Digital Humanities + Libraries Series

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.

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Digital Humanities, Critical Digital Citizenship, and the Participatory Library

Erin Glass
Digital Scholarship Librarian, UCSD
December 3,  2018 | 2:00PM
Ahmanson Lab | LVL 301

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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