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Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age: Présentation du projet British Library, 16 mai, 2018, 11am-12pm (Miami Time).

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Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age est une série de séminaires en ligne mettant en avant la recherche et l’enseignement numériques et publics des Etudes Caribéennes. Cette série fournit un environnement propice à la collaboration pour les professionnels et leur permet de partager leurs expériences, de discuter de leurs projets, cela afin de favoriser la communication et de soutenir les efforts de toutes et tous.
Notre prochain séminaire, Présentation du projet British Library, se déroulera le 16 mai 2018 de 11h du matin à midi (heure de Miami).
Présentatrice: Marie-France Guillaume
Cliquez ici pour participer à la session en ligne: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/8927374603
Présentation du projet British Library
La BHFIC est fondée en 1912, et est ouverte au public depuis 1920. Elle contient différents types de journaux, ce depuis le 19 siècle. Vu l’état des documents, l’idée était donc venue de les numériser afin de les sauvegarder, et souvent la BHFIC est la seule institution à posséder ces journaux.
Ainsi, en avril 2014, en partenariat avec dLOC, la BHFIC a commencé avec le travail de numérisation. En mai 2017, nous avons reçu un don de la British Library dans le cadre du programme « Endangerd Archives ». Ce qui fait que maintenant nous disposons de deux appareils de numérisation, ainsi que de deux techniciens pour faire le travail. La subvention de British Library couvre les journaux du 19e siècle et c’est un contrat qui s’étend sur deux années, incluant le salaire des deux techniciens ainsi qu’un abonnement internet.
En janvier 2018, nous avons remis à la British Library un disque dur d’1 TO contenant les documents déjà numérisés. Un autre a été donné en mars avec la suite. Le travail continue et avec l’assistance de dLOC quand le besoin se fait sentir.
Nous espérons à travers ce travail, dans la mesure où nous trouvons de l’aide, passer à la mise en ligne de la BHFIC, car nous voulons rendre les documents disponibles pour le monde entier. Les numériser c’est la première étape, mais c’est aussi important qu’ils soient disponibles sur internet pour la formation d’un plus grand nombre.
Biographie : Marie-France Guillaume
Je travaille à la BHFIC depuis septembre 2012 à titre de Directrice Exécutive. Après des études en informatique, et des séminaires en numérisation à FIU, je suis actuellement étudiante en Sciences Juridiques. Depuis mon arrivée à BHFIC, mon grand souci c’était d’essayer de sauvegarder les documents qui sont souvent en très mauvais état étant donné leur ancienneté. Grâce à dLOC, à Fokal et maintenant avec British Library, ce projet voit le jour. De 2014 à nos jours nous avons numérisé plus de 20.000 pages de journaux. Jusqu’à la subvention de British Library, nous avions un seul technicien, maintenant nous en avons deux et le travail va plus rapidement.
A propos de la série de séminaires en ligne Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age:
La Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), en partenariat avec le Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL), la Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies of the University of Puerto Rico, la Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives roundtable (LACCHA) de la Société des Archivistes Américains (SAA), et le Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), a organisé Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age, une série de séminaires en ligne mettant en avant la recherche et l’enseignement numériques et publics des Etudes Caribéennes. Cette série fournit un environnement propice à la collaboration pour les professionnels et leur permet de partager leurs expériences, de discuter de leurs projets, cela afin de favoriser la communication et de soutenir les efforts de toutes et tous.
Les séminaires de la série en 2018 sont les suivants:

Continuez la discussion lors de la conférence annuelle d’ACURIL en 2018, dont le thème est Accès Ouvert : http://acuril2018republicadominicana.com/
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Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age: Ramble Bahamas, May 7, 2018, 11am-12pm (Miami Time).

