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Job Opportunity: Post-Doc at American Philosophical Society

The American Philosophical Society (APS) Library invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship to research the history of the APS and create an interactive web-based timeline and other special digital exhibits for its 275th anniversary in 2018. The successful candidate will identify key events in the institution’s history, important documents related to this history, and other pertinent information, and then work with Library staff to develop and publish an interactive timeline. In addition, the fellow will be expected to digitize archival materials and work on developing other web-based resources to celebrate the Society’s history.

Applicants with training and research interests in the digital humanities, American history, the history of science, or intellectual history are especially encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have experience with the development of digital resources and a demonstrated interest in working in a library environment.

Applications will be accepted through August 27, 2017. The start date is early fall, ideally before October. Applicants must have defended their dissertation before beginning employment.

Salary: $45,000 per year + benefits.

For more information and link to application go to: https://www.amphilsoc.org/vacancies/timelinepostdoc


Once Again, Local Kids Make Good With NEH Grant

Congratulations are in order for Will Noel and Laura Aydelotte, project directors for the Philadelphia Playbills Project, which has been awarded a Digital Humanities Advancement Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. More information to follow.

To see the holdings of 19th century playbills in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s collections in the PACSCL catalogue go to http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/pacscl/detail.html?id=PACSCL_FLP_FLPTHCPLAYBILLS


Updated Website at the Library Company of Philadelphia

The Library Company of Philadelphia
Announces New Website

On Monday, June 19 the Library Company made available a new and improved website. The site features “search all collections” capability and a digital asset repository (online catalog for digital images). We encourage everyone to browse the new site and provide feedback so we may continue to improve our digital resources. Please consider completing our brief online survey.

We will be undergoing user testing, gathering feedback, and making improvements throughout the summer and early fall in preparation for the official launch at our Annual Dinner on November 16, 2017.

Click Here to participate in a brief survey and provide feedback on our new website.


Internship at Villanova Digital Library

The Villanova Digital Library, part of Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library, located in Villanova PA, has available a dynamic and innovative internship position for the Academic Year 2017-2018. The primary mission of Villanova’s Digital Library is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. These include materials such as medieval manuscripts, letters, typescripts, books, photographs, maps, sheet music, posters and broadsides, newspapers.

More details & apply: https://jobs.villanova.edu/postings/11815


New Digital Project: Gen Con 50th Anniversary Programs

Matt Shoemaker at Temple University Library’s Digital Scholarship Center is happy to announce that the first and largest phase of the Gen Con 50th Anniversary Programs project is complete and publically accessible! You can view the project here: http://www.best50yearsingaming.com/

This project consisted of 3 major components. 1) The creation and cleaning of a dataset containing the event information for the convention for all 50 of its years that is available for public use. 2) a public interface to the dataset built in blacklight for easy web browsing and searches and 3) an Omeka site to host historical information, oral histories, and digital scholarship results related to the dataset. We plan to continue to work with this data for digital scholarship research in the DSC as well as use the data set in helping educate students in working with data.

On best50yearsingaming.com, you can explore the events of Gen Con’s present and past, take a historical tour of the locations that have held Gen Con, listen to or read interviews with Gen Con attendees, and learn about the types of research that is conducted using this event information.

Gen Con, originally a wargaming convention, began in Malvern, PA when, in 1967, 3 gaming club members, Gary Gygax, Bill Speer and Scott Duncan (a Temple alumnus), decided to emulate sci-fi conventions only for gaming. The following year it moved to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and was named Gen Con as a play on its location and the Geneva Convention Rules for Warfare. The convention has since grown considerably and is now the largest gaming convention in the world and a center for popular culture. More information can be found in our brief history of Gen Con.

Thanks to all the library staff and student workers that made this project possible:

Program digitization and data clean-up:Jillian Benedict, Luling Huang, Kaelin Jewell, Emily Logan, Ritomaitree Sarkar, Gary Scales, Crystal Tatis
Blacklight and Omeka systems work:Chad Nelson, Steven Ng
Web design:
Rachel Cox, Chris Doyle

Editing:
Jen Grayburn


Post-Doc Opportunity: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities at the Price Lab, University of Pennsylvania

The Price Lab invites applications for the 2018–2019 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities. Awards are available to untenured scholars in the humanities whose PhD must have been received between December 2009 and December 2017. The DH Fellow is required to spend the ten-month academic year (August 2018 – May 2019) in residence at Penn. Fellows are not expected to be in residence during the summer. Fellows have the option to renew the fellowship for a second year if they wish to stay but are not required to do so.

