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Call for Applications: Spring 2022 Digital Research Institute

University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons (DRC) invites all UH graduate and professional students to submit an application for participation in the Spring 2022 Digital Research Institute, a multi-day intensive experience aimed at building the foundational skills and knowledge needed to generate a piece of digital research.

UH grad students are encouraged to apply to the Spring 2022 Digital Research Institute.

UH grad students are encouraged to apply to the Spring 2022 Digital Research Institute.

The Institute will take place on Zoom over five days, March 14 – 19, 2022, the week of Spring Break, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily. It is aimed at those who are in the beginning phases of digital research that is intended to form the basis for part of an article or a thesis/dissertation. The 4-6 students who are best positioned to benefit from the experience will be offered a seat in the Institute along with a $500 scholarship, provided by the UH Graduate School and UH Libraries, to be received after successful completion of the experience.

Participants must attend all five days of the Institute plus a virtual interview with DRC staff and “Getting Started” cohort discussion to be scheduled the week before the Institute. Participants will be assigned individualized pre-work and readings that will give them the theoretical and conceptual grounding needed to undertake the work of the Institute and exit the experience with the tangible beginnings of their digital research as well as next steps. Over the Institute, they will attend 3-5 sessions per day delivered by Digital Research Commons staff and other digital research practitioners, each targeted at building technical skills and offering individualized mentorship.

To apply, fill out this form by Friday, November 19, 11:59 pm.

Questions? Contact the staff in the Digital Research Commons: drc@uh.edu.

2022 Sponsored Projects Call for Proposals

University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Services (DRS) invites UH faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to submit proposals for sponsored digital research projects to run through the calendar year 2022. DRS collaborates with researchers on projects involving digital techniques across the humanities, social sciences, and experimental sciences.

DRS seeks teams or individuals, experts and novices alike, who have a project that they would like to develop. This can either be a project that is already underway or one not yet begun. While prior knowledge of digital tools and techniques is welcome, it is not required. DRS works with researchers to help them organize their information, analyze it, and produce compelling results.

DRS will offer grants at three levels, designed to address projects at different levels of development. The first level, designed to help projects at the seed stage of development, will offer funding up to $3500. The second, designed to develop projects that have already made demonstrable progress, will offer funding up to $6500. The third tier, designed to foster projects at a planning stage, will offer funding up to $1000, and focus primarily on producing a polished application for federal or external grants.

Accepted applicants will work with Libraries staff to plan and build their projects into working prototypes. DRS encourages applications from project teams in the public humanities broadly understood, in particular those that engage the public in current social equality and justice themes and are composed of team members that advance these movements. Additionally, DRS is interested in proposals that integrate or analyze UH Libraries Special Collections.

Proposals are due by November 5. For more information on how to submit your proposal, visit Sponsored Projects Program Overview and Documentation.

By on September 27th, 2021 in Announcements, Digital Research, Featured

Boehm Selected for Early Career Librarian Fellowship

Reid Boehm

Reid Boehm

Reid Boehm, PhD, research data management librarian at University of Houston Libraries, is the 2021 recipient of the Rooks Early Career Librarian Fellowship.

The fellowship endowment was established by former UH Libraries dean Dana Rooks and spouse Charles W. (Mickey) Rooks, PhD and is designated to support a UH librarian in professional development and research opportunities, such as memberships, conference fees, travel costs, research assistance, specialized equipment, and technology.

“Receiving this fellowship is an honor and a wonderful opportunity to expand my research interests with resources and a three-year plan of action while also working to strengthen research data management (RDM) services and better advocate for researchers at UH,” Boehm said. “My hope is to expand this to the greater RDM community in scholarship, leading to some gradual shifts in service practices.”

Boehm’s research addresses gaps between funder data management requirements for research grant projects and the resources available to academic researchers. Often funders and RDM practitioners approach requirements from the scholarly defined ideals presented in the data science and library and information science disciplines. While this is the ultimate aim, Boehm’s focus is on what researchers are experiencing in reality. The goal is to learn more about these gaps pertaining to how the University and other public Research 1 academic institutions work with researchers. With attention to context in service and training, by learning from research partners instead of simply presenting best practices, there is greater potential to increase advocacy and communicate more clearly to funders about these realities.

