About the Institute

Digital Humanities Institute for Mid-Career Librarians

Text encoding, analysis, and visualization for humanists

Text encoding, analysis, and visualization for humanists

Digital mapping and archaeology

Digital mapping and archaeology

Digital pedagogy and digital media literacy

Digital pedagogy and digital media literacy

Metadata, data curation, and data modeling for visual and material culture

Metadata, data curation, and data modeling for visual and material culture


The University of Rochester River Campus Libraries received a $100,672 Officer’s Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a pilot Institute for Mid-Career Librarians in the summer of 2015. The Insitutute will advance institutional support for digital humanities by strengthening librarians’ competencies in digital scholarship.

The pilot Institute consists of a three-day residential experience for 20 mid-career librarians, followed by one year of online engagement and support. The instruction team includes four CLIR fellows, supported by University of Rochester librarians and technologists. It is a truly immersive and intensive experience in the digital humanities.

Librarians selected for the Institute will be placed in groups of five and will engage in one of these tracks. Together with the CLIR fellows and supporting librarians and technologists, they will explore a range of issues, tools, data, and methods grounded in that subject area.

After the residential course immersion, each group will meet online monthly to support their mastery of new tools and methods, and share projects and progress. Our goal is to develop each cohort into a self-sustaining, scholarly community of practice.

Librarians selected for the Institute will receive a stipend to offset the cost of travel and housing.

Track 1: Text Encoding, Analysis and Visualization for Humanists

 Text encoding and analysis are core digital humanities methodologies that provide a framework for exploring humanities scholarship’s deep engagement with literary texts, manuscripts, and the written and published word. This track, led by CLIR fellow Meridith Beck Sayre, will explore the methods and process of bringing context to digitization and dissemination of texts through text encoding, as well as a range of visualization tools employing that coding: timelines, word clouds, concept maps, geographic maps and more.

 Meridith Beck Sayre (Indiana University) earned her Ph.D. in the History of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As part of her CLIR fellowship, she contributes to The Chymistry of Issac Newton project (http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/collections/newton), an online, scholarly and critical edition of Sir Isaac Newton’s alchemical manuscripts comprised of nearly a million words that have been transcribed and encoded according to the Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange. She works closely with project collaborators across campus to pursue the following areas of investigation: organization, description, aggregation, migration, and preservation of primary source materials as represented by digitized facsimile page images of manuscripts, transcriptions of those manuscripts, and encoded versions of the manuscripts (i.e., diplomatic and normalized) to ensure use and reuse of digital objects in different applications and contexts.

Track 2: Digital Mapping and Archaeology

 Spatial analysis is a fundamental digital humanities methodology with broad applications for scholars in a variety of disciplines. It includes a wide range of modes, including 3D reconstructions of spaces, user-created maps, GIS data, and maps layered with all variety of data.

This track, led by CLIR fellow Jodi Reeves, with explore a range of digital mapping methods and tools, geocoding, geotagging, and open data, as well as how to locate and gain access to geospatial and other forms of data.

 Jodi Reeves is the CLIR/DLF Fellow in Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences at Arizona State University. She is a Digital Curator for the Center for Digital Antiquity, where she works with a variety of digital archaeological data and manages large scale curation projects. Flores is also part of Arizona State University Libraries’  Research Data and Repository Services team. As part of her library duties she is currently working with library and academic colleagues on the digital humanities project, “Carlos Montezuma Wassaja Newsletter: Digitization, Access and Context.”

 Track 3: Digital Pedagogy and Digital Media Literacy

 This track, led by CLIR fellow Annie Johnson, provides a broad overview of digital humanities methodologies, specifically, how they can be used to extend the traditional humanities curriculum with its focus on the reading and discussion of texts to include a digital lab or project introducing new modes of inquiry, analysis, and interpretation.

 Annie Johnson is the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Academic Libraries at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. At Lehigh, she collaborates with faculty, students, and staff to develop digital projects and assignments. She also acts as an advocate for Lehigh’s institutional repository, Lehigh Preserve. Annie holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Southern California, an A.M. in public humanities from Brown University, and a B.A. in history from Claremont McKenna College. Before coming to Lehigh, Annie was the Assistant Multimedia Editor for the journal Urban History, where she worked with scholars to develop their work into multimedia companions and online-only publications. Her research interests include the history of the book and the history of collecting.

 Track 4: Metadata, Data Curation, and Data Modeling for Visual and Material Culture

 This track, led by CLIR fellow Tim Norris, will provide librarians who work with primary sources the skills to become full collaborators in the creation of online digital archives with faculty members and website developers: online scholarly archives demand the careful curation of content by disciplinary scholars, the expertise of librarians to create data structures and robust, standards-based metadata schemas, and website developers to create beautiful, useful, and flexible discovery interfaces for access that preserve the integrity of the primary source.

 Tim Norris (University of Miami) received his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. As part of his his CLIR fellowship, he assists in building awareness of and educating the university’s research communities in current best practices in data preservation and management planning, including documentation and metadata standards. He is participating in an environmental scan of research data management needs across the University’s schools and colleges; works with relevant staff across units in the development of a data management service focusing mainly on building data resources such as a registry; shares research experience and expertise with the Libraries’ Education and Outreach department; and works collaboratively with university staff to develop outreach and training strategies for faculty and administrators.