Conference Sessions

Session 102 – Reaching Our (Full, Digital) Potential

Saturday, June 21st, 9:00am-10:30am

Jaycie Vos, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Laura Clark Brown, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Virginia Ferris, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Seth Kotch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Since 2003, the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has sought to make robust use of the digital turn in oral history research and dissemination. This born digital approach encourages experimentation, collaboration, and a return to core principles. Most recently, experimentation has resulted in Mapping the Long Women’s Movement, an oral history visualization and auralization project, which integrates newly applied technologies in streaming audio, time stamped transcripts, and geo-referencing. Collaboration hinges on our long-term relationship with UNC Libraries’ Southern Historical Collection, where interviews are described, archived, and disseminated. The return to core principles has begun with the development of a metadata standard for digital oral histories. The field lacks such a standard to the detriment of effective dissemination. In collaboration with the library, the SOHP is experimenting with online tools to support the new metadata schema, and following implementation, SOHP will share it across the oral history and archival fields. By doing so, we hope to make use of linked data’s full potential by improving humanities research across oral history collections nationwide.

The panelists will address experimentation, collaboration, and core principles. They will discuss the current state of digital oral history practice, the development of a new metadata schema, implementation of the schema in-house, and methods to make the schema a national standard. The panel will demonstrate progress to date and will suggest implications for digital humanities research and the re-imagining of digital scholarship.

Session 201 – Digital Scholarship & Curation

Saturday, June 21st, 10:45am-12:15pm

Digital Scholarship and the Institutional Repository: Insights from the Fine Arts

Courtney Baron, MLIS candidate, Valdosta State University
Anna-Sophia Zingarelli-Sweet, MLIS candidate, University of Pittsburgh

Innovate and Curate? Helping collaborative digital humanities research persist beyond the experiment

Liz Milewicz, Duke University
Leslie Barnes, University of Toronto

Redefining Publishing to Serve New Forms of Scholarship: A Proposal for Publishers, Librarians, and Scholars to Re-make the Publishing Process

Sylvia K. Miller, Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University

Zingarelli-Sweet and Baron will discuss the benefits and challenges of implementing a DSpace institutional repository at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia.  Through a case study of curating digital research outcomes of the Haiti Lab at Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI), Milewicz and Barnes will illustrate how digital humanities work poses unique administrative challenges for curating research data and digital scholarship.  Miller will discuss the ideas of collaborative workflows that would bring publishers, scholars, and librarians together to produce published scholarship in a more connected and integrated manner and in so doing, to eliminate duplication of effort, serve scholars in a more systematized manner, and ultimately to redefine scholarly publishing in the humanities and social sciences as we know it today.

Session 202 – Supporting Digital Humanities in the Library: Three Case Studies

Saturday, June 21st, 10:45am-12:15pm

What’s So Big About Humanities? Advanced Computing in Libraries

Simon Appleford, Clemson University

Developing the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI)

Mary Battle, College of Charleston
Tyler Mobley, College of Charleston
Heather Gilbert, College of Charleston

Into the Library and Back Out Again: The CDH at the University of South Carolina

David Lee Miller, University of South Carolina

Appleford will discuss his experiences building digital humanities centers at both Clemson University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Battle, Mobley and Gilbert will discuss the technology, collaborations and workflows implemented in building the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative, an Omeka-based digital public history project focusing on addressing underrepresented race, class, gender, and labor histories within the Lowcountry region, and in historically interconnected Atlantic World sites. Finally, Miller will discuss the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of South Carolina, their experiences moving into and within the library and their impending move back out of the library.

Session 301 – Supporting, enabling and undertaking digital research: a British Library perspective

Saturday, June 21st, 2:15pm-3:45pm

James Baker,  Digital Curator in the Digital Research Team at the British Library
Adam Farquhar,  Head of Digital Scholarship at the British Library
Aquiles Alencar-Brayner, British Library

This panel will reflect on the activities of the British Library to support, enable and undertake digital research. The British Library Digital Scholarship department was created in 2010 and works to enable the production of digital content, the sharing and integration of digital content, wider collaboration and contribution around digital content, and complex analysis and facilitation of new discoveries using digital content. Central to this mission is the Digital Research team, a team of four curators who explore how digital technologies and transformations are reshaping research and how this informs how the library goes about its business.

Session 302 – Assessment Tools and Methodologies in the Digital Humanities

Saturday, June 21st, 2:15pm-3:45pm

Supporting Digital Humanists: Taking a Data-Driven Approach to Needs Assessment and Service Design

Thea Lindquist, University of Colorado Boulder
Holley Long, University of Colorado Boulder
Alexander Watkins, University of Colorado Boulder

Digital Humanities in the Library, for the Library: Two Case Studies Illustrating the Usefulness of Text Mining for Library Assessment

Jacqueline Hettel, Stanford University Libraries
Chris Bourg, Stanford University Libraries

Lindquist, Long and Watkins will discuss the advantages of using multiple methodologies to gather information, including both quantitative and qualitative data; these multiple perspectives can lead to broader and more holistic knowledge. As a case study they will present the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries’ Digital Humanities Task Force’s 2013 investigation of changing Digital Humanities activities and emerging support needs on campus.  Text mining, and more specifically corpus linguistics, affords us the ability to analyze large quantities of qualitative information quickly, while respecting the context from which the evidence came. Hettel and Bourg will discuss how employing assessment of organizational culture from different perspectives through text mining methodologies is just one way in which libraries can further assert their role as leaders in Digital Humanities.

