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Notice: Schedule for GLAM Cafe/PhillyDH Meetings for 2015

After more than two years of regular meetings at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, GLAM Cafe and PhillyDH will diversify their meeting locations among several Philadelphia cultural institutions in the upcoming year. Meetings will continue to be the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30-8:00. Dates and locations for the meetings in 2015 can be found on this pdf: GLAM Cafe 2015 Dates

GLAM Cafe Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/GLAM-Cafe-Philadelphia/
PhillyDH website: http://phillydh.org/
Wikipedia events: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Philadelphia

Upcoming Event: GLAMCafe and PhillyDH Meeting, Tuesday, December 9

The final meeting of GLAMCafe and PhillyDH for 2014 will take place at the Chemical Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, December 9, with GLAMCafe starting at 5:00 pm and the PhillyDH meeting at 6:30. This will be the last GLAMCafe/PhillyDH meetup at the Chemical Heritage Foundation for a while. The first meeting of 2015 will be at the Kislak Center of the Van Pelt Library at the University of Pennsylvania.

You can RSVP and learn more about GLAMCafe at this link.

Job Opportunity: Temple University Library

The Temple University Libraries are seeking a creative and energetic individual to fill the position of Digital Library Applications Developer. This position is an opportunity to engage with the active Hydra/Fedora community and other Open Source communities. Temple’s federated library system serves an urban research university with over 1,800 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that is among the most diverse in the nation. For more information about Temple and Philadelphia, visit http://www.temple.edu.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Senior Digital Library Applications Developer and working closely with others in the Digital Library Initiatives Department, the DLAD helps develop and maintain the technological infrastructure for Temple University’s digital library initiatives and services, which includes preserving and delivering large collections of digital objects with the Hydra repository framework, and supporting digital scholarship (including digital humanities), and scholarly communication initiatives throughout the Library. As part of the development team, the DLAD architects, implements, tests and deploys new tools and services primarily based on open source project software, such as Hydra, Fedora Commons, Omeka, VIVO, Scalar, and Open Journal Systems (OJS), potentially contributing code to those projects. The DLAD advances professional skills through engagement with the active Open Source community via training and participation at national and regional conferences/meet-ups. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field, and at least one year of experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills and Abilities:

* Demonstrated experience with application development in at least one major programming language such as Ruby on Rails, PHP, or Java.
* Demonstrated experience with MySQL or other database management systems.
* Demonstrated knowledge of the LAMP stack or similar technology stacks.
* Demonstrated ability to perform effective code testing and QA testing.
* Experience with project requirements gathering.
* Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment, and to communicate well with IT and non-IT staff.
* Commitment to responsive and innovative service.
* Demonstrated ability to write clear documentation.

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

* Experience with a repository system such as Hydra.
* Familiarity with a Content Management System like Drupal or an exhibit curation system like Omeka would be a plus.
* Experience working with Open Source software, including multi-platform integration.
* Experience with version control, test-driven development, and continuous integration techniques.
* Experience with Linux/Unix operating systems, including scripting.
* Experience working with authentication and authorization protocols, including LDAP.
* Knowledge of XML/XSLT.
* Familiarity with digital library standards, such as Dublin Core, MARC, METS, EAD, and OAI-PMH.


Competitive salary and benefits package.

To apply:

To apply for this position, please visit http://www.temple.edu/hr/departments/employment/jobs_within.htm, click on “Non-Employees Only,” and search for job number TU-18555. For full consideration, please submit your completed electronic application, along with a cover letter and resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to cultural diversity.

Call for Papers: Re: Humanities 2015

Job Opportunity: The Chemical Heritage Foundation

The Chemical Heritage Foundation is recruiting for the newly created position of Library Applications Developer. The Library Applications Developer will work collaboratively with CHF’s new digital library team and consultants to lead the development of the digital infrastructure that will manage, preserve and provide access to CHF’s diverse digital assets (images, audio, visual files, texts and 3D objects.) The Library Applications Developer will oversee all technical aspects related to the installation, customization, and maintenance of Hydra, an open source digital repository system comprised of a Fedora Commons, Solr, Blacklight and Ruby on Rails technology stack. Additionally, this position will be responsible for maintaining, documenting and troubleshooting code for customizing other open source library software and applications, including ArchivesSpace.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

· Bachelor degree in Computer/Information Science or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and related work experience.

· Demonstrated strong proficiency in a major language such as PHP, Ruby or Python.

· Previous experience working with Apache, Solr, MySQL, Ruby on Rails and RESTful web APIs.

