History: Redesigning a Platform for a Transcription Crowdsourcing Initiative" in Outreach: Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections (Rowman & Littlefield: 2014).

Matt Krc is the Digital Initiatives Librarian in the Department of Digital Initiatives and Services at the Newberry, a Chicago-based independent research library specializing in the humanities. Matt's areas of expertise include digital collection building, cultural heritage crowdsourcing, and metadata workflows; he holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Slow Archiving the Web: Appraisal and Donor Engagement as Ethical Considerations

Bergis Jules
University and Political Papers Archivist, University of California, Riverside Library
April 16,  2018 | 2:00PM
DML 241

The public's use of social media platforms to document events of historical significance, to engage in political conversations, or to share and explore cultural experiences, continues to be widespread and this presents new opportunities for archivists interested in working with social media to build collections. But practices developed for more manageable traditional archival materials, don't always apply well in the era of social media, creating significant ethical dilemmas for archivists. The Documenting the Now project is interested in addressing these issues by helping to build tools and develop practices in community with archivists interested in the ethical collection, access,and preservation of social media content.

Bergis Jules is the University and Political Papers Archivist at the University of California, Riverside library, where he manages university archives, political papers, African American collections, and community archives projects. He is one of the principal investigators on a 2015 funded project for social media archiving from the Andrew Mellon Foundation titled, Documenting the Now: Supporting Scholarly Use and Preservation of Social Media Content


On a Collections as Data Imperative

Thomas Padilla
Visiting Digital Research Services Librarian, University of Nevada Las Vegas
April 30, 2018 | 2:00PM
LVL 301

Collections as Data is an effort by librarians, archivists, and museums professionals to strategize best practices for developing, describing, providing access to, and encouraging reuse of collections that support computationally-driven research and teaching. Thomas Padilla, Principal Investigator for the IMLS-funded Collections as Data Initiative, will talk about the aims and interests of those engaged in these efforts and the kinds of research and communities that cultural heritage collections rendered as data can support.

Thomas Padilla is Visiting Digital Research Services Librarian at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He publishes, presents, and teaches widely on digital scholarship, digital collections, Humanities data, data curation, and data information literacy. He is Principal Investigator of the Institute of Museum and Library Services supported, Collections as Data.

Thomas is a member of the Association for Computers and the Humanities Executive Council (2017-2021), the Global Outlook::Digital Humanities Executive Council, the WhatEVery1Says Advisory Board, the Integrating digital humanities into the web of scholarship with SHARE Advisory Board, and the ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence Advisory Group. Thomas serves as an Editor for dh + lib Data Praxis. Thomas is a regular instructor at the Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching Institute (HILT).