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Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age is a webinar series showcasing digital and/as public research and teaching in Caribbean Studies. The series provides a collaborative space for professionals to share on projects and experiences to foster communication and support our shared constellations of communities of practice.
Please join us for an upcoming event, Ramble Bahamas, May 7, 2018, 11am-12pm (Miami Time).
Presenters: Dr. Tracey Thompson and Jessica Dawson, University of The Bahamas
Click here to participate in the online event: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/8927374603
About the Presentation:
2017 marked the fiftieth anniversary of a watershed in Bahamian political life: the advent of majority rule. So as to pay tribute to that anniversary in an appealing and enduring way, “From Dat Time”: The Oral & Public History Institute of the University of The Bahamas (“FDT”) launched an ambitious venture in the field of digital humanities. The “FDT” team, guided by the Institute’s mandate to develop curricular and recreational materials in a variety of media, committed itself to fashioning a digital heritage trail through which Bahamian students could retrace important steps in the Bahamian political story. The team went further: it envisioned building a platform that could serve as a publication engine for all research undertaken by the Institute. Such a platform, so the team judged, would augment limited scholarly publication in the field of Bahamian political history. It would widen access to historical literature among students and educators located throughout the far-flung Bahamian archipelago. It would draw on the Institute’s strength as a vehicle devoted to collecting and preserving oral narratives of community elders, many of whom had played significant roles in social, educational, and political transformations in the mid-1900s. It would press into service a media archive consisting of rare photos and film from the 1960s and 1970s – images long hidden from public view. The result of the team’s investment was Ramble Bahamas. Utilizing the Omeka content management system and the Curatescape framework, Ramble Bahamas presents geographically-tagged exhibits about historically significant places and objects in The Bahamas. Each exhibit is comprised of a narrative outlining the importance of the location or object, relevant historic and contemporary images, and oral history audio or video clips in which informed narrators speak of events associated with the location or object. Since its launch in November 2016, Ramble Bahamas has been introduced to students at the University of The Bahamas and to high school teachers of History and Geography. Plans are under way to integrate the platform into national curricula in History so as to advance the nation-building mandate of the university.
About the Speakers:
Tracey Thompson, PhD: As Director of “From Dat Time”: The Oral & Public History Institute of the University of The Bahamas, Tracey Thompson oversees the research programme and administrative processes of the institute. Tracey has been involved in research, teaching, and administration at the University of The Bahamas for more than twenty-five years. Her research foci lie principally in African and African Diaspora History, in Philosophy of History, in Oral History, and in Public History.
Jessica Dawson, MA: In her capacity as Public History Fellow in Research & Technology for “From Dat Time”: The Oral & Public History Institute of the University of The Bahamas, Jessica Dawson acted as webmaster and curator for Ramble Bahamas. Prior to this, she taught tertiary courses in the field of cultural anthropology and worked in historic preservation. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Washington State University and an M.A. in American Studies & Public History from Youngstown State University.
About the Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age Webinar Series:
The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), in partnership with the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL), the Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies of the University of Puerto Rico, the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives roundtable (LACCHA)of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), has organized a series of online events, Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age, a webinar series showcasing digital and/as public research and teaching in Caribbean Studies. The series provides a collaborative space for professionals to share on projects and experiences to foster communication and support our shared constellations of communities of practice.
Webinars in the 2018 series are:

Please join us for next stage conversations at ACURIL’s 2018 annual conference, focusing on Open Access in Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums: Opportunities, Challenges and Future Directions http://acuril2018republicadominicana.com/
Twitter: #digcaribbeanscholarship

Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age: Demystifying Digital History: A Caribbean Perspective, April 9, 2018, 11am-12pm (Miami Time)

