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. tagesschau.de (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.

GeoStoryteller and the Goethe-Institut

traces_s.jpgMy colleague Debbie Rabina and I received funding from the Goethe-Institut—the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institution operated worldwide—to complete research and development on the GeoStoryteller project. GeoStoryteller is a mobile, augmented reality application that brings library and archival collections to the streets to enhance student learning and promote historical understanding. The first application of this platform will be German Traces NYC, a learning experience that focuses on German cultural heritage in New York City, particularly with respect to immigration through the eyes of German immigrants (1840-1945). The application will be used with high school students, particularly German language students, in effort to use the city as classroom and connect everyday places with historical and cultural contexts.