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 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 ( 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,, 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 →

The news release below is from FIU-News and features a quote from Derek Merleaux (a great colleague at FIU), SobekCM (the software we all use and love), the Wolfsonian-FIU’s gorgeous new site and digital image catalog, and the value and impact of the support from FIU’s Technology fees for this important work; congratulations to Derek for his awesome work on this! The Wolfsonian-FIU has a new, sleeker online look. The museum recently gave its website a makeover that makes it easier for visitors to navigate and find what’s going on at its Miami Beach location. There’s a dedicated, streamlined page that’s all about current, past andRead More →

The news release below is from the University of Florida News; congratulations to UF’s Harn Museum of Art! GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida has received a $36,000 grant from the Korea National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage for the conservation of two hanging scroll masterpiece paintings by Korean artists working in the 18th- and 19th-centuries. This is the second consecutive year that the Harn has received funding from foundations based in Korea that are dedicated to sharing Korean culture, art and heritage. In 2011, the Harn Museum of Art received funding from the Korea Foundation and fromRead More →

Along with many others, I’m attending the ACURIL (Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries) Conference in Haiti. ACURIL is always a wonderful, amazing, impressive, and important conference. Last night Michel Martelly, the President of Haiti, was one of the speakers for the Opening Ceremony. The opening ceremony also included presentations by the ACURIL President Françoise Beaulieu Thybulle (MLIS, President of ACURIL 2011-2012) and the first Haitian ACURIL President in 1989-1990 (which congress could not be held in Haiti) Mr. Jean Wilfrid Bertrand (General Director of the National Archives of Haiti). There’s more about ACURIL 2012 on the conference website and press coverage in Le Matin. The conference hasRead More →

From News from MLA (Modern Language Association): #Alt-Academy Census If you have graduate training in the humanities and are working outside higher education teaching, the editors of #Alt-Academy would to like to hear from you. Visit the #Alt-Academy site to be included in #Alt-Academy’s directory and to learn more about its project. This is another example of MLA doing and facilitating important work. The most recent issue of MLA news also explains enhancements to the Job Information List (JIL) to add dossier and search-management tools at no cost for job applicants.  The new services support applicants, hiring committees, and recommendation letter writers, so this is an excellentRead More →

From the Centernet list: Networked Humanities: From Within and Without the University A Digital Humanities Symposium February 15-16, 2013 The University of Kentucky Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program Keynote Speakers: Kathleen Stewart, Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas Malcolm McCullough, Professor of Architecture, University of Michigan Of all the topics of interest to the digital humanities, the network has received little attention among digital humanities proponents.  Yet, we live in a networked society: texts, sound, ideas, people, movements, consumerism, protest movements, politics, entertainment, academia, and other items circulate in networks that come together and break apart at various moments. While there exist networked spacesRead More →