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.


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


Upcoming Event: Lightning Presentation Talks at Temple University DSC/CHAT, April 20

Come for a lightning round of thirteen fast-paced final project presentations that will showcase the digital research of Temple faculty and graduate students supported by the Digital Scholarship Center and the Center for the Humanities at Temple.  Participant presentations focus on the use of digital methods to answer new research questions in the humanities and social sciences.

Presenters include Faculty Fellows and Graduate Externs in the Digital Scholarship Center, and graduate students in the CHAT/DSC Digital Scholars Program for 2016-2017 academic year. Projects range widely, including research on transgender literature, LGBTQ characters in video games, the language of Descartes, WWI trenches, modernist fiction, and Hillary Clinton’s Spanish-language campaign. Researchers employ social media, textual and network analysis methods, along with digital mapping and 3D modeling. Participants come from Art History, Education, English, History, Media and Communication, Philosophy, and Sociology.

When: Thursday, April 20, 2017 // 9:30 am

Where: Paley Library: Ground Floor Lecture Hall — 1210 W. Berks Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122


Upcoming Event: Presentations to Introduce a New Digital Project, Digital Paxton, at the Library Company of Pennsylvania, April 21

The McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania will be presenting two papers to introduce a new digital project: the Digital Paxton. The talk will be held at the Library Company of Pennsylvania.

Information:

A New Looking-Glass for the 1764 Pamphlet War

In December 1763, following years of gruesome frontier warfare, armed settlers in the Paxton Township exacted revenge on an isolated, unarmed Indian settlement, attacked the Lancaster jailhouse where refugees had taken shelter, and vowed to march all the way to Philadelphia. While these “Paxton Boys” were stopped in Germantown by a delegation led by Benjamin Franklin, their critics and apologists spent the next year battling tooth and nail in print. Co-sponsored with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, this event will introduce the Digital Paxton Project (digitalpaxton.org), a digital archive and critical edition of the pamphlet war created by Library Company Fellow Will Fenton, Doctoral Candidate at Fordham University. Alongside Fenton’s presentation of the Digital Paxton Project, Scott Paul Gordon, Professor of English at Lehigh University will share his latest Paxton research, “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Paxton Crisis and Moravian Archives.”
Reception to follow

Come see the pop-up exhibition: A New Looking-Glass for the 1764 Pamphlet War
Wednesday, April 5 – Friday, May 5
The exhibition will showcase more than two-dozen exemplary manuscripts, broadsides, pamphlets, and political cartoons from the Library Company, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, American Philosophical Society, and Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections. Access the digital companion today (digitalpaxton.org/exhibition).


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.


Upcoming Event: Presentation at GLAM Cafe, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Tuesday, December 13

Join us for a regularly scheduled GLAM Cafe and PhillyDH meeting on Tuesday, December 13, at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, starting at 5:00. There will be a presentation by Margaret Graham, who will discuss “In Her Own Right: Women Asserting Their Civil Rights, 1820-1920”, a new digital collections project involving Philadelphia-area institutions.

The multi-institution project focuses on historical materials documenting the struggle for women’s rights in the century leading to the passage of the 19th Amendment. Featuring materials from PACSCL (Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries) collections, the project looks at the region’s tradition of women working to expand their rights and opportunities, and examines the ways in which many different women were working in different spheres in support of women’s social, cultural and political rights.

The co-principal investigators are Margaret Graham, Managing Archivist, Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center, Margery N. Sly, Director of Temple University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center, and Heather Willever-Farr, Manager of Digital Services, Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Margaret has been leading the project’s technology working group and will discuss content, metadata, and technology at the GLAM Cafe at the Chemical Heritage Foundation on December 13, 2016, 6.00 p.m. Learn more about GLAM Cafe at: https://www.meetup.com/GLAM-Cafe-Philadelphia/


Upcoming Event: Project Launch, Politics in Graphic Detail: Exploring History through Political Cartoons, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Wednesday, September 16, 6-7:30pm

On Wednesday September 16, 2015 (6:00-7:30pm), the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) will host an event to premier the digital history exhibit, Politics in Graphic Detail: Exploring History through Political Cartoons. The digital exhibit will showcase a new open source image viewer and historic political cartoons that have been encoded in XML following Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) P5 guidelines. Please join us on September 16th at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania as project staff will discuss and demonstrate the features of the new site. This will be followed by a document display featuring political cartoons, including an original Thomas Nast artwork and a reception. Please register for this free event at http://hsp.org/calendar/politics-in-graphic-detail-exploring-history-through-political-cartoons.

When: Wednesday, September 16
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
Where: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Register for event: http://hsp.org/calendar/politics-in-graphic-detail-exploring-history-through-political-cartoons
Cost: FREE

About the project:

Over the course of the last two years, HSP has been working on a digital project intended to improve the image viewer that displays digitized materials from our collections. Our aim was to enhance discoverability and description of collection items, particularly of graphic materials, and engender content-sharing and linking among fellow institutions and scholars. This project, known as “Historic Images, New Technologies,” officially comes to an end on August 31 and the Politics in Graphic Detail exhibit site launches online on September 1. Politics in Graphic Detail, the result of our efforts, will feature the newly improved image viewer, along with annotated political cartoons from our archive.


Project Launch: College Women: Documenting the History of Women in Higher Education

The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education at Bryn Mawr College, in partnership with the Seven Sisters archives, announces College Women: Documenting the History of Women in Higher Education (www.collegewomen.org).

