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Upcoming Event: Today! Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at Bryn Mawr

On October 22nd, Bryn Mawr College Special Collections will host its second Wikipedia edit-a-thon to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day and American Archives Month. The event will be open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

Mary Mark Ockerbloom, Wikipedian in Residence at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, will open the event at 4:00pm with an introduction to creating an account, Wikipedia culture, and how to position your articles for success on the site. An editing session will follow from 5:00 – 7:30 in which attendees can work independently or consult with more experienced editors. While the event is thematically oriented around women in science, technology, engineering, and math, attendees may feel free to bring their own projects or choose another topic from the suggested articles list on the Wikipedia edit-a-thon event page. Remote participants are also invited to co-edit with us by tracking their projects on the etherpad document (linked on the edit-a-thon event page) and by using hashtags #BMCwiki, #ALD2014, and #ArchivesMonth on social media.

Event details:
Wednesday, October 22nd, 4:00pm – 7:30pm
Canaday Library Room 205, Bryn Mawr College
RSVP to Greenf…@brynmawr.edu, or on the Wikipedia event page linked below.
Bring a laptop and charger!

Bryn Mawr edit-a-thon event page on Wikipedia (for RSVPs, editing resources, and a list of suggested projects): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup:Philadelphia/Bryn_Mawr_College/American_Archives_Month
Blog post with more details about the event: http://greenfield.blogs.brynmawr.edu/2014/10/08/upcoming-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-october-edition-ada-lovelace-and-women-in-stem/

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Upcoming Event: Open Access Week at Penn Libraries This Week

This week is Open Access Week at Penn Libraries. Events are free and open to the public. Here is the schedule of events:

October 20
Open Access Images
10:00am-11:00am, Goldstein Electronic Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
Learn to create and adapt open access images using a variety of techniques.

Tuesday, October 21

Lunch Discussion with Joshua Nicholson
12:00pm-1:00pm, Meyerson Conference Room, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
A skype discussion with Joshua Nicholson,founder of “The Winnower,” an open access online science publishing
platform .

Creative Commons: The License to Share Knowledge
4:00pm-5:00pm, Room 626, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
Creative Commons (CC): assign Creative Commons licenses to your own work and find out more about how to work with Creative Commons licensed works – images, texts, and other original material – that you can use in your teaching, scholarship, and creative productions.

Wednesday, October 22

The New Wave of Open Access Publishing
12:00pm-1:00pm, Meyerson Conference Room, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
A conversation about new open access publishing models including Humanities endeavors: Knowledge Unlatched
and The Open Humanities Library and Biology and medicine journal platform PeerJ. Register to receive readings
in advance.

RiP!: A Remix Manifesto Screening
6:00pm-7:30pm, Class of ‘55, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
Immerse yourself in the energetic, innovative and potentially illegal world of mash-up media with RiP: A Remix
Manifesto (2008 documentary).

Thursday, October 23

The Feedback Loop Between Open Access & Altmetrics
1:00pm-2:00pm, Class of ’54 (3rd Floor), Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
Mike Showalter of Plum Analytics will describe and demonstrate the capabilities of using altmetrics to create your
own open access feedback loop (1 hour Webinar).

MOOCs & Beyond: An Open House Hosted by the Open Learning Initiative
4:00pm-5:30pm, Room108, ARCH Building, 3601 Locust Walk
Join the Open Learning team to learn more about creating a MOOC and what resources are available on campus

Upcoming Event: Panel on Digital Humanities Research and the Classroom at Temple University, Wednesday, October 22

The Center for the Humanities at Temple University offers one of its external lectures in the Digital Humanities in Practice Series on Wednesday, October 22 at 4:00 pm in the CHAT Lounge, 10th Floor, Gladfelter Hall. The external lecture series for the year highlights the new work being produced by applying computational methods of analysis to humanistic materials. Fee and open to the public. Time and place varies.

Panel on Digital Humanities Research and the Classroom Featuring:

Rebecca Frost Davis
Director of Instructional and Emerging Technology
St. Edwards University

Engaging Undergraduates with Digital Scholarship Projects

In the 21st century we face complex problems that cross disciplines and require collaborative approaches. Digital tools and information networks make it feasible to design project-based learning experiences that engage students by integrating them into the research process. This presentation will provide examples of how such projects, when integrated into courses, help students develop skills to work collaboratively, apply appropriate tools, and learn flexible problem-solving skills.