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Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age is a webinar series showcasing digital and/as public research and teaching in Caribbean Studies. The series provides a collaborative space for professionals to share on projects and experiences to foster communication and support our shared constellations of communities of practice.
Please join us for an upcoming event, Demystifying Digital History: A Caribbean Perspective, April 9, 2018, 11am-12pm (Miami Time).
Presenter: Dr. Debbie McCollin
Click here to participate in the online event: https://zoom.us/j/3982941835
About the Presentation:
As History and the Humanities at large came increasingly under threat in the latter 20th and 21st century new avenues were being sought to legitimise and modernise the subject areas to ensure their continuity. The use of the cyberworld, the maximisation of digital technology to support this goal, was seen as the answer to a small cadre of Caribbean scholars. However, with a Caribbean society and academia notoriously resistant to change, opposition to this trend, despite the obvious need, was constant. This webinar will explore the development of the first Digital History course at The University of the West Indies within this context – early plans to its final design and implementation. It will examine the nuanced support of the university community as well as the challenges faced in overcoming prejudice and ignorance of digital media’s use in academia. Furthermore, it will delve into the specific problems faced by Caribbean scholars within the digital space particularly in relation to the digital divide and the realities of open access. Ultimately, the impact of this novel course on the student body, university and the wider Caribbean historical community will be discussed.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Debbie McCollin has been a Lecturer at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago since 2012. She holds a PhD in History and a Certificate in University Teaching and Learning from the aforementioned university. Her recent publications include the edited volumes World War II and The Caribbean (coedited with Karen E. Eccles, UWI Press, 2017) and In the Fires of Hope: Fifty Years of Independence in Trinidad and Tobago 1962-2012 (Ian Randle Pub., 2016) and Chacachacare: The Island of Lepers 1922-1979, a chapter in Hospitals and Communities 1100–1960 (Chris Bonfield, ed., Peter Lang, 2013). Her current work is focused on the Pre-Independence era in Trinidad and Tobago, the History of Health and Medicine in the West Indies in the twentieth century, the impact of World War II on the West Indies and Caribbean Digital History.
About the Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age Webinar Series:
The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), in partnership with the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL), the Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies of the University of Puerto Rico, the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives roundtable (LACCHA)of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), has organized a series of online events, Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age, a webinar series showcasing digital and/as public research and teaching in Caribbean Studies. The series provides a collaborative space for professionals to share on projects and experiences to foster communication and support our shared constellations of communities of practice.
Webinars in the 2018 series are:

Presented by Laura Perry, University of Florida

Presented by Dr. Debbie McCollin, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad

Presented by Dr. Tracey Thompson and Jessica Dawson, University of The Bahamas (Facilitator: Crystal Felima)

Presenter: Marie-France Guillaume, Bibliothèque Haïtienne des Frères de l’Instruction Chrétienne (Facilitator: Dr. Hélène Huet)
Please join us for next stage conversations at ACURIL’s 2018 annual conference, focusing onInterdisciplinary Research in the Caribbean: http://libguides.uwi.edu/acurilconference2018
Twitter: #digcaribbeanscholarship

Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age: New Webinars

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Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age is a webinar series showcasing digital and/as public research and teaching in Caribbean Studies. The series provides a collaborative space for professionals to share on projects and experiences to foster communication and support our shared constellations of communities of practice.
Please join us for an upcoming event, Digitization Training for dLOC Partners, April 2, 2018, 11:30am-12:30pm (Miami Time). Presenter: Laura Perry
Click here to participate in the online event: https://zoom.us/j/3982941835
About the Presentation:
The Digitization Training for dLOC contributors will provide a broad overview of the digitization process. At the end of this webinar, users will have a better understanding of metadata creation, digitization using a flatbed scanner, dSLR camera set-up, file editing and naming, folder structure, serial hierarchy creation and file delivery.
About the Speaker:
Laura Perry, Manager of Digital Production Services. Laura manages the team that conducts digitization and ingests content into the UF Digital Collections (UFDC) and the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC).  She serves as a resource for providing information on best practices for digitization and digital preservation.
About the Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age Webinar Series:
The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), in partnership with the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL), the Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies of the University of Puerto Rico, the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives roundtable (LACCHA) of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), has organized a series of online events, Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age, a webinar series showcasing digital and/as public research and teaching in Caribbean Studies. The series provides a collaborative space for professionals to share on projects and experiences to foster communication and support our shared constellations of communities of practice.
Webinars in the 2018 series are:

  • April 2, 11:30-12:30pm: Digitization Training for dLOC Contributors (English)
    • Presented by Laura Perry, University of Florida
  • April 9, 11am-12pm: Demystifying Digital History (English)
    • Presented by Dr. Debbie McCollin, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad
  • May 7, 11am-12pm: Ramble Bahamas (English)
    • Presented by Dr. Tracey Thompson and Jessica Dawson, University of The Bahamas (Facilitator: Crystal Felima)
  • May 16, 11am-12pm: Présentation du projet British Library (French)
    • Presenter: Marie-France Guillaume, Bibliothèque Haïtienne des Frères de l’Instruction Chrétienne (Facilitator: Dr. Hélène Huet)

Please join us for next stage conversations at ACURIL’s 2018 annual conference, focusing on Interdisciplinary Research in the Caribbean: http://libguides.uwi.edu/acurilconference2018
Twitter: #digcaribbeanscholarship
 
