Digital Humanities + Libraries

Digital Art History at the Getty Research Institute

Emily Pugh
Digital Humanities Specialist, Getty Research Institute
February 4, 2019 | 2:00PM
Ahmanson Lab | LVL 301 (Map)

The Digital Art History Program at the Getty Research Institute sponsors and advises collaborative art-historical research and publication projects that facilitate access to and analysis of digitized objects, particularly those in the Institute's collections. Emily Pugh, who oversees the program, will provide an overview of the DAH at the GRI, detailing the kinds of projects the program undertakes and the skills represented in the DAH team. In doing so, she will highlight two DAH projects in particular: Ed Ruscha’s Streets of Los Angeles archive, and PhotoTech, which focuses on digitizing a significant portion of the GRI’s Photo Archive.

Emily Pugh is the Digital Humanities Specialist at the Getty Research Institute, where she oversees the GRI’s Digital Art History Program. Prior to her time at the GRI, Emily served as the first Robert H. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate, with special responsibilities for digital humanities projects, at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. She is a specialist in digital art history but also in architectural history, having received her PhD in Art History from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2008.

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Digital Humanities, Critical Digital Citizenship, and the Participatory Library

Erin Glass
Digital Scholarship Librarian, UCSD
March 4, 2019 | 2:00PM
Ahmanson Lab | LVL 301 (Map)

The digital humanities offer libraries an exciting opportunity to foster participatory knowledge production and critical digital citizenship on campus. Emerging, easy-to-use, and often free digital tools enable students, scholars, and librarians to transform private research and learning into interactive, collaborative, and public facing research projects that utilize or contribute to library collections. Simultaneously, the facilitation of these projects grants libraries the opportunity to train participants in critically assessing the ethical, political, and intellectual implications of digital tools that shape both our research and everyday lives.

In this talk, I will describe several digital humanities projects at UC San Diego that align with these directives such as KNIT (a digital commons for institutions of higher education in San Diego), the Race and Oral History Project (a student-driven, digitally-accessible archive about race in San Diego), and the Digital Humanities Research Group. I will offer suggestions for how these projects and their underlying principles might be repurposed at other institutions and hope to end with a discussion about the ongoing challenges and opportunities of cultivating digital humanities practices within a library context.

Erin Rose Glass is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at the UC San Diego Library, where she helps academics critically understand, apply, and shape digital technologies used in knowledge production. Her recently-completed dissertation, Software of the Oppressed: Reprogramming the Invisible Discipline, examines the politics and history of digital technology at the often overlooked site of academic and student writing. As an advocate for community driven software, she directs KNIT, a digital commons for UC San Diego, the San Diego Community College District, and San Diego State University that facilitates publicly-engaged, participatory, and collaborative research and teaching. She is also co-founder of Social Paper, a non-proprietary platform for socializing student writing and feedback funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Innovation at the Library of Congress

Kate Zwaard
Director of Digital Strategy, Library of Congress
April 1, 2019 | 2:00PM
Ahmanson Lab | LVL 301 (Map)

Kate Zwaard will discuss creating a sustainable and inclusive innovation culture in cultural memory organizations, recent experiments in LC Labs, and user-centered design for engaging all users.

Kate Zwaard is the Director of Digital Strategy at the Library of Congress. In that role, she is working to empower the nation’s oldest cultural institution to leverage technology to reach as many people as powerfully as possible.

A dynamic leader dedicated to using evidence and empathy to enable change, Kate brings passion and innovation to her work at the Library. In 2017, she spearheaded the launch of LC Labs, a small team charged with incubating innovative projects and serving as an inviting human interface to the Library’s digital services. Kate joined the Library in 2012 as an engineering manager, leading the team building the Library’s digital repository and serving as a technical advisor to curatorial groups who deal with Library digital collections.

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