Digital Humanities in Liberal Arts Colleges: An Introduction

This presentation can help answer the question, What is the Digital Humanities and how does it relate to the Liberal Arts?



Prezi success!

Nobody puked, fainted or went into convulsive fits. This may sound like a simple goal, but after my first time using the zooming presentation tool, Prezi, I am relieved to make those claims. Yesterday and today was the Upper Midwest CONTENTdm Users Group at the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota and I was in the last slot of the second day.  The ability to create a visual trail of ideas in multiple layers and pathways hopefully added interest and clarity to the content during the sleepy afternoon hours between 2 and 3 o’clock. That same function can also be distracting, confusing, and make people woozy (in the worst cases) if it is used poorly and I hoped to avoid these effects.

Developing and managing a digital collection is a complex and circular process and I chose to demonstrate it using the lifecycle of the student newspaper collection. Thanks to Sara Ring and the planning committee for another conference of useful information and for the time to connect with fellow digital travelers.

Library 2.0 Speakers – Health Science oriented

This posting from MEDLIB compiles the repsonses to the question about who are good speakers to invite for a talk about Library 2.0 in a Health Science setting. Here are the results: 

Mon, 17 Dec 2007 17:40:58 -0600

From: “Janz, Marie” <Marie.Janz@MINISTRYHEALTH.ORG>

Subject: SUMMARY: Library 2.0 speakers

Hello All – here is the summary of recommended speakers. My most sincere THANK YOU to all who sent recommendations.

1. I’ve heard two very good speakers on Library 2.0, although they were not specifically about medical/health care libraries. Michael Stephens is LIS Faculty at Dominican University in suburban Chicago. Here’s his blog: We just had him last month at our Hawaii Library Association Annual Conference, and he was quite good.

Michael Porter from OCLC is very entertaining, but he might be more geared to public libraries. Here is his blog:, and the course I took from him:

2. Michael Stephens and Steven Cohen are the library 2.0 gurus. Also, the folks at the Ebling library in Madison might be willing to present. Their site is excellent.

3. David Rothman –

4. I don’t know if anyone has mentioned either of these presenters yet. I took the CE class “Geeks Bearing Gifts” at MLA this year. It was an excellent introduction to Web 2.0. The presenters (Dale Prince & Bryan Vogh) are very knowledgeable. They packed a lot of info into an 8 hr class, but they made it fun & easy to understand. This is the CE class info from NN/LM if you’re interested.

5. Brian Vogh from NN/NLM Region 3 or MLA? spoke at Midwest Chapter MLA on Library 2.0 in 2006.

6. I attended a Library 2.0 seminar in Columbus last summer. Two of the speakers I particularly enjoyed were Brian Mathews (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Chad Boeninger (Ohio University). Matthews is somewhat of an expert on social networking; his presentation style is very engaging! Boeninger has had extensive experience creating wikis for the OU libraries. Here is the complete speaker list from that seminar:

7. Sharon Dennis, who is the technology guru for the MidContinental region as is an excellent resource. She is knowledgeable and has presented several times at conferences I’ve attended.

8. Tom Liesegang did a thoughtful editorial in Ophthalmology on this topic; he also is a leader in consideration of open access issues.

Thank you – Marie =============================== Marie Janz, M.L.S. Learning Resource Manager Ministry Education and Development 900 Illinois Avenue Stevens Point, WI 54481 Phone: 715-346-5090 Fax: 715-343-3246 email: