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Upcoming Event: GLAM Cafe/PhillyDH Meeting, September 9

A reminder that as usual, there will be a GLAM Cafe at the Chemical Heritage Foundation starting at 5pm on Tuesday, September 9. It will be accompanied with a regular meeting of PhillyDH starting around 6pm.

Job Opportunity: Special Projects Internship, Temple University Library

Digital Library Initiatives, Special Projects Internship

Paley Library, University Libraries, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

This internship offers pre-professional experience in selecting and preserving websites as part of a digital preservation initiative.

Duties:  Focusing on Temple University websites and other sites that form part of the Urban Archives collection, and working up to 20 hours a week, the intern will harvest websites for long-term preservation using Archive-It.  He or she will learn to think strategically while implementing scope and content limits for large, complex websites containing custom scripts or multimedia content. The intern will also review captured websites for quality assurance and describe those sites with metadata.  In addition, the intern may participate in other projects involving digitization, metadata management, digital preservation and digital object dissemination.

Requirements: Current enrollment in an ALA accredited library or information science graduate program.  Interest in digital libraries, digital curation and/or archives.  Ability to demonstrate initiative, work collaboratively and collegially. Effective interpersonal communication skills and an attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of HTML, CSS, and basic website editing. Basic familiarity with regular expressions would be a plus.

Hours and Pay:  Position available September 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015, $15/hour; the incumbent will be scheduled to work between 10 and 20 hours per week, based on availability and funding,  weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

To apply, e-mail your resume, list of LIS courses taken, and cover letter to:

Richie Holland, Manager of Library Human Resources and Facilities.


Job Opportunity: Director of the Library and Archives, PMA


Arcadia Director of the Library and Archives

The Arcadia Director of the Library and Archives provides strategic leadership and direction for the planning, acquisition, management, and preservation of information resources that are essential for the Museum’s research and educational programs. In addition to the traditional role it plays within the Museum, the Library and Archives manages the rights, licensing and delivery of images of works of art in the collection and is responsible for the implementation of an institution-wide digital asset management system. The Director of the Library and Archives must possess a broad understanding of the ongoing development and utilization of library collections, including archival, print, image and digital materials, with special attention to the impact of new technologies on the acquisition and distribution of information.

The Director of the Library and Archives is responsible for implementing the strategic vision for the Library and Archives as a hub for the acquisition, management, and distribution of a broad range of digital information resources both within the Museum and to various external constituencies. In alignment with the major goals of the Museum’s strategic plan, which emphasis increasing access to its resources via new technologies, the Library and Archives will gradually evolve into an “Information Commons” serving not only as a means for managing and disseminating information about our world-renowned art collection, but also increasing public access to the collection and related archival and bibliographic resources.

Qualified candidates will possess a graduate-level degree, such as a MLIS in a field that is relevant to the operation of libraries and archives plus seven to ten years of professional experience, ideally in an academic, research, or museum library. A strong understanding of evolving issues and trends in libraries and museums paired with current knowledge of emerging digital technologies and their application to the management of bibliographic resources and museum collections is required. A broad familiarity with copyright law and licensing and rights issues is necessary. We are seeking applicants who maintain an active and ongoing involvement with professional organizations in the field; have proven managerial skills and the ability to work effectively with a broad range of external constituencies; and have experience or potential for success in development and fundraising. This position requires flexibility and versatility to work in a changing environment.

Applications will be accepted through October 30, 2014. To apply, please visit the job opportunities section of the Museum’s website at: https://www.philamuseum.org.

Registration for THATCamp Philly is Now Open

THATCamp Philly is back for its fourth annual unconference!

Friday, September 19 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Old City, Philadelphia

THATCamp, The Humanities And Technology Camp, is a free, open, interdisciplinary “unconference” where humanists and technologists meet to work together for the common good.

The theme for this year’s event is “DH on a Dime” and will focus on low-cost and creative approaches to Digital Humanities work.

The one-day forum will feature both scheduled workshops and unconference sessions, dine arounds, swag, refreshments and good cheer!

