Since the election, I’ve been trying to think of ways that I can do something useful that will contribute positively, help me focus, and draw on my skills as a librarian and digital humanist. One of the things that came to mind was collecting data about the post-election statements that are being issued by university presidents, state representatives, religious leaders, professional organizations, and other people who are leaders or in positions of power. These statements are in support of their staff, faculty, students, and citizens with the aim to create a safe community in the post-election aftermath. (more…)
Cross-posted on the MLA Conference Diary (IAML website). The annual conference of the Music Library Association was held March 2-5, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Each year the MLA conference brings together people with a shared interest in music librarianship and music resources. While this interest may be directly linked to our professional roles and careers, we also represent a community of people who may have started out as musicians, archivists and librarians working with music-specific materials, but now represent roles in emerging or evolving areas, such as metadata, discovery services, digital preservation, or digital humanities. It is this sense of community that brings me (and others I know) to the MLA conference every year.
I have just returned from Digital Frontiers 2014, a conference at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas where I had the pleasure of spending two days with a wonderfully diverse crowd of people representing K-12 education, higher education, academic/public libraries, and museums. Thank you to our wonderful host, Spencer D. C. Keralis and the great team of people running the event, including Maristella Feustle, Anjum Najmi, Courtney Jacobs and many others! As Spencer put it, this conference is an experiment, which possibly makes people feel uncomfortable or like they don’t belong (as Dorothea Salo discussed in her keynote. The attendees represented a diverse set of disciplines, institutions, and backgrounds who may normally not cross paths at their disciplinary or professional organization-specific conferences, yet there is one thing that brought us together—our common curiosity and involvement with the digital humanities—which I think is an integral part of what makes us a community, and as Miriam Posner stated in her keynote, a “community happens when people are genuinely invested in seeing each other succeed.” (more…)