Digital Scholarship Degree Programs and Courses: Teaching and Training for Digital Initiatives Skills and Techniques


DigItal Scholarship Degree Programs and Courses: Teaching and Training for Digital Initiatives Skills and Techniques



How Not to Teach Digital Humanities


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Kelvin Smith Library 2014 Digital Scholarship Colloquium How Not to Teach Digital Humanities Dr. Ryan Cordell, Assistant …











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Keeping Up With…Digital Humanities

Jennifer L. Adams and Kevin B. Gunn.

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)



At its core, Digital Humanities (or DH) is an emerging,
interdisciplinary movement which looks to enhance and
to redefine traditional humanities scholarship through
digital means. However, this definition only scratches the
surface; DH must be understood in the context of the
history, methodologies, and perceptions which its
practitioners bring to the table. Although it fairly recently
entered popular awareness , DH first emerged more than
sixty years ago as “humanities computing,” when it formed
the basis for such projects as the Index Thomisticus, an
electronically-compiled Thomas Aquinas concordance.
Since the Index, however, Digital Humanities research has
developed in broader and more complex directions, and is
now part of the general scholarly conversation. Digital
Humanities is not limited to any one field—it is highly
collaborative, and draws contributors from many
backgrounds—but it does have a solid base in academia.
In recent years, related initiatives have emerged at
universities (and elsewhere) worldwide. For academic
librarians, the increasing prominence of Digital Humanities,
its ongoing debates and the issues and opportunities associated
with bringing it into the library, are worth noting. In this issue of
Keeping Up With… we address some of the most significant
“need-to-know” issues for academic librarians interested in
Digital Humanities.

DH encompasses a wide range of definitions, activities — and controversies

Some see Digital Humanities as a discipline unto itself; others
define it as a movement within existing disciplines; still others
argue that DH represents the future norm of humanities research
and should simply be called “humanities.” It is not always clear
what qualifies as DH. Merely digitizing a resource may not count—
but is research alone sufficient, or does ‘true’ digital humanities
require programming or tool development? Academia is also still
struggling to accommodate DH research into traditional ideas of
scholarship, especially since it is often open-access—meaning that
DH’s reputation in academic circles, and its weight in promotion
and tenure reviews, varies widely. Recently, Digital Humanities
has experienced backlash for a number of additional factors,
including its faddish appearance, perceptions that it is exclusive,
and the tendency to equate DH with the digitalization of
scholarship and higher education. Nevertheless, with uncertainty
about Digital Humanities comes great possibility, and it is essential
for DH-inclined academic librarians to remain aware of ongoing
debates in DH, both generally (through such resources as

Digital Humanities Now

and the

ACRL Digital Humanities Discussion Group) and at their own

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DH invites—and demands—collaboration with parties outside of the library

Librarians need additional training and education in order to contribute effectively

Data offers many possibilities for library contributions

DH research relies heavily on data. What types of data are generated
on campus, by whom and for what reasons, will dictate librarians’
responses to this emerging research paradigm.  ACRL’s 2012 report

Academic Libraries and Research Data Services,

outlines contributions which librarians and archivists can make to
data management. 


The Digging Into Data Challenge web site has a list of data repositories.


As Barbara Rockenbach wrote in the January 2013 issue of the

Journal of Library Administration,

“DH is messy. It involves uncertainty, deep collaborations, and a flexibility
that is foreign to traditional library culture.”  Nevertheless, it can offer
academic librarians a variety of opportunities to integrate in and collaborate
with their communities in new ways.

Learn More About Digital Humanities

Recommended Reading

Associations and Centers

Courses and Continuing Education

All About Data

Tools and Tutorials

Other Sites of Note



The Digital Humanities Summer Institute


Stanford Launches Digital Humanities Minor, Combining Tech Skills with Critical Thinking

December 9, 2015

A New Interdisciplinary Minor Gives Students the Opportunity

to Blend Traditional Humanistic Research with Technology Tools.