Workshops will include: “GIS” by Sarah Cordivano of Azavea and GeoPhilly — “Reusing Existing Platforms and Projects” by Stacey Mann of Night Kitchen Interactive — “Finding Data” by Nabil Kashyap of Swarthmore College — “Humanities Outreach Integrating Livestreamed Video and Social Media” by Jeff Guin of Chemical Heritage Foundation — “Video Production and Publishing Strategies for Small Institutions on a Budget” by Nicole Scalessa of the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Our late afternoon reception will take place at the nearby historic “Physick House” and will be sponsored by the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Who should come?
Technologists, Humanists, Librarians, Archivists, Museum Professionals, Academics, GIS Practitioners, Archaeologists, Undergraduates, Graduate Students, AV Geeks, Tourism Promoters, Public Historians, English Literature Types, Gallery Owners, Artists, Wikipedians, Visual Studies Folks, Journalists, Cultural Organization Workers, Material Culture Enthusiasts, Bloggers, Coders, Life-Long Learners. In short: YOU!

Registration is now open at the THATCamp Philly website:


You can keep in touch and keep up on developments by following THATCamp Philly on Twitter @THATCampPhilly and by joining the PhillyDH Google Group at phillydigitalhumanities@googlegroups.com.

Upcoming Event: GLAM Cafe/PhillyDH Meeting August 12

As usual on the second Tuesday of the month, we will be holding a joint PhillyDH meeting and GLAM Cafe at the Chemical Heritage Foundation starting at 5pm on August 12. See the Meetup page HERE.

As Matt Shoemaker notes: This will likely be the most crucial meeting for THATCamp Philly planning. There is only one more meeting after this one before THATCamp and it is the week prior to the event, too close to make sure most tasks have enough time to be completed. All interested in helping with planning should make sure to attend.

Upcoming Event: THATCamp Philly September 19

Save the Date: September 19

THATCamp Philly 2014 will be on Friday, September 19 at the Conference Center at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. This year will be a one-day event, with both workshops and unconference sessions throughout the day. More info to follow

For now, you can link to the THATCamp Philly 2014 website HERE.

Upcoming Event: Penn Library Summer Workshop Practical Open Access August 19

The University of Pennsylvania Library’s Summer Workshop Series continues on August 19 with a workshop on the following topic:

Practical Open Access

This workshop will focus on the practicalities of open access. It will start with a brief history of open access publishing, and finish with a discussion of examples of copyright agreements and licensing options for authors and editors. Presented by Shawn Martin, Scholarly Communication Librarian and Dot Porter, Curator of Digital Research Services at Penn Libraries.

Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Kislak Center Seminar Room 627, 6th Floor
Library: Van Pelt-Dietrich
Presenter: Shawn Martin and Dot Porter
Categories: Digital Scholarship

Register for this workshop here.

Upcoming Event: Penn Library Summer Workshop on Mind Mapping August 12

The University of Pennsylvania Library’s Digital Summer Workshop series continues on August 12 with the following topic:

Mind Mapping and Beyond - Manuel De la Cruz Gutierrez and Molly Des Jardin will lead you in an exploration of visual tools for brainstorming and organizing information, including mind mapping and concept mapping.

This workshop covers visual tools for brainstorming and organizing information, including mind mapping and concept mapping. We will cover the history of these methods, research on their effectiveness, and their use in various disciplines, in addition to their use and benefits for both visual and verbal learners and thinkers. Also included is a brief overview and bibliography of useful software for mind mapping and concept mapping. This is an interactive workshop that will involve a poll of thinking styles and activities that actively introduce participants to mind mapping concepts and execution, and how mind and concept maps can benefit their research, teaching, and other work.

Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Kislak Center Seminar Room 627, 6th Floor
Library: Van Pelt-Dietrich
Presenter: Manuel De la Cruz Gutierrez and Molly Des Jardin
Categories: Digital Scholarship

Register for this event here.

