Oberlin Digital Scholarship Conference Schedule

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Friday, June 10

 5:00pm - 6:00pm   Registration and Reception - Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

During dinner, hear about Lever Press, which grew out of an Oberlin Group initiative. Speakers are Rebecca Welzenbach, Michigan Publishing; Terri Fishel, Macalester College; and Karil Kucera, St. Olaf College.

Saturday, June 11

 8:00am - 8:45am   Registration and Continental Breakfast - Registration: DeWitt Wallace Library; Breakfast: Lower Level Campus Center

Keynote Speaker Jennifer Vinopal, “Tech-ing to Transgress: Putting Values into Library Practice”

What power do we as individuals have to affect the kind of change we’d like to see in our profession? How can we make our work and our world more inclusive and equitable? What opportunities and challenges does digital scholarship offer? Our values inform the way we interact with others, the projects we choose to work on, the collections we build, the partnerships we form, the tools and services we design, and the research we conduct. Based on her recent research on library diversity and feminist leadership praxis, Jennifer will talk about how we influence and shape the world around us through the everyday choices we make.

Presenters: Amanda Makula and Connie Ghinazzi (Augustana College)

“Repository” belies the dynamic potential of the IR. Much more than a publishing mechanism for campus scholarship and an archive of college history, it is an opportunity to partner with nearly every entity across campus in order to advance the institution’s mission and goals, to build community by uniting disparate groups around a common purpose, and to call attention to the library’s unique ability to facilitate campus-wide collaboration. More specifically, the IR can play an important role in recruiting new students, strengthening institutional engagement among alumni, enhancing partnerships with the surrounding community, and more. But to come to fruition, these possibilities require strong, collaborative partnerships between the library and the rest of campus – partnerships developed by thoughtful, imaginative outreach efforts tailored to the institutional culture. This workshop will consider how the IR can help support the institution’s mission and vision, brainstorm ideas for working with a wide variety of academic and co-curricular departments and offices, explore how to organize and structure outreach efforts in order to foster teamwork and generate buy-in, and discuss the value of highlighting successful ventures as a means to create even more collaborations in the future.

Session Type: Discussion


Presenter: Rebecca S. Wingo (Macalester College)

In this hands-on session, participants will learn what network analysis is in addition to viewing a few practical examples. The focus, however, will be on learning a network analysis tool called Gephi. (Participants will need to bring their laptops with Gephi and Open Refine installed.) (Participants will either need to bring their laptops with Gephi and Open Refine installed, or we can use the computer lab in Neill 304, capped at 18 participants.)

PLEASE NOTE: Participants should install the following software on their laptops before coming to this session:
Gephi https://gephi.org/
Open Refine http://openrefine.org/

Session Type: Build/Use - bring your own laptop


Presenters: Andrea Jackson and Christine Wiseman

The AUC Woodruff Library has been successful in creating digital collections open broadly and widely to anyone in the world with an internet connection. While substantially increasing the use of collections for digital humanities scholarship, archivists have noticed some frustration from researchers about limited accessibility of two of the repository’s most popular collections which are only accessible in the Reading Room – the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. and Tupac Amaru Shakur Collections. Staff from the AUC Woodruff Library’s Archives Research Center and Digital Services Unit would like to discuss this quandary with conference attendees by sharing experiences, and best practices for working with researchers and constituents to promote digital scholarship within the confines of both limited and broad accessibility.

Session Type: Discuss, Use (attendees do not need to bring own laptop)

Presenters: Iris Jastram, Kristin Partlo, Sarah Calhoun (Carleton College)

Scientists and Social Scientists are well supported and accustomed to thinking about the life-cycles of their data and writing data management plans. The variety of humanities data and the novelty of managing it over its life-cycle often leads to confusion at best and chaos at worst during humanities research projects. In this discussion session we will look at a template for a humanities data management plan, successful data management plans for grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and we will discuss what humanities faculty at our institutions need to know about data management and what support structures they need in order to manage their data well.

Session Type: Discussion


Presenters: Alicia Peaker, Ryan Clement, Patrick Wallace (Middlebury College)

In this session, participants will share strategies and best practices for collaborating across units to support digital scholarship. The leaders will briefly describe two recent examples of successful collaborations at Middlebury College, instituting Omeka support & running a Liberal Arts Data Bootcamp, before opening up for broader discussions and brainstorming.

Session Type: Discussion


Presenter: Reid Larson (Hamilton College)

This workshop will explore how hands-on experimentation with freely available applications and digital collections can serve as an incubator for designing everything from tightly focused classroom exercises to expansive multi-institution collaborations. Together, we will create a prototype featuring St. Paul’s historic Summit Avenue that combines Esri Story Maps with Timeline JS to showcase books, maps, images, and census records from multiple digital collections. Following our hands-on activities, we will briefly touch on how this approach has informed some projects at Hamilton College and discuss both the limits and promise of working with open resources.

Session Type: Discussion - bring your own laptop

 12:30pm - 1:45pm   Lunch - Birds of a Feather - Weyerhaeuser Board Room, Weyerhaeuser Hall

Presenter: Christy Allen (Furman University)

Attendees of this discussion session will discuss potential processes for building digital humanities and scholarship projects using Digital Commons, a popular institutional repository system. Participants will share personal experiences, demo existing collections, discuss challenges, and brainstorm potential workflows.

Session Type: Discussion


Presenters: Adam Konczewski, Louis Johnston, Diana Symons, Bennett Frensko (College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University)

In this workshop, we’ll lead participants through our collaborative process: how we divided up tasks; identified appropriate learning objectives; crafted assignments; selected data sets; and decided on software (Tableau). We’ll talk about what’s worked, what still needs tweaking, and how we plan to expand data visualization support to faculty members in other departments. Participants will leave this session with a better understanding of how they can support data visualization in the classroom, and we’ll provide lists of resources and training opportunities that will help them get started.

Session Type: Discussion


Presenters: Rachel Walton (Rollins College), Charlotte Nunes (Southwestern University)

The grant-funded [True] Stories project aims to provide instructors from a variety of disciplines and on multiple campuses the critical resources and expertise needed to make student-driven oral history work possible, impactful, accessible, and a permanent part of collections. As such, the project PIs are committed to building and vetting a practical model for oral history classroom collaborations between smaller, moderately-funded college archives or libraries. In addition to the expected challenges of technological and interdisciplinary collaboration, the [True] Stories face critical digital preservation decisions and roadblocks: shared and sustainable digital storage solutions; a standard set of acquisition, processing, and curatorial practices to ensure format and quality control; and a highly discoverable and functional, institution-agnostic online access portal. In the spirit of practical modeling, this working group is intended to propose flexible collaboration strategies and sustainable solutions for these issues.

Session Type: Discussion

Presenter: Ryan Clement (Middlebury Library)

As more and more researchers seek utilize new methodologies, such as computer-assisted qualitative data analysis, data visualization, and text mining, academic libraries have begun to expand their support for these data services as well. In this working group, librarians who support data services, digital humanities, and digital pedagogy will come together to discuss these growth areas in data services, how they are being supported at their institutions, opportunities for collaborative support across the Oberlin Group, and how liberal arts institutions can bring a unique perspective to these methods.

Session Type: Collaborate, Problem-solve - bring your own laptop


Presenters: Francesca Livermore (Wesleyan University), Joanna DiPasquale (Vassar College), Peter MacDonald (Hamilton College), Cecilia Knight (Grinnell College) and Chris Jones (Grinnell College)

Islandora is an open-source repository platform that offers great flexibility and adaptability but also takes deep technical ability to maintain. Members of the Islandora Consortial Group (ICG) will talk about what it takes to have a stable, usable Islandora instance, what you can do with it once you've got it, and how the ICG supports this work. Short presentations will be offered with most of the session left free for questions and discussion.

Session Type: Discussion


Presenters: Kris MacPherson (St. Olaf College)

This discussion will focus on the incorporation of digital scholarship into reference/research and instruction departments, including if/how our new undertakings broaden our mission and learning outcomes, our roles and job descriptions, and the ways we collaborate with other groups in our libraries, IT and across campus. How does the inclusion of DS in campus courses complement, incorporate or compete with information literacy? How do we see ourselves moving forward -- what are we adding and what are we dropping, and how are we retraining ourselves to incorporate digital scholarship into our programs?

Session Type: Discussion

Presenter: Megan Mitchell (Oberlin College)

The number of students whose Omeka work is supported in some way by the Oberlin College Library has gone from 5 in the spring of 2013 to 145 in the 2015-2016 academic year. Learn how the library went from managing a handful of Omeka-based projects in a three year period to seven classes in one year, covering growing awareness of the Omeka platform on campus, faculty consultations, student training, documentation, peer student support, and more.

