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AADHum: Research, Training, Collaboration and Critical Questions at the Intersections (Jessica Lu)
This paper will share and invite discussion of the integrated research training model implemented by the African American History, Culture, & Digital Humanities (AADHum) initiative, a program supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and co-directed by the Arts and Humanities Center for Synergy and The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland. In an effort to advance and expand the fields of digital humanities and African American history and cultural studies, AADHum is developing and diversifying the next generation of scholars and practitioners, whose work has already begun to broaden the reach of black digital scholarship and public engagement.. AADHum provides training through a robust program of reading groups, digital skills incubators, and one-on-one mentorship; second, supports emergent research in African American studies by preserving, digitizing, and providing public access to invaluable archives; and third, engages in self-reflexive modeling of humanist commitments, privileging critical questions of power, identity, and community. In this paper I will first provide an introduction to this three-pronged approach, highlighting the ways in which AADHum’s model can enrich humanities research with digital methods, archives, and tools.  Then, I will discuss some of the early efforts to interrogate, map, and advance work at the intersections of digital humanities, African American history, cultural studies, and community practice.

Developing a Community of Practice Among Undergraduate Digital Scholars (R. C. Miessler and Janelle Wertzberger)
In the summer of 2016, Gettysburg College’s Musselman Library piloted the Digital Scholarship Summer Fellowship (DSSF), a library-led, student-centered introduction to digital scholarship. For 10 weeks, a cohort of three undergraduate student fellows were introduced to digital tools, project management, research skills, and the philosophy behind digital scholarship, with the culmination the creation and presentation of a digital scholarship project. While the DSSF program is a library initiative, it drew support from partners from across campus, leveraging instructional support and the experience of digital scholarship practitioners from multiple departments to implement a broad curriculum in digital scholarship. The partners—who included the Educational Technology department, the Civil War Institute, and Gettysburg College faculty with a history of using digital pedagogy techniques in the classroom—worked with librarians to teach digital tools, discuss digital scholarship concepts, and help the student fellows realize the potential of their digital projects.
The fellowship was a success, and the work of the Digital Scholarship Fellows continued into the fall and spring semesters as they acted as peer mentors, supporting digital scholarship work in the classroom by leading workshops, providing one-on-one consultations, and assisting with project management. Cross-departmental support for digital scholarship continued beyond the summer program, as librarians and educational technologists worked closely with faculty during the academic year to support digital classroom assignments when the fellows were supporting a class.
Librarians R.C. Miessler and Janelle Wertzberger discuss the program, now in its 2nd year, with an emphasis on the ways in which the digital scholarship community of practice has been strengthened on the Gettysburg College campus through collaborative partnerships, student mentoring, and increased awareness of the value of digital scholarship activity in the classroom.

What Do Regional DH Consortia Do? (John Theibault)
This presentation will explore an informal infrastructure for digital humanities work that has emerged in the last five years: regional consortia of digital humanities practitioners like PhillyDH or KeystoneDH. They can be distinguished from, on the one hand, state and national digital humanities groups that organize conferences and edit journals and require paid membership, as well as digital humanities centers located in a single institution or formally constituted groups with explicit criteria for admission, and, on the other hand, not visibly organized interactions in active digital humanities regions, even if those interactions are frequent in practice. A central question about regional consortia is the need for informal DH organizations. It has frequently been noted that digital humanities infrastructure is highly unevenly distributed. Will successful regional consortia provide a framework for a wider support network in underserved regions, or will they lead to consolidation of established digital humanities communities? 

I identify eleven regional consortia that have organized themselves with enough visibility to enable study (ten in the United States and one in Europe). Many share a close association with THATCamp: either they came into being as part of the process of organizing a THATCamp or they were result of a THATCamp session. At a minimum, they have a virtual presence, but members usually meet in person.  While most regional consortia have emerged in regions with at least one significant academic digital humanities center, one of their most conspicuous features is that while they may receive institutional funding, they are not managed through a single institution and are open to anyone interested in digital work. Indeed, most appear to encourage outreach to under-resourced local cultural heritage institutions as part of their activities. This paper will show the various patterns of existing consortia and suggest ways they may develop in the future.

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Jessica Lu

Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Assistant, AADHum, University of Maryland
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R.C. Miessler

Systems Librarian, Gettysburg College
R.C. Miessler is the Systems Librarian at Gettysburg College’s Musselman Library and serves on the library's digital scholarship committee. A lifelong geek in all things religion and technology, he’s interested in how students and faculty can use technology to present and interpret... Read More →
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Janelle Wertzberger

Asst Dean and Director of Scholarly Communications, Gettysburg College
My official and lengthy job title is Assistant Dean and Director of Scholarly Communications at Gettysburg College’s Musselman Library. My work focuses on open access publishing (including management of The Cupola, Gettysburg College's open access institutional repository) and open... Read More →

Friday July 14, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm EDT
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