 
 

THATCamp-News, University of Florida, April 17, 2018

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Over the past several years, UF has collaborated with others in Gainesville to host a THATCamp-Gainesville event. “THATCamp” is The Humanities And Technology Camp, and it is an unconference: an open, inexpensive meeting where humanists, technologists, educators, archivists, and folks from many different backgrounds and fields come together to learn together, and to make connections for future collaborations. We have changed the format for THATCamp-Gainesville over the years in terms of duration, location, and structure. THATCamp-Gainesville also began as a different event, Digital Humanities Day.
THATCamp is an opportunity for anyone  in the UF and Gainesville communities with an interest in culture and digital technologies to come together, share their work, and learn new skills for building and analyzing digital projects across the humanities.  It is also a chance to build connections between digital humanities projects across North Florida.  And, if you don’t know what the ‘digital humanities’ are, then come find out. Please visit the conference website to register, suggest a session proposal, comment on the session proposals made by others, and generally learn more about this event.
This year the format of THATCamp has evolved. Organizers hope that THATCamp will become a thematic event connected to and cross-promoting another conference. THATCamp-News will be 9:30am-12pm on 17 April (Tuesday), the morning before the IFLA International News Media Conference, a separate event which THATCamp-News participants are encouraged to also engage with.
Schedule:

  • 9:15-9:30am: Registration, Welcome and opening remarks
  • 9:30-10:30am: Lightning talks (6-7 minutes each)
    • #NoLaIBCita
    • #NoNazisAtUF organizers
    • Patrick Daglaris: Digital preservation through oral history.
    • April Hines on methods/uses of UF’s digital newspaper databases by students, challenges, barriers, usability, etc.
    • Melissa Jerome: Digitization of the Alligator
    • Patrick Reakes on the implications of copyright on news digitization
  • 10:30-11am: Breakout discussion
  • 11am-11:15am: Break
  • 11:15am-12pm: TEI Workshop, with Dr. Megan Daly
  • 12pm: Event ends. Time is open for lunch in groups, find friends and meetup!

All presenters will share on topics related to news and preservation. We expect several presentations to be on digital/digitization of newspaper projects, including on research using digitized news.

  • To register, visit: http://news2018.thatcamp.org/
  • Questions about THATCamp in general for the formats and varieties? See the main THATCamp.org site and post questions on the THATCamp forums and someone from the community will reply within a couple of days.
  • This event is free and open to members of the public who work in cultural heritage institutions or the technology sector.
  • THATCamp Gainesville is organized by a planning committee of the UF Digital Humanities Working Group (DHWG), a group of academic and library faculty, staff, and graduate students who meet monthly to discuss current topics at the intersection of digital technologies and the humanities and support each other in project development. For more information on the Digital Humanities at UF and to join the DHWG, visit https://digitalhumanities.group.ufl.edu/

Digital Scholarship at UF Workshop, February 2, 2018

I am pleased to invite you to the Digital Scholarship at UF Workshop which will take place at the Digital Worlds Institute on February 2, 2018 from 9am to 5pm.
During this day-long event you will be able to attend three workshop sessions focused on tools and tips to help you start, develop, or improve your digital projects.
The sessions are as follows:

  • 3D Data Acquisition and Dissemination
  • 3D Printing and Augmented Reality with Aurasma
  • Best Practices for Project Management & Collaboration

Following the three sessions, we are also hosting a Digital Project Showcase where members from the UF community are invited to present their digital projects.
As you will see on the registration form (https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3jBZ3E1SniaRPGB), you can decide to register for the Workshop Series and/or the Digital Showcase. Registration is free and lunch will be provided.
Please note that the registration for the workshop series is capped at 50 attendees and the registration for the showcase is capped at 20 presenters. If you plan on presenting your digital project during the showcase, we recommend you bring your own laptop if possible, though we will be able to provide up to 12 workstations if needed.
You can find more information about the workshops and the schedule at this link: http://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/digitalufworkshop.
Please email Hélène Huet if you have questions: hhuet at ufl dot edu
This event is sponsored by a George A. Smathers Libraries Strategic Opportunities Grant and the Digital Worlds Institute.
Digital Scholarship Workshop

2018 UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels "ImageTech"

2018 UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels
“ImageTech”

On April 6th-8th, 2018, UF will be hosting its 15th annual Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, “ImageTech: Comics and Materiality” in Gainesville, Florida.