Brian Croxall
Digital Humanities Strategist
Emory University

Test Tubes and Poetry: How to Not Read Hemingway

For the last twenty years, “real-world, undergraduate research” have been watchwords for universities. We know what this research looks like in the sciences, but how scalable is the idea within the humanities? In this presentation, I’ll argue that the best “lab” for undergraduate humanities research is the classroom. I’ll draw on two multi-semester projects my students have undertaken: solving a puzzle set for us by the UK’s Poet Laureate and learning to avoid reading Hemingway.

Wednesday, October 22
4:00 p.m., CHAT Lounge

Job Opportunity: Archivist/Digital Data Specialist, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Archivist/Digital Data Specialist, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania


Work with ASC Librarian and ASC IT staff to manage the School’s digital archives. Archivist will report to the Librarian, consult with IT director and staff, and other archivists at the University to develop and implement a comprehensive archival program for the School’s archives, evaluating new and existing collections and integrating them into the resource environment.


The work addresses, but is not limited to: arrangement, description, presentation, access and security of paper, photographs, video and other record formats including born-digital items. Work requires application of appropriate archival best practices and national standards. The archivist will follow new and emerging preservation and exhibit technologies and analyze their potential application to the current digital data management scheme. This position is a two-year temporary appointment.


  • Master’s degree in information science or equivalent degree with formal training in archival theory and practice. Archival education and training may be substituted for a library/information science degree.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current national data content and structure standards related to the archival control of collection materials.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival and library management systems, specifically Omeka.
  • Strong working knowledge of EAD, HTML, XML (including experience writing and maintaining XSL style sheets), DACS; familiarity with MARC, AACR2, RDA, LCSH and LC cataloging standards.
  • Demonstrated job or school experience with basic preservation and conservation standards for archival storage.
  • Working knowledge of digital humanities practices and trends.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Experience working collaboratively and independently within a complex organization.
  • Ability to manage a variety of tasks and multiple priorities, with attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Knowledge of the social sciences as demonstrated through academic course work preferred.

All applicants to University of Pennsylvania staff positions must apply online through the Jobs@Penn website.

The University of Pennsylvania prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Upcoming Event: Next GLAM Cafe and PhillyDH Meeting Tuesday, October 14

The next PhillyDH working meeting and GLAM Cafe is tomorrow, Tuesday, October 14 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.

We will be discussing this year’s THATCamp Philly at this meeting, the evaluation responses to our survey about the event, and if time the future of THATCamp Philly. There is personal information in some of the survey responses so I am not comfortable sharing them as is open with the group, but may make a version with that information stripped out available to this list. We will discuss this tomorrow as well.

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


Upcoming Course: Coursera MOOC, Programming for Everybody (Python) Starting October 10

Vitale II and WORDLAB will be hosing the Coursera MOOC Programming for Everybody (Python) beginning on Friday, October 10, 9:00-10:30am. There is no cost to register or to attend. Students, faculty, and library staff are invited to attend.

This is a 10-week course, and we’ll meet every Friday 9:00-10:30am, October 10th through December 19th. There is no need to RSVP, just show up! We’ll spend the first hour watching video lectures, then we’ll do the exercises together.

Registration for the course is optional (you only need to register if you want to receive a certificate). To register or to find out more about the course, visit https://www.coursera.org/course/pythonlearn.

About the Course

This course is specifically designed to be a first programming course using the popular Python programming language. The pace of the course is designed to lead to mastery of each of the topics in the class. We will use simple data analysis as the programming exercises through the course. Understanding how to process data is valuable for everyone regardless of your career. This course might kindle an interest in more advanced programming courses or courses in web design and development or just provide skills when you are faced with a bunch of data that you need to analyze. You can do the programming assignments for the class using a web browser or using your personal computer. All required software for the course is free.

