Panel at ALA: A Spectrum of Digital Initiatives: Project and Pedagogical Collaborations in Digital Humanities (6/25/2016, 1-2:30pm, Orange County Convention Center, Room W108)

I’m excited to be in a panel at the American Library Association (ALA) Convention in June, and I hope lots of folks can make it to say hello, and learn about fabulous library and digital scholarship collaborations for teaching, research, and more! Plus, this is an opportunity to meet other DH folks, including the panel organizers, Thomas Padilla and Harriett Green!
The full panel announcement is online, and below.

A Spectrum of Digital Initiatives: Project and Pedagogical Collaborations in Digital Humanities
(ALA Annual)
Date: 6/25/2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:30  
Location: Orange County Convention Center, Room W108
The Digital Humanities Interest Group (DHIG) has organized an ALA Annual panel presentation from Laurie Taylor (University of Florida), Emma Wilson (University of Alabama), and Barbara Lewis (University of South Florida) that explores “A Spectrum of Digital Initiatives: Project and Pedagogical Collaborations in Digital Humanities”. Each panelist will discuss a different use case, ranging from creating research data content in special collections to teaching digital tools. The program will reveal diverse methods by which librarians can collaborate on Digital Humanities initiatives at their institutions. 
Please see below for speaker bios and talk descriptions.
Look forward to seeing you all!
Thomas Padilla and Harriett Green

Laurie N. Taylor, PhD, is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Florida (UF). Her work focuses on socio-technical (people, policies, technologies, communities) supports for scholarly cyberinfrastructure. She is a co-convenor for the Digital Humanities Working Group, Board Member for the DH Graduate Certificate, and collaborates with many others to enable an environment of radical collaboration. She is the Digital Scholarship Director for the international collaborative Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) and was a founding Steering Committee Member for the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium (FLDH).
Laurie N. Taylor will present “Digital Humanities is Always Public Humanities at the University of Florida” where she will explain the unique aspects of UF with digital and public humanities, informatics, arts, academic publishing, and libraries all in conversation and collaboration for mutual goals. The presentation will highlight UF’s experiences as a partner in the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC, in library and scholar collaborations that draw upon and enrich library collections to build innovative new DH resources, as well as to integrate libraries and DH into the classroom, as with “Panama Silver, Asian Gold: Migration, Money, and the Making of the Modern Caribbean DOCC” (Distributed Online Collaborative Course) taught by literature and Black Studies faculty in collaboration with their librarians and archivists. The presentation will also include a review of UF’s new DH Graduate Certificate. The DH Graduate Certificate the first of its kind at UF with the Certificate fully controlled by the board—not any single department or college—with set representation from multiple colleges, including the libraries. The DH Graduate Certificate is specifically designed to build towards an environment of radical collaboration with new Research Groups with representatives from the teaching and library faculty and graduate students working together to serve Big Humanities needs, including those in collaboration with the Digital Library of the Caribbean, Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, and others.

Dr. Emma Annette Wilson is Digital Scholarship Librarian and Assistant Professor of English at the University of Alabama, where she manages over 80 Digital Humanities projects at the Alabama Digital Humanities Center. She is the founder of the annual DH conference, Digitorium (, and in addition to co-editing two essay collections on Renaissance intellectual history, she is currently completing a monograph on John Milton, and is due to begin research in the Fall comparing DH centers and labs worldwide to determine alternative modes of generating digital scholarship.
How can libraries play a leading role in Digital Humanities? In this presentation, Emma Annette Wilson will share the initiatives underway at the Alabama Digital Humanities Center which are bringing together faculty, students, and library experts in metadata and IT in fruitful collaborations generating digital projects for both research and teaching. In the past two years, the ADHC has grown from supporting 6 Digital Humanities projects to over 80 projects in more than 15 different departments. This presentation will discuss the outreach initiatives that enabled this growth, as well as exploring a selection of the projects which have emerged as a direct result of library and departmental collaborations, generating not only productive scholarly outcomes but also a new multi-disciplinary community both on campus at the University of Alabama and also further afield via inter-institutional partnerships. Digital pedagogy projects have been key to engaging new faculty members, and examples discussed will include digital mapping projects, timelines, blogs, and 3D printing in fields ranging from English and History to Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design. The presentation culminates in a showcase of two large-scale digital research projects, both involved in making rare book materials available and discoverable to a wider audience. The first uses TEI to encode an eighteenth-century Colombian manuscript, whilst the second is to digitize and make searchable the manuscript marginalia of John Stuart Mill, which the ADHC is doing in partnership with Somerville College, Oxford. Collaboration is at the heart of digital scholarship, and this presentation highlights key areas of expertise within libraries making them particularly well-positioned to engage in this kind of research and teaching as equal partners with faculty and students across campus and beyond.

Barbara Lewis is Assistant Director for Digital Learning Initiatives. Barbara’s primary aim is to inform and educate students and faculty about the many digital/multimedia options available to complement, supplement, or replace analog course assignments with the goal for students to develop the digital and multimedia skills that are of value to future employers. She is on the Steering Committee and Executive Council of the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium, a member of ACRL’s Digital Humanities Interest Group, and the ACRL/ULS Committee on the Future of University Libraries, and recently was a panelist at the ACRL ULS Online Discussion: Digital Creation Centers in Academic Libraries.
Barbara Lewis will present “Multimedia Transformation: Libraries as Resources for Digital Storytelling Tools.”  As librarians, ours is a history of providing the world with organized access to information resources and to teaching information literacy skills. In today’s world, the demand for multimedia experience and digital literacy skills is growing and employers are expecting those qualifications in their new employees. As resource organizers and providers, the library has a significant role to play in preparing students for their future workplaces and digital storytelling is skill that will serve them well. This presentation will explore the nature of digital storytelling and how it relates to traditional research papers and multimedia projects. We will discuss how narrative devices can be employed to deliver engaging and well-researched presentations, how libraries can provide the resources and tools that storytellers use, and how to partner with faculty to transform existing assignments into high-quality and engaging digital alternatives for their students.
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