Boehm holds a PhD in Information Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she studied information equity and methods for evaluating government agency information on complex problems such as Colony Collapse Disorder and Livestock Identification for all citizens. Boehm became interested in data management and curation while working with a NASA data archive and later as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame Library. Prior to UH Libraries, Boehm worked as a data management consultant at Johns Hopkins University.

Digital Humanities Social Hour Series

University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons will continue to host its Digital Humanities Social Hour series during the fall 2021 semester. The UH community is invited to join via Zoom each Friday at 12 noon to learn about current digital research and teaching happening at the University and ways to collaborate. Feel free to bring a lunch.

Contact the DRC for the Zoom link and passcode.

REACH Connects Undergrads with Humanities Research

University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons and UH Special Collections are collaborating with UH Honors College and UH Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards on a new program that facilitates project-based experience in the digital humanities for undergraduates.

The Research for Aspiring Coogs in the Humanities (REACH) program is an introductory research program for students in the humanities supported by a grant from the Cougar Initiative to Engage. REACH participants receive a $1,500 scholarship to carry out undergraduate research and contribute to an existing project at UH during the 2021 – 2022 academic year.

Created to give undergraduates first-hand research experience, REACH projects range from community activism to archival preservation to drafting biographies and conducting oral histories. REACH participants will develop research skills with the help of a mentor and through related programming offered by UH Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards, and will present their research at Undergraduate Research Day in April 2022.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors in humanities disciplines are invited to apply by September 7.

Malone Receives MLA Fellowship

Andrea Malone

Andrea Malone

Andrea Malone, coordinator of research services at University of Houston Libraries, has received a 2021 Modern Language Association (MLA) field bibliography fellowship. Serving as a fellow for a three-year term, Malone will provide indexing on behalf of the MLA International Bibliography, a searchable database with more than 2.8 million records pertaining to journals, books, websites, and other content related to humanities scholarship and resources.

From the MLA Field Bibliographer Newsletter: “MLA field bibliographers and field bibliography fellows perform a vital service for the profession, ensuring that important texts are accessible to present and future scholars. Field bibliographers not only provide indexing for thousands of books and journals we cannot otherwise access but also contribute indexing for the continually expanding number of publications in the diverse subject areas represented within the Bibliography. The citations produced by MLA field bibliographers and field bibliography fellows greatly enrich our coverage of specialized areas of study related to modern languages, literatures, dramatic arts (theater, film, television, opera, and radio), folklore, linguistics, pedagogy, rhetoric, and writing studies.”

University of Houston users can access the MLA International Bibliography and related resources at the research guide for modern and classical languages and literature.

By on August 3rd, 2021 in Announcements, Digital Research

Davis-Van Atta Wins TDL Scholarly Communication Award

Taylor Davis-Van Atta

Taylor Davis-Van Atta

Taylor Davis-Van Atta, director of the Digital Research Commons at University of Houston Libraries, has been chosen as the 2021 recipient of the Texas Digital Library (TDL) Scholarly Communication Award. The award honors the work of an individual or group of academics, including faculty and librarians, who have made significant advances in our understanding of the issues surrounding scholarly communications.

In her letter of nomination for the award, Anne Washington, semantic applications product analyst at OCLC and former coordinator of metadata services at UH Libraries, stated that “Taylor Davis-Van Atta is most deserving of the TDL Scholarly Communication Award for his leadership in transforming UH Libraries scholarly communication services and support. His achievements include significantly growing University of Houston (UH)‚ open access repositories; championing UH Libraries services across campus; and creatively engaging UH colleges and programs to make thousands of student and faculty works openly available.”

Among Davis-Van Atta’s many accomplishments are the build-out of infrastructure for the Cougar ROAR (Repositories for Open Access) to support scholars in depositing and sharing their open works, and the establishment of a curriculum vitae service to expedite the deposit of faculty works into the Institutional Repository. 

Davis-Van Atta came to UH Libraries in 2017 as the digital scholarship coordinator and was promoted to his current role in 2020. His areas of specialization include scholarly publishing, open access and author rights, thesis and dissertation development, and his research interests include digital research sustainability and the presentation and preservation of born-digital research outputs. He is also the founding publisher and co-editor of the humanities journal Music & Literature.