Call For Papers

The Graduate Comics Organization at the University of Florida invites applicants to submit proposals to the 15th UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, “ImageTech: Comics and Materiality.” The conference will be held from Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8, 2018.
The medium of comics has always prompted comics creators to work in concert with, and push against, the technologies through which their works are produced and distributed. As print and digital technologies have become more sophisticated, accessible, and affordable, some comics creators have embraced innovative digital technologies, while others prefer pen and ink on paper. From the meticulous series of woodblock prints, to the humble black-and-white photocopied zine, to the decade-long online epic, comics are fundamentally concerned with technologically-determined formats and materiality.
The goal of this conference is to not only explore relationships among comics and various technologies, but to interrogate the digital/analog divide in comics creation and scholarship. How does form dictate content, and vice versa? How do digital platforms impact engagement and accessibility? How do changes, improvements, and advances in technologies push comics creators and scholars to reevaluate our understanding of comics as a medium? Why do some comics creators deliberately adhere, or return, to analog technologies? In short: how do we understand and approach the material considerations of comics?
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital comics (comics created and/or hosted/distributed digitally)
  • Print forms and “legitimacy” (monetization, privileged status of print)
  • Comics thematically or visually concerned with technologies (steampunk, cyberpunk)
  • Comics incorporating elements of other media (flash animation, animated gifs)
  • Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) comics
  • Comics made using unusual/older technologies (wood-block prints, paper cut-outs, collage, found materials) and/or creators’ use of disparate technologies
  • Zines or other periodicals that incorporate comics
  • Transitions in specific comics series from print to digital or from digital to print (potential problems/losses, transitioning forms as “translation,” introduction or removal of page turns and/or gutters)
  • Impact of social media on proliferation of image-texts (reblogs, memes, remixes, fandom/fan art, fan/composer dialogues)
  • Format and accessibility (hosting platforms, open source vs. paywalls, ads, digital copying, replication/reproduction, coding, easter eggs)
  • Comics as a format for critical scholarship

Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length and must be delivered in English. “ImageTech” also invites creative projects related to the conference theme. Discussion panels from multiple presenters coordinated around a central topic or theme are welcome. Proposals of 200-300 words, plus a short bio and A/V requirements, should be submitted to gco@english.ufl.edu by December 15th, 2017.

LACC hosts ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence Recipient

The Latin American and Caribbean (LACC) is hosting Katiana Bagué, recipient of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence, during the 2017-2018 academic year. The objective of this initiative is to expose undergraduate students from underrepresented communities to the field of librarianship and digital scholarship in order to promote diversification in the library science profession.

Bagué is a fourth-year art history student at the University of Florida in Gainesville. While she specialized in Latin American art, she worked at LACC supporting public services, curating book exhibits, processing colonial Latin American manuscripts and researching Latin American books and material culture. Under the supervision of Margarita Vargas-Betancourt, Ph.D., UF Latin American and Caribbean Special Collections Librarian, and Hélène Huet, Ph.D., UF European Studies Librarian, Katiana will use art history knowledge to challenge underrepresentation in the library science profession.

For more information on the program, visit the ARL website. To see the current roster of fellows, see here.

