Introduction/Blank Canvas

I’m Annie, Digital Image Metadata Librarian at UMass Amherst, member of VRA and ARLIS. I have to admit that I’ve been a reluctant cheerleader for digital humanities as a librarian, because I’m not sure how to make it my job. I am, however, a big fan of Open Access and the public domain. READ: what do I need to learn in order to help faculty, students and researchers? It’s only when I’ve come across really cool, successful projects that seem to start with a problem (rather than those that seem to be an excuse to use a solution) that my interest is really piqued. Examples:

I am interested in learning more about working with collection data. Here is a cool Twitter account that uses the MoMA collection data dump:

I have looked longingly at descriptions of Beautiful Data and so many projects of the Berkman Center, but I am still unsure about where I/my job fit into all of this.




One Response to Introduction/Blank Canvas

  1. Hi Annie,

    My name is Athea Merredyth, also a member of ARLIS, and currently jobs in the digital humanities at universities. I recently graduated from the University of Washington LIS program. During my courses I took an inspiring course on digital humanities that changed my focus in the LIS field. This course allowed me to see the value in developing digital projects for cultural heritage sites. The instructor helped us become comfortable with digital tools as a way to further develop research questions and another way to explore information. I’m happy to share more about my course experience with you. Looking forward to meeting you in person!