Newsletter, February 2015
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Joint ACH and CSDH/SCHN Digital Humanities Conference 2015

Program Highlights
The conference in Ottawa runs June 1-3 and will feature four parallel sessions, with some seventy seven papers, joint sessions with other societies, seven panels, and over a dozen demos. It is preceded by a couple of other events that may be of interest.  
  • On May 30th, the Voyant Tools, INKE and CWRC teams in collaboration with the University of Alberta Press will launch an open-access Dynamic Table of Contexts edition of Regenerations: Canadian Women Writing/Écriture des Femmes au Canada, edited by Marie Carrière and Patricia Demers. The launch event will take place in Simard 425 from 3:45 to 4:45, and is sponsored by the Association for Canadian and Québecois Literature. 
  • DHSI@Congress features a closing public lecture by Brian Greenspan on "Burning the Library: DH as Dystopia" that is free and open to the public. The lecture will take placeon May 30th, 4:30-5:45, in Lamoureux 122.
Our formal program begins on Monday, June 1st at 8:30 a.m. The ACH/CSDH/SCHN joint plenary with the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English on Monday is Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, on "New Media: Wonderfully Creepy”. Monday afternoon includes a joint plenary panel sponsored by Libraries and Archives Canada, “When Data Meets the Soul of Culture,” with contributions from Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, and scholars Vincent Larivière and Susan Brown. On Tuesday, Chad Gaffield gives the lecture for the CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Career Award, followed by a reception at which we’ll be announcing the ADHO Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen Young Scholar Prize and the ACH and CSDH/SCHN travel bursaries. The CSDH/SCHN Annual General Meeting on Wednesday afternoon will feature a presentation on the Trans-Atlantic Platform as well as association business; all are welcome. Our closing keynote is Amy Earhart on "DH Futures: Conflict, Power, and Public Knowledge”. Check out full program here to get a fuller sense of the richness and variety of the offerings.

On Wednesday there will be a joint follow-up session with the Canadian Communications Association: "Open Access Awareness: What Scholars Need to Know" (with John Willinsky, Martin Eve, Heather Morrison, Andrea Whiteley; chaired by Michael E. Sinatra).

ACH Events in Ottawa

Newcomers Dinner
It’s the ACH Newcomers’ Dinner at the 2015 CSDH-SCHN / ACH conference in Ottawa!

Is this your first or second time at a digital humanities conference? Are you new to the DH community? Are you a DH veteran willing to lead a group to a convivial dinner? Join a small group of newbies and ACH old-timers at a local restaurant, to make scholarly connections and new friendships.

Dinners will happen on the evening of Monday June 1st, with parties departing after the final panel of the day.
Please sign up on our Google Doc. For ease of conversation, groups are limited to six people.

Jobs Slam
The ACH will host a Jobs Slam on Wednesday, June 3rd, during the CSDH Annual General Meeting at 4:45pm in Colonel By C03. (Please note: the ACH Annual General Meeting will take place this year at the DH 2015 conference in Sydney, Australia.) The Jobs Slam is a lively event and a chance for employers to get the word out about upcoming jobs as well as for prospective employees to introduce themselves to everyone present.

If you have a current or upcoming job opening at your institution, please send a message to brian.croxall [at] with the following:
  • your name, affiliation and basic contact information
  • basic information about the job (title, affiliation, duration, etc.)
  • a link to other information, if available
If you are on the job market or anticipate being so in the next few months, please send a message to brian.croxall [at] with the following:
  • your name, affiliation and basic contact information
  • basic information about your qualifications & area of expertise

Purveyors and seekers of jobs will each have up to 30 seconds to present. Please come join us at the for this exciting match-making event!

ACH Microgrants  

Check out our first blog post, on the DH Bridge. Stay tuned for further posts from our 2014 Microgrant winners. In the meantime, here are brief updates on all the projects.

Pedagogy Toolkit  
Pedagogy Toolkit launched in January, and since then, the project has added community-built guides for digital pedagogy using Juxta Commons, Neatline, and NewRadial, as well as substantial updates to its teaching guides for Voyant and PRISM. The project is currently planning the release of an online syllabus builder and a selection of open access syllabi for May, with updates announced online via@PedagogyKit.
The project extends its thanks to all those contributing teaching content for the community and invites you to view their excellent work online. See the blog post at and watch for another forthcoming on the ACH website.

The ACH microgrant has been fruitful for The_Critical_Is: their site continues to grow, with new posts and videos not only from the core team, but also from guest collaborators in the Five Colleges. They have produced a short, open practicum examining play as a learned skill and critical practice, and they have been invited to present a digital poster at the 2015 HASTAC Conference on race, history, and memory in the Assassin’s Creed series.

DH Bridge  
Supported by an ACH microgrant, Celeste Sharpe and Jeri Wieringa created DH Bridge, an open-source curriculum and guide for one-day workshops designed to increase diversity in the digital humanities. The pilot workshop was successfully held at George Mason University on November 1, 2014, where 13 participants and 8 coaches spent a productive day learning how to negotiate an API and write Python scripts to parse data from the DPLA. See their blog post reflecting on the process.

Library-Led DH Pedagogy: Modeling Paths Toward Information and Data Literacy  
ACH microgrant funding enabled more than twenty librarians and disciplinary faculty from research universities and liberal arts colleges throughout Michigan to meet and explore the relationship between information literacy, data information literacy, and disciplinary learning expectations. This conversation informed the development of an approach to designing digital humanities instruction that is flexible enough to meet the needs of audiences comprised of one or many disciplines. Since this meeting the research team has implemented the model in Digital Humanities instruction to test the approach, has shared preliminary results at the Association for Research Libraries Conference, and will present further work in this area at Digital Humanities 2015.

What's new on Digital Humanities Questions & Answers?

DH Q&A is crowd-sourced digital humanities expertise! It’s a community-driven forum for questions pertaining to the digital humanities that may need a bit more than 140 character answers. If you have questions (or answers!) consider joining the conversation!

Recent discussions include novels to assign in a seminar on algorithimic criticism,advice for teaching yourself XMLsuggestions for platforms to host large collections of images, and whether DH tools and projects should meet accessibility standards.

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