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Kelvin Smith Library 2014 Digital Scholarship Colloquium How Not to Teach Digital Humanities Dr. Ryan Cordell, Assistant …
Keeping Up With…Digital Humanities
Jennifer L. Adams and Kevin B. Gunn.
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
At its core, Digital Humanities (or DH) is an emerging,
interdisciplinary movement which looks to enhance and
to redefine traditional humanities scholarship through
digital means. However, this definition only scratches the
surface; DH must be understood in the context of the
history, methodologies, and perceptions which its
practitioners bring to the table. Although it fairly recently
entered popular awareness , DH first emerged more than
sixty years ago as “humanities computing,” when it formed
the basis for such projects as the Index Thomisticus, an
electronically-compiled Thomas Aquinas concordance.
Since the Index, however, Digital Humanities research has
developed in broader and more complex directions, and is
now part of the general scholarly conversation. Digital
Humanities is not limited to any one field—it is highly
collaborative, and draws contributors from many
backgrounds—but it does have a solid base in academia.
In recent years, related initiatives have emerged at
universities (and elsewhere) worldwide. For academic
librarians, the increasing prominence of Digital Humanities,
its ongoing debates and the issues and opportunities associated
with bringing it into the library, are worth noting. In this issue of
Keeping Up With… we address some of the most significant
“need-to-know” issues for academic librarians interested in
DH encompasses a wide range of definitions, activities — and controversies
Some see Digital Humanities as a discipline unto itself; others
define it as a movement within existing disciplines; still others
argue that DH represents the future norm of humanities research
and should simply be called “humanities.” It is not always clear
what qualifies as DH. Merely digitizing a resource may not count—
but is research alone sufficient, or does ‘true’ digital humanities
require programming or tool development? Academia is also still
struggling to accommodate DH research into traditional ideas of
scholarship, especially since it is often open-access—meaning that
DH’s reputation in academic circles, and its weight in promotion
and tenure reviews, varies widely. Recently, Digital Humanities
has experienced backlash for a number of additional factors,
including its faddish appearance, perceptions that it is exclusive,
and the tendency to equate DH with the digitalization of
scholarship and higher education. Nevertheless, with uncertainty
about Digital Humanities comes great possibility, and it is essential
for DH-inclined academic librarians to remain aware of ongoing
debates in DH, both generally (through such resources as
ACRL Digital Humanities Discussion Group) and at their own
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DH invites—and demands—collaboration with parties outside of the library
Librarians need additional training and education in order to contribute effectively
Data offers many possibilities for library contributions
DH research relies heavily on data. What types of data are generated
on campus, by whom and for what reasons, will dictate librarians’
responses to this emerging research paradigm. ACRL’s 2012 report
outlines contributions which librarians and archivists can make to
The Digging Into Data Challenge web site has a list of data repositories.
As Barbara Rockenbach wrote in the January 2013 issue of the
“DH is messy. It involves uncertainty, deep collaborations, and a flexibility
that is foreign to traditional library culture.” Nevertheless, it can offer
academic librarians a variety of opportunities to integrate in and collaborate
with their communities in new ways.
Learn More About Digital Humanities
Associations and Centers
Courses and Continuing Education
All About Data
Tools and Tutorials
Other Sites of Note
The Digital Humanities Summer Institute
Stanford Launches Digital Humanities Minor, Combining Tech Skills with Critical Thinking
December 9, 2015
A New Interdisciplinary Minor Gives Students the Opportunity
to Blend Traditional Humanistic Research with Technology Tools.
By Veronica Marian
Trends in Digital Scholarship Centers
by Joan Lippincott, Harriette Hemmasi and Vivian Lewis
Published: Monday, June 16, 2014
Online Resources for Learning Digital Humanities Skills
Digital Humanities Skills for Teaching and Learning
Digital Humanities Network
Training at Cambridge
Training at Cambridge
There is a variety of training provision at Cambridge University which may offer
support relevant to your digital development needs.
DH23Things. An online programme exploring digital Things for Humanities
researchers over three modules.
Cambridge University Computing Service. UCS provides I.T. courses, including
training in programming, using software tools for managing digital data and
creating digital resources such as websites or multimedia. These include classroom
courses and self-paced materials.
Personal and Professional Development. PPD offers courses for staff and students.
There are programmes specifically designed for Researchers (including postdocs)
and PhD students:
University Library Research Skills programme. The UL offers research skills courses
on finding, referencing and using information (including digital data), which take into
account the effective use of digital tools in the research process. Tailored courses for
departments and research groups are available on request.
CamTools Support for using CamTools, the University’s Virtual Research and Learning
Environment, includes scheduled training sessions, video tutorials and guides for using
CamTools (for beginners, more complex features, and administration of long-lived sites).
The CamTools team will also do on-request training seminars for faculties or departments
(minimum of 5 users).
Cambridge University Skills Portal. The Skills Portal provides information on the skills
and behavioural attributes individuals might like to develop and lists training and
development opportunities available across the University together with links to useful
resources outside the University.
Certificate in Humanities Computing for Languages. CHUCOL is run by the Faculty of
Medieval and Modern Languages for its students (including graduate students),
but welcomes applications from staff and students from other Faculties subject to demand.
It covers general concepts in computing, practical transferable skills and addresses their
role in the field of Digital Humanities.
Cambridge University Skills Portal
Bakkalbasi, Nisa, Damon Jaggars, and Barbara Rockenbach.
“Re-skilling for the digital humanities: measuring skills, engagement, and learning.”
Library Management 36, no. 3 (2015): 208-214.
Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities
ANNOTATED RESOURCE LIST OF LINKS
Exploring the Digital Humanities
Getting Started in the Digital Humanities
Determine what goals or questions motivate you.
Get acquainted with the digital humanities
Participate in the DH community.
Explore examples for inspiration and models.
Workshops and Institutes
Learn standards and best practices.
Most DH projects depend–and thrive– on collaboration,
since they typically require a diversity of skills,
benefit from a variety of perspectives, and involve a lot of work.
Talk with library and IT staff
Reach out to others in your community.
Consider a DIY approach.
Plan a pilot project.
Where possible, adopt/adapt existing tools
NITLE Can Help
Let me end with a plug for
NITLE (the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education)
Getting Started in the Digital Humanities
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How Not to Teach Digital Humanities
Posted on February 1, 2015
by Ryan Cordell
1. “What Is DH?” Always Excludes
2. “Humanities” is a Vague and Often Local Configuration
3. Undergraduates are Scarred by Digitality
But DON’T PANIC.
1. Start Small
2. Integrate When Possible
3. Scaffold Everything
4. Think Locally
Whither “Digital Humanities”?
18 thoughts on “How Not to Teach Digital Humanities”
Digital Humanities Pedagogy: Practices, Principles and Politics
Volume 3 of Digital Humanities Series
Editor Brett D. Hirsch
Publisher Open Book Publishers, 2012
ISBN 1909254258, 9781909254251
Length 426 pages
Defining Digital Humanities: A Reader
Editors Dr Edward Vanhoutte, Dr Julianne Nyhan, Dr Melissa Terras
Edition illustrated, reprint, revised
Publisher Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2013
ISBN 1409469654, 9781409469650
Length 330 pages
Opening up Digital Humanities Education
Open Book Publishers
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Nina Dillard’s Photographs on Net-Gold
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Bushell, R. & Sheldon, P. (eds),
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