Plans for the day

This year’s Day of DH happens to fall on a very busy day day for me – the end of the semester is fast approaching at Davidson, so everything tends to be chaotic this time of year, but especially so today!

Coffee for this morning courtesy of the student I'm the host parent for (Coraline) - she brought me back a bunch of single pour-over coffee packets from her last trip home to Beijing!
Coffee for this morning courtesy of the student I’m the host parent for (Coraline) – she brought me back a bunch of single pour-over coffee packets from her last trip home to Beijing!

So, here’s what’s on my docket for the day:

  • Completing preparations for a consultant site visit – my department received a few grants at the end of 2015, one of which was a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant, which allowed us to hire a consultant from the Northeast Document Conservation Center to conduct a site visit and write up reports giving us recommendations to guide the drafting of our first digital and physical preservation plans for the Archives & Special Collections. That site visit is next week, and since I’m the PI on that grant, I have a few things to tie-up – completing our pre-visit questionnaires and emailing those our consultant (ASAP!), and finalizing a few scheduling details.
  • Chapbook/scrapbook meeting – I’m a co-instructor/embedded archivist for HIS/GER 433: The Holocaust and Representation course this semester. One of the final project groups is working on creating a sort of hybrid chapbook/scrapbook that encapsulates the class experience, synthesizes the other writing projects that other class groups are working on, and provides a sort of syllabus-like guide to how to teach this type of course in the future. I’m working with the chapbook/scrapbook group, and we have a meeting this afternoon in the archives to look at some artist’s books for inspiration and make decisions on paper types and construction.
  • Supervising graduate student volunteer project – we have a graduate student from the UNC Greensboro MLIS program, who is volunteering for us as part of one of her classes. She’s digitizing one of our collection scrapbooks and creating an exhibit in Omeka, and has been coming in for about 6 hours a week. I’m her primary supervisor on the project, and as it nears completion I’ll need to check-in with her this afternoon during her shift to see where her progress is and talk about how best to demonstrate the work she’s done for her professor.
  • Pines meeting – my colleague Jan and I have a meeting this afternoon at the retirement community in town, the Pines. A recent addition to the Pines, Bob Cooke, contacted us to ask if we wanted to hear about his work on open access scholarly publishing and conducting oral histories while he was a faculty member at Cornell. We’re launching a few new oral history initiatives this fall, and have been wanting to deep-dive into critical thinking of our IR, so we leapt at the chance to chat with Bob.
  • dh+lib – I’m the Editor for the upcoming Review, publishing next Thursday. Most of the heavy lifting when you’re the Editor for the week will come on the Wednesday before publication, but I try to check in early to see what our Editors-at-large have nominated thus far.

So, very busy day! I’m going to try to keep updating this blog and my twitter as the day goes on, but we’ll see how frequently I can manage…

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