Keynote Speakers

Digital Humanities: A Voyage of Discovery 

Riccardo Ferrante, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, June 20th, 6pm

Under a variety of names, digital humanities has been a scholarly focus for well over a decade. Although it is no longer “new,” it is still very much a field in which libraries and archives are finding our way. The breadth and depth of accomplishments vary remarkably. Several factors influence how libraries and archives participate or if they do: research demand, staff interest, organizational buy-in, available resources and skills, isolated projects or extended programs, and funding. How do these projects advance knowledge-creation in meaningful ways? This talk explores these issues from within the context of crowdsourcing transcriptions of published and primary source collections from the variety of museums, libraries and archives using the Smithsonian Transcription Center.

Riccardo Ferrante is the Information Technology Archivist and director of the Smithsonian Institution Archives’ Electronic Records Program. He oversees the digital preservation, digitization, and electronic records management activities of the Smithsonian. Ferrante’s work focuses on born digital objects and digital curation, including websites and email.


The Digital Public Library of America 

Emily Gore, Digital Public Library of America

Saturday, June 21st, 12:30pm

Emily Gore discusses the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) one year after launch and into the future, including their international rights work, linked open data trials and how the DPLA can be used by digital humanists.

Emily Gore is the Director for Content of the Digital Public Library of America. Most recently, Emily served as the Associate Dean for Digital Scholarship and Technology at Florida State University Libraries. Emily managed the former statewide digital library in North Carolina, NC ECHO, and co-directed the South Carolina Digital Library. Emily also served as Principal Investigator for the IMLS-funded Open Parks Grid project at Clemson University, a collaboration among the libraries, campus IT, Parks and Recreation professionals and the National Park Service.


Data Driven but How Do We Steer This Thing? 

Trevor Muñoz, University of Maryland

Saturday, June 21st, 6:30pm

Much of the discussion of digital humanities in libraries is directed to programmatic questions: who to hire for library-based digital humanities work, what skills might these people need, how best to house and equip new (or old) digital initiatives, what projects and partnerships to pursue. When discussions do turn to the mission or purpose of digital humanities in libraries, these debates often seem drained of the animated specificity devoted to administrative, programmatic questions. Redressing this imbalance in our professional attention as a library profession can strengthen our planning for, participation in, and leadership of digital humanities scholarship. This talk then is intended as one contribution toward the project of better articulating a theory that can shape and guide libraries’ digital humanities practice. By tracing librarianship’s historical self-understanding and identifying points of connection between library theory and some of the major ideas of humanistic scholarship, it is possible to show how and why digital humanities research should be part of the core work of libraries.

Trevor Muñoz is the Assistant Dean for Digital Humanities Research at the University of Maryland Libraries and an Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). He works on developing digital research projects and services at the intersection of digital humanities centers and libraries. His research interests include electronic publishing and the curation of digital humanities research data. Muñoz also currently serves as the Principal Investigator for the Digital Humanities Data Curation Institute project, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.