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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.


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/


Digital Archivists of Philadelphia Meeting, November 17

The next meeting of the Digital Archivists of Philadelphia (DAP) will be Thursday, November 17, 2016, from 3:30pm-5:00pm at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. The topic of the meeting is metadata for born-digital records.

Kelly Bolding, Princeton University, will reflect on the role of improvisation (and documenting improvisation) within digital processing and metadata workflows by talking about a practical example where she developed a bash script tool to append missing file extensions while working with a hybrid personal papers collection
Cathleen Lu, Chemical Heritage Foundation, will talk about transitioning to linked data by reevaluting and repurposing familiar metadata schemes and the various challenges of linked data ontologies, vocabularies, and data modeling in RDF
Katy Rawdon, Temple University, will describe efforts at Temple University to apply collection-level and seed-level metadata to websites captured in Archive-It
Julie Swierczek, Swarthmore College, will present “An Assortment of Thoughts on Metadata”
Info is also on the Digital Archivists of Philadelphia website, https://digitalarchivistsphilly.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/chf-2016/.


Internship Opportunity at Villanova 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 Spring 2017 academic semester. 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.

Interns will work a 20 hour work week. During the course of the 20 week internship, an intern will follow a project through the development life cycle and will acquire and enhance digital project management skills. Activities may include image preparation and quality control, metadata creation (possibly including text encoding), transcription, scanning, web site development, student supervision, computer programming, and interface evaluation. In addition, the intern will have the opportunity to assist in digital preservation activities.

Paid: $15 per hour

Transcripts are required; unofficial copies may be included electronically with originals provided if granted an interview. All applications must include the contact information for at least one reference who will receive a secure email to upload a confidential letter of recommendation when the application is submitted.

Apply online at: https://jobs.villanova.edu/postings/10072


Vote! Also, Come to GLAM Cafe Meetup This Evening at CHF

Happy Election Day!

If you were wondering… Yes, there will be the regular GLAM Cafe Meetup starting 5pm at the Chemical Heritage Foundation this evening. The Meetup page discussion indicates that stalwarts will be there: http://www.meetup.com/GLAM-Cafe-Philadelphia/events/234799951/. There may be no formal PhillyDH meeting as several of the leadership will not be able to make it.


Webinar on Getting Started on Exhibition Development, November 9

Another opportunity to expand your knowledge on exhibition development is being offered in conjunction with Philadelphia CultureWorks on November 9. Join Interactive Mechanics for group oriented participation in the Webinar. Here’s their notice:

The American Alliance of Museums in collaboration with the National Association for Museum Exhibition, is presenting a webinar on November 9, and we’d like to invite you to a free webinar “watch and talk”! As usual, we’ll have snacks.

Getting Started on Exhibition Development

WHERE
CultureWorks
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320
Phila, PA 19107

WHEN
Wednesday, November 9
1:30 – 2:00 PM ET: Check in & Networking
2:00 – 3:30 PM ET: Webinar
3:30 – 4:30 PM ET: Facilitated Discussion

Please register in advance at http://interactivemechanics.com/workshops/.


Digital Projects for Arts and Culture Webinar, Wednesday, November 16

Are you associated with a small cultural heritage organization that wants to become more active online? Why not try this Webinar, organized by Interactive Mechanics?

Digital Projects for Arts and Culture Webinar

Wednesday, November 16, 3-4 PM ET
Free!
http://interactivemechanics.com/workshops/

Are you getting started with a website redesign, mobile app, or new interactive exhibit? Or are you hoping to start a digital project in the future? Join Interactive Mechanics’ Creative Lead Mike Tedeschi to increase your understanding of digital projects from concept to completion. In this digital primer, you’ll learn how to define key elements of your project, conduct relevant research, draft a request for proposals, select a vendor, and maintain your project once it’s built. We’ll also discuss common project types and key terminology, so you can feel confident talking to partners, funders, external stakeholders, and your team.

Interactive Mechanics is a digital design firm that partners with cultural and educational 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.


THATCamp October 7

Greetings all after a long hiatus.

This is a quick reminder that THATCamp Philly will take place on Friday, October 7 at the Kislak Center, University of Pennsylvania Library, from 9am-5pm. For more information go to the THATCamp Philly website: https://2016.thatcampphilly.org.


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