Friday, May 29 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Tales from the Library Basement: Doing Digital Humanities as CLIR Fellows

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This panel will feature four first year Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Fellows who work in their university libraries to build communities around Digital Humanities as a way to spark conversation about the role of libraries in managing DH projects, facilitating digital work, and bringing together stakeholders from across the campus. Libraries offer spaces for interdisciplinary investment in infrastructure that can support new kinds of scholarship for an entire campus while taking advantage of the expertise librarians offer for short-term construction and long-term preservation of digital projects. Yet, collaborations between faculty and libraries are often bumpy, and questions about scalability and sustainability can hinder productive partnerships. For faculty, who see their projects as unique, building scalable models is not a priority and library services may not address all of their interests.

We seek to explore these tensions from our experience as CLIR fellows. As PhDs we are tasked with building bridges between the faculty and library – bridges that sometimes succeed in creating academically rigorous and pedagogically innovative projects and sometimes fail. Four panelists, representing both research institutions and teaching colleges, will present case studies (short papers of 5-8 minutes each) and reflect on the specifics of their institutions that require negotiation between the library and the broader campus community. The panel will then transition to a broader, guided conversation, led by former CLIR fellow, Daniel Chamberlain, Director of the Center for Digital Liberal Arts at Occidental College.

This curated conversation will draw from the presented case studies to examine the broader role of libraries as hubs that foster DH work. We will also discuss the role of CLIR Fellows in the growth of these communities and the value of the term “Digital Humanities” in a library that serves all corners of campus.

Individual Papers:

Rachel Deblinger, Digital Humanities Specialist (UC Santa Cruz), will detail the development of two similar online, digital exhibits: one library based and the other faculty and student led. Although the exhibits similarly rely on library assets, the vastly different goals and building processes highlight the tensions around doing digital humanities work in the library.

Emily McGinn, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities (Lafayette College), will talk about the specific challenges of building a DH community at a small liberal arts college, where the library and the Digital Scholarship Services department have worked together to build the groundwork for innovative scholarship on campus.

Charlotte Nunes, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Scholarship (Southwestern University), will discuss Southwestern’s Latina History Project. This project involves undergraduate interns in digital archiving processes for a collection of photographs and oral histories provided by Latina social justice activists from across Central Texas, including Chicana feminists influential in founding the Texas La Raza Unida Party during the early 1970s.

Alicia Peaker, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Liberal Arts (Middlebury College), will share practical strategies for building scalable communities around digital scholarship at small liberal arts colleges where “doing DH” offers both great opportunities and great challenges.

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Rachel Deblinger

Digital Humanities Specialist, UC Santa Cruz

Emily McGinn

Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities, Lafayette College

Alicia Peaker

Director of Digital Scholarship, Critical Making, and Digital Collections Management, Bryn Mawr College

Friday May 29, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
Heritage Room Kellogg Center

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