By Veronica Marian

Stanford News

Trends in Digital Scholarship Centers


by Joan Lippincott, Harriette Hemmasi and Vivian Lewis

Published:   Monday, June 16, 2014

Case Studies

Educause Review



Online Resources for Learning Digital Humanities Skills


Digital Humanities Skills for Teaching and Learning


Digital Humanities Network

Training at Cambridge

Training at Cambridge

There is a variety of training provision at Cambridge University which may offer
support relevant to your digital development needs.

DH23Things. An online programme exploring digital Things for Humanities
researchers over three modules.

Cambridge University Computing Service. UCS provides I.T. courses, including
training in programming, using software tools for managing digital data and
creating digital resources such as websites or multimedia. These include classroom
courses and self-paced materials.

Personal and Professional Development. PPD offers courses for staff and students.
There are programmes specifically designed for Researchers (including postdocs)
and PhD students:

University Library Research Skills programme. The UL offers research skills courses
on finding, referencing and using information (including digital data), which take into
account the effective use of digital tools in the research process. Tailored courses for
departments and research groups are available on request.

CamTools Support for using CamTools, the University’s Virtual Research and Learning
Environment, includes scheduled  training sessions, video tutorials and guides for using
CamTools (for beginners, more complex features, and administration of long-lived sites).
The CamTools team will also do on-request training seminars for faculties or departments
(minimum of 5 users).

Cambridge University Skills Portal. The Skills Portal provides information on the skills
and behavioural attributes individuals might like to develop and lists training and
development opportunities available across the University together with links to useful
resources outside the University.

Certificate in Humanities Computing for Languages. CHUCOL is run by the Faculty of
Medieval and Modern Languages for its students (including graduate students),
but welcomes applications from staff and students from other Faculties subject to demand.
It covers general concepts in computing, practical transferable skills and addresses their
role in the field of Digital Humanities.

Cambridge University Skills Portal

Information for:
Undergraduate StudentsResources for first year UndergraduatesResearch Staff (incl. postdocs) Postgraduate StudentsResearcher Development ProgrammeUniversity Staff



Bakkalbasi, Nisa, Damon Jaggars, and Barbara Rockenbach.
“Re-skilling for the digital humanities: measuring skills, engagement, and learning.”
Library Management
36, no. 3 (2015): 208-214.


Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities


Digital Humanities and Technology Courses



Digital Scholarship in the Humanities

Exploring the Digital Humanities

Getting Started in the Digital Humanities

Posted on October 14, 2011 | 30 Comments

Determine what goals or questions motivate you.

Get acquainted with the digital humanities

Participate in the DH community.

Stay informed

Explore examples for inspiration and models.

Pursue training.

Workshops and Institutes

Online tutorials

Learn standards and best practices.

Find collaborators.
Most DH projects depend–and thrive– on collaboration,
since they typically require a diversity of skills,
benefit from a variety of perspectives, and involve a lot of work.

    Talk with library and IT staff

     Reach out to others in your community.

Engage students.

Consider a DIY approach.

Plan a pilot project.

Where possible, adopt/adapt existing tools

NITLE Can Help
Let me end with a plug for
NITLE (the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education)

Getting Started in the Digital Humanities

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This Blog will provide many additional resource listings and extensive information about Digital Scholarship]


How Not to Teach Digital Humanities

Posted on February 1, 2015

by Ryan Cordell

1. “What Is DH?” Always Excludes

2. “Humanities” is a Vague and Often Local Configuration

3. Undergraduates are Scarred by Digitality


1. Start Small

2. Integrate When Possible

3. Scaffold Everything

4. Think Locally

Whither “Digital Humanities”?

18 thoughts on “How Not to Teach Digital Humanities”


Digital Humanities Pedagogy: Practices, Principles and Politics
Volume 3 of Digital Humanities Series
Editor    Brett D. Hirsch
Edition    illustrated
Publisher    Open Book Publishers, 2012
ISBN    1909254258, 9781909254251
Length    426 pages


Defining Digital Humanities: A Reader
Editors    Dr Edward Vanhoutte, Dr Julianne Nyhan, Dr Melissa Terras
Edition    illustrated, reprint, revised
Publisher    Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2013
ISBN    1409469654, 9781409469650
Length    330 pages


Opening up Digital Humanities Education

Lisa Spiro

Open Book Publishers



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