Exploring Literacies Through Digital Humanities: A dh+lib Special Issue

Literacies in a Digital Humanities Context: A Brief Introduction

Librarians are well aware, as are many faculty, of the intricate relationships between digital humanities (DH) and literacies—information literacy, visual literacy, digital literacy, data literacy, and the like. Scholarship centered on this intersection is spread across books and journals in numerous disciplines, however. Because of this broad range of publication venues, the scholarly conversation around ...

Wielding A(rden) Club for IL: The Symbiotic Relationship Between DH and IL

Wielding A(rden) Club for IL: The Symbiotic Relationship Between DH and IL
Information literacy is at the heart of digital humanities. Key to all successful digital humanities projects is a robust data structure or approach to data analysis, which goes hand in hand with a good grasp of the fundamentals of information literacy: understanding where information comes from, how it is constructed, that it is constructed, and ...

Information Literacy as a Framework for the Digital Liberal Arts

Information Literacy as a Framework for the Digital Liberal Arts
Occidental College is a small residential liberal arts institution with approximately 2,000 students located just north of downtown Los Angeles. Over the past several years, Oxy’s Center for Digital Liberal Arts (CDLA) has used the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education to connect innovative digital project work with explicit learning goals. In its ...

Listen First, Collaborate Later: Possibilities for Meaningful IL+DH Collaboration

The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries Digital Humanities Lab started as an experiment in 2013 and has stuck around since, developing emphases and services to accommodate our faculty and students. From the beginning, instructors at UWM have looked to the Lab – and other entities on campus – to figure out how and why to integrate ...

Technical Librarians as Threshold Guides in Digital Literacy Instruction

How does a non-instruction librarian leverage their distinctive technical knowledge to encourage transformative learning in the digital humanities? I started to contemplate this question in my second year as a digital services librarian, a role in which the responsibilities are primarily technological not instructional. Managing my library’s digital collections and related digital projects, my day-to-day ...

Towards an Electrate Library

At their core, libraries offer participatory learning environments geared towards optimizing the potential for the creation and distribution of knowledge, a paradigm developed around traditional concepts of literacy. Libraries traditionally facilitate literate practices; they are institutions by which patrons can locate, contextualize, contribute to, and create information. However, with the continued proliferation of digital technologies, ...

What is Static Web and What’s it Doing in the Digital Humanities Classroom?

Almost a decade ago, Matthew Kirschenbaum and Micah Vandegrift presented compelling and well-argued ideas about where the locus of digital humanities, or, more broadly, digital humanists should be within the academic context. The intervening years have demonstrated the unique capacity of DH to thrive in a variety of departments, centers, and libraries with specialties that ...

Developing Literacies in the Digital Humanities Classroom: A Case Study

Developing Literacies in the Digital Humanities Classroom: A Case Study
Developing literacies in the digital humanities classroom include, yet transcend, the ‘traditional’ passive literacies of reading, hearing, and seeing into the active realms of finding, evaluating, creating, engaging and communicating with an audience that may extend beyond institutional boundaries. These skills have been presented as a theoretical framework by Yoram Eshet et al. (2004, 2006, ...

Data Literacy as Digital Humanities Literacy: Exploration of Threshold Concepts

For those who are both librarians and digital humanities instructors, we must either create new frameworks for teaching and learning or attempt to map existing ones to library instruction. “Digital humanities literacy” is a combination of many literacy areas. Still, the prevalence of data in both our daily lives and in digital humanities places data ...

The Virtual Blockson: Immersive Technologies for Teaching Primary Source Literacy on the African Diaspora

The Virtual Blockson: Immersive Technologies for Teaching Primary Source Literacy on the African Diaspora
My main goal in life is to build a good library of Black history – knowledge is a form of Black power and this is my part in it.  – Charles L. Blockson Introduction: Immersive Archives and Virtual Literacies By overviewing a collaborative project between Temple University’s Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, the Loretta C. ...