This fellowship is designed to provide an early career scholar with time and support for research, so teaching and other responsibilities are light. Fellows will teach one class during each year of the fellowship, topic and syllabus to be determined in consultation with the Lab’s directors and the Undergraduate Chair of the relevant department. In addition, fellows will lend their advice and expertise on projects that fall into their areas of interest, and will provide assistance at occasional Price Lab workshops and bootcamps.

The PhD is the only eligible terminal degree. MFAs and other doctorates such as EdD are ineligible. In addition to scholars from the core humanities disciplines, those in related fields such as anthropology and the history of science are eligible to apply. Additional educational background in programming, library sciences, computer graphics, computational linguistics, or other fields relevant to digital humanities research is desirable but not required. We welcome applicants from outside the US who are eligible for appointment under a J-1 visa (Research Scholar status). No exceptions can be made and the Price Lab reserves the right to revoke a fellowship if the recipient is unable to meet this condition.

The Mellon Fellow will be affiliated with both the School of Arts and Sciences and the Penn Libraries, and will participate in the biweekly Price Lab Mellon Seminar. The fellow will pursue their own research project, presenting this work at the seminar, while also contributing to team-based projects at the Lab, and teaching one DH course during the year in the undergraduate College. (While the application requires a brief sample course description, actual specifications of the class will be worked out with the Price Lab’s Managing Director.)

The Mellon DH Fellowship carries an annual stipend of $58,350 plus single-coverage health insurance (fellows are responsible for coverage of any dependents).

Information on How To Apply.


Apply Now for Interactive Mechanics Fellowship Program. Deadline, July 9

Interactive Mechanics is gearing up for the second year of our fellowship program targeted at representation and inclusion in tech, and applications are open now through July 9!

About the Fellowship Program
The Interactive Mechanics Fellowship Program is a paid, part-time, low-residency program for entry level designers and developers. Now in its second year, this nine-month fellowship aims to build capacity for representation and inclusion in the technology field. Key features include one-on-one mentorship, a stipend, a part time and remote schedule to allow for other commitments, and facilitated conversations on soft skills and workplace culture issues.

The ideal candidate is interested in at least one of our areas of work (higher education, museums, or arts and culture) and has strong beginner or intermediate-level skills in front-end, back-end development, and/or digital design.

Learn about our 2017 fellows and their projects on our website and in this Technically Philly story. Deadline: July 9 – Apply now!

About Interactive Mechanics
Interactive Mechanics is a digital design firm that partners with cultural and educational organizations on design, development, user experience, and digital strategy. Our team builds beautiful, user-centered digital projects for web, mobile, and in-gallery exhibits that educate and empower your audiences. We’re a diverse, curious, and playful team, dedicated to learning from each of our projects and from one another. Learn more about us on our website.

About Our Fellowship Speakers
Fellows meet once a month at our Old City office to share project updates and to participate in a roundtable discussion with an industry leader. Confirmed speakers include:

Jen Dionisio, EPAM Systems
Doing Tech Outside Of Tech

Stephanie Lin, Elsevier
Card Sort All the Things! How to Make Decisions that are more Aligned with your Values

Sylvester Mobley, Coded By Kids
Why Mission Based Work Is Important For Technologists

Upma Singh, Digitas Health
Relationships Matter: Building A Network

Darla Wolfe, Sweatequite
Being Your Own Career Disruptor


CFP: SIGCIS Meeting in Philadelphia, October 2017

The Special Interest Group in Computing, Information and Society (SIGCIS) will be holding its annual conference with the theme: Measure, Model, Mix: The Computer as Instrument on October 29, 2017 in Philadelphia. Proposals for papers and panels will be accepted until June 30, 2017.

To learn more, see the Call For Papers (pdf).


Upcoming Event: WikiSalon at Chemical Heritage Foundation, June 10

Interested in joining the ranks of this online encyclopedia’s volunteer editors? Stop by for our monthly WikiSalon, a casual gathering of Wikipedia enthusiasts and those interested in learning more. Participants can edit articles of their own choice and suggest articles needing improvement to the group.

You provide your own laptop; we provide coffee, tea, and plenty of opportunity for spontaneous discussion and collaboration.

First-timer? No problem! One of our experienced guests will coach you through the process.

When:
June 10, 2017
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Where:
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Upcoming Event: WikiSalon at Chemical Heritage Foundation, May 13

You are invited to this Saturday’s
WikiSalon
May 13, 2017
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Mary Mark Ockerbloom will  be answering questions about Wikipedia and working on articles.
You can bring your computer and edit, or just drop in to visit the museum,
ask questions, or suggest topics that need work!
https://www.chemheritage.org/event/wikisalon-0


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