Kathy Rosa, ALA Research and Statistics
- What are the humanities? No one definition.
- What is digital humanities? One web site serves up a variety of definitions. Digitally created as well as those converted to digital format.
- How does the NEH define it? You see some definitions in grant applications.
- Faculty want libraries to be part of digital humanities. Libraries are a central place for research. Libraries have or can develop the needed skills.
- Faculty though do not see that libraries can totally meet their needs. Faculty want help with project management, for example.
- Librarians want to be partners of digital humanities projects.
- For some libraries, involvement in digital humanities is on an ad hoc basis.
- There overall assessment of current services is quite low.
- How does this affect the students? Yes, faculty do give assignments that rely on digital humanity resources.
- The full survey results are online at americanlibraries.org
David Seaman, Syracuse University
- While digital humanities is an imprecise term, that's note a bad thing.
- We've been doing it for a long time. It is a collaborative process. It requires a bundle of skills. It is a natural interest for academic research libraries.
- For the humanities, the libraries is their laboratory.
- We have a lot of skills in this area and the ability to acquire additional skills.
- We are challenged in understanding how to keep older projects in a useful state, especially when the owners have left.
- It is getting easier to raise resources for projects, including from alumni.
- Seeing faculty and staff hires related to digital humanities.
- There are space implications.
- This is an area of research. Can the library be a collaborator on a digital humanities research project?
- How do we evaluate and value digital humanities work in tenure and promotion cases?
Thomas Padilla, @thomaspadilla, Michigan State University
- Terms of possibility
- Hack vs. yack
- Two definitions of digital humanities:
- Arguments made using digital methods, tools and sources
- Arguments about digital methods, tools and sources
Stephanie Orphan, Portico
- Portico is committed to the preservation of scholarly literature published in electronic form to ensure that these materials remain accessible to future generations of scholars, researchers, and students.
- Why use a third party? Scale and complexity
- They currently have three services; one that has Gale as a client/partner.
- Leveraging preservation infrastructure and experience to benefit the community.
- Potential assistance with text and data mining.
Jon Cawthorne, West Virginia University
- Talked about the three-legged stool that will allow digital humanities to blossom in an academic library.