Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Its on June 1st - ALA IRRT Webinar: Perspectives on International Digital Scholarship Collaborations... (Two presentations)

 Join us for the upcoming webinar:

Perspectives on International Digital Scholarship Collaborations During a Global Pandemic (Two presentations)

Date: June 1, 2022

Time: 1 pm PT/MST, 2 pm MDT, 3 pm CT, 4 pm ET

Registration Link: https://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-lNx00RgRtGt3GcxOUqnCA


1.  Title: Preserving International Relationships & Items in a Time of Covid

Description: In 2018, The Libraries became a partner with the Narrative Art & Visual Storytelling in Holocaust & Human Rights Education Project through new services offered through UVIC Libraries' "Grants Menu," which offers librarian and archivist expertise in digitizing, preserving, and making accessible project material. The Narrative Art Project pairs together Holocaust Survivors and graphic artists from across the world in order to co-create a graphic novel that provides witness to the Survivors' experiences. A close relationship formed between the artists and survivors as they talked, listened, and created together. In 2020, the close collaboration among the participants went online as a result of the COVID epidemic. This talk will address the promises and challenges of working on an international project, including issues of building capacity, digitization, working remotely, and training stakeholders in best practices for preservation and access. https://holocaustgraphicnovels.org/


Presenter:       Dr. J. Matthew Huculak is Head of Advanced Research Services & Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Victoria Libraries He holds a PhD in English Language & Literature and an MLIS with a concentration on archives and preservation. He is the founding Managing Editor of Modernism/modernity’s Print Plus platform, which won the Association of American Publishers 2019 PROSE Awards for “Innovation in Publishing.” His research focuses on libraries, 20th-century English literature, book history, and periodicals. He has served as Editorial Assistant for the James Joyce Quarterly, Project Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities funded Modernist Journals Project and is currently Director of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded Modernist Versions Project and Co-Director of BC Open Textbook-funded Open Modernisms. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2717-1112



2.      Title: International Collaboration in Interesting Times: Salzburg, Skype, and Stefan Zweig

Description: In January 2020, an agreement was made between the Zweig Digital project team from the Salzburg Literature Archive and the Special Collections & Archives Division of SUNY Fredonia’s Daniel A. Reed Library to collaborate on a massive 40-year update to the arrangement, description, and finding aid of Fredonia’s renowned Stefan Zweig Collection, along with its complete digitization.  With plans to begin traveling internationally and working together starting that March in place, arrangements were made for the creation of internships to assist with the process and work with the collection materials, a workflow was created, and we were ready to begin the process!  Clearly, none of this happened as planned, but with some major help from technology, the willingness to experiment, and a little creative innovation, we were able to shift our workflows (and timelines!) in order to continue the project virtually. 


Presenter:       Amanda M. Shepp, MLS currently serves as the Coordinator of Special Collections & Archives in the Special Collections & Archives Division of SUNY Fredonia’s Daniel A. Reed Library.  She presents and writes on topics related to digital humanities and historical subjects within the realms of Spiritualism, Victoriana, and the Occult, including “A Peek Beyond the Veil: ‘Spiritualist Shorts’ at Lily Dale” (2020).  She has previously served as Library Director for the Marion H. Skidmore Library in the Lily Dale Assembly Spiritualist community and received the WNYLRC Excellence in Library Service Award in 2017 for her role in completely revitalizing the library and bringing it up to modern academic standards. Amanda also serves as the Secretary of the Festivals Fredonia Executive Board of Directors and is co-chair of the Harvest Moon Festival & Cemetery Tours.

Gina de Alwis Jayasuriya, PhD
Co-chair, ALA IRRT Webinar Committee &
Independent Researcher, Singapore 

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