Digital Humanities in Theory and Practice: Tools and Methods for Librarians

ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
Anaheim, California
June 22, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This preconference will position humanities librarians to participate in, create, and lead digital humanities initiatives. In addition to introducing theories and practices that characterize the digital humanities, explore several examples of how librarians currently lead library digitization initiatives, collaborate on faculty projects, and participate in national grant-funded efforts. Investigate project management complexities, digital humanities’ impact on research collections, humanities librarians’ work with faculty to manage their digital humanities research, and digital humanities’ role in scholarly communications. 

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to the session in order to participate in hands-on exercises.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Discuss and explore a representative selection of digital humanities tools and resources to gain a functional familiarity with quantitative analysis tools and primary text resources.
  • Learn the theory and practice of text encoding principles based on the standards of the Text Encoding Initiative and implement text encoding through a hands-on workshop
  • Identify the potential of a digital humanities project based on library holdings, learn how to start and develop such an initiative, and understand the importance of librarians as leaders in such endeavors


Kate Brooks, Librarian for Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, Film Studies, and Digital Arts & Humanities, University of Minnesota; Angela Courtney, Head, Arts & Humanities Department, Co-Editor Victorian Women Writers Project, Indiana University; Harriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Craig Harkema, University of Saskatchewan; Christine Ruotolo, University of Virginia; Melissa Van Vuuren, English Librarian, James Madison University; Glen Worthey, Head, Humanities Digital Information Service, Stanford University


Event code: ACR1

Registration Fees:
ACRL member - $255
ALA member - $295
Nonmember - $325
Retired - $105
Student - $105

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