Digital Humanities Fellowship at American Philosophical Society

Digital Humanities Fellowship

The American Philosophical Society (APS) Library in Philadelphia seeks applicants for its inaugural Digital Humanities Fellowship.

This fellowship, for up to two (2) months, is open to scholars who are comfortable creating tools and visualizations, as well as those interested in working collaboratively with the APS technology team.

Scholars, including graduate students, at any stage of their career may apply. Special consideration will be given to proposals that present APS Library holdings in new and engaging ways. Examples include (but are not limited to) projects that incorporate timelines, text analytics, network graphs, and maps.

Stipend: $3,000 per month will be awarded to the successful applicant after their arrival at the Library

All Applicants must submit:

Cover letter
Curriculum vitae
Prospectus for a digital project
Examples of previous digital humanities projects (if available)
Contact information for two people who will submit confidential letters of reference
Full details are available on the application webpage: http://apply.interfolio.com/31863
All application materials will be submitted online.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017. Notifications will be sent by April 15.


Job Opportunities at Temple University Libraries

There are two job opportunities at Temple University Libraries Technology Development Group:

1) Senior Library Applications Developer

The Temple University Libraries Technology Development group is growing, and we are seeking a Senior Library Applications Developer to work with us as we plan the future of our online environment. This exciting position provides the opportunity for telecommuting, in addition to competitive salary, and excellent benefits.

Reporting to the Lead Technology Developer and working in close collaboration with other developers and colleagues, the Senior Applications Developer develops and maintains the technological infrastructure for library systems, which includes discovery layer development (Blacklight), digital repository development facilitating preservation of large collections of rare materials (Hydra), coordinating development and integrations with Content Management Systems (Drupal/WordPress) and supporting digital scholarship and digital publishing initiatives.

The Senior Developer plays a substantial role in coordinating the development of the library systems architecture as a whole, and thinks strategically about IT infrastructure and software platform choices. Takes a significant leadership role in overall management of projects. Gathers requirements and develops specifications, architects, implements, tests, and deploys projects. When appropriate, contributes the code generated to the open source community. Maintains awareness of developments in the realm of library-related software and infrastructure. May supervise other developers (full-time staff or part-time student employees). Performs other related duties as assigned.

Education & Experience:
BS in Computer Science or related field and two years of relevant experience.
Demonstrated experience with application development in at least one major programming language like Ruby/Rails, Javascript, Python, PHP, or Java.
Expertise with web-based development and software integrations, for instance using REST APIs, and JSON or XML for data interoperability.
Demonstrated experience with Unix/Linux, including basic administration, shell scripting, and authentication and authorization technologies, including LDAP and Oauth.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated ability to perform effective code testing.
Strong organizational skills.
Demonstrated ability to manage projects.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment, and to communicate well with IT and non-IT staff.
Demonstrated ability to write clear documentation.
Experience with a repository system, such as Hydra/Islandora, a CMS like Drupal or an exhibit curation system like Omeka.

Compensation:
Competitive salary and benefits package, including possible relocation allowance. Telecommuting arrangements will be considered for this position.

To apply:
To apply for this position, please visit www.temple.edu, click on Careers At Temple at the bottom of the home page, and reference 17000067. 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.

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2) Library Applications Developer

The Temple University Libraries Technology Development group is growing, and we are seeking a Library Applications Developer to work with us as we plan the future of our online environment. In addition to competitive salary and excellent benefits, this position can provide an excellent opportunity for a tech-savvy professional to receive mentoring from senior developers with experience in full stack application development in a library setting.

Reporting to the Lead Technology Developer and working closely with others in the Technology Development Department, the Library Applications Developer develops web applications and helps maintain the technological infrastructure for Temple University’s library systems environment, which includes discovery layer development (Blacklight), website development (Drupal/Omeka), preserving and delivering large collections of digital objects (Hydra), and supporting digital humanities and scholarly communication initiatives throughout the Library. Performs other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field and at least one year of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated experience with application development in at least one major programming language such as Ruby/Rails, Javascript, Python, PHP, or Java
Experience with MySQL or other database management systems

Skills and Abilities:
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.
Experience with project requirements gathering.
Demonstrated ability to perform effective code testing and to write clear documentation.
Commitment to responsive and innovative service.

Compensation:
Competitive salary and benefits package, including possible relocation allowance. Telecommuting arrangements will be considered for this position.

To apply:
To apply for this position, please visit www.temple.edu, click on Careers At Temple at the bottom of the home page, and reference 17000070. 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: Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference at Bryn Mawr College

The sixth annual Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts conference will be held Wednesday, May 17 – Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Bryn Mawr College. These conferences are a forum for faculty and staff to share resources, techniques, findings, and experiences related to blended learning.

Our definition of blended learning is quite broad, encompassing any combination of online and face-to-face instruction that supports close faculty-student interactions and high-impact, student-centered pedagogies, promotes life-long learning, or otherwise contributes to the goals and mission of a liberal arts education.

Rebecca Frost Davis gives keynote.
Rebecca Frost Davis gives keynote at 2016 conference.

Although we are open to all topics related to blended learning in the liberal arts, we are particularly interested in workshop, presentation or poster proposals about the following:

  • Open educational resources
  • Using blended learning to reduce costs/increase access
  • Student e-portfolios and other innovative ways of assessing student learning
  • Methods for building and framing digital skills, particularly in relation to student or curricular goals
  • Blended learning projects in a wider context — i.e., department, program, or college-level initiatives that look at blended learning beyond the boundaries of a single course

Please submit a 250-400-word proposal describing your project and its connections to blended learning. You will be asked to select the preferred format of your project, whether it be a presentation (20-minute panel talk), workshop (practical, interactive 80-minute session), or a poster.

Submit your proposal here. (You will need to create a free account in order to submit.)

The deadline for proposals is February 15, 2017. 

Conference registration will open on March 15, 2017. Registration will be free for accepted speakers. Some funding may be available to offset travel costs for speakers.

For more information about the conference, please contact Jennifer Spohrer, Manager of Educational Technology Services, Bryn Mawr College, at blendedlearning@brynmawr.edu

Conference presentation options include panels, workshops, and a poster    session.


Webinar on Lean Prototyping and User Testing Offered by Interactive Mechanics

Interactive Mechanics will be offering a Lean Prototyping & User Testing Webinar on Wednesday, January 25, 3-4 PM ET. Participation is Free!

More about the Webinar:

http://interactivemechanics.com/workshops/

Prototypes are early interactive models you can build to test an idea before any code is written. They can range from sketches on paper to a series of click-through screens, and they allow you to learn directly from your visitors before spending time and money on software development. During this webinar, we’ll cover options for rapidly developing prototypes, including paper prototyping and creating rich interactive experiences using free online tools. We’ll review how to use these prototypes to conduct lean user tests—in-person and remotely—on a limited budget and schedule. We’ll also review ways to ensure you’re thinking about continued evaluation and improvement after a project goes live.

Interactive Mechanics is a digital design firm that partners with cultural, educational, and care organizations on design, development, user experience, and strategy. We’ve learned a lot from our client projects, and we love sharing information about our process, tools, tips and tricks.


Save the Date: KeystoneDH will be Returning to Philadelphia

Planning has begun under the auspices of the Tri-College Consortium and the Chemical Heritage Foundation to bring the KeystoneDH Conference back to Philadelphia in 2017. The conference is scheduled for July 12-14, 2017, and will be held at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Nabil Kashyap, the Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Scholarship at Swarthmore is taking the lead in organizing. He has sent out a call for participation in one of the organizing committees for the conference. You may sign up at the Google Doc here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KSWaf9_QKVpykl3Keq6l1pumJybf38jrwDlSwRJYR0E/edit?usp=sharing or contact him directly for more information. There is also a list to recommend potential keynote speakers: http://tiny.cc/2017-keystone-keynote

To learn more about KeystoneDH, visit last year’s conference website at http://keystonedh.network/2016/

 

 

 


Digital Humanities Events Slightly Further Afield

There are two interesting digital humanities conferences/events taking place somewhat outside of the Greater Delaware Valley, but accessible to many people within it.

First: The New York Consortium for Digital Humanities (NYCDH) will be holding “NYCDH Week” from February 6-10. NYCDH Week features networking sessions, open workshops, and social events. Information on NYCDH Week can be found at http://dhweek.nycdh.org.

