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:

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

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:

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:

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, 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

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