With the support of a one-year Foundations planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the seven women’s colleges once known as the “Seven Sisters” launch CollegeWomen: Documenting the History of Women in Higher Education. College Women brings together—for the first time online—digitized letters, diaries, scrapbooks and photographs of women who attended the seven partner institutions: Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Vassar, Wellesley, and Radcliffe (now the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University). These seven colleges, historically regarded as the equivalent of the Ivy League before those schools admitted women, have long stood at the forefront of women’s higher education in the United States, educating many of the most ambitious, socially conscious, and intellectually curious women in the country. As they were exposed to the novel academic and social landscapes of college life, many of these women actively chronicled their student experiences and ambitions through extensive letter writing, diary-keeping, scrapbooking, and photography. Their materials, which document a new era of women’s campus cultures, have been preserved in the libraries of the seven schools and serve as a rich resource for understanding a wide range of issues in women’s history and beyond. College Women makes these treasures available online and searchable together for the first time, enabling researchers to consider student materials in a larger context of movements for women’s education and expanded opportunities for women in American society.

College Women is currently available in a beta version, featuring 300 photographs, letters, diaries and scrapbooks from the seven partner institutions. The institutions will be expanding the content in the coming years as more historical documents are digitized and catalogued. This innovative project also demonstrates the potential for creating new research opportunities for students and scholars when institutions collaborate on building digital collections.

The project grew out of discussions among the institutions that began in 2012, led by The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education at Bryn Mawr College. In the Spring of 2014 the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a planning grant to Bryn Mawr College on behalf of the group to develop a portal and set common standards for cataloging and indexing their collections. Staff members at the libraries of all seven institutions have worked in teams over the last year to design and test the site and develop standards for its operation.

Design and construction of the site was done by Interactive Mechanics, LLC of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The project also received advice from a team of leading scholars in the fields of women’s history, history of education, women’s archives, and the digital humanities: Ellen Gruber Garvey (New Jersey City University), Helen Horowitz (Smith College), Mary Kelley (University of Michigan), Laura Mandell (Texas A&M University), Katherine Rowe (Smith College), and Susan N. Tucker (Tulane University).

The College Women beta site has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this Web resource do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

www.collegewomen.org

For additional information, contact:

Eric Pumroy, Associate Chief Information Officer and Director of Special Collections Bryn Mawr College | epumroy@brynmawr.edu

Monica Mercado, Director of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education at Bryn Mawr College | mmercado@brynmawr.edu


Upcoming Event: Official Launch Event, Workshop and Panel Discussion for Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera (R-CADE), May 1

Please join us for the launch of the Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera. This event will be a workshop and panel discussion of the GameBoy Camera, and both events are open to the public. More details below…

Shoot, View, Play: A Study of the GameBoy Camera

On May 1, The Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center will officially launch the Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera (R-CADE). The R-CADE is a collection of hardware and software made available to scholars for research purposes. Unlike many archives, the R-CADE does not necessarily aim to preserve these artifacts, at least not in the traditional sense of this word. Scholars are free to take apart, dissect, and repurpose artifacts in the R-CADE as they attempt to understand their historical and cultural significance.

The May 1 launch event will focus on the GameBoy Camera, which was one of the earliest digital cameras on the market and which also allowed users to take pictures of themselves three years prior to the emergence of the term “selfie.” Scholars will convene to discuss the device’s historical and cultural significance and to share their own attempts to remake and repurpose the camera.

The event will include both a workshop and a panel discussion about the object. During the workshop, Patrick LeMieux (Duke University) will lead a group of students and faculty in hacking and reconfiguring the GameBoy Camera. Workshop participants will construct their own GameBoy cartridges. During the afternoon panel discussion, a group of scholars will share their investigations into the GameBoy camera. That panel discussion will feature: Elizabeth Demaray (Associate Professor of Fine Art, Rutgers-Camden), Meredith Bak (Assistant Professor of Childhood Studies, Rutgers-Camden), Grant Wythoff (Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University), and Patrick LeMieux (Ph.D. student in Media Arts+Sciences, Duke University).

The workshop will take place in the ModLab (Fine Arts 215) at Rutgers-Camden from 10:00am until 1:00pm, and the panel discussion will take place in Fine Arts 110 from 1:30pm until 3:30pm. Both events are open to the public.

http://digitalstudies.camden.rutgers.edu/2015/03/30/r-cade-presents-shoot-view-play-the-gameboy-camera/


DPLA Pennsylvania Aggregator Prototype

As part of the efforts to start building a Pennsylvania DPLA hub, we have recently completed a PA DPLA aggregator prototype:
http://libcollab.temple.edu/aggregator/

It currently contains 136,419 records from 157 collections and 29 PA institutions!

The prototype was developed from December 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015, using the Hydra Open Source software platform. Through the process, we were also able to develop our familiarity with DPLA’s technical and metadata requirements, understand workflow challenges, and start testing the organizational structure proposed.

For more information about what the prototype is (and what it is not), and how you can get your institution involved in this exciting project, please check the About page:
http://libcollab.temple.edu/aggregator/about

Thank you so much to the PA DPLA Aggregator Prototype Team (Linda Ballinger, PSU; Doreva Belfiore, Temple U.; Mohamed Berray, PSU; William Fee, State Library; Andrew Gearhart, PSU; Ben Goldman, PSU; Patricia Hswe, PSU; Delphine Khanna, Temple U.; Katherine Lynch, Temple U.; Steven Ng, Temple U.; and Kristen Yarmey, U. of Scranton).

And thank you also to all the institutions who accepted to have their collections harvested for testing purposes and worked with us to iron out technical difficulties.

Let the project team know if you have any questions or comments.


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