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Fostering Community through Grassroots DH at Mississippi State University

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part of ACRL DHIG/DCIG webcast: "Engaging the Digital Humanities: Collaborating throughout the Research Lifecycle," March 2016

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Fostering Community through Grassroots DH at Mississippi State University

  1. 1. Fostering Community through Grassroots DH at Mississippi State University Hillary A.H. Richardson, Assistant Professor, Humanities Librarian Nickoal L. Eichmann, Assistant Professor, History Research Librarian @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann http://mrg.bz/T2BVSU
  2. 2. @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann Talking Points • About the Starkville Civil Rights Project • Stages of Building Collaboration and Community • Skills needed (and how to foster them) • Lessons learned http://mrg.bz/SZmXR9
  3. 3. @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann starkvillecivilrights.msstate.edu
  4. 4. @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann starkvillecivilrights.msstate.edu [ oralhistoryonline.org ]
  5. 5. @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann starkvillecivilrights.msstate.edu
  6. 6. @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann starkvillecivilrights.msstate.edu [ timeline.knightlab.com ] [ google.com/mymaps ]
  7. 7. @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann starkvillecivilrights.msstate.edu
  8. 8. @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann Our Team • 2 Research Librarians • 1 History Professor (on sabbatical) • 4 Doctoral students (dissertating) • 3 Masters students (graduated) • 1 Honors Undergrad (volunteer) http://mrg.bz/rkKcNl
  9. 9. @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann A grassroots theme underlies both the project’s research and in our execution of it. Grassroots + DH http://mrg.bz/D1IR2v
  10. 10. @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann • Public history course / Research Question •Grant funding / Develop goals and timeline • Curate content and build the site • Community Forum • A “living website” Stages http://mrg.bz/A1RMMC
  11. 11. @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann http://mrg.bz/rkKcNl 1. Public History Course Project (Spring 2014)
  12. 12. @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann http://mrg.bz/rkKcNl 2. Grant funding / Develop goals and timeline • Open-ended project to “benefit both community and the library” • Gave much-needed structure and resources to the project: • Statement of Need • Detailed Budget • Timeline
  13. 13. @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann http://mrg.bz/rkKcNl 3. Curate Content & Build Site • Worked on various components separately through sub-teams •Project management •Archival research •Oral history interviews + indexing •Website design + organization of content •Crafting the narrative
  14. 14. @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann 4. Community Forum
  15. 15. @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann http://mrg.bz/rkKcNl How is this different? Amanda Visconti: literaturegeek.com/2016/02/28/DHjobtalk Scenario C (researchers)(librarians) (team)
  16. 16. @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann http://mrg.bz/NrjhWa Lessons Learned
  17. 17. http://mrg.bz/jkUu6K @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann 1.Sharing Research Can Be Hard
  18. 18. @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann http://mrg.bz/ho0mf5 2. Project management is constant
  19. 19. @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann http://mrg.bz/qNJKOg 3. Scaffolding tools helps accommodate different skillsets
  20. 20. @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann http://mrg.bz/dxb4lV 4. Universal + Local Topic = Powerful
  21. 21. @hillaryAHR @NickoalEichmann Thank you! starkvillecivilrights.msstate.edu http://mrg.bz/rN2fsc

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