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Upcoming Workshop: Community Engagement through User Experience at Interactive Mechanics, April 27

Interactive Mechanics, a digital design firm that partners with cultural and educational organizations on design, development, user experience, and strategy, will be hosting a workshop on Thursday, April 27:

Community Engagement through User Experience
Learn to put yourself in your users’ shoes
Thursday, April 27, 2-5 PM | Old City Philadelphia
http://interactivemechanics.com/workshops/

User Experience (UX) is how your visitors feels about a product or service, whether you’re designing a website, an exhibit, or a toaster. How do you know if your target audience is having a good or bad experience? Learn to put yourself in your users’ shoes in order to better understand their motivations, so that you can create a welcoming experience and make something that is useful, easy to use, and enjoyable for them.

We’ll cover the fundamentals of user experience, why it matters, and ways to convince others in your organization to invest in this process. We’ll detail a typical UX journey and common methodologies that are useful for museum professionals, emphasizing ways to engage new and existing communities along the way. We’ll practice research techniques, including interviews and contextual inquiries (observing the way your visitors already interact with your exhibits), that allow you to learn about your visitors’ objectives, rather than designing from assumptions. We’ll develop personas to clarify which new audiences you want to connect with, and what works best for them, asking questions like, Why aren’t they users already? What barriers does your museum present? What needs could you be meeting?

We’ll also review common techniques for evaluating digital content using activities like card sorting and content audits, and we’ll produce rapid prototypes for user testing to conduct evaluations and gather valuable feedback.

This workshop is for exhibit designers and developers, curators, content developers, museum technologists, and marketers. After this workshop, you’ll be able to:

*Implement user experience strategies to better understand new and existing audiences
*Convince others in your organization to adopt this process
*Conduct in-person interviews and contextual inquiry with visitors to learn about their goals and objectives
*Use activities like card sorting and content inventories to understand your digital content
*Produce quick analog and digital prototypes and conduct low-cost evaluations with visitors

If you have any questions, please contact Amelia Longo at amelia@interactivemechanics.com.

 


Workshop: Building a Product Definition Document, at Interactive Mechanics, March 30

Building a Product Definition Document
Craft a clear project vision to share with funders, stakeholders, and vendors
Thursday, March 30, 2-5 PM | Philadelphia
http://interactivemechanics.com/workshops/

Where do you start if you want to build a new website, mobile app, or exhibit interactive? Drafting a product definition document can help you clarify and communicate key information about your project in order to get stakeholders on board, apply for funding, or request proposals from vendors.

In this workshop, we’ll translate your project concept and early research into a product definition document, including project goals, audience information, and user stories that outline major features and functionality. We’ll also provide you with a template to use for compiling future product definition documents.

This workshop is for anyone in the early stages of planning a digital project for arts and culture, and all you’ll need is a project concept and a description of your project audience.

If you have any questions, please contact Amelia Longo at amelia@interactivemechanics.com.


Upcoming Event: R-CADE Symposium, April 21, at Rutgers-Camden

The Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center is hosting the third annual R-CADE Symposium on April 21, 2017 featuring a full day of panel discussions as well as keynote speakers Rachel Simone Weil and Warren Robinett. Registration is free, and this event is open to the public.

http://rcade.camden.rutgers.edu/

The Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera makes digital technology available to scholars for research and creative activities. Scholars are free to take apart, dissect, and repurpose artifacts as they attempt to understand their historical and cultural significance. The 2017 Symposium features work on the Commodore 64, spinning wheels, television tuners, 3D printing, and vintage film equipment.

Please contact jim.brown@rutgers.edu with any questions.


Upcoming Event: JupyterDay Philly, May 19, 2017 at Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr College will host JupyterDay Philly on Friday, May 19, 2017, 9am to 5pm. The theme of JupyterDay Philly is “Transformative Teaching with the Jupyter Notebook.”

JupyterDay Philly will be a day-long exploration of way to use the free and open-source Jupyter notebook to transform teaching in multiple disciplines.
Registration, schedule and travel info now posted at http://jupyterday.blogs.brynmawr.edu/


Deadline Extended for Keystone DH

There is still time to submit proposals for papers, workshops, or panels for the Keystone DH conference meeting July 12-14 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. The deadline for submissions has been extended to March 15. Submit your proposals now at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczQYviFaL-7CvvKpsm_EdFXUH2MiqbFurhtYHTkDC26GYcjA/viewform?c=0&w=1


Call for Papers: Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship, Deadline March 3

The Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship Planning Committee welcomes proposals from project teams who would like to join us for ILiADS 2017!

At ILiADS, ideas grow through collaborative, iterative processes. During this week of digital immersion, teams composed of some mix of researchers, librarians, technologists, and students are invited to build upon established digital pedagogy or scholarship projects and/or launch new ones. Whether you’re learning how to clear significant hurdles or you’re just getting off of the ground, ILiADS’ expert Liaisons will consult with teams to advance their goals. Over the course of the week, team members will learn more about their own collaboration and how to sustain their project into the future. Projects of all types, and at any juncture, are welcomed. To learn more about ILiADS, please visit us at iliads.org.

As you prepare your submission, please follow the proposal guidelines. Examples of successful project proposal from the past are linked below.

Proposals are due by 3 MARCH 2017 to proposals@iliads.org. Please email us at 2017@iliads.org.
Date and Location:

July 30-August 4, 2017
College of Wooster, Wooster, OH

Timeline:

February 1, 2017: Call for Proposals
March 3, 2017: All project proposals due. (If you want preliminary feedback, please submit your proposal as early as possible.)
March 31, 2017: Notification of acceptance
May 5, 2017: Registration opens
June 2, 2017: Registration closes
June 16, 2017: No registration refunds after June 16, 2017


Call for Papers for KeystoneDH Now Open

Keystone DH is currently inviting submissions on all aspects of using and studying digital computation within the interpretive context of the humanities–especially those considering the role of communities of collaboration and faceted teamwork across disciplines within this area of scholarly inquiry.

Complete the Submission Form by March 1, 2017
We welcome proposals from faculty researchers, unaffiliated scholars, students, librarians, technologists, artists and critical-makers. Presentations may take the form of Short Papers (15 min), Panel Discussions or Roundtables, Interactive Presentations, Workshops, or Lightning Round Project Demos.

We will be offering a number of student bursaries in support of presenting at the conference. This will include a conference fee waiver and some funds to partially cover travel and living expenses. Note that only students who are submitting a proposal will be considered.


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.


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