Course Syllabus

Week One: Introduction – Why we program?
Week Two: Variables and Expressions
Week Three: Conditional code
Week Four: Functions
Week Five: Loops and Iteration
Week Six: Strings
Week Seven: Files
Week Eight: Lists
Week Nine: Dictionaries
Week Ten: Tuples
Optional Topic: Regular Expressions

Upcoming Event: Teaching With the Good Stuff: Educational Strategies for Archives, Libraries, and Museums, November 20

PACSCL is pleased to sponsor a free half day event at the Kislak Center of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, “Teaching with the Good Stuff: Educational Strategies for Archives, Libraries, and Museums.”

This half-day event will include workshops on using collections to teach undergraduates and high school students, plus six case studies and ample time for a wide-ranging discussion.

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 12:30pm – 5:00pm (but possibly 6:00pm if we end up adding wine & cheese)
Location: University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Kislak Center, located on the sixth floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.

Free Registration Here »
Open to individuals from all institutions and with all levels of experience.

PACSCL brings you a one-afternoon event that combines presentations on practical practices for K-12 and college/grad students, lightning-round case studies, and attendee-driven conversations. We bring together a whole variety of people teaching and managing student programs and projects using archives, rare books, museum collections, and other special collections materials.


12:30pm Arrival and Check-In

12:50pm Welcome and Introduction

1:00-1:45 Beth Twiss Houting, Senior Director of Programs and Services at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania will share ideas for how to teach with documents with the K12 audience. She will review characteristics of the audience and then present examples of programs that have worked to excite students about the past and build their research and critical thinking skills. A model for working with National History Day students will be included.

1:45-2:30 This presentation will explore the various approaches that can be taken when using special collections with undergraduates and graduate students. It will also examine ways to integrate the history of material texts into these encounters. Session lead by Lynne Farrington (Curator of Printed Books) and John Pollack (Library Specialist, Public Services), University of Pennsylvania Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

2:30-3:00 Coffee break

3:00-4:00 Six Case Studies that will drive initial discussions

Rachel Buurma (Swarthmore) & Jon Shaw (Penn Libraries) – description forthcoming
Sarah M. Horowitz, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts & Head of Special Collections, Haverford College. My case study will focus on assessment of student learning in the Special Collections classroom at both Haverford and Augustana College (Illinois).
Melissa Mandell, Program Manager for Education and Interpretation, Legacy Center Archives, Drexel College of Medicine. Case study: Developing a website (Doctor or Doctress?) to connect high school students and teachers with primary sources. When students “do history” by coming up with evidence-based interpretations of history, what can a website provide that a classroom setting can’t? What gets missed doing it this way?
JC Cloutier & Holly Mengel – Case study: A semester-long University of Pennsylvania English course designed to de-mystify the archives for future researchers. Students researched both processed and unprocessed papers created by literary figures and were exposed to the hands-on work of an archivist, with a focus on deciding how collections should be assessed, arranged, and described.
Adrienne Whaley, Curator of Education & Public Programming, African American Museum in Philadelphia. Case study: Using objects from our Trailblazers to Freedom Traveling Trunks, which are traveling extensions of our core exhibit, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776 – 1876, I will talk about how we imagined K-12 teachers would use them in the classroom and some of the ways they have actually been used, both in classroom and in the museum itself.
Jessica Baumert, Executive Director, The Woodlands Cemetery. Case study: A yearly project where 11th graders at Philadelphia School District’s Masterman School do authentic historical research on individuals buried at this historic cemetery.
4:00-5:00 Discussion on topics driven by attendees. This will function like a mini unconference.
Discussion Room #1 (Room xxx) – Topic to be determined day-of
Discussion Room #2 (Room yyy) – Topic to be determined day-of
Discussion Room #3 (Room zzz) – Topic to be determined day-of
Discussion Room #4 (Room &&&) – Topic to be determined day-of

5:00pm Wine and cheese (possibly…tune in…)

6:00pm End

Upcoming Events: Workshops in Libraries Digital Scholarship at Penn in October and November

The Kislak Center and Digital Humanities Forum at Penn Libraries continues their workshops on digital methods. Upcoming Workshops in Libraries Digital Scholarship Workshop Series are:

Title: Introduction to Text Mining
Learn the why and the how of text mining, its methodology, cautionary tales, and preferred tools. Presented by Mitch Fraas, Penn Libraries, Kislak Center and Digital Humanities Forum, Molly Des Jardins, Penn Libraries Area Studies Specialist for Japanese Studies, Dot Porter, Penn Libraries, Kislak Center Curator for Digital Servies.
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Wednesday, October 8, 2014,Kislak Center Seminar Room 625, 6th Floor. Van Pelt-Dietrich
Register: http://libcal.library.upenn.edu/event.php?id=794247

Title: Make the Most of your Visit to the Archives
Professor J.C. Cloutier, English and History Ph.D. Candidate Emily Merrill provide insight, both practical and philosophical on making the most of the often limited, and therefore precious, time available for conducting research in archives. Join us to prepare a tool kit for your backpack and for your mind.
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Thursday, October 30, 2014, Kislak Center Seminar Room 625, 6th Floor. Van Pelt-Dietrich
Register: http://libcal.library.upenn.edu/event.php?id=794373

Title: Sharing Research Through Social Media: Scholarly Commons, Academia.edu, and more
There are expanding opportunities for sharing your scholarly work with a global community from the Penn Libraries’ Scholarly Commons, to social media sites for academics including Academia.edu, ResearchGATE and more. Benefits and complications. 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Kislak Center Seminar Room 625, 6th Floor. Van Pelt-Dietrich.
Register: http://libcal.library.upenn.edu/event.php?id=794251

Upcoming Event: October is Archives Month Philly

Archives Month Philly, a month-long festival of history-themed events at Philadelphia’s vibrant and diverse archives, special collections libraries, and cultural institutions, is back for a second year!

This year’s headlining events include a chance to view historic lantern slides, an exclusive look at the stories of Philadelphia’s World War I dead, a revealing talk on the famed Wanamaker Organ, and a fun evening of “Philly History Quizzo.” The full lineup of events features programming at more than 15 regional institutions, including the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Union League, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

Part of American Archives Month, Archives Month Philly is an opportunity for archives and archivists to celebrate the value of historical records with a dynamic program of events at many of the Delaware Valley’s most notable repositories.

Archives Month Philly officially starts 5:30 pm October 2 with a talk on Philadelphia LGBT history co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Library Company of Philadelphia. Then, join us on Oct. 8, when the Wagner Free Institute of Science (1700 W. Montgomery Ave.) hosts the second annual Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon in its Victorian-era lecture hall at 6 p.m. The salon will use a historic lantern projector to showcase 19th- and 20th-century glass lantern slides from the collections of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Barbara Bates Center for the History of Nursing, the Historical Society of Frankford, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Also notable this year, with the centennial of the start of World War I, is a presentation on a new online database of the over 2,500 military personnel from Philadelphia who lost their lives in the war. The database, created by volunteers from the academic and genealogical communities, and the stories it has uncovered will be showcased at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (1300 Locust St.) on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. (Registration is required to attend.)

Events continue throughout October with behind-the-scenes tours, ongoing exhibitions, presentations, a sauerkraut-making workshop, and even a historical-hair-themed social evening dubbed “’Staches and Spirits.” For more information, including a full schedule and event descriptions, visit archivesmonthphilly.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

See you around at Archives Month Philly!

Upcoming Event: 3-D Printing and Making at Temple University, Friday, Sept. 26

This coming Friday Matt Shoemaker will be giving a 1 hour presentation as an introduction to 3D printing and making technologies and how they are currently used in DH and scholarship.  This is a repeat of a presentation he gave on this topic this past spring.  If interested, please just add your name to the RSVP list and come to the Science and Engineering Library on Temple campus at 3:30 this Friday.

First in a series of talks on 3D printing.
3D Printing and Making
Friday, September 26
3:30 – 4:30, Science & Engineering Library (SEL)
Technologies that allow at-home, in-lab or in-classroom fabrication have been rapidly increasing in quality and decreasing in price making them more accessible. As a result, 3D printers, 3D scanners and other making technologies are now becoming available on university campuses.  This presentation will provide an overview of how these technologies are currently being incorporated into scholarly research and pedagogical methods.

Presenter: Matt Shoemaker, Digital and Web Services Librarian,
Temple University Libraries

Light refreshments will be served
Location:  ​SEL is on the 2nd floor of the Engineering Bldg,12th & Norris Sts.
RSVP requested, but not required.


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