Student-Led Initiatives in Digital Scholarship

I’ve been happy to see a lot of good press about the #BUDSC15 conference that took place on Bucknell campus, Nov. 6-8, 2015. As one of the co-organizers of the event, I hoped that the conference would generate conversations about best practices for teaching and supporting students’ digital scholarship–conversations that actually involved those students working on collaborative digital projects. The conference was unique in that faculty and library staff presented their work in panels alongside student presentations, which did a lot to level out hierarchies that exist in most conferences.

The Digital Library Federation featured a post by one of the student presenters at #BUDSC15, Ian Morse of Lafayette College. The post was impressive and encouraging, as it shows that many of undergraduate students are willing to initiate their own research projects, and that they appreciate forums such as #BUDSC15 in which they receive feedback about and support for their work.

The Howellsian Newsletter

The Willam Dean Howells Society published abstracts of papers presented at the 2015 American Literature Association Annual Conference in their biannual newsletterThe Howellsian. The newsletter includes an abstract of my paper, “A Woman’s ‘Brand’ of Success in Howells’s The Rise of Silas Lapham,” which I gave on the Radical Howells panel.

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Taking SMU Digital Collections with Me

In a recent newsletter, the good people at SMU highlighted the ways I continue to use the digital collections I developed as a Ph.D. candidate. Most recently, I used these collections in a discussion in an art history class, “The West Images the Rest.” SMU has such a rich archive of rare materials, and I’m all for their mission to make these freely available and more accessible to the public.

Collaborating Digitally: Engaging Students in Public Scholarship

Here’s a great write up by Bucknell Communications about the Digital Scholarship Conference I am co-hosting Nov. 6-8. The Bucknell community is enthusiastic about the student-centered aspect of this conference. Not only are we featuring faculty and staff that are working closely with undergraduates to involve them in the research process, but many students are also presenting their own projects. To encourage student participation, we offered bursaries for student presenters this year and set up a NextGen plenary session to showcase student-directed research projects.