NFAIS Digital Humanities Roundtable: Digital Humanities: Preserving the Past, Capturing the Present & Building the Future September 23, 2016 Atlanta, GA

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Digital Humanities: Preserving the Past, Capturing the 
Present & Building the Future
September 23, 2016
Atlanta, GA

Registration is now open for the NFAIS 2016 Humanities Roundtable, Friday, September 23, 2016, in Atlanta. This year’s event focuses on Digital Humanities: Preserving the Past, Capturing the Present & Building the Future. Every past annual Humanities Roundtable has been a sell-out event, so reserve your seat now!
The NFAIS 2016 Humanities Roundtable takes place at the Pitts Theology Library / Candler School of Theology / Emory University in Atlanta. An opening reception will be held 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Thursday, September 22 followed by a full day of programming Friday, September 23.
The 2016 Humanities Roundtable theme aims to appeal to a variety of audiences, including librarians, digital humanities scholars, information aggregators/providers and publishers. Our expert presenters will explore the world of digital humanities through various lenses, including:

  • How scholarly communications supports Digital Humanities
  • Challenges and opportunities from a legal point of view
  • How researchers discover content
  • Key cutting-edge, innovative projects in digital humanities
  • Exploration into the ways millennials search for humanities information


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Register now for either on-site or virtual participation in the NFAIS 2016 Humanities Roundtable! You won’t want to miss what is one of the most important annual events focusing on information services and scholarly communications in the age of the Digital Humanities.
Preliminary Agenda (subject to change)

Thursday, September 22
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Opening and Welcome Reception
TBA (please RSVP on the event registration form) 
Friday, September 23
8:15am – 8:45am
Registration Open and Continental Breakfast
Continental Breakfast sponsored by EBSCO 
8:45am – 8:55am
Welcome and Introduction
Margot Lyon, Director, Business Development, ATLA; Moderator for the morning sessions: Kristen C. Ratanatharathorn, Senior Program Associate, Scholarly Communications, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
8:55am – 9:30am Opening Plenary: Digital Humanities and Its Publics
Emily McGinn, PhD, Digital Humanities Coordinator, University of GeorgiaDigital humanities (DH) increasingly has become a locus for community-based projects. Particularly in spaces where DH is housed within a library, the ethos of open, accessible research finds a direct application in public engagement. This presentation will cover the complexities of addressing the needs of both the scholar and the citizen in a DH lab, while striving to maintain a balance between service and sustainability.
Emily McGinn is the Digital Humanities Coordinator at the University of Georgia. She oversees the Willson Center Digital Humanities Lab in a role that includes project management and consultation for digital projects, outreach, and the development of DH curriculum. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and her research is on the impact of technology on narrative form.
9:30am – 10:00am Global Research Habits of Humanities Scholars
Simon Inger
, Principal Consultant, Simon Inger ConsultingSimon Inger will present a selection of key findings from the large scale survey on reader discovery behaviour, published in March 2016. With 40,000 respondents to the survey from across the globe, including over 15,000 in HSS subjects, the data shows clear differences in the approach to discovery by country, job function, subject area and other factors, and sheds light on trends in discovery over a ten-year period since the first survey conducted in this series in 2005. The work has some important data on A&Is, Library Discovery, Publisher Web Sites and their relative importance in discovery in humanities in contrast to other subject areas.
Simon Inger is a long-standing consultant in scholarly publishing with a long track-record of work in delivery and discovery of e-resources, ever since the very start of journal delivery online in 1995. He works extensively with publishers (not-for-profit and commercial) in the US, Europe and Asia, with major content intermediaries and service providers, and also runs training courses for libraries and publishers in e-resource delivery.
10:00am – 10:15am Break and Networking Opportunity
10:15am – 11:30am How Scholarly Communications Supports Digital Humanities
Clifford Anderson, Director, Scholarly Communications,Vanderbilt University; Hélène Huet, PhD, European Studies Librarian, University of Florida
This panel will provide perspectives on various scholarly communications topics looking through the lens of Digital Humanities. Clifford Anderson with Vanderbilt University and Hélène Huet with the University of Florida will discuss new, innovative projects and important trends related to “Data Sharing in the Humanities.”
11:30am – 12:00am Faculty, Students and Research: Different Journeys to a Similar End
Kate Lawrence, Vice President, User Research, EBSCO
The faculty approach to conducting research is markedly different from the road that students take in their pursuit of scholarly material. Technologies that work tend to stay in the toolbox for faculty, whereas students are more likely to try new tools to replace existing ones, updating their digital ecosystem more regularly.The research from EBSCO’s Research and UX Group has shown key differences between faculty and students as they conduct research – from recognition of commonly seen design patterns to a desire for a user interface to reflect specific, personalized workflows, to feelings about how important efficiency is during the research process. In this presentation, EBSCO’s VP of User Research, Kate Lawrence, will share findings from EBSCO’s many studies on the research process, and how students and faculty represent two different paths in the technology-rich journey of scholarly research.
Kate Lawrence leads the User Research group at EBSCO. She and her team have watched thousands of users interact with EBSCO products, mobile devices, websites and UI designs, and they have discovered insights that drive improvements to products, services and processes. Kate has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Simmons College and a Master of Public Health in policy and management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
12:00pm – 1:00pm Humanities Roundtable Luncheon
Sponsored by the American Theological Library Association
1:00pm – 2:45pm Panel: Innovative Digital Humanities Projects at Emory University
Moderator for afternoon sessions: Barbara Chen, Director of Bibliographic Information Services and Editor, MLA International Bibliography, MLA; Richard (Bo) Manly Adams, Jr., Head of Public Services, Reference and Systems Librarian, Pitts Theology Library; Allen Tullos, PhD, Senior Editor, Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, Department of History, Emory University; Rebecca Koeser, Software Engineer, Sr, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory Libraries and Information Technology; Benn Konsynski, George S. Craft Distinguished University Professor of Information Systems & Operations Management, Emory University Goizueta Business School
2:45pm – 3:00pm Break and Networking Opportunity  
3:00pm – 4:00pm Quarles and Brady, LLP – Legal Panel
Speakers TBA
Attorneys from Quarles and Brady, LLP will address intellectual property, copyright, privacy and other topics from a variety of Digital Humanities perspectives. They will also provide an overview of the implications of these topics for publishers, librarians and information providers.  
4:00pm – 4:30pm Wrap-up and Closing Remarks
Brenda Bailey-Hainer, Executive Director, ATLA, and NFAIS Board Member 



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