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2013 Conference Program

Literary Texts and the Library in the Digital Age: New Collaborations for European and American Studies

Saturday June 29, 2013 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm.

McCormick Place Convention Center


In collaboration with the Literatures in English Section (LES) and the Slavic and Eastern European Section (SEES), and with the generous support of Librairie Internationale Touzot/Aux Amateurs de Livres and Digitialia.

Paula Kaufman, Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Laura Mandell, Professor of English, Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture, Texas A&M University.
Glen Worthey, Head, Humanities Digital Information Service, Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources

Patricia Thurston, Catalog Librarian/Team Leader, Yale University Library

Digital technologies are opening up new possibilities for the investigation and analysis of literary and historical texts. They are also changing library spaces and reconfiguring relationships between librarians and researchers. This program investigates new roles for European and American Studies librarians in this emerging physical and virtual environment. What old skills remain relevant and what new skills are needed? What new forms of collaboration are developing between librarians, scholars, and IT personnel?

Featured in the DH+Lib Guide to ALA Annual 2013 and The LJ Guide to the 2013 ALA Annual Conference Program


This is a selection of key articles, books, and blog posts on the use of digital tools in the study of literary texts and the support libraries can provide for such study. For a fuller bibliography, please see the following Zotero Group.

  • What Is Digital Humanities and What’s it Doing in the Library? by Micah Vandegrift. This article provides an excellent review of important publications that have created buzz in the DH community, outside and inside the library.
  • ¿Que son las Humanidades Digitales? by Isabel Galina Russell. This is a piece in Spanish with a nice overview of the history of the field, and a section on DH in Mexico.
  • La digital history : histoire et mémoire à la portée de tous by Serge Noiret. This is an overview of the history of Web 2.0, and an introduction to digital history and the humanities.
  • Digital Humanities and Cultural Complexity: Research, Concepts, Practices from the Medialab-Prado Madrid. This seminar offers an overview of the changes that have taken place in the Humanities in recent years as a result of the digital revolution, interdisciplinary collaboration, and and the adoption of the Big Data paradigm.
  • From papyrus to hypertext: toward the universal digital library by Christian Vandendorpe. In this study, Christian Vandendorpe examines how digital media and the Internet have changed the process of reading and writing, significantly altering our approaches toward research and reading, our assumptions about audience and response, and our theories of memory, legibility, and context.
  • Distant Reading by Franco Moretti. Dr. Moretti reconstructs the intellectual trajectory of his philosophy of ‘distant reading’ by addressing the question, how does a literary historian end up thinking in terms of z-scores, principal component analysis, and clustering coefficient?
  • Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History by Matthew L. Jockers. Dr. Jockers introduces readers to large-scale literary computing and the revolutionary potential of macroanalysis--a new approach to the study of the literary record designed for probing the digital-textual world as it exists today, in digital form and in large quantities.
  • Digital Dialogues is the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities' signature events program.

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