Exciting news from Penn State (copied below for ease, original here): The Humanities in a Digital Age at Penn State The Humanities in a Digital Age (HDA) initiative is a collaborative endeavor between the College of the Liberal Arts and the University Libraries at the Pennsylvania State University to enrich and promote rigorous cross-disciplinary humanities scholarship and research at a time when writing, reading, teaching, and research are being transformed by digital technologies. The HDA initiative will enhance the research and public profiles of humanities faculty in the College and the University Libraries, open new opportunities for high caliber graduate placements in the humanities, andRead More →

The text below is from the email list for “OCLC Research Library Partnership Weekly Updates: 6 July 2012.” OCLC Research to Host “Wikipedia and Libraries: What’s the Connection?” Webinar on 31 July at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET (UTC 18:00) All are welcome to attend this free webinar with OCLC Research Wikipedian in Residence Max Klein to learn what’s happened between Wikipedia and libraries in the past and what it means for the future. In addition, Max Klein will explain the connection between Wikipedia and libraries, discuss the variety of Wikipedia in Residence positions and the opportunities for libraries working with Wikipedia, as well asRead More →

The CFP for the second issue of Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology is for an issue on Feminist Game Studies. The Ada journal is hosted on the Fembot Collective site, with Fembot: …a scholarly collaboration promoting research on gender, media, and technology. We envision a new model for open access, multimodal publishing that will provide a prototype for collaborative research, publication, and pedagogy in the humanities and social sciences. The site is extremely rich with the Ada journal and many other resources, including a section for tenure and promotion policies, which currently links to two resources: University of Oregon Arts & Administration, Research and/or Creative WorkRead More →

The DH Curation Guide is “a community resource guide to data curation in the digital humanities.” The DH Curation Guide: offers concise, expert introductions to key topics, including annotated links to important standards, articles, projects, and other resources. […] Data curation is an emerging problem for the humanities as both data and analytical practices become increasingly digital. Research groups working with cultural content as well as libraries, museums, archives, and other institutions are all in need of new expertise. This Guide is a first step to understanding the essentials of data curation for the humanities. The expert-written introductions to key topics include links to important standards,Read More →

The Wikipedian in Residence concept seems like a great idea given these core characteristics (text below from here): Serves as a liaison between the organization and the Wikimedia community to promote a mutually beneficial cooperation. Promotes understanding of Wikimedia among staff at the organization through workshops and events. Works with organizational staff to digitize, compile, and organize resources that can be shared with the Wikipedia community. Facilitates the improvement of content by the Wikipedia community, rather than directly editing articles as a core goal. Coordinates events, such as Hack-a-Thons, Edit-a-Thons, or Backstage Passes, that bring Wikipedians on-site to work with staff on content creation and improvement. Avoids Conflict of Interest by not editing articlesRead More →

The Dryad Business Plan and Sustainability document (announcement and business plan) is very well done and impressively succinct while clearly explaining: Mission alignment and value proposition Supports a clear need through a shared resource Mutual benefit, so all have reason to contribute content and funding/support Diversified funding strategy with three main funding sources Deposit fees Membership fees (expected to be $1,000 per member, which is very modest) Funding from grants and donors (for research, development, and new initiatives) and for an endowment campaign  Read More →

The University of Florida has unveiled LandGrant.ufl.edu as the celebratory website  for the 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Act of that provided federal land to states to build public universities. The Morrill Act is foundational for public education and the public good. The celebratory website is “Land Grant” and also proclaims “Land Grand” in recognition of the importance and greatness of land-grant institutions. I’m quite a bit late in writing about this, given that the announcement from UF came out on June 21. I’ve been swamped with travel and with working on my tenure and promotion packet. I’m currently working on the packet and taking a very short breakRead More →

Call for Proposals for Archive Journal Special Issue The editorial board of Archive Journal (archivejournal.net) is pleased to announce an upcoming issue, “Curating the Digital, Curating the Analog,” which will explore how data curation shapes and informs library, archival, scholarly, and pedagogical practices. Understood as the “active and ongoing management of data through its life cycle of interest and usefulness to scholarly and educational activities” (Data Curation Education Program, http://cirss.lis.illinois.edu/CollMeta/dcep.html), data curation encompasses selection and appraisal, description and representation, preservation, and the work of making a resource usable and repurposable. How we store, represent, and provide access to data affects not only those in theRead More →

The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries are hiring an “IT Expert – Digital Development Application Developer” (full job posting). This is an excellent position where the person will get to work with the libraries’ full digital work – from the more normal web system concerns, creation and support for new databases to support various work by the libraries, and the SobekCM system and tools that support the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) and the  UF Digital Collections. This position also works with a great colleagues within UF and with many external partners.  This is an excellent position for the work, people, andRead More →

I’m late in noting the great news from the Modern Language Association (MLA), which so many folks have already shared: MLA Journals Adopt New Open-Access-Friendly Author Agreements The journals of the Modern Language Association, including PMLA, Profession, and the ADE and ADFL bulletins, have adopted new open-access-friendly author agreements, which will go into use with their next full issues. The revised agreements leave copyright with the authors and explicitly permit authors to deposit in open-access repositories and post on personal or departmental Web sites the versions of their manuscripts accepted for publication. For more information on the new agreements, please contact the office of scholarlyRead More →