Event Title

Break Out Session: Unlearning Mastery in Digital Scholarship: Labor, Failure, and the Art of Troubleshooting

Presenter Information

Alex Wermer-Colan, Temple University

Event Website

https://library.albany.edu/dsconf/

Start Date

11-10-2019 1:45 PM

End Date

11-10-2019 2:45 PM

Description

This talk will explore challenges and opportunities for digital scholarship projects to bridge the divide between research and pedagogy, ensuring equitable labor distributions, realistic attitudes towards failure, and an anti-ableist approach to digital literacy. Drawing from experience as doctoral student and teacher of cultural studies and critical theory at the City University of New York, and as a Council of Library and Information Resources postdoctoral fellow in Temple University Libraries’s Digital Scholarship Center (recently renamed the Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio) during a pivotal moment in the library’s transformation and relocation, Alex Wermer-Colan will reflect on under-examined elements of digital scholarship relevant both to academic libraries and departments. Two ongoing projects to digitize and innovate digital exhibitions and data visualizations of under-represented archival materials in Temple’s Special Collections, known as the SF Nexus and The Virtual Blockson, will serve as the primary case studies. From these projects, this talk will extrapolate broader guidelines and principles for prioritizing issues often neglected in the scholarly debate around the “digital humanities,” most notably accessibility in new media interfaces, labor contingency in DH research, and viable models of library service and classroom pedagogy involving digital technology. This talk aims, along the way, to demystify the intimidating aura that gathers around successful DH projects, tools, and methods, opening up space to operationalize theoretical and technical strategies for ensuring digital pedagogy and research can be useful and inspiring for beginner and advanced practitioners alike.

Presenter Information

Alex Wermer-Colan

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Oct 11th, 1:45 PM Oct 11th, 2:45 PM

Break Out Session: Unlearning Mastery in Digital Scholarship: Labor, Failure, and the Art of Troubleshooting

This talk will explore challenges and opportunities for digital scholarship projects to bridge the divide between research and pedagogy, ensuring equitable labor distributions, realistic attitudes towards failure, and an anti-ableist approach to digital literacy. Drawing from experience as doctoral student and teacher of cultural studies and critical theory at the City University of New York, and as a Council of Library and Information Resources postdoctoral fellow in Temple University Libraries’s Digital Scholarship Center (recently renamed the Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio) during a pivotal moment in the library’s transformation and relocation, Alex Wermer-Colan will reflect on under-examined elements of digital scholarship relevant both to academic libraries and departments. Two ongoing projects to digitize and innovate digital exhibitions and data visualizations of under-represented archival materials in Temple’s Special Collections, known as the SF Nexus and The Virtual Blockson, will serve as the primary case studies. From these projects, this talk will extrapolate broader guidelines and principles for prioritizing issues often neglected in the scholarly debate around the “digital humanities,” most notably accessibility in new media interfaces, labor contingency in DH research, and viable models of library service and classroom pedagogy involving digital technology. This talk aims, along the way, to demystify the intimidating aura that gathers around successful DH projects, tools, and methods, opening up space to operationalize theoretical and technical strategies for ensuring digital pedagogy and research can be useful and inspiring for beginner and advanced practitioners alike.

https://scholarsarchive.library.albany.edu/dsconf/2019/schedule/9