New Position: Digital Scholarship Associate – Library Associate 2

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
POSITION: Digital Scholarship Associate – (Library Associate 2)
REPORTS TO: Associate Chair, Humanities and Social Science Library (Library West)
SALARY: $39,529 annual salary; Actual rate will reflect experience and credentials
REQUISITION #: 503537
DEADLINE DATE: September 12, 2017
JOB SUMMARY
The Digital Scholarship Associate (DS Associate) ensures coordinated and consistent activities for instruction and outreach in Library West, especially in regards to the new and expanded needs for support with digital humanities and digital scholarship. The DS Associate is responsible for coordinating and supporting Library West’s web and social media presence, the Scott Nygren Scholars Studio, trainings and activities related to digital humanities and digital scholarship as centered in Library West and across the Libraries, and in providing support to academic faculty collaborating with the Libraries on digital humanities efforts. Each week, the DS Associate will spend 10 hours in the Scott Nygren Scholars Studio, a dynamic new digital humanities and scholarship lab, to assist and/or advise faculty, staff, and students of the UF community on digital projects in collaboration with the Libraries and to hold open hours for the Studio for drop-in visitors. The DS Associate will become an expert on using the technology and software in the Studio, and is responsible for planning, coordinating, and providing training on software and technology located in and accessible from the Studio.
The DS Associate will also serve as a member of the instruction and outreach team to provide reference and instructional services. The person in this position will perform research assistance duties such as staffing the Research Assistance desk and Ask-A-Librarian. The DS Associate also participates in state and/or national conferences on an annual basis.
RESPONSIBILITIES
Digital scholarship support
– Manages the Scott Nygren Scholars Studio (Library West 212), maintaining the space and technology.
– Schedules and holds lab hours in the Studio for 10 hours each week.
– Collaborates with librarians interested in digital humanities and closely with the Instruction & Outreach Coordinator.
– Demonstrates understanding and works toward proficiency in core digital humanities software installed in the Studio.
– Assists members of the UF community and instructs on use of the equipment and software available in the studio. Offers regular trainings on digital humanities software and citation management software (e.g. RefWorks).
– Engages and participates in digital humanities and scholarship projects with librarians and library staff. Stays current in best practices for digital scholarship and is familiar with a wide variety of academic digital projects across the nation and world.
– Plans, recruits trainers from within the Libraries and across UF as appropriate, assists trainers in obtaining access to software, equipment and other resources needed for training.
– Provides and coordinates support for non-credit and for-credit trainings and courses in digital humanities and digital scholarship.
– Coordinates and supports planning and implementing events and activities in support of the digital humanities at UF, including supporting such groups as the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, the Digital Humanities Working Group, and the Center for Media Innovation and Research.
Library West Web coordinator and social media manager
– Updates the Library West website (http://cms.uflib.ufl.edu/librarywest/Index.aspx) and all pages under Library West, in collaboration with the Information Commons Librarian.
– Collaborates with the Libraries’ webmasters.
– Maintains an active, positive social media presence representing Library West on a variety of social media sites including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other media outlets.
– Coordinates social media activities with the Social Media Coordinator
– Acts as a liaison between Library West and UF Social Media.
– Maintains compliance with UF social media policies, and Libraries and UF web standards, policies, and practices.
Reference and instructional services
– Assists users at the Library West Research Assistance Desk in locating library materials and instructs them in the use of: online information sources, the online catalog, the course reserves system, interlibrary loan, and basic reference materials and methods.
– Provides knowledgeable and excellent assistance to patrons of the UF Libraries.
– Holds regular shifts for the Ask a Librarian chat, email, and texting reference service and other non-traditional reference services, in addition to traditional desk services.
– Makes appropriate referrals for research assistance, instruction, and materials request to subject specialists and other branch libraries and departments.
– Assists with the Library Instruction Program, mentoring Graduate Student Teaching Assistants, teaching classes ENC 1101-1102.
– Assists and supports librarians with subject specific classes in the humanities and social sciences.
– Serves as resident expert on bibliographic citation software, such as RefWorks.
Other Duties as Assigned
– Serves on various committees and task forces at the Library and University level.
– Encouraged to attend and/or present at state and national conferences.
QUALIFICATIONS
Required
– Bachelor’s degree and four years of related library experience; or a Master’s degree and two years of related library experience; or any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.
Preferred
– Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work effectively independently as well as collaboratively in a team-based environment.
– Excellent organizational skills and a demonstrable ability to manage multiple priorities.
– Ability to effectively serve a large and diverse user population.
– Experience working with social media tools (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, blogs, YouTube, Wikis) as part of managing web presence.
– Experience managing web presence using web authoring and editing technologies (e.g., content management systems, blogging, HTML and CSS).
– Experience with text encoding and markup (e.g., HTML, CSS, markdown, TEI, etc.).
– Experience with graphics programs (e.g., Adobe Creative Suite).
– Experience with video recording and editing technology.
– Experience with digital scholarship and digital humanities technologies in use with digital libraries (e.g., SobekCM, Omeka).
– Familiarity with technologies used to support text mining, text analysis, and topic modeling (e.g., Python, R, Mallet).
– Familiarity with UFapps (e.g., http://info.apps.ufl.edu/) and UF resources for processes involved in digital scholarship (e.g., file sharing with GatorCloud http://www.it.ufl.edu/gatorcloud/, OneDrive, and File-Express https://file-express.ufl.edu/).
– Familiarity with Research Computing technologies and processes (e.g., http://www.rc.ufl.edu/help/getting-started/) .
– Strong analytical skills and experience in planning and setting priorities.
– Experience in project management and project portfolio management for simultaneously managing multiple projects.
– Knowledge and experience working in an academic library setting, including basic reference skills and familiarity with major information sources in print and electronic.
– Demonstrated ability to remain conversant with newly evolving technologies.
THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state’s oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation’s most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. In 2013 the Florida Legislature designated UF as the state’s preeminent institution which grew into an opportunity to achieve national and international recognition for the University’s work in serving students and the world. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities. UF traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853 and is now one of the largest universities in the nation, with more than 50,000 students. For more information, please consult the UF homepage at http://www.ufl.edu.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA LIBRARIES
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Symposium, Collaborating Across the Divide: Digital Humanities and the Caribbean, Sept. 21-22, 2017 University of Florida

