150th Anniversary Digital Humanities Showcase


Syracuse University will present a Digital Humanities Showcase as part of its sesquicentennial celebrations on March 24 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons of Bird Library.  A cross-disciplinary and cross-campus effort, the Showcase will include brief presentations of completed projects and in-process work by students, faculty and staff in the Digital Humanities. It will be followed by discussion, demonstration and question and answer with attendees.  Featured presenters include:

  • Courtney Asztalos, Curator of Plastics and Historical Artifacts, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries, on the topic “Special Collections, 3D Technologies, and Artistic Inspiration”
  • Sarah Bolden, PhD Student, Information Science & Technology, School of Information Studies, on the topic “Platformed Precarity on Reddit”
  • Leopoldo Gonzalez-Barajas, MA in Spanish, Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, on the topic “Mapping the Shape of a Story”
  • Jordan Brady Loewen, PhD Candidate, Religion Department, on the topic of “Religion, Video Gaming, Technology, Pedagogy”
  • Melissa Patton, MLIS student, School of Information Studies, on the topic “Lit Knits: Encoding Text into Knitting Patterns”
  • Stefano Selenu, Assistant Teaching Professor of Italian Language, Literature, and Culture, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, on the topic “Digital Manuscripts and Archival Languages and Literatures”
  • Patrick Williams, Humanities Librarian, Digital & Open Scholarship Lead, Department of Research & Scholarship, Syracuse University Libraries, on the topic “Histories of Digital Humanities at SU”

“The humanities have been central to life at Syracuse University since its founding in 1870, and our sesquicentennial year is a wonderful time to reflect on the value of humanistic endeavors. In the 21st century university, the humanities have embraced digital tools and technologies for entirely new types of discovery, pedagogy, analysis, and publication, and for rich collaborations between students, faculty members, and librarians,” said David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian.

Libraries to Host The Humanities and Technology (THAT) Camp

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Participants from THATCamp CNY at Bird Library in 2017.

Syracuse University Libraries is hosting The Humanities and Technology (THAT) Camp Central New York (CNY) on October 25, 2019 in Bird Library. Camps are free to attend, user-generated, informal conference programs for anyone interested in the humanities or technology at any skill level. The program and agenda is not set in advance, but rather is created by all participants the morning of the conference based on the interest and feedback of attendees. The emphasis is on productive, collegial work and free-form discussion. THATCamp is a great opportunity for established digital humanists to share methodologies or for beginners to learn the ropes.

THATCamp CNY welcomes students, faculty, scholars, librarians, archivists, museum professionals, developers and programmers, teachers, community members, and others to participate. It is designed to be a spontaneous, timely, non-hierarchical, inter-disciplinary, intellectual event. There are no lengthy proposals, papers, presentations, or product demonstrations. Anyone interested can register to attend. All attendees are welcome to propose a session or topic on THATCamp CNY 2019 website on any subject relevant to the humanities and technology. THATCamp CNY is being facilitated by Patrick Williams, Ph.D., librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities at Syracuse University Libraries.

“As the academic hub of Syracuse University, the Libraries is delighted to host THATCamp again. The energy and intellectual conversations that flow from participants contributes to the University’s inclusive environment and development of engaged citizens and scholars in a changing global society,” said David Seaman, Dean of Syracuse University Libraries, University Librarian and interim Dean of School of Information Studies.

Table with laptop, keyboard, play dough, scissors, cords, and other random supplies.
Working Table and Tools from THATCamp CNY 2017 in Bird Library.

For more information, see THATCamp CNY’s website, http://cny2019.thatcamp.org or email questions to jpwill03@syr.edu.

Libraries Awarded Collaborative Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant

Photo of Deirdre Joyce and Patrick Williams standing in Bird Library
Syracuse University librarians Deirdre Joyce, head of the Digital Library Program, and Patrick Williams, librarian for literature, rhetoric and digital humanities

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded an $82,688 grant to the University of Rochester, Colgate University, Cornell University, and Syracuse University to plan and pilot a skill-sharing program. The grant is part of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program, which supports developing a diverse workforce of library and archives professionals to better serve the changing learning and information needs of the American public by enhancing the training and professional development of librarians, developing faculty and library leaders, and recruiting and educating the next generation of librarians. The program will use the Library Carpentries train-the-trainer model to promote continuing education and cross-institutional collaboration throughout New York State.

Syracuse University librarians Patrick Williams, librarian for literature, rhetoric and digital humanities, and Deirdre Joyce, head of the Digital Library Program, collaborated with colleagues from other academic research libraries to submit a proposal for the planning grant. This grant will be used to analyze two intertwined needs within the library community. The first is how to train and support librarians in the digital fluencies that are increasingly relevant to research and teaching efforts. The second is how to meet those demands by working regionally across libraries and institutions and drawing on a range of expertise. This work will serve as a template for structuring a community of practice that supports public and academic partnerships that meet the evolving needs of libraries across the country.

“Academic research libraries have a long history of developing innovative services that promote scholarship and enable further collaboration,” said Scott Warren, associate dean for research and scholarship, at Syracuse University Libraries. “Patrick and Deirdre’s work with other librarians across the state will improve the student and faculty experience for all our institutions.”

Digital Humanities Research Symposium, April 24

The Syracuse University Libraries is a co-sponsor of the Syracuse University’s Second Annual Digital Humanities Research Symposium taking place on Wednesday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in the Killian Room (Hall of Languages 500). This mini-conference is intended to highlight undergraduate and graduate students’ research in the Digital Humanities across an array of academic disciplines. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided and is open to the public. If you have questions or require accommodations, please contact Sarah Fuchs at sefuchss@syr.edu or Casarae Gibson at clgib100@syr.edu.