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Editors’ Choice: The Art of DH

How are the Digital Humanities finding their way into art libraries? In this post, Sarah Long (Hirsch Library, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston) reviews a DH workshop preceding the ARLIS/NA annual conference.  

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), a professional organization of librarians in the arts, holds a week-long conference of sessions, workshops, tours, and meetings…I was lucky enough to attend a workshop, The art of DH: an introduction to digital humanities tools for art librarians.

Workshop instructors Sarah Osborne Bender (Visual Resources Curator, American University); Sarah Falls (‎Head of the Fine Arts Library, Ohio State University); and Jenna Rinalducci (Art and Art History Librarian, George Mason University) structured the event around an introductory group discussion, followed by experimentation with tools. Osborne Bender distributed two articles in advance of the workshop: Micah Vandegrift’s “What Is Digital Humanities and What’s it Doing in the Library?” (2012) and James Cuno’s “How art history is failing at the Internet” (2012). Vandegrift’s article acted as a primer for the questions, complexities, and the future of DH and libraries while Cuno’s article set the tone of the workshop – emphasis on collaboration and the use of born-digital material in research that the tools will explore.

Read the full post here.


This content was selected for Digital Humanities Now by Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Westcott based on nominations by Editors-at-Large: Christopher Lao-Scott, Sasha Frizzell, Adriana Climescu-Haulica, and Catelynne Shadath