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Session on The Bibliography, Or Something Old is New Again

The session on bibliography will be at Rialto Café, 934 Sixteenth Street (5 min. walk) – Gmaps directions here: Table for 12-15 reserved. Join us!

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Session on DH Training for Students

My public notes from today’s session:   We discussed possibly forming a Google Group to share instructional materials … Comment here and I can create the group or determine other forms of alt-communication.  Snack time!

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Starting a Digital Humanities Program Session

Thanks everyone for sharing their experiences and expertise. Here’s the notes

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Links to session notes

Here are some links to Google Docs created at THATCamp DH and Libraries. If you’ve got another one, please post it in the comments on this post, in the comments on the session proposal, or in another post here on the site (categorized “Session Notes”). Also, sharing the document with info at will help ensure its survival.

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Session on collaboration between faculty and libraries on DH projects

Here are my notes for the second session on collaborations between faculty and librarians on digital humanities projects:

I should note that we broke out into three sub-groups, and these notes are primarily from my sub-group.  So I encourage the notetakers from the other sub-groups to post your notes in this post as well!

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Good morning, campers!

The organizers are gathering early (yawn) to make sure setup and registration goes smoothly.  Don’t forget the cover charge: $25 cash (exact change would be awesome) or a check made out to CLIR.

In case you haven’t had time to explore, here are a few breakfast options: starbucks (if you wanna sleep-in) and hotel restaurant (if you wanna burn your budget) in LL, and just turn the corner onto 16th street for lots of food and bakery options (if you wanna to inhale non-recirculating air).

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Session on “Re-Skilling” Librarians

My notes on this session:  I’d like to explore grant-funding options for building a digital research curriculum for our library staff and librarians.  Comment here if you too are interested.

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The Bibliography, Or Something Old is New Again

Bibliographies are arguably data sets of old. Their value for scholars across domains continues unabated – and for practical reason: the compilation of information resources marks a typical initial step in undertaking new research and thus exploring the existing literature. Citation management tools, like Zotero and Mendeley, have made substantive strides toward easier tracking of such resources; easier exporting to different file formats; and, overall, easier sharing with peer researchers.

Bibliographies are also something new again. At Penn State we have had inquiries from scholars asking for more than what Zotero and Mendeley provide, at least out of the box, such as a crowdsourcing functionality for developing web-based bibliographies that could allow for much more open peer contribution; verification (particularly for archival materials); annotation; and UI customization, to name a starting set of features. A few of our scholars are interested in linking a published monograph to a “living” bibliography – a resource that would be updated and enhanced continually via contributions from peer researchers as well as via automated methods. (This request is not unlike, in some ways, publisher requirements for researchers, primarily in the sciences, to link their journals to their data sets – except that such data sets tend to be finite and thus static.)

These inquiries have us wondering: what is the future of the bibliography – its purpose, its art? What is the future of publishing bibliographies, and how can libraries help in this effort, particularly to support authority of bibliographic content but also the dynamic enhancement of it, using best practices and standards? What new data models for publishing online bibliographies should be conceptualized? What other features are scholars interested in when it comes to bibliographies? This session is aimed at fleshing out potential bibliography use cases that leverage tools, ideas, and infrastructure familiar in the digital humanities and that also intersect with issues germane to humanities data curation.

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