Nuts and Bolts of DH Project Development 2023


Are you interested in learning how to support digital humanities research and teaching as a librarian or consultant? Do you want to do a digital humanities project, but aren’t sure what to do or where to start? As digital humanities and digital scholarship projects become part of curriculum design, the ability to support faculty and researchers is increasingly important. Participants will explore key areas of DH work, including gathering data and sources, building and sharing projects, preservation and sustainability, and project and resource management.

Through hands-on exercises, participants will learn the fundamentals of common DH methods and the development cycle: from ideation to curation and analysis to publication. This course will equip participants with skills for project planning and development to leverage as part of the grant writing process and securing institutional support. Participants are encouraged to bring a project they are working on or a project idea, but not necessary.

Specific tools and platforms covered may include Voyant, AntConc, Omeka, WordPress, web scraping tools, StoryMapJS and TimelineJS, and data visualization software. View to learn what we covered last year.

Our focus will be on aspiring or current DH librarians and consultants, and is adaptable for early DH or humanities scholars who want an understanding of the landscape.

Kayla Abner is enthusiastic about teaching as a means to empower students and scholars to create meaningful and feasible digital projects. She takes a social justice approach to digital scholarship, whether that involves helping scholars understand the ethics of data collection and use, or encouraging students to highlight non-dominant perspectives in their digital storytelling projects. Kayla’s interests in digital scholarship include web scraping, data curation and visualization, text mining, and digital mapping. She holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and currently works as a Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Delaware.


Lauren Cooper is the digital scholarship librarian and managing director for the Center for Digital Research/#DigBlk at Penn State University. #DigBlk is home to the Black Women’s Organizing Archive, Douglass Day, and the Colored Conventions Project. Lauren works with students, colleagues, and partners to implement, develop, and manage digital scholarship and publishing projects. As a member of the #DigBlk Exec Team, she participates in strategic planning, grant writing and management, and relationship development. Lauren has a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland, College Park with a concentration in Archives and Digital Curation.