Second: Rutgers University-New Brunswick will be sponsoring a Digital Humanities Showcase on March 23, 2017. The Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative has issued a Call for Proposals for the Showcase with a deadline of February 1. Information on the Rutgers Digital Humanities Showcase Call for Proposals can be found at http://dh.rutgers.edu/2017-dh-showcase-cfp/.

 


In Case You Were Wondering about GLAM Cafe…

After discussing various alternatives, the hosts of the GLAM Cafe (held at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Chemical Heritage Foundation) have decided to discontinue our monthly evening meetings. The meeting on Tuesday, December 13, was the last formally scheduled event. We hope you will engage with alternative future events including organizing meetings (virtual or in-person) and events from PhillyDH; monthly “Wikipedia Wednesday” open office hours at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, starting January 18, 2017; and monthly Wikipedia editing sessions in cooperation with Science Saturdays at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, likely beginning in March or April 2017. Future PhillyDH events­ will be announced here and on the Google discussion list. For Wikipedia events, see listings at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Philadelphia. Also check out the schedules of events at Temple University’s Digital Scholarship Center https://sites.temple.edu/tudsc/events/ and the University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/rbm/events.html and Price Lab for Digital Humanities https://pricelab.sas.upenn.edu/events.

Many thanks to Mary Mark Ockerbloom, Matt Shoemaker, Nicole Scalessa, and Mitch Fraas for their support of the GLAM Cafes over the past two years.


Digital Job Opportunities in Libraries

There are a couple of recent postings for digital-related jobs in local university libraries.

The University of Delaware Library is seeking a Digital Scholarship Librarian. Information about the posting may be found at https://careers.insidehighered.com/job/1310557/digital-scholarship-librarian/

The Falvey Library at Villanova University is seeking a Library Technology Developer. Information about the posting may be found at https://jobs.villanova.edu/postings/10193

Though not specifically requiring digital skills, the Library Company of Philadelphia is also seeking an African American History Subject Specialist and Reference Librarian. Information about that posting may be found at http://www.librarycompany.org/about/employment.htm


Queer Internet Studies Symposium 2 Coming to Philadelphia

On Friday, February 17, 2017, from 9am to 5pm, the Institute for Contemporary Art will be hosting the Second Queer Internet Studies Symposium. The Queer Internet Studies Symposium is a day long series of conversations, brainstorming sessions, panels and chats dedicated to broaden thinking about the internet. QIS2 is a space to think about and act on the intersections of technology and media, sexuality and queering, gender and feminism. Rather than a formal conference of people presenting their research, QIS is intended (1) to identify what a queer internet might look like (2) to give a sense of research that’s being done in this area, and (3) to collaborate on artistic, activist and academic projects. The final schedule is still being determined, but we will have a mix of sharing research, making art, and developing an interdisciplinary conversation of what Queer Internet Studies might mean for research, policy, and activist agendas.

To learn more about QIS2 and for registration information, go to http://jgieseking.org/qis2/.


Local Digital Projects Hit The Big Time

This no longer counts as breaking news since the notifications were posted more than a month ago, but since this week is the week of the two big disciplinary humanities conference, the American Historical Association Annual Meeting in Denver and the Modern Language Association Annual Convention right here in Philadelphia, it is a good moment to send our congratulations to two locally-based digital projects, which are the recipients of the main prizes for digital projects of the respective organizations.

Goin’ North: Stories form the First Great Migration to Philadelphia (https://goinnorth.org) from our West Chester University colleagues Janneken Smucker and Charles Hardy was awarded the AHA’s Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History. https://www.historians.org/awards-and-grants/past-recipients/roy-rosenzweig-prize-recipients. The awardees were recently featured in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20161231_Dusty_tapes_to_innovative_website__tales_from_African_Americans__Great_Migration.html

Colored Conventions: Bringing Nineteenth-Century Black Organizing to Digital Life (http://coloredconventions.org) from our University of Delaware colleagues P. Gabrielle Forman, Jim Casey, Sarah Lynn Patterson, and David J. Kim was awarded the MLA’s Prize for a Bibliography, Archive or Digital Project. https://www.mla.org/Resources/Career/MLA-Honors-and-Awards/Winners-of-MLA-Prizes/Biennial-Prize-and-Award-Winners/MLA-Prize-for-a-Bibliography-Archive-or-Digital-Project-Winners.

Our warmest congratulations to both! Truly as sign that great digital humanities work is being done in the Greater Delaware Valley.


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