Digital Humanities, Libraries, and Partnerships

Digital Humanities, Libraries, and Partnerships

A Critical Examination of Labor, Networks, and Community

1st Edition - March 5, 2018

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  • Editors: Robin Kear, Kate Joranson
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081020234
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081020241

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Digital Humanities, Libraries, and Partnerships brings forward ideas and reflections that stay fresh beyond the changing technological landscape. The book encapsulates a cultural shift for libraries and librarians and presents a collection of authors who reflect on the collaborations they have formed around digital humanities work. Authors examine a range of issues, including labor equity, digital infrastructure, digital pedagogy, and community partnerships. Readers will find kinship in the complexities of the partnerships described in this book, and become more equipped to conceptualize their own paths and partnerships.

Key Features

  • Provides insight into the collaborative relationships among academic librarians and faculty in the humanities
  • Documents the current environment, while prompting new questions, research paths and teaching methods
  • Examines the challenges and opportunities for the digital humanities in higher education
  • Presents examples of collaborations from a variety of international perspectives and educational institutions


Academic librarians and humanities faculty

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Amy Murray Twyning
    Introduction: A View on Libraries and Librarians in Digital Humanities by Robin Kear and Kate Joranson

    Labor and Roles
    1. Transforming the Landscape of Labor at Universities through Digital Humanities (Authors: Roopika Risam and Susan M. Edwards)
    2. Our Marathon: The Role of Graduate Student and Library Labor in Making the Boston Bombing Digital Archive (Authors: Jim McGrath and Alicia Peaker)
    3. Digital Humanities as Public Humanities: Transformative Collaboration in Graduate Education (Authors: Laurie Taylor, Poushali Bhadury, Elizabeth Dale, Randi K. Gill-Sadler, Brian W. Keith, Prea Persaud, and Leah Rosenberg)
    4. Exploring The Moving Image: The Role of Audiovisual Archives as Partners for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage Institutions (Author: Adelheid Heftberger)

    Networks and Infrastructure
    5. Old Texts and New Media: Jewish Books on the Move and a Case for Collaboration (Authors: Michelle Chesner, Marjorie Lehman, Adam Shear, Joshua Teplitsky)
    6. Engaging the Knowledge Commons: Setting Up Virtual Participatory Spaces for Academic Collaboration and Community (Author: Erin Rose Glass)
    7. The Role of Responsive Library Makerspaces in Supporting Informal Learning in the Digital Humanities (Authors: Karen Miller, Erik Champion, Lise Summers, Artur Lugmayr, Marie Clarke)
    8. Digital Humanities and Image Metadata: Improving Access through Shared Practices (Authors: Kristen M. Schuster and Sarah Lynn Gillis)
    9. Stitching Together Technology for the Digital Humanities with the International Image Interoperability Framework (Author: Jeff Emanuel)

    Archives, Community, and History
    10. Digital Humanities as Community Engagement: The Digital Watts Project (Authors: Melanie Hubbard and Dermot Ryan)
    11. The Collaborative Project Management Model: Akkasah, an Arab Photography Project (Author: Beth Russell)
    12. Starting from the Archives: Digital Humanities Partnerships, Projects, and Pedagogies (Authors: Jennifer Brannock, Craig Carey, and Joyce Olewski Inman)
    13. Beans and Cornbread: The Pragmatic Crusade to Document Women’s History through Cookbooks (Authors: Jennifer Brannock and Andrew P. Haley)

Product details

  • No. of pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2018
  • Published: March 5, 2018
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081020234
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081020241

About the Editors

Robin Kear

Robin Kear is a faculty librarian at the University of Pittsburgh liaising with the English Department, the Film Studies Program, and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program. She has been in the library field for 17 years, written numerous articles and book chapters, presented nationally and globally, and keeps professionally active in national and international organizations. Most recently, she is serving as an IFLA International Leader and a member of the American Library Association’s International Relations Committee. Current subjects of interest include digital humanities, digital scholarship, bibliometrics, international librarianship, advocacy, library as publisher, and scholarly communication.

Affiliations and Expertise

Liaison Librarian for English, Film Studies, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Kate Joranson

Kate Joranson is the Head Librarian at the Frick Fine Arts Library at the University of Pittsburgh. She cultivates engagement with arts collections through curriculum development, research, exhibitions, and collection data projects. Kate has been a librarian for 10 years, and worked as an educator and museum professional prior to her work in libraries. In addition to her MLIS, she earned an MFA in painting and drawing. In her expanded practice as an artist and a librarian, she explores the intersection between discovery and creativity, through collaborative projects such as What Does it Mean to be Curious?,, as well as a series of studio projects at

Affiliations and Expertise

Head, Frick Fine Arts Library, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, USA

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