Job Opportunity: Digital History Project Associate

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has posted the following notice for a Digital History Project Associate:

Position Title:     NHPRC HINT Project Associate

Division:               Programs and Services

Reports to:         Director of Publications and Scholarly Programs

FLSA Status:       Part Time, Exempt

Salary and Hours: $18/hour (with benefits), 21 hours/week, one-year position

Application Deadline: August 24, 2014
Position Summary:

The Historic Images, New Technologies (HINT) Project Associate shares responsibility for developing a digital historical documentary editing project utilizing political cartoons. This interpretive project includes annotation of facsimile images using TEI markup of about 500 HSP pre-1923 political cartoons. The project associate will research the content of the cartoons, and places them in historical context, marks up and annotate the cartoons, and create other project content. This is a one-year position, September 2014-September 2015.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conceptualize and plan digital history project based on political cartoons
  • Work with Digital Services staff on digitization and basic metadata of political cartoons
  • Annotate and XML (TEI) encode political cartoons
  • Develop annotation plan, including plan for interpretive encoding, footnote annotation, and contextual essays or other exhibit content
  • Research and write annotation and contextual essays, as appropriate
  • Work with Sr. Dir. of Programs and Services on educator feedback and evaluation and developing pedagogical supports
  • Work with Whirli-i-gig staff, as appropriate, to inform and test development of image annotation tool and TEI import function for CollectiveAccess
  • Work with Drupal web developer and designer to develop user-friendly, engaging public interface on HSP’s website
  • Promote project to relevant audiences through blog posts and other means
  • Assist in creation of journal articles to evaluate and disseminate the project

Job Requirements and Qualifications:
This position requires a master’s degree in American history or related field. MLIS a plus. The successful candidate will have strong research and writing skills as well as strong computer skills. Significant experience in scholarly editing also desired, in particular XML-TEI markup. Experience with CollectiveAccess and Drupal, as well as basic knowledge of RDF preferred. This position requires an individual who pays close attention to detail, is highly organized, and self-motivated. He/she must be able to work both independently and as part of a team.

Working Conditions:

Center City Philadelphia. General Office working environment
Position Details:

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania offers a comprehensive benefits package for employees working at least 21 hours per week, including health/dental/vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, and a retirement plan managed though TIAA-CREF. We are unable to pay travel or relocation expenses. HSP is an equal opportunity employer.
Applications should include the following:

  • A cover letter outlining why you believe you would be a good candidate for this position
  • Current resume, including recent employment and education history

Applications should be e-mailed to:

Tamara Gaskell

Director of Publications and Scholarly Programs

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

e-mail: tgas…@hsp.org

Upcoming Event: Public History Bootcamp/Omeka 101 August 26

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers University-Camden is offering a workshop on Omeka, the digital collections and exhibition platform, on August 26.

Has your GLAM (gallery, library, archive, museum) wanted to create an online exhibition but didn’t know how to get started? Have you been stuck trying to manage digital collections easily and inexpensively?

Omeka may be your answer.

A free-to-inexpensive open-source content management system, Omeka was designed with GLAMs in mind. Used by institutions from the Smithsonian Institution for their “Elvis at 21″ exhibit to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s “Land of Penn and Plenty” exhibit, Omeka gives users flexibility in creating visually appealing digital exhibitions using your digital collections. To get you up and running as quickly as possible, this workshop will give you a thorough introduction to Omeka. Rutgers University and Rutgers University-Newark digital humanities librarians Francesca Giannetti and Krista White will cover topics including:
What is Omeka and why should I use it?
Differences between Omeka.net and Omeka.org
How to create digital collections
Proper use of metadata
Turning digital collections into digital exhibitions
You’ll be given hands-on experience uploading digital items into Omeka as well as tools to think creatively about how to use Omeka for your own digital exhibitions. There will be a lab period at the end of the day.

When: August 26, 2014
Time: 9:00am-2:30pm
Lunch is included, thanks to the Digital Studies Center at Rutgers University-Camden.
Where: Rutgers University-Camden library
Cost: $20 + small service charge

For more information and to register, go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-history-boot-camp-omeka-101-tickets-12352042291


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