ATG People in the News 10/4/17

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“The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has appointed Matthew Harp and Joanne Paterson as visiting program officers for a SHARE project to help make online, scholarly works in the humanities more findable and usable, sparking further discovery and learning.

Digital humanities scholarship can be especially hard to discover and access. Some projects have widely dispersed pieces—such as codebooks, content, and manuscripts—that can be difficult to connect as part of the same work. On the other hand, some projects’ components are tightly bundled and isolated on project websites, hidden from networked search tools.

This SHARE project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will explore what is needed to uncover and link digital humanities scholarship by adding more metadata—fundamental information about scholarly works, such as author names, work titles, and topics—to those scholarly works in open repositories. SHARE, a collaborative initiative between ARL and the Center for Open Science, harvests metadata about scholarly works at all stages, from grant proposals to posters, preprints, publications, and more. The project team will work with scholars and librarians to learn how to best incorporate digital humanities metadata into the SHARE data set.

Matthew Harp and Joanne Paterson have joined the team working on this project, “Integrating Digital Humanities into the Web of Scholarship with SHARE,” from September 2017 to September 2018. Harp and Paterson served as SHARE curation associates in 2016–2017. Harp is a research data librarian at Arizona State University Library and Paterson is head of metadata access at Western Libraries, Western University.

In their roles as visiting program officers on the project team, Harp will focus on learning more specifically how digital humanists produce, describe, and archive their work, and Paterson will evaluate the technical requirements for enhancing SHARE tools and applications accordingly.

Harp will develop a survey of digital humanities practitioners and create tools for use in focus groups of librarians and scholars. He will help design the agenda for a workshop to identify the skills needed in libraries supporting the digital scholarship workflow (for both stewardship and discovery), and to explore how ARL and other associations’ educational programs can work together to help library staff gain those skills. He will also lead the production of the workshop proceedings.

Paterson will map the information received from the survey, focus groups, and workshop to SHARE tools for collecting metadata—noting any gaps or technical development requirements. She will also oversee a feasibility study of subsequent prototypes developed in the course of the project…”

Georgetown University has named Peggy Fry interim university librarian, effective September 1, 2017. Fry has served as deputy university librarian at Georgetown since 2012 and was associate law librarian for administration from 1990 to 2012. She will be interim university librarian while the university conducts a search for a successor to Artemis Kirk, who will retire in October 2017 after 16 years leading Georgetown University Library.

KnowledgeSpeak reports that  “Macmillan Learning, an educational solutions company, has named Susan Winslow as General Manager of their academic business. Winslow will oversee the higher education and AP high school division including the content, digital product development, custom services, marketing, communications, training and professional development teams. Winslow will report to CEO Ken Michaels.

Winslow brings more than 26 years of educational publishing experiences to this role. Formerly, as Managing Director at Macmillan Learning, Winslow drove the new content and product development program resulting in marked company growth, particularly in digital product adoption across the Humanities, Social Sciences and STEM disciplines. As Vice President of Marketing, she directed the creative, promotional and digital strategies for the higher education group and spearheaded new digital product brands. As a senior leader in the organisation, Winslow also led the teams through the reorganisation and unification to one higher education division…”


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