Romance Languages Discussion Group Minutes - 2011 Midwinter
Romance Languages Discussion Group
ALA Midwinter Meeting, San Diego
Saturday, January 8, 10:30 - 12:00
Convenor: Heidi Madden (Duke University)
Minutes: Deb Raftus
Introductions and Announcements
This panel presentation follows up on the 2010 Annual discussion, providing practical applications and real-world examples of library involvement in Digital Humanities Lab.
Presentations: The Landscape of Digital Humanities in Romance Studies.
Panelist Mitch Fraas: Haiti Digital Humanities Laboratory at Duke. Mitch Fraas is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at Duke, and an Advisor in the Haiti Humanities Laboratory Duke University.
- The Haiti Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke was created by Haitianists (across disciplines) after the 2010 earthquake, to build community and provide information about Haiti. The center is modeled after Science research Labs, and includes a physical space.
- Group independent studies and courses are offered in conjunction with the center. Students participate in projects related to art, women's rights, global health, Creole language, and psychology (PTSD, with a cultural focus), Haitian Law.
- The center has made creative use of social technologies: blogs related to Creole and Haitian Law, Facebook, Twitter.
- The library is involved in many ways. Subject librarians have participated from the earliest stages. Special Collections have digitized relevant materials and provided tech support. The library has purchased scholarly materials to support the projects (which are difficult to acquire from Haiti).
- Projects include the trilingual Digital Library of Haiti (Creole, French, English). This is a portal to online resources about Haiti, specifically historical materials relating to the country and writings by Haitian authors. In order to meet the needs of Haiti, they needed to find a way to deliver low resolution text files.
- The Haiti Lab has caused the libraries to rethink their priorities (international, interdisciplinary, knowledge of service and society). Also, the great response from undergraduates will drive change.
Considerations for Collection Development:
- UNC and Duke collaborate on collection development . UNC has historically been focusing on Spanish and French-speaking Caribbean,but the Haiti Lab resides at Duke.
- Languages: Faculty want more monographs from Europe (in German, French,Italian, etc.) about world areas.
- Preservation: Microfilm and digitization
- Budget: How do we write library needs into proposals for new initiatives?
Sarah Sussman, curator of French and Italian Collections at Stanford, stepped in for Zachary Chandler, to talk about the Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR). SULAIR consists of libraries, Academic Computing, the Humanities Digital Information Service (HDIS), including a digital archivist, and Social Science Data and Software (SSDS), academic technology specialists, digital library systems and services (DLSS).
- Spacial visualization of poet Robert Creeley's email correspondence
- Forensic recovery of electronic data (FRED)
- Mapping/spacial visualization of humanities info (digital humanities specialist)
- Mapping the Republic of Letters
- Performing Trobar
- French Revolution Digital Archive, searchable version of the Archives parlementaires
- Renaissance Body project. Involves a class, blog, and ebook.
- How they Got Game. Project to preserve virtual worlds.
- Parker on the Web, medieval manuscripts from Corpus Christi College, a collaborative semi-commercial effort
- Literature Lab. Text mining experiments.
- Arcade, website and publishing platform.
Sarah discussed the greatest challenge to Stanford's digital humanities projects, financial sustainability. One service she'd like to see added is a text-mining service, at the same level as the visual mapping services currently offered.
Question and Answer Session:
Q: What happens to Haiti Lab after 3 years?
Mitch: Currently working on this. They hope to preserve the project, working with librarians and the university archives.
Q: Will this work count towards tenure?
A: This is a concern for junior tenure-track faculty.
Q: What are some efforts to make projects discoverable, besides google?
A: Worldcat. Metadata. Perhaps libraries or digital humanities centers could offer a class for faculty on how to make their work discoverable.
What projects are happening at our institutions?
- University of Washington: Mapping Scandinavian Americans across the country.
- Brown: Humanities Center, there is a competitive process for submitting projects.
- Example project: Paris in the 19th century
- Students are hired to do metadata. One challenge is that scanning falls behind.
- John Carter Brown Library: Haiti digitization project. Private funding for staff.
- Harvard: Recent centralization of a project: Contagion: Historical Views of Contagious Disease. The digitization Lab is located with the library, and projects must be submitted for approval.
- Yale: Digital Humanities Working Group. Challenges: how to find funding, infrastructure.
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