This week was quite special for us … on Tuesday 4/23 our new facility was officially launched. We had a good mix of faculty, administrators and librarians attending the event, the short program included remarks by Jerome Conley, Interim Dean & University Librarian, Bobby Gempesaw, University Provost, John Millard, Head of the CDS and demonstrations of existing projects -including three with faculty.
The latest project I presented was/is developing an ebook for an upcoming book “Digital Writing: Assessment & Evaluation” edited by Heidi A McKee and Danielle N DeVoss. For this project, Jason Michel & I converted word files into HTML, created a basic CSS file and followed a set of steps for creating zip/epub files. We also used Calibre to create a mobi file –which worked just fine on a Kindle app. We look forward to completing this project later this summer.
Again, we’re now open and everyone is welcome to come/visit us … a working list of the type of services that the center offers is available on our website.
Earlier this month and as part of the idea of learning from others, I attended the Second Colloquium on Digital Scholarship at Case Western Reserve University. The purpose and focus of the presentations were to highlight that producing and supporting digital scholarship is a necessarily collaborative process. They had seven invited presentations from consultants, faculty, and librarians. All sessions were video recorded and will be -soon- available on their website. Overall, this program was a good opportunity to learn about the successes and challenges that others have dealt with when working on digital scholarship projects. For us, the just announced Office of Research for Undergraduates may bring some new/exciting collaborative opportunities.
Last but not least, last week it was also good to learn that an article on Digital Diversity that I co-authored with Jacky Johnson will be published in a double issue of the Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. Finally and on a different but related topic, the new book THE NEW DIGITAL AGE sounds like a ‘must’ reading for many of us