Session 401 – Digitization, Repositories & Archives

Saturday, June 21st, 4:00pm-5:30pm

Digitizing the Fluxus West collection through 2D and 3D scanning

Hannah Scates Kettler, University of Iowa Libraries Digital Research and Publishing

Imagining the Future: Using Digital Humanities Tools in the Archives

Kira B. Homo, University of Oregon

Scates Kettler will address some of the challenges associated with working across administrative units to create and manage the diverse Fluxus West digital collection, whose contents range from large to small, 2D to 3D, and from physical to conceptual, with creative intent ranging from ephemeral to lasting, and discuss the possibilities that arise from Digital Humanities projects and collaboration in the true sense of the word. Homo will explore various case studies undertaken by the University of Oregon Libraries in incorporating digital humanities tools and techniques into their processing workflows for the arrangement and description of born-digital and digitized records. Techniques used in these case studies include topic modeling, network analysis, and textual analysis using tools like MALLET, Topic Modeling Tool, Gephi, OpenMary, ARLO, R, NodeXL, and Mathematica; in some cases, we also experimented with custom Python and XSLT scripts.

Session 402 – Cross-Campus Collaborations: Partnerships Between Humanities and Library Faculty

Saturday, June 21st, 4:00pm-5:30pm

Developing Digital Scholarship Services at the Library: A Collaborative Approach to Urban Cultural Studies and Digital Humanities in Languages

Jolanda-Pieta Van Arnhem, College of Charleston
Benjamin Fraser, College of Charleston

Curriculum Driven: A Liberal Arts College Archives Path to Digital Humanities

Jan Blodgett, Davidson College
Caitlin Christian-Lamb, Davidson College
Craig Milberg, Davidson College

Libraries and Digital Pedagogy: Faculty-Librarian Partnerships to Teach Digital Humanities

Harriett E. Green, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Van Arnhem and Fraser discuss the benefits of a collaborative approach that brings library faculty together with language, literature and area studies faculty, including how this theoretical framework can be tied to teaching practice in a digital humanities-centered class conducted in Spanish at the graduate level and the practical considerations required to meet a divergent set of pedagogical and instructional goals. Through a chronological presentation of over 15 years of digital projects, changes in technology, staffing, and group structure, Blodgett, Christian-Lamb and Milberg will attempt to outline their view of the benefits and challenges of a curricular focus to digital humanities projects at a liberal arts college and the unique contributions librarians and archivists can make in not only supporting but also leading campus digital humanities efforts.  Green, using case studies from the University of Illinois Library, will discuss how partnerships can be built between librarians and humanities faculty to facilitate the development and teaching of digital humanities tools and methodologies in humanities courses.

Session 501 –  Teaching Digital Humanities in the Library

Sunday, June 22nd, 9:00am-10:30am

James Baker, British Library
Helene Williams, University of Washington
John Russell, University of Oregon Libraries
Brian Rosenblum, University of Kansas Libraries

The presentations in this session will address the instructional roles that librarians have played (and can play) in supporting digital humanities scholarship.  James Baker will discuss his experiences teaching digital research methods to librarians and curators at the British Library as part of the Digital Scholarship Training program launched in 2011.  Helene Williams will present a recent revamp of the classic humanities reference course, which is offered synchronously to both residential and online MLIS cohorts at the University of Washington, that now focuses on the many intersections of digital humanities and library services and collections.  John Russell will report on a graduate-level course in digital scholarship at the University of Oregon and how it ended up in the library, taught by a librarian.  Brian Rosenblum will describe some of the recent efforts by the University of Kansas Libraries and Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH) to provide instruction and training in digital humanities to graduate students and faculty.

Session 502 – Oral History in the Digital Age

Sunday, June 22nd, 9:00am-10:30am

Legacies and Lifecycles: Digitizing Oral History Collections at Rutgers University

Caryn Radick, Rutgers University Libraries
Krista White, Rutgers University Libraries

Oral History is Open History: The Kreuger-Scott Oral History Project Ontology

Krista White, Rutgers University Libraries
Grace Agnew, Rutgers University Libraries
Chad Mills, Rutgers University Libraries
Isaiah Beard, Rutgers University Libraries

Memories Can’t Wait: Oral History Processing and Publication

Kerry Taylor, The Citadel Oral History Program

Radick and White will discuss issues encountered and lessons learned during work to digitize legacy oral history collections held by two Rutgers libraries– the Institute of Jazz Studies at Newark and at Special Collections and University Archives in New Brunswick.  White will report on the implementation, challenges and potential of a user-centered ontology for the use of interoperable taxonomies for the description of cultural heritage materials, first piloted with the the Kreuger-Scott African American Oral History project, a series of interviews with prominent members of the African American community conducted in Newark, New Jersey in the late 1990s and early 2000s.  Taylor will discuss his experiences with the Citadel Oral History Program, including the support and curatorial services an oral historian might require from library collaborations.

Session 101 – CANCELLED 

Developing and Sustaining an Inter- Institutional Library-Humanities Collaboration: The Martha Berry Digital Archive Project  

Saturday, June 21st, 9:00am-10:30am

Garrick S. Bodine, Pennsylvania State University
Sherre L. Harrington, Berry College
Stephanie A. Schlitz, Bloomsburg University
Christy Snider, Berry College

Through discussion of the Martha Berry Digital Archive Project (MBDA,, an ongoing (and vibrant) inter-institutional, faculty, staff and student-driven library-humanities partnership, this panel examines foundational issues in digital humanities collaboration. MBDA is an open access, open source, participatory1 editing project. Through its collaborative, interdisciplinary project model and its interactive, user-centered design, MBDA exemplifies data curation, community engagement, and curricular integration as critical, interrelated facets of the preservation and access lifecycle. Critical issues in library-humanities collaboration focused on in this panel will include Data, Access, Collaboration and Teaching and Learning.