I’m sitting in the Norman Manley International Airport, after a series of great meetings and with lots more great work to do with partners in the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC). I’m joyous with the great work I get to be part of with the dLOC community. I’m also joyous for the work I get to be part of with different community groups in Gainesville, Florida, where there is no international airport (although students from major cities often auto-add in the word international to the name). On Monday, I’m part of a group that is discussing the Combahee River Collective Statement. From Wikipedia: TheRead More →

Below is my draft for my conference paper for ACURIL. I’m sharing because I love that I get to work with wonderful people on wonderful projects, and to do so in generous and generative ways. I’m also super thankful for recent work, like that by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, that advocates and explains how we can all work in more generous and joyous ways together! WHEN LINES ARE DOWN: CELEBRATING CUBA! AND THE DIGITAL LIBRARY OF THE CARIBBEAN (DLOC) COLLABORATION, SOLIDARITY, AND MUTUAL AID Abstract:Libraries are abundant, and are always more than collections of books and other materials. In our long and storied histories, librarians have providedRead More →

June 11-13, 2019 DLIS Lab, UWI Mona 9:00 AM –4:00 PM daily DEPARTMENT OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIESTo register, obtain pro forma invoice, or for further information, please contact Mrs. Carlene Jacobs Smith at:Phone: 927-2944/935-8322 Fax: 970-4903 E-mail: dlisadmin@uwimona.edu.jm Website http://myspot.mona.uwi.edu/dlis Day 1 -Tuesday June 11, 2019 I. Overview of Innovative & Disruptive Techniques and Tools For Use in GLAMs Day 2 -Wednesday June 12, 2019 II. New Roles and Skillsets for GLAMs Professionals III. Information Ethics Privacy & Security Day 3 -Thursday June 13, 2019 IV. Marketing GLAMServices V. Practical Interactive Sessions Payment Options: Daily Rate: JMD$5,500 / USD$50 per day Early Bird: JMD$13,500/Read More →

Lynn Dierking (who is fantastic!) presented at UF  as our kick-off speaker for the internal grant “Building Dialogue Around Collections: Libraries, Museums, and Museum Educators.” She covered a ton of great material, including explaining roles of museums and libraries as: Community anchors Connectors Innovative learning specialists Stewards of cultural, scientific, historical and environmental heritages She also then asked how these are answered with collections. To what end can we use our collections (our stuff) to accomplish these core roles? This seems to parallel some of the conversations on the digital humanities, where digitization and born digital curation provide materials in digital form, and digital humanitiesRead More →

Quote/Note: Saidiya Hartman. Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. Page 16: “My graduate training hadn’t prepeare me to tell the stories of those who had left no record of their lives and whose biography consisted of the terrible things said about them or done to them. I was determined to fill in the blank spaces of the hisorical record and to represent the lives of those deemed unworthy of remembering, but how does one write a story about an encounter with nothing?” Page 19: “‘No matter how big a stranger’s eyes, they cannot see.’Read More →

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected Collaboration Across Borders: Opening Access to Holdings of the National Library of Cuba as the recipient of the ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation for 2019. The Outstanding Collaboration Citation recognizes and encourages collaborative problem-solving efforts in the areas of acquisition, access, management, preservation or archiving of library materials. It recognizes a demonstrated benefit from actions, services or products that improve and benefit providing and managing library collections. The citation will be presented on June 22 at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C. CollaborationRead More →

See the official posting and apply through interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/59954 Assistant Director for Programming and Public Engagement (43420) University of Florida: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: 16720000 – LS-HUMANITIES-PUBLIC SPHERE Location Gainesville, Florida Open Date Jan 29, 2019 Description The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere at the University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a full-time, twelve-month, non-tenure-accruing position at the rank of Lecturer, beginning July 1, 2019, for the position of Assistant Director for Programming and Public Engagement. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package. As aRead More →

Award CategoriesAll disciplines and areas of study are considered. Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program at a university in the U.S. Recipients must be in residence during the course of the fellowship and may not hold concurrent teaching positions. Graduate Pre-Prospectus Summer FellowshipsPre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships will allow doctoral students to determine how the Cuban Heritage Collection may serve their research needs as they prepare the dissertation prospectus. These are exploratory fellowships to decide if research resources in the CHC will support a dissertation. Fellowships of $1,500 will be granted for one month in residence between June 1 and August 31. Graduate Research FellowshipsResearchRead More →

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR NEXT WEBINAR! DATE: THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2019 TIME: 2PM EST The work of Dr. Lorena Gauthereau, Carolina Villarroel and Gabriela Baeza Ventura focus on the creation of the first digital humanities centering on US Latinx studies. Goals of this initiative and program, the significance of building a digital infrastructure from a Latinx perspective, as well as centering Latina decolonial and postcolonial theory, post-custodial models, the creation of bilingual metadata, and the types of digital projects developed using historical archival collections will be discussed during this presentation. *Presentation will be in SpanishLink: https://fiuconnect.adobeconnect.com/rtduomvagjq7Read More →

My brief notes are below. I am excited for whenever I teach DH or anything next, because I know that this is the book I will get to teach and explore with–the book is simply fantastic! This should be required reading for all graduate students, and others. It weaves together technology, complexity, and what the humanities can and should do for world making. Thanks to Roopika Risam for writing such a magnificent book! Risam, Roopika. New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy. Evanston, IL: Northeastern University Press, 2019. Pages 7-9: Introduction covers expansive and capacious nature of postcolonial digital humanities, notingRead More →