Our Blog Has Moved!

April 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

You can now find us with all your favorite MLA blogs and pages on MLA Commons at http://mlalibraries.commons.mla.org. Visit our new site to keep up with conference programs, events, and news about libraries and research in languages and literature.


MLA 2014 Call for Papers

February 19, 2013 § 1 Comment

Meeting Where Students Are: Faculty-Library Collaborations and Undergraduate Research

Class assignments, group projects, senior theses or independent study are all ways that student work brings faculty and librarians together to support research in and outside of courses. In this context “research” has a number of dimension, including how students learn, the ground on which students, faculty and librarians interact, and what students produce. Out of it comes a wealth of opportunity for projects based on active- or discovery-based pedagogy.

Faculty are turning away from the traditional term-paper and toward diverse assignments drawing on the archives, manuscripts, or rare books held in libraries. Teaching students through research and critical reading encourages students to adopt a critical and creative stance toward evidence and models for them the way knowledge is made and communicated. Students are introduced to questions of interpretation and criticism, contexts for judgment, the iterative nature of research, scholarly communication processes and networks, as well as modes of collaborative work.

Librarians, academic technologists, and scholars bring their various perspectives to bear on teaching students about scholarship, and we are looking for best practices, methods, tools, model courses or activities, and lessons learned for student research as a medium for collaborative teaching and learning. Please send a 300-word abstract by March 5 to Bob Kieft (kieft@oxy.edu)

MLA Libraries Executive Committee Meeting

December 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Please join us for the MLA Libraries and Research in Language and Literature Executive Committee meeting at MLA 2013! The meeting will be held following our panel discussion on “How Many Copies Is Enough? Too Many? Libraries and Shared Monograph Archives.”

Meeting details:
Friday, January 4, 1:45-3:00 pm
Where: Arnold Arboretum, Sheraton

The Committee will discuss session topics for MLA 2014 dealing with the intersection of libraries and research in language and literature. If you would like to vote on possible topics (or suggest a topic of your own), take the poll here:
MLA 2014 Session Topics Poll

MLA 2013 Session Dates and Times

July 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

We now have the dates, times, and locations for the two sessions our discussion group is sponsoring!

Session 285
How Many Copies Is Enough? Too Many? Libraries and Shared Monograph Archives
Friday, 04 January
12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Riverway, Sheraton

Program arranged by the Discussion Group on Libraries and Research in Languages and Literatures.
Presiding: David Oberhelman, Oklahoma State Univ. Library
Speakers: Deanna Marcum, Ithaka S–R; Jay Schafer, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, Libraries; Andrew M. Stauffer, Univ. of Virginia
As libraries rely increasingly on digitized texts and on partnerships for archiving print volumes, how do libraries and scholars cooperate to ensure preservation of copies with artifactual value for scholarly purposes?
For session description and bibliography, visit the MLA 2013 Session Announcement.

Also, our collaborative session with the Computers in Languages and Literature Discussion Group is as follows:

Session 540
The Third Degree: Joint Programs in Languages, Literature, and Libraries

Saturday, 05 January
1:45–3:00 p.m., Back Bay D, Sheraton

Program arranged by the Discussion Group on Computer Studies in Language and Literature and the Discussion Group on Libraries and Research in Languages and Literatures.
Presiding: Paul Fyfe, Florida State Univ.; Robert H. Kieft, Occidental Coll.
Speakers: Tanya E. Clement, Univ. of Texas, Austin; Rachel Donahue, Univ. of Maryland, College Park; Kari M. Kraus, Univ. of Maryland, College Park; John Merritt Unsworth, Brandeis Univ.; John A. Walsh, Indiana Univ., Bloomington
This roundtable extends current conversations about reforming graduate training to a burgeoning field of disciplinary crossover and professionalization. Participants will introduce innovative training programs and collaborative projects at the intersections of modern language departments, digital humanities, and library schools or iSchools.
For the session description, visit the MLA 2013 Collaborative Session Announcement.

MLA Embraces Open Access

June 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

From: http://www.mla.org/news_from_mla/news_topic&topic=596

“The journals of the Modern Language Association, including PMLAProfession, and the ADE and ADFL bulletins, have adopted new open-access-friendly author agreements, which will go into use with their next full issues. The revised agreements leave copyright with the authors and explicitly permit authors to deposit in open-access repositories and post on personal or departmental Web sites the versions of their manuscripts accepted for publication. For more information on the new agreements, please contact the office of scholarly communication.”

Want to learn more about this important topic? See what others are saying? Here are a few additional resources to get you started:

Have your own thoughts on the issue? Leave a comment below!

MLA 2013 Collaborative Session: The Third Degree: Joint Programs in Languages, Literature, and Libraries

May 10, 2012 § 1 Comment

The MLA Libraries and Research in Languages and Literatures and Computer Studies in Language and Literature discussion groups will offer a joint session at MLA 2013 on “The Third Degree: Joint Programs in Languages, Literature, and Libraries.”

Paul Fyfe (Florida State Univ) will preside with Robert H. Kieft (Occidental College) as co-presider.
Date and time TBD

This collaborative session aims to extend conversations about reforming graduate training to a burgeoning field of disciplinary crossover. “The Third Degree: Joint Programs in Languages, Literature, and Libraries” assembles representatives of innovative training programs and collaborative projects at the intersections of modern language departments, the digital humanities, and library schools or iSchools. This session is also designed to link to the Computer Studies in Language and Literature discussion group’s session on “Rebooting Graduate Training,” by offering a roundtable discussion on emerging opportunities for graduate training from the unique perspective of the library.

