Scaling and Diversifying at the intersection of digital humanities and libraries: An update from dh+lib




Potvin, Sarah
Russell, John
Shirazi, Roxanne
Pinto, Caro
Christian-Lamb, Caitlin
Williams, Patrick
Coble, Zach
Padilla, Thomas

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dh+lib serves as a locus for information and exchange at the intersection of digital humanities and libraries, drawing more than 115,000 pageviews from 38,000 readers across the world, publishing original work by approximately fifty authors, and coordinating more than two hundred volunteers internationally. This poster will incorporate background information and updates on dh+lib and will show attendees how they can be involved in the project, either as editors or authors.

Founded in 2012, with the support of the newly-formed ACRL Digital Humanities Discussion Group, and with the goal of providing for exchange among those interested in digital humanities and libraries, dh+lib has expanded considerably. The site hosts a weekly Review, original posts, and regularly-updated resource lists and registries. The production of the Review involves a rotating cast of volunteer editors-at-large who serve week-long shifts nominating and curating content to be featured in the Review, with the help of the PressForward curation tool (developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media). The Review highlights “the best of the web,” pointing readers to projects, resources, posts and essays, research, CFPs, opportunities, and relevant job postings. In 2015, two new series of original posts launched: Data Praxis presents a range of digitally-inflected perspectives on research, pedagogy, curation, and collection building and augmentation, and Scene Reports serve as lightweight, collaborative ethnographies of a growing field. Beyond the site itself, editors host in-person meetups at conferences and maintain an active Twitter presence.

Apart from web hosting provided by ACRL, dh+lib is entirely volunteer-run. Those interested in joining our crew of volunteer editors and authors might choose one of several paths, ranging from authoring original posts or conducting interviews to serving week-long editor-at-large shifts or taking on editorial responsibility for other aspects of the site. We also welcome proposals for new features!


Poster presentation for the 2016 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL).


digital humanities, community projects