Thursday, November 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Strozier Library, room 107K [MAP]
Recent challenges to archives and archival repositories in Florida raise new questions about what can and should constitute our public and institutional archives, and what paradigm shifts are occurring – or need to occur – as we argue for their enduring value. In part reprising a 2012 Digital Scholars meeting on archival silences, the next meeting of Digital Scholars will allow us to specifically consider the role of an archivist in this work, and to ask (and answer) what role archivists do and can play in digital scholarship projects and for the Digital Humanities at large?
Join us in welcoming Katie McCormick, FSU Libraries Associate Dean for Special Collections and Archives, and Krystal Thomas, the FSU Libraries’ first Digital Archivist, to discuss their perspectives on digitization and “born-digital” archives, to highlight the evolving role/definition of archivists and librarians, and to describe the critical and creative opportunities made possible when archivists enter into the digital project lifecycle at its inception. Focusing on two case studies – the William C. Burroughs archive project at FSU and Florida’s statewide Islandora project – McCormick and Thomas will ask us to consider what new perceptions DH makes possible for rethinking the library or archive as a scholarly partner not just a resource, and how FSU Libraries are proactively addressing issues of collaboration, expertise, and the intricacies of managing shared digital corpora, as well as the challenges that digital humanists face in collaborating on their exhibits and prototypes. These intricacies and challenges likely include negotiating production, outcomes, metadata, and systems; as well as working with DH Scholars to achieve sustainable yet creative interfaces for their projects.
In advance of our meeting, attendees are encouraged to explore any of the following readings.
- Abby Smith Rumsey. “Creating Value and Impact in the Digital Age Through Translational Humanities” (CLIR, April 2013)
- Matthew Kirschenbaum. “The .txtual Condition: Digital Humanities, Born-Digital Archives, and the Future Literary” (DHQ, July 2013)
- Mark A. Matienzo. “Collaboration Before Preservation: Recovering Born-Digital Records in the Stephen Gendin Papers” (MSSA Commons, September 2013)
- Patricia Cohen. “Fending Off Digital Decay, Bit by Bit” (NY Times, March 2010)
- Tanya Clement, et al. “Toward a Notion of the Archive of the Future: Impressions of Practice by Librarians, Archivists, and Digital Humanities Scholars” (TLQ, April 2013)