Presenting at the iConference

I’m presenting a poster this week with my colleague Debbie Rabina at the iConference 2012 in Toronto. Here is a brief snippet from the introdution:

The aim of this research project is to uncover if place-based learning can increase learner engagement and understanding of historical topics. To study this, learners will use GeoStoryteller to learn about a historical topic on the places where those events occurred, and then be interviewed by the researchers. GeoStoryteller is a tool developed by the researchers that runs on smart phones such as Apple’s iPhone. It provides the user multimedia stories about the historical sites, delivered via the mobile web or through Layar, an augmented reality web browser.


Spring 2012 Courses

This Spring I will be teaching two sections of Projects in Digital Archives, and one section of Digital Libraries. Here are some of what we will be doing this semester:

Projects in Digital Archives, Fridays (Download Syllabus)
In this course, we will be working with the The Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs (aka AFS Archives). AFS can trace its origins to 1914 shortly after the outbreak of World War I, when young Americans living in Paris volunteered as ambulance drivers at the American Hospital of Paris. During the Second World War, AFS ambulance drivers were one of the earliest responders to the atrocities inflicted by Nazi Germany.

Projects in Digital Archives, Mondays (Download Syllabus)
In this class we will be working with dance critic Barbara Newman to create an audio archive of the interviews from her book, Striking a Balance.). This archive includes interviews from notable members of the dance community such as Peter Martins (Ballet Master in Chief, NYC Ballet) and Tanaquil LeClercq (wife of George Balanchine and NYC Ballet). In engaging with this project, we will consider the more substantive issues of how to archive dance in the digital era, a form of performance particularly prone to loss.

Digital Libraries (Download Syllabus)
Members of the class will work on designing a new digital library project (something that does not exist), or choose to work on a project that has already been started (to varying degrees) but needs further work. Groups that we will be working with include The Dalton School, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and the Pratt SILS LMS Program.

Student work from Projects in Digital Archives

I am pleased to announce two new digital archives created by students in Projects in Digital Archives (LIS 665) at SILS.

peters.jpgThe first is the JDC Oral History Archive. The JDC (or the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee) is an international Jewish relief organization. Several of the oral histories discuss the pivotal role the JDC played in providing services to individuals in the displaced person (DP) camps after the Second World War.

Boots book coverThe second is Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold Oral History Archive. Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline D. Davis, is an ethnographic study of lesbians in Buffalo, New York, from the 1930s to the 1960s. This oral history digital archive comprises many of the digitized recordings that went into creating the book.

Press for German Traces NYC

We’ve been fortunate to get some nice write-ups for German Traces NYC. Some of these include:

Das East Village. New York Daily News

Wenn in New York deutsche Geschichte lebendig wird.  Nürnberger Nachrichten

German Traces in New York. DRadio Wissen (German Radio).

Auf deutschen Spuren durch New York. (German Radio).

Augmented Reality App shows German traces in New York City. Deutschland magazine

Life & Style New York. German television (starts a time mark 5:40).

Mit dem Handy auf deutschen Spuren in New York.  Hamburger Abendblatt

Taking the Library to the Streets: The German Traces NYC Project. German Consulate.

New Walking-Tour App by SILS Professors Shows Influence of German Culture on New York City. Pratt’s Gateway Newsletter.

On the Streets of Manhattan: Tracing German Footsteps. Goethe-Institut Homepage.

Fall 2011 Courses

I am excited to be starting my Fall 2011 courses this week (hurricane permitting). Below are the syllabi from this semester’s courses, with some highlights:

jdc.jpgProjects in Digital Archives – Thursdays (PDF)
In this section of Projects in Digital Archives, we will be working with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (a.k.a. the Joint) to digitize a collection of spoken word archives available on audiocassette. The Joint is a worldwide relief organization headquartered in New York. It was established in 1914 and is active in more than 70 countries. In 1944, The Joint made it possible for 81,000 Jews to emigrate out of Nazi-occupied Europe to safety. After the war, the Joint worked to transition and resettle the devastated European Jews to Israel and to countries across the globe. Today, the Joint runs humanitarian relief programs, providing food, medicine, home care, and other critical aid to the elderly and children in need.

boots_of_leather.jpgProjects in Digital Archives – Wednesdays (PDF)
Each section of this course, we partner with an archive to transform an analog collection of materials into a digital archive. This semester, we will be continuing our partnership with the Lesbian Herstory Archives to digitize a collection of materials that went into making Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community. This is a seminal text in LGBT studies and I think it should be an interesting project, especially considering recent developments impacting the LGBT community.

dragonflyeffect_opt.jpegSocial Media (PDF)
This course has been updated, and I’ve broken my tendency not to have a required text and instead will assign The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways To Use Social Media to Drive Social Change (2010, Jossey-Bass). I think the students this semester should find it an interesting read.