When Documenting the Now was building its team, the user experience designer position was created to ensure that the DocNow app would have three principles embedded in the design. The tool must: be intuitive and easy to use be built with our users, not just for them embody our project’s values and ethics While most…

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It’s been just over a year since I left my job to become an independent scholar/freelance writer/humanist at large/wow this terminology is bad. I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s possible and not possible in this gig. One huge shift was rethinking how I got access to all those library databases that make my research…

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[This is an adaptation of the talk I gave for the 2016 Eleanor H. Boheim Lecture at Marquette University, sponsored by the Association of Marquette University Women on September 21, 2016.] In August 2015, Georgetown University President John DeGioia sent an email to the university community announcing the rededication of Mulledy Hall. In that email he pointed…

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Open access publishing has been the subject of a great deal of discussion, and more than its fair share of anxiety in the academy, and in the social sciences in particular. These discussions have raised questions about everything from maintaining the quality of scholarly publications, to recognizing the value of scholars’ labor, to inevitable concerns…

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The following talk/workshop was presented at the Digital Humanities Summer Faculty Workshop at Northwestern University on Tuesday, September 7, 2016.  Two years ago, I began thinking about what exactly our common and popular platforms—both social and scholarly—might privilege, and how that privileging shapes our work, stories, new knowledge and culture in general. After a personal…

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