In the President’s proposed FY 2018 budget (p. 5), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is one of eighteen independent agencies that would be completely eliminated. In a statement from the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Dr. Katheryn K. Matthew describes the value and impact that funding from the IMLS has on communities:
The institutions we serve provide vital resources that contribute significantly to Americans’ economic development, education, health, and well-being… our grants and programs support libraries and museums as essential contributors to improving Americans’ quality of life.
A long list of professional organizations have spoken out against the proposed cuts to the NEA, NEH, and IMLS; and many of these organizations and individuals are urging people to contact their representatives in order to demonstrate the impact that the programs funded by these agencies have made on our lives, society, and cultural existence.1 (more…)
[Cross-posted from http://scholarscollab.uconn.edu/]
At the end of January 2014, a group of UConn graduate students, faculty, librarians, and Institute for Teaching & Learning (ITL) staff met to share information about digital humanities activities at UConn, as well as brainstorm ideas for how to support and foster digital humanities work, as well as the people (i.e. graduate students, junior faculty) who are interested in some aspect of digital humanities. This meeting grew out of a conversation started by Brandon Hawk (PhD candidate, Medieval Studies) this past fall, in which he proposed that we bring together students, faculty, and staff who are in some way involved with digital humanities and craft a DH values statement.
There were two goals for this retreat, the first was to start a conversation about a digital humanities community at UConn with people who already were part of this community, but may not have realized it. Second, we wanted to begin a discussion about shared values amongst those working in digital humanities at UConn. We feel that it is important to consider the values shared by members in our community and also acknowledge that these are not static, but will evolve and even change as the community too will grow and change. (more…)