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Saturday, October 29 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
#s3c: Evaluating the role of Digital Scholarship in Higher Education

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The Know-How and the Know-What: Reflections on the Intersection of Library Science Education and Digital Humanities Initiatives
Joseph Koivisto (University of Maryland)

Project-based learning, tool-oriented workshops, and graduate assistantships are frequently upheld as a practical approach to integrating LIS graduate students in digital humanities research, but to what degree do these practices prepare students for critical DH engagement? Reflecting on the recent completion of graduate coursework at the Catholic University of America’s MSLIS program, this presentation will provide a personal narrative of library professional education specifically tailored to address areas relevant to the digital humanities: cultural heritage preservation and digital libraries systems and management. By additionally addressing participation in early-stage digital humanities initiatives, the presentation will critically evaluate the relevance of digitally-oriented coursework to actual readiness to support interdisciplinary research in team-based settings. Lastly, the presentation will provide a critical assessment of labor inherent in student participation in project-based learning, crowdsourcing, and research models that integrate graduate labor – paid or otherwise – into the production of digital scholarly work.

The Public Face of Private Scholarship: The Drew University Graduate History Podcasting Project
Anne Ricculli (Drew University)

In the spring of 2016, Drew University convened a Graduate Student Digital Advisory Committee tasked with identifying digital skills required by modern graduate students to support humanities research, writing, and presentations. Faced with uncertain job markets, Drew takes seriously the imperative to prepare graduate students for careers both within the academy and beyond these institutional boundaries. With the dual mission of “putting the humanities to work,” and addressing “the urgent challenges of our time with rigorous, independent, and imaginative thought,” the Committee embarked on a Podcasting project.

Podcasting is a key communication method and a critical tool for today’s historians and public intellectuals. This project seeks to cultivate in graduate students an attitude towards scholarship that incorporates the public value of what we do.

This presentation will discuss this work in-progress, from inception to current status, with the challenges, pitfalls, and triumphs inherent in this digital collaboration. Consistent with the conference theme of “Negotiating Borders,” we argue that the process of identifying digital initiatives that minimize the boundary between theory and practice enhances graduate student education, providing opportunities to implement and assess effective public engagement.

Student Writing as Digital Humanities Method
Mackenzie Brooks and Brandon Walsh (Washington and Lee University)

Whether it is a blog post, a journal article, a Hypothes.is comment, or a README.md file, writing is a fundamental digital humanities and digital scholarship activity. We encourage undergraduates to pursue DH to improve their technology and research skills, but often neglect to include writing in the list of transferable skills. Encouraging students to write in public asks them to think about themselves as contributors to ongoing conversations about the critical use of technology. Far from presenting public writing as a utopian ideal, by discussing copyright and licensing, professional identities, and more with our students, we can help them better understand the risks and affordances of the work we ask them to do. In this presentation, we will share several methods used in our DH program to help students build the skills necessary to publish writing on the Web.


Thomas Beasley

Bucknell University


Mackenzie Brooks

Digital Humanities Librarian, Washington and Lee University

Joseph Koivisto

University of Maryland

Anne Ricculli

Drew University

Brandon Walsh

Washington and Lee University

Saturday October 29, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 241 2nd Floor, ELC

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