Recent conversations about the digital humanities and alternate academic or “alt-ac” careers have brought into focus important institutional connections between humanities departments and libraries, particularly in terms of the collaborative work and hybrid professional training required in rapidly changing media and professional landscapes. This roundtable moves this discussion into the increasingly urgent context of reforming graduate training across the disciplines — a topic which in the last year alone has received significant attention from major professional organizations including the AHA and the MLA. Beyond encouraging new forms of graduate training within disciplines, how can we also formalize and support opportunities across them? What kinds of programs might best prepare graduate students for the interdisciplinary and multimodal demands of knowledge work in the immediate future? “The Third Degree” investigates the emerging opportunities of joint degree programs connecting language and literature programs with library schools or iSchools. In recent years, libraries have been conceptualized as a “third space,” open and configurable, for encouraging new and creative usages. “The Third Degree” argues that graduate training can be similarly conceived to better accommodate the new configurations of our professions. Furthermore, this panel explores the multiplicity of degree types that can be overlooked in calls to reform the dissertation, including masters-level, terminal masters, and certificate programs.

Our roundtable discussion features program directors (Unsworth, Walsh), involved faculty (Clement, Kraus), and active students (Donahue) exploring how such joint-degree programs are preparing graduates for careers in the ongoing transformation of academic research, libraries and archives, and scholarly communication. Presenters will offer short 5-7 minute introductory statements to guarantee ample time for group and audience discussion.

About the speakers

Tanya Clement is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. She has a PhD in English Literature and Language and an MFA in fiction. Her primary area of research is the role of scholarly information infrastructure as it impacts academic research libraries and digital collections, research tools and (re)sources in the context of future applications, humanities informatics, and humanities data curation. She has published pieces on digital humanities and digital literacies in several books and several articles on digital scholarly editing, text mining and modernist literature. She is the co-director of the Modernist Versioning Project (http://modernistversions.com/), the Associate Editor of the Versioning Machine (http://v-machine.org), and the editor of “In Transition: Selected Poems by the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven” (http://www.lib.umd.edu/digital/transition/).

Rachel Donahue is a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland iSchool. Her research interests include digital preservation, electronic records management, and intellectual property. She holds an undergraduate degree in English and Illustration and a Master of Library Science with an archives specialization. Rachel is a Research Assistant at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), currently supporting the second phase of the Preserving Virtual Worlds (PVW) project, funded by the IMLS. In the past she worked on the first phase of PVW and the Mellon Foundation funded Computer Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections projects at MITH and had a three year internship with the National Archives and Records Administration’s Center for Advanced Systems and Technologies (NCAST), an internal organization created to bridge the gap between advanced research and NARA operations. From 2009 to 2012, she served on the steering committee of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Electronic Records Section.

Kari Kraus is an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies and the Department of English at the University of Maryland. Her research and teaching interests focus on digital preservation, Alternate Reality Games and transmedia storytelling, and textual scholarship and print culture. Kraus is a local Co-PI on an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant for preserving virtual worlds; a Co-PI on an IMLS Digital Humanities Internship grant; and the co-Principal Investigator of an NSF grant to study Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) and transmedia fiction in the service of education and design. Her work has received coverage in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Wired, Huffington Post, Baltimore Public Radio, and the Long Now Foundation. In addition to the University of Maryland, she has taught at the University of Rochester and the Eastman School of Music, and in the Art and Visual Technology program at George Mason University.

John Unsworth was recently appointed Vice-Provost for Library & Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Brandeis University, where he also has an appointment in the English Department. For the previous 8.5 years, he served as Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For the decade prior to that, he was a faculty member in English and the first Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia. His teaching focuses on digital humanities, and his current research is on the application of text-mining methods to research questions in literary studies, using humanities digital libraries. He has co-founded Postmodern Culture (the first peer-reviewed electronic journal in the humanities), co-edited the Blackwell Companion to Digital Humanities, led the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium, the Association for Computers and the Humanities, and the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. In 2004, while he was chair of the Committee on Scholarly Editions, he co-edited the MLA publication Electronic Textual Editing, and in 2006 he chaired the ACLS commission on cyberinfrastructure for humanities and social sciences, the final report from which was “Our Cultural Commonwealth.”

John A. Walsh is an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science and Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University, where he teaches and conducts research in the areas of digital humanities and digital libraries. Current research projects include the Swinburne Project , the Chymistry of Isaac Newton , and Comic Book Markup Language . The School of Library and Information Science at Indiana offers a number of dual-degree programs in conjunction with disciplines in the humanities, including African Studies, Comparative Literature, English, Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Russian and East European Studies, and more. Walsh advises many dual-degree students and directs many student-led digital projects in his Digital Humanities and Digital Libraries courses.

MLA 2013 Session Announcement

March 22, 2012 § 1 Comment

The announcement for the Libraries and Research in Language and Literature session at MLA 2013 is out!

The focus of our session is How Many Copies is Enough? Too Many? : Libraries and Shared Monograph Archives

Click here for the full description, list of speakers, and recommended reading.