Session Type: Listen/Discussion


Presenters: Benjamin Panciera, Rebecca Parmer (Connecticut College)

Staff from the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives will discuss their participation in a program to facilitate the introduction of new technologies into the classroom. In 2014-2015 they engaged two East Asian history courses in a project to digitize, transcribe, and annotate a 19th century journal detailing the voyage of a young man from Connecticut to Hong Kong. The project was selected as an ideal means to connect students with tools and techniques critical to primary source research and to use emerging technologies to bring archival resources to new audiences.

Session Type: Listen/Discussion


Presenter: Mike Zarafonetis (Haverford College)

Haverford Digital Scholarship has collaborated with Quaker and Special Collections on three projects exploring topics related to Quaker history in the Philadelphia area. This summer, we seek to create a linked data tool that allows users to explore connections between people, places, events, and ideas across the entire range of those projects. This brief talk will provide a status update on the project, and explore questions and issues that have arisen along the way.

Session Type: Listen/Discussion

  Dinner on own or with colleagues

Sunday, June 12

 8:30am - 9:30am   Continental Breakfast - Library Reading Room 111

Presenters: Iris Jastram, Austin Mason (Carleton College)

Much has been published on digital scholarship support models for large universities, but digital scholarship infrastructures for undergraduate colleges have received less attention in the literature. At Carleton College, we are in the process of developing a distributed collaborative model for support that involves librarians, academic technologists, faculty, undergraduate student workers, and other experts on campus. How can we capitalize on our unique institutional strengths as small liberal arts colleges while navigating the competing interests and expectations of diverse campus constituencies? Gather with us to strategize and begin to build a framework for digital scholarship support at your institution.

Session Type: Discussion


Presenters: Craig Dietrich, Allegra Swift (Claremont Colleges)

This working group will foreground Scalar, a Semantic Web-based scholarly publishing system and its developing “spin-off” application, Tensor, the latter created specifically for the collection and management of media from a variety of digital archives. The group will explore issues in access and use of digital archives, particularly around ethics and global citizenship, when scholars work with media assets in such systems to create online digital scholarship.

Session Type: Discussion


Presenters: Christopher Gilman, Jacob Alden Sargent (Occidental College)

We notice, from our vantage point as alt-ac faculty who work in a digital scholarship center that students often confuse digital research with a rote process of “search and collect.” We propose that a successful deployment of undergraduate research at the course level requires a greater involvement from librarians in the design of the course structure and its assignments as well as greater intention from faculty in the curation of research materials. In this workshop we discuss case studies, present course design scenarios and suggest a collectively-developed protocol for working with faculty on courses involving class-wide research projects.

Session Type: Discussion - bring your own laptop

Title: Integrating 3D printing across the liberal arts curriculum

Presenters: Adam Konczewski, Jonathan Carlson, Aaron Utke (College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's Univeristy)

Description: 3D modeling technology is a great way to approach a broad range of educational pedagogies. Join us to learn how you can integrate 3D technology into your classroom. This presentation will focus on the pedagogical applications of 3D printing and design in the classroom that we have implemented with chemistry, art and environmental studies faculty and students. During this intensive workshop participants will learn how 3D printing and design can be used as a tool for creative problem solving.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants should install the following software before attending the workshop:
Sketchup (free trial version) from http://www.sketchup.com/
iPad app for Makerbot PrintShop https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/makerbot-printshop/id884304128?mt=8 (the presenters will also bring some iPads for groups of attendees to use)

Session Type: Build/Problem-solve - bring your own laptop

Presenters: Cara Martin-Tetreault, Sue O'Dell, Barbara Levergood (Bowdoin College)

Meeting growing compliance requirements for researchers and institutions and providing the institutional resources and infrastructure within a liberal arts setting necessitates innovative collaborations and creative outreach. The presenters from the College’s Library and Office of Sponsored Research will describe how they work across departments to provide resources for data management, facilitate faculty understanding and compliance, and offer outreach. In addition, they will lead a discussion about how and where to start a cross-campus collaboration, the role of an institutional repository on a small campus, and lessons learned.

Session Type: Discussion


Presenter: Patrick Wallace (Middlebury College)

Patrick Wallace will lead a collaborative, information-sharing session on integrating Internet Archive (IA) into digital archive workflows and technical infrastructures. Key topics will include how IA fits alongside other digital archive and repository platforms, using scripts & software to support batch processing and API interactions, and leveraging IA to help support coordinated digital preservation projects with smaller memory institutions.

Session Type: Discussion