The DH librarian and Digital Library Program librarians at UCLA have started doing instruction sessions for mostly graduate students, many of whom are in DH. These sessions have included workshops on Topic Modeling, Google Maps and Fusion Tables, XML and TEI topics and others (a popular one was on Jquery). These are all outside of sessions taught for courses, so are essentially library instruction sessions. What instruction are others able to offer? We have had challenges in obtaining software, preparing sessions and making them useful for the long term. It would be great to confer with other librarians doing instruction for DH students and faculty in any capacity, including for regular courses for credit.
We’re in the very beginning stages of starting a digital humanities program at our library. We’re looking to discuss best practices, models, successes, failures, and what’s possible.
Some questions we’d like to learn more about and discuss:
How to gather input from users on desired digital humanities offerings in the library?
What are some successful examples or models of Digital Humanities Programs? What’s the range of offerings?
Which are the favorite/required tools to offer with library support?
What resources are necessary/desired? Space, hardware, people, campus partners
Creating a Digital Humanities Lab in the Library, pipe dream?
-Alex Watkins & Thea Lindquist
I am interested in discussing the notion of “re-skilling” or training librarians, most of whom have spent their careers as subject liaisons, with the specific knowledge and skills necessary to support digital scholarship. Two recent studies in particular have highlighted the gaps in librarian skills in relation to new research needs: the Research Libraries UK report “Re-Skilling for Research” and the Ithaka S+R History study (“Support Services for Scholars: History Project Interim Report”). Both studies cite the need for librarians to better understand data management and the tools and methods being used by researchers.
The turn to digital in humanities scholarship has been significant. Yet, this change in research behavior has not been accompanied by a major change in the profession of librarianship. While many reference desks are now virtual rather than physical, more research materials are purchased through automated approval plans, and the majority of materials acquired are digital, the fundamental service model of librarianship has not changed. Librarians are still being trained to assist scholars in their research process by purchasing materials, helping with discovery of those materials, and preserving the materials for future generations of scholars.
The staff of digital humanities centers or labs sited in libraries are most often comprised of humanities scholars, Web developers, and programmers. Librarians are sometimes included on staff, but more frequently they serve as consultants on specific projects rather than as full-time members of the center. I would like to explore the idea of a service model for DH with librarians at the center rather than at the margins, envisioning librarians as full collaborators in the scholarly process.
General discussion on the use of traditional GIS and emerging mapping tools to enhance scholarship. After several projects using a variety of platforms and tools, I’m interested to share thoughts with others who have worked with faculty to add a mapping component to their DH research. I would also be happy to hear more generally about work involving data vizualization (temporal, textual, etc.)
We are now full to capacity. Thank you for the strong showing of interest!
Attention DH & Libraries THATCampers …
Those of you joining us for the Digital Humanities (DH) & Libraries THATCamp on November 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado as part of the Digital Library Federation Forum pre-conference series, can also attend the DLF Forum at the DLF member discount rate!
If you haven’t yet decided to participate, we hope that the DLF registration discount offers further enticement.
Hurry! Slots are filling!
In the run-up to our DH & Libraries-themed THATCamp, this site will serve as a place to propose sessions, gather thoughts, and share resources that will inform the discussion at the event. To kick things off, here is a round-up of a couple of blog posts, a bibliography, and an email list that all touch on the intersection of libraries and digital humanities. (Originally collected for this post on the THATCamp OSU site.)
Know of other resources on the topic? Add them in the comments!
Hi, we just started planning this event. We will add more information to the site over the next several months.
What, when, and where?
- DH and Libraries THATCamp will focus on Digital Humanities & Libraries. It is organized as a DLF Forum 2012 pre-conference event.
- When: November 3, 2012, , 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
- Where: Downtown Westin, Denver, CO
Who should attend?
THATCamp DH and Libraries is open to anyone interested in the intersection of libraries and digital humanities work. This can include librarians and library staff, IT professionals, and administrators, as well as faculty and graduate students in the humanities. If your library supports digital humanities or is interested in doing so, we encourage you to come and engage with us. We have much to learn from each other!
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