Please save the date for the upcoming symposium:
Collaborating Across the Divide: Digital Humanities and the Caribbean
Date: September 21 and 22
Locations: Smathers Library, room 100
The full event information is online (http://digitalhumanities.group.ufl.edu/event/collaborating-across-the-divide-digital-humanities-and-globalization-sept-21-23-2017/).
We hope that you can join for the symposium, and we look forward to the event as a place for conversation on next steps in regional collaboration!   Please share on any questions, and please share this with others!
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About the Symposium:
Digital technology has made the early twenty-first century a critical moment of opportunity by providing access to a wide range of library and archival materials and by offering new means of teaching, analyzing content, and presenting literary scholarship. While digital technologies have the promise of bridging institutional and geographic barriers, they have also continued to reproduce colonial hierarchies and marginalize content from the Caribbean and the Global South. This symposium, “Collaborating Across the Divide: Digital Humanities and the Caribbean,” brings together scholars and artists from the Caribbean and the United States to discuss how to collaborate through digital humanities in ways that decolonize knowledge and empower Caribbean subjects, rather than reaffirm colonial histories of archiving and education.  The project will center on the Digital Library of the Caribbean (www.dloc.com), an international partnership whose technological and DH hub is the University of Florida. The objective of the symposium is to produce an action plan for making dLOC a hub for pedagogical, scholarly, and artistic collaboration.
Schedule:
Thursday, 21 Sept., 5-6:45pm:

  • Introduction and Presentation: Oonya Kempadoo

Friday, 22 Sept.:

  • 9-10:45am: Panel: “DH and Non-DH Collaboration within the Academy,” Rosamond King and Matthew Smith
  • 10:45-11am: Break
  • 11am-12:45pm: Panel: “Public Humanities and DH Collaboration: Pedagogy beyond Academia,” Gabriele Hosein and Schuyler Esprit
  • 12:45-2:15pm: Lunch Break
  • 2:15-3:15pm: Platforms for Caribbean DH: Thomas Hale and others
  • 3:15-3:30pm: Break
  • 3:30-5pm, Roundtable:
  • 5-5:15pm: Closing remarks