· Must have experience running Linux in a production environment.

· Demonstrated experience working with software stack architecture, such as OpenStack or LAMP.

· Familiarity with a variety of data exchange formats, XML, RDF and/or JSON.

· Experience with JavaScript framework such as JQuery and standards compliant HTML5 and CSS3.

· Strong communications skills, including ability to speak on the topic with non-technical individuals.

· Previous experience working in library, museum or cultural institution, preferably with digital repository or asset management software, is a plus.

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary expectations and resume/CV to LibraryAppDeveloper2014@chemheritage.org

Call for Papers: Women’s History in the Digital World 2015

Call for Papers: Women’s History in the Digital World 2015

The Second Conference of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center
for the History of Women’s Education
May 21-22, 2015, Bryn Mawr College


Women’s History in the Digital World 2015, the second conference of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education, will be held on the campus of Bryn Mawr College on May 21-22.

We aim to bring together experts, novices, and all those in between to share insights, lessons, and resources for the many projects emerging at the crossroads of history, the digital humanities, and women’s and gender studies. Continuing a conversation begun at our inaugural meeting in 2013, the conference will feature the work of librarians and archivists, faculty, students, and other stakeholders in the development of women’s and gender histories within digital scholarship.

The conference will feature a keynote address by Claire Bond Potter, Professor of History and Co-Director of the Humanities Action Lab at The New School for Public Engagement.

Panels will be scheduled during the day Thursday, May 21, and the morning of May 22; a projects showcase and digital lab will offer opportunities for unstructured conversation and demonstrations.


We invite individual papers or full panel proposals on women’s and gender history projects with a digital component, investigating the complexities of creating, managing, researching and/or teaching with digital resources and digitized materials.

All thematic areas, geographies, and time periods are welcome: this is a chance to share knowledge, network, and promote collaborations that locate new possibilities.

To submit a proposal, please send the following information by email to greenfieldhwe@brynmawr.edu:

complete contact information including current email and institutional affiliation, if any;
short (150-200 word) biography for each presenter; and
abstract (s) of the proposed presentation (500 words for single paper, poster, or demonstration, or 1,500-2000 words for panels of 3 papers)
The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 16, 2015.


Women’s History in the Digital World 2015 is organized by The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education with the support of Bryn Mawr College Libraries and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Launched in 2011, and housed in Bryn Mawr College Special Collections, the Center serves as an online locus of scholarship on the history of women’s higher education. Through its blog, exhibits, instructional lesson plans, and digital collections the Center provides informative materials and a digital space for teaching and learning on these topics.

Bryn Mawr College is located less than fifteen miles outside of Center City Philadelphia, easily accessible by both car and public transportation.

Visit the 2013 conference repository to read more about our first meeting: http://repository.brynmawr.edu/greenfield_conference/.

To learn more about the Greenfield Digital Center, visit http://greenfield.brynmawr.edu.

For updates, follow the Greenfield Digital Center on Twitter: @GreenfieldHWE and the conference hashtag, #WHDigWrld.

Upcoming Event: Turning Library Records into Data: A Conversation and Workshop at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Tuesday, December 9

Turning Library Records into Data: A Conversation & Workshop
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 1:00-4:45pm
Library Company of Philadelphia Cassatt House, 1320 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA

Click Here for PDF Flier

Click Here to Register Online, Space Limited

As more and more hackers, students, and scholars are engaging in creative projects that require “big data,” this two-part session invites librarians and archivists to think through ways to expose their collections to interpretation and analysis by digital humanities scholars, students, and local hackers, and to make those collections easily mappable.

Laurie Allen, Coordinator for Digital Scholarship and Services, Haverford College
Doreva Belfiore, Digital Projects Librarian, Temple University
Nabil Kashyap, Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Scholarship, Swarthmore College
Delphine Khanna, Head of Digital Library Initiatives, Temple University
Nicole Scalessa, IT Manager, the Library Company of Philadelphia

Part 1: 1:00-3:00PM

In the first half of this workshop, we will highlight some example uses for library data, and lead a discussion about how Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums can make their collection information available for re-use by scholars and activists. We will focus on concrete steps that librarians and archivists can take to expose their collection data for reuse, including small, lightweight options and more robust, larger scale possibilities.

Discussion topics will include:
· “What is our data?”

· “What can we usefully export from our various systems?”

· “What format and what documentation should we provide to make the data most accessible?”

· “What are some example questions that our data might help us address?”