Call for Applications: Fall 2021 Digital Research Institute

University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons (DRC) invites all UH graduate students to submit an application for participation in the Fall 2021 Digital Research Institute, a multi-day intensive experience aimed at building the foundational skills and knowledge needed to generate a piece of digital research.

The Institute will take place virtually over five days, August 16 – 20, 2021, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily. It is aimed at graduate students who are in the beginning phases of digital research that is intended to form the basis for part of an article or a thesis/dissertation. The 4-6 students who are best positioned to benefit from the experience will be offered a seat in the Institute along with a $250.00 scholarship, provided by the UH Graduate School, to be delivered after successful completion of the experience.

Participants will be expected to attend all five days of the Institute plus a one-day “Getting Started” workshop to be scheduled on a Friday approximately two weeks prior to the Institute. Participants will be assigned individualized pre-work and readings that will give them the theoretical and conceptual grounding needed to undertake the work of the Institute and exit the experience with the tangible beginnings of their digital research as well as next steps. Over the Institute, they will attend 3-5 sessions per day delivered by librarians and other digital research practitioners, each targeted at building their technical skills and offering individualized mentorship.

To apply, fill out this form by Friday, June 18, 2021, 11:59 pm.

Questions? Contact the staff in the Digital Research Commons: drc@uh.edu

Criteria for acceptance: The application review committee aims to accept 4 – 6 applicants for participation in the Institute. Applications will be evaluated based on candidates’ clarity of purpose and intent, and how they hope to benefit from the Institute experience. Preference will be given to applicants who clearly illustrate how the Institute will enhance and further their research ambitions while at University of Houston. The review committee will strive to represent a variety of perspectives, disciplines, backgrounds, and levels of experience in its selection process.

Timeline:

Application submission deadline: Friday, June 18, 2021, 11:59 pm

Acceptance notifications issued: Friday, July 9, 2021

Confirmation of participation: Friday, July 16, 2021

Digital Research Institute: August 16 – 20, 2021

Apply for the Digital Research Institute at UH Libraries

DH@UH: Announcing the Program

University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons is pleased to announce the program for DH@UH, a new series aimed at convening humanists, data scientists, librarians, and digital humanities practitioners at every level at UH.

DH@UH: Building Connections

DH@UH: Building Connections

The inaugural program in this series, Building Connections, is a three-day virtual event to be held on April 19 – 21 via Zoom that will showcase digital humanities collaborations by research teams across UH.

View full program for DH@UH: Building Connections.

Join students, librarians, and faculty for a program highlighting the breadth of digital humanities work ongoing at UH. Discussion sessions will explore the practical challenges of starting and sustaining DH projects and how those who are interested in engaging this work can discover and take advantage of existing opportunities on campus.

DH@UH is a joint venture of UH Libraries Digital Research Commons, the US Latino Digital Humanities program at Arte Público Press, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the College of Technology, and the UH Graduate School.

DH@UH: Building Connections is free and open to the entire UH community. Sessions will be held online via Zoom (no password required). 

Save the Date for DH@UH: Building Connections

The University of Houston Libraries Digital Research Commons team is pleased to announce DH@UH, a new series of programs aimed at convening humanists, data scientists, librarians, and digital humanities practitioners at every level at UH.

The inaugural program in this series, DH@UH: Building Connections, is a three-day virtual event on April 19 – 21 via Zoom that will showcase digital humanities collaborations by research teams across UH, including innovative classroom projects that forge partnerships with public communities and digital projects that reanimate texts and archives by centering voices of marginalized or silenced peoples.

Join students, librarians, and faculty for a program highlighting the breadth of digital humanities work ongoing at UH. Discussion sessions will explore the practical challenges of starting and sustaining DH projects and how those who are interested in engaging this work can discover and take advantage of existing opportunities on campus.

DH@UH is a joint venture of UH Libraries, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the College of Technology, and the Graduate School.

Registration for DH@UH: Building Connections is required, but is free and open to the entire UH community. Sessions will be held online via Zoom. Registration information and the full program will be announced soon.