Speakers:
OONYA KEMPADOO is author of Buxton Spice (1997), winner of the Tide Running (2001), and All Decent Animals (2013); winner of the Casa de Las Americas Prize (2002), and consultant in the arts and social development, including work with UNICEF, UNAID. She was Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence and Creative Writing Instructor (2013-2014) at two colleges in Connecticut; and serves advisor to Caribbean literacy non-profit “Hands Across the Sea” and co-founder of the Grenada Community Library & Resource Center in St George’s Grenada. An internationally acclaimed novelist, she is a leader in digital arts and educational collaboration in the Caribbean. Kempadoo has initiated two digital projects to support environmental sustainability in the Caribbean. The first, Naniki, is a speculative fiction, multi-media, eco-social project designed to engage students in the Caribbean and other countries in using digital technology and supporting environmental sustainability. The second, Carisealand, is a digital platform for scholars, artists, and the public for sharing projects on sustainability, designed and built by Create Caribbean Research Institute and it’s students (Dominica State College).
SCHUYLER ESPRIT is a scholar of Caribbean literature and cultural studies. Dr. Esprit holds a PhD in English literature from University of Maryland – College Park. She currently serves as dean of Academic Affairs at Dominica State College as well as director of the Create Caribbean Research Institute. She has pioneered Digital Humanities projects and digital technology training at the K-12 and College level in Dominica as well as collaboratively, linking classes at the Dominica State College and classes at colleges in the United States. She is now completing her book manuscript and its digital companion, both entitled Occasions for Caribbean Reading, a historical exploration of reading culture in the Caribbean.
GABRIELLE HOSEIN, Director of the Institute for Gender & Development Studies, at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine (Trinidad), which is home to several significant digital and public humanities projects, including Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, an open access peer-reviewed journal, of which Hosein is associate editor. Hosein is Principle Investigator for Politics, Power and Gender Justice in the Anglophone Caribbean, 2011-2014, member of the research team for the project Building Responsive Policy: Gender, Sexual Cultures and HIV & AIDS in the Caribbean, 2008-2011, and co-editor of Indo-Caribbean Feminist Thought Genealogies, Theories, Enactments (Palgrave 2016).
MATTHEW J. SMITH is Professor in History and Head, Department of History and Archaeology, The UWI, Mona. His areas of research include Haitian politics, society, and migration. He is the author of the books Liberty, Fraternity, Exile: Haiti and Jamaica After Emancipation (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), winner of the Haiti Illumination Project Book Prize from the Haitian Studies Association and Red and Black in Haiti: Radicalism, Conflict, and Political Change, 1934-1957 (University of North Carolina Press, 2009) which was a winner of the Gordon K and Sybil Lewis prize for best book in Caribbean History from the Caribbean Studies Association. He had contributed significantly to dLOC’s teacher training program and to its edited collection Haiti: An Island Luminous; his service work utilizes the digital for critical needs, including as Director of UWI-Mona’s Haiti Initiative following the 2010 earthquake providing assistance to Haitian university students and the Haitian national library, his work serving as Director of the UWI’s Social History Project, and as member of the Board of Museums and Archives of the Institute of Jamaica.
ROSAMOND KING (Associate Professor of English, Brooklyn College, CUNY) is a critical and creative writer and artist, whose work focuses on the Caribbean and sexuality. Her book Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination won the 2015 Caribbean Studies Association Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Prize for the best Caribbean Studies Book. She is also a poet, artist, and performer with an extensive record of publications and performances. She is also a leader in digitizing LBGTQ archival materials from the Caribbean for dLOC and has collaboratively developed and taught with Dr. Angelique Nixon, a distributed online collaborative course (DOCC) in the US and Caribbean on sexualities.
THOMAS HALE was one of the founders of the African Literature Association, a field of study that developed in the early 1970s. Two of his early books reflect this initiative: The Teaching of African Literature and Artist and Audience: African Literature as a Shared Experience. He devoted several decades to research and publication on the oral traditions in West Africa, where he recorded epics narrated by griots, professional bards who maintain the cultural heritage of peoples in the Sahel region. He is also a prominent scholar on Aimé Césaire and has recently developed an online annotated bibliography of Césaire:  http://lesecritscesaire.libraries.psu.edu/. He served as head of the Department of French and Francophone Studies at the Pennsylvania State University from 2001 to 2008.

  • For additional information, please contact Laurie Taylor (laurien@ufl.edu).
  • All events in the Smathers Library, room 100.
  • All events are free and open to the public.
  • Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the Rothman Endowment.
  • Co-Sponsored by the Creative Campus Program, Center for Latin American Studies, the Interdisciplinary Working Group on Caribbean Arts and Humanities, the Science Fiction Working Group, and Imagining Climate Change, the George A. Smathers Libraries, the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research, the Department of English,  the Department of History, and the UF Informatics Institute.
  • Program Team Members: Leah Rosenberg, Randi Gill-Sadler, Prea Persaud; Chelsea Dinsmore, Tace Hedrick, Emily Hind, Maria Rogal,  Malini Johar Schueller, Maya Stanfield-Mazzi, Dhanashree Thorat, Laurie Taylor