· “Once I’ve opened my data, where should I put it?”

· “What is the DPLA, and is Pennsylvania going to start participating in it?”

Part 2: 3:15-4:45PM

The second part of this workshop will help catalogers and metadata managers develop ways to add geospatial metadata to collection records that refer to places (For example, works about the built environment or that include addresses or specific locations.)

Discussion topics will include:
· “What successful models of geospatial metadata are currently in use that advocate for wider implementation?”

· “What are some current geospatial metadata standards?”

· “What resources are available for learning more?”

Visit www.librarycompany.org/events to register! | Questions? Contact nscalessa@librarycompany.org

Submit for MARAC Finding Aid Awards

Call for Submissions: 2014 MARAC Finding Aid Awards

The Finding Aid Award is given yearly to recognize outstanding achievement in the preparation of finding aids by institutions within the MARAC region. Nominated finding aids must have been made available to the public for the first time during 2014.

The top award will receive the designation of the Fredric M. Miller Finding Aids Award, in honor of Dr. Miller’s contributions to the field as archivist and author. Monetary awards will be presented at the Spring 2015 meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

Call for Submissions
In the last decade, there have been significant changes in the processes by which archivists arrange, describe and make their collections available to the public: most notably, the widespread adoption of streamlined processing practices and a push to make our work available online. At the same time, the fundamentals of good finding aids have remained the same: they provide content that enables researchers to understand the materials in our collections and are designed to help them find what they need easily and quickly.

The Finding Aids Committee invites MARAC members to nominate exceptional finding aids for the 2012 MARAC Finding Aid Awards. Successful finding aids will have outstanding content, take full advantage of the design capabilities inherent in their medium of publication, and incorporate successful innovations that enable researchers to more effectively access and use archival materials. Please see Characteristics of Successful Finding Aids for more details.

Submissions are due by December 31, 2014 and must include:
- A link to the finding aid’s URL
- A nomination letter that addresses the finding aids’ exceptional qualities and/or discusses elements not readily apparent from examination of the finding aid itself.

Please see our Finding Aid Awards Submission Checklist for further information concerning the nomination letter and optional submission materials. Submissions should be sent to the Chair of the Finding Aid Award Committee:

Regine Heberlein, Senior Co-chair

Upcoming Event: Lecture at Temple University, Thursday, December 11

Please join P19 at Temple this Thursday, December 11th at 5:15 pm for the third event in our year-long series on nineteenth-century knowledge organization practices and information culture:

A TALK (note departure from pre-circulated format) by

Megan Ward (Oregon State) on

“The Material History of a Digital Archive”

with a response by Nabil Kashyap (Swarthmore College)

Rather than seeing the digital archive as an inferior surrogate of the material original, this talk argues for a new understanding of the materiality of digital objects. The digital archive Livingstone Online recovers David Livingstone’s faded, crumbling field diaries using spectral imaging, a technique that renders these images more legible than the originals – making them, in some ways, more material than the materials.

Megan Ward is assistant professor of English at Oregon State University and Associate Director of the NEH-funded digital archive Livingstone Online. Her work on realism and technology has appeared in SEL, Configurations, and Victorian Periodicals Review. Her current book project, “Human Reproductions: Victorian Realist Character and Artificial Intelligence,” re-examines the rise of interiority through the history of AI.

Nabil Kashyap is the Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Scholarship at Swarthmore College, where he supports the digital humanities, digital archives and Department of English Literature. He has worked as both developer and archivist at the University of Michigan, the University of Kentucky and the National Archives.

We meet at the Center for the Humanities at Temple University on Temple’s main campus, Gladfelter Hall, 10th floor. (Directions.)

Upcoming Event: Regular GLAM Cafe/PhillyDH Meeting Tonight

The next PhillyDH working meeting and GLAM Cafe is tonight, Tuesday, November 11 from 5-8 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. The PhillyDH portion will begin at 6:00. You can see a list of areas we would like to work on for 2014 here. The list is certainly not exhaustive if you have other ideas that should be a priority for PhillyDH in 2014.

I am hoping we can have a discussion about what we liked/disliked with how PhillyDH was organized, run, participation, etc. for 2014 since we tried out a new format this past year. If you cannot attend and have commentary I highly recommend you send your comments to the list, or if you prefer some anonymity you can send them to me and I will read them to those at the meeting tomorrow without disclosing who provided the comments.

Announcements about these working meetings will be posted to the discussion page on this website but I suggest if you have a meetup.com account that you join the meetup as well:



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