This is a fascinating searchable digital collection of library records from the Muncie Indiana Public Library from 1891 to 1902. The database collection formed the backbone of a book project.
What Middletown Read – Home.
RMMLA panel on Digital Humanities Microclimates (Click on title to link)
A blog by Paige Morgan, one of the participants at the RMMLA panel on “Digital Humanities Microclimates.” I attended this panel, and it was very helpful to hear about how others are starting digital humanities “microclimates” at their institutions with very little (or no) funding and no infrastructure. Paige’s contribution was especially helpful because she is a PH.D. student in the humanities, like me. Her strategies for finding room for digital humanities in a program with no support was very helpful. Some of my take-aways:
- Present opportunities that grad students do not have to read ahead or prepare for ahead of time. This is limiting, but you will get more participation.
- As much as possible, use existing structures to communicate (i.e. departmental listservs, or facebook or twitter, whatever channels your audience already uses).
- Present opportunities in an inclusive, non-threatening way.
- Find someone to partner with, and don’t get discouraged. Take small steps.
The King James Bible Virtual Exhibit : The King James Bible.
Here is an interesting DH project from Ohio State libraries about the King James Bible. It was developed as part of a pilot project, as the developer describes below:
The exhibits pilot innovation grant project was a partnership of three departments, Digital Content Services (formerly SRI), Rare Books and Manuscripts, and the Web Implementation Team (nowApplications, Development and Support). The Preservation and Reformatting Department (Amy McCrory) and the Copyright Resources Center (Sandra Enimil) were also heavily involved. The grant was “to develop a new model for creating and delivering digital exhibits at the Libraries.” The project was developmental in scope, and the specific goals were to create a polished digital version of a physical exhibit, and to gather information about what would be required to develop an exhibits program in the Libraries.
The King James Bible exhibit, curated by Eric Johnson, is indeed a polished exhibit. We learned a great deal from working on it, such as the need to create a glossary of terms as reference for all people on the project. We also identified the strengths and weaknesses of the Omeka software for our environment. The research into what it would take to build a sustainable program took many forms. We looked at existing digital exhibits at OSUL, as well as curator expectations for exhibit functionality, and the use of Omeka at other institutions. We tracked information on the time it took to create the exhibit.
What’s next? The report is done and has been given to the Executive Committee. The suggestions in the report are just that – suggestions. We were not charged to develop a program. We applied for funding to explore the possibilities; the report is what we discovered. It is also worth noting that the environment has changed since the report was written. Most important, is that the Libraries have hired an Exhibits Coordinator. However, many of you have expressed interest in our results.
Read Report Here (docx).
Today I was searching the MLA jobs list, and noticed that most of the jobs labeled “digital humanities” are jobs about digital media studies, digital rhetoric, or online teaching pedagogy. Jobs of the type that I was looking for, jobs where scholars work on creating digital humanities projects, were few and far between. I noted this on a job hunt listserv that I was following, and one of the other members suggested this article.
Where Have All the DH Jobs Gone? | Roopika Risam.