Digital Union Changes

This notice about the Digital Union came out this week:

The Office of Distance Education & eLearning, which is responsible for the design and oversight of labs and experimental classrooms across campus, will be closing the original Eighteenth Avenue Library (former SEL) location on May 3rd, 2013, and will spend the summer completing new collaborative lab spaces slated to open this fall.

The Digital Union began its expansion in 2012 with a new 26 seat location in 171a Hagerty Hall. The number and capacity of new media creation spaces around the core of campus will continue to grow with the opening of a second Digital Union in 145  Stillman Hall and a third location, through a partnership with the Health Sciences Library, in Prior Hall this fall.

“The Digital Union is an important space at Ohio State for student collaboration, multimedia production, faculty consultation, and more. While we will miss our original location in the Eighteenth Avenue Library, we are excited to more than quadruple the available seats in our experimental labs this fall, adding more recording, production and learning spaces and more expert support for these services,” said Associate Vice President for Distance Education and eLearning, Michael Hofherr.

The Digital Union’s Whisper Room recording studio will be relocated from the Eighteenth Avenue library to the new space in Prior Hall, with a second video studio, audio booth, and video conferencing space slated to open in Denney Hall this fall.  These three new spaces opening in the coming academic year will bring the total number of Digital Union labs across campus to four, with discussions taking place now about additional growth in OSU’s stem corridor in 2014.

For more information, please contact Liv Gjestvang at gjestvang.1 or (614) 247-6457.

Columbus, Body Writing and Dance

Join us for our next event on April 15, 2013, at 2:30 pm in room 165 Thompson Library. OSU professors Robert Ladislas Derr (Art), Heather Inwood (East Asian Languages and Literatures), and Norah Zuniga-Shaw (Dance) come together to consider how corporeal engagement inflects and is inflected by technology and arts practices. Derr stages both a corporeal and a historical encounter with Christopher Columbus, sensing his way through both past and present, Inwood analyses excretory excesses written into contemporary Chinese poetry, especially in the School of Rubbish and the School of Spam, and Zuniga-Shaw and her students offer perspectives on how technologically mediating physical practices such as dance opens up new questions around the body, movement, aesthetics, and decision-making. See:

Encoding Eighteenth-century Texts

The topic of the Annual Lecture in the History of the Book mentioned in the previous post is “The Material Form of Literacy Conversation: Encoding and Modeling Texts from Early to Mass Print” and will be given by Laura Mandell. She will discuss how the relationship between writers and readers changed with mass print and how encoding can reopen the conversation. More information is available on the Humanities Institute website.

Upcoming this week!

Two events this week featuring Laura Mandell, the Director of Texas A&M’s Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture, IDHMC (

Hands-on Workshop on the Early Modern OCR Project Registration required:  email ulman.1
Friday, February 15, 2013, 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 307 Denney Hall

Annual Lecture in Book History (co-sponsored with History of the Book/Literacy Studies)
Friday, February 15, 2013, 1 pm, 165, Thompson Library

Come join us!

Sustainability and scholarly engagement: New readings

New links have been added to the great list of readings developing on our reading page.  Check out these new publications for insights into DAH issues:

Journal of Library Administration, Digital Humanities in Libraries: New Models for Scholarly Engagement: or

Sustaining Our Digital Future: Institutional Strategies for Digital Content from Ithaka S+R

Association for Documentary Editing Meeting, July 11-13

The Association for Documentary Editing will hold its annual meeting in Ann Arbor on July 11-13. The call for papers and information about the meeting are available here: The program will include a poster session, the ADE Forum, that will allow students (among others) to present their work by means other than formal written papers and in a setting that promotes dynamic interaction. We expect the Forum, along with several other sessions of the conference program, to take place in the Hatcher Graduate Library on the University of Michigan campus and to be a public session. That session, and the conference overall, will be an excellent opportunity for students to meet and exchange ideas with documentary editors, most of whom are engaged in digital scholarship in some form.

The deadline for proposals is February 1.

Your ideas needed!

We need your ideas of possible programming for the Working Group to offer.  Please see our new Program Ideas page for our growing list.  If you have suggestions, please email them to Louie <Ulman.1> or Lisa <carter.1088>.  Thanks!

Our pals in the Digital Media Collective

We met on Tuesday, 11/13 with our colleagues who have been meeting as the Digital Media Collective to discuss how the groups can collaborate and how we can avoid duplicate effort.  The discussion reinforced the concern that digital humanities initiatives on campus lack coordination and sustainability.   The DMC is glad to work with us to realize more cooperative effort.  Here’s a link to their wiki: