SCI 2014 panoramic photo

SCI 2014 has concluded … and planning for SCI 2015 has begun

SCI 2014 has come and gone, and by all accounts it was a stimulating, fun, and relaxing week, where new projects were launched, new collaborations were formed, and ideas were nurtured.

In the publicity around the RFP last spring, we wrote:

Put together a working group that includes not just people you regularly interact with, but also people you want to work with but haven’t yet been able to. We’ll cover costs for your team to spend four days together in Chapel Hill, NC, in an Institute that’s part retreat, part seminar, part development sprint, part unconference.

You set the agenda, you define the deliverablesWe bring everybody together and supply the environment and a network of peers to help stimulate and develop creative thinking and provide a diversity of perspectives about changes in research methods, publishing, digital humanities, digital archives, or other topics related to transformations in scholarly communication.

And by the end of the week, I think we could safely say we did exactly what it said on the tin.

Throughout the week many of the participants were active on Twitter, recording words and images of what was happening at SCI. I’ve collected a representative sample of these in this Storify thread, which gives a sense of how this year’s Institute went.

Early in the new year we’ll be announcing the RFP and dates for next year’s SCI, so keep an eye on this web site and our Twitter feed if you would like to submit a proposal to participate next year.

Project team in discussion

Project team in discussion on the first day

The weather was great - some teams met outside

The weather was great – some teams met outside

Lunch in the DuBose House

Lunch in the DuBose House

Project team doing a charrette

Project team doing a charrette

Reception at the National Humanities Center

Reception at the National Humanities Center

Reception at the National Humanities Center

Reception at the National Humanities Center

Gardens and DuBose House at the Rizzo Center

On the importance of place and time: where we’ll be, and what we’ll be doing at SCI in November

Schloss Dagstuhl

Schloss Dagstuhl

When we first started planning for this new iteration of the Scholarly Communication Institute, a model that was mentioned several times was the Dagstuhl Seminars. Schloss Dagstuhl (Dagstuhl Castle) is an academic research center in the German countryside, and every year it hosts a series of seminars on informatics, where researchers from around the world gather to focus on specific topics. For a few days, participants live and work together in a setting far removed from their usual context, and the environment and informal structure contributes to outcomes that would be less likely back in the usual flow. In the area we’re working in – scholarly communications – Dagstuhl hosted a seminar in 2011 on the future of research communication, which led to the creation of FORCE11, a new organization supporting advancements in scholarly communication (slides reporting on that workshop can be found here).

View from Erice

View from Erice

I have fond memories of having spent time at a similar place in Italy, the Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture, in Erice, Sicily, where I worked for a summer as an intern when I was a student. Erice has a similar model – a magnificent setting and an informal structure, with lots of social, cultural, and culinary activities mixed in with the scholarly work. Erice is a beautiful place, perched on a mountain 750 meters above the western coast of Sicily, with stunning views all around. Erice is also an ancient place, founded by the Elymians, and later occupied by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. The science center now makes its home in a four restored former monasteries, and scholars meet and live in halls and cells where medieval monks formerly roamed.

During the summer I was there, participants got to meet, listen to, and have dinner with people like Peter Higgs, Sheldon Glashow, and Victor Weisskopf. Mornings spent having coffee in a cloister, or evenings over drinks in a local pizzeria were as important to the experience as the meetings and discussions in the conference halls during the day.

DuBose House

DuBose House, Meadowmont

This year, the Scholarly Communication Institute will be held in Chapel Hill, NC, at the Rizzo Conference Center. We don’t have a castle, nor centuries-old monasteries, (and don’t – yet – have any Nobel Prize winners attending) but the DuBose House and gardens, situated on a hilltop just outside the “southern part of heaven” are about as delightful as we get in this part of the world.

Pergola outside the DuBose House

Pergola outside the DuBose House

The conference facilities are recent, having been built by the University of North Carolina in the past 15 years, but the house at the core of the Rizzo Center (where we’ll be having lunches) and the gardens surrounding it date to the 1930s, with the property it sits on having a history that dates back to a land grant from the Earl of Granville in 1757. (See a history of the Rizzo Center and DuBose house here.) The facility has a bar on site, for informal and social meetings, and a pergola, balconies, and outdoor tables in the gardens and around the grounds, which will be conducive for working outside, or just taking a break in a beautiful setting if the weather cooperates. A short walk down the hill is Meadowmont Village where participants in SCI can find restaurants, shops, and other amenities.

The place is important, but so will be the format. This is not a conference where participants are coming with prepared presentations, or with program tracks that define discussion topics in advance. The schedule is only very lightly structured – meal times are fixed, as are a few opening and closing programs, but the rest of the schedule is a balance of totally unstructured time for project teams to work amongst themselves, and “plenary” times when all of the SCI participants will gather in a single conversation around topics of shared interest. The participants will set the agenda, and guide the shape of the activities and their outcomes.

In our early planning notes for SCI we wrote:

DuBose House gardens

DuBose House gardens

… the SCI invites working groups, rather than individuals, in order to foster broad awareness of complexity and tackle it collaboratively. Moreover, the new SCI invites multiple working groups in order to engineer the opportunity for serendipitous cross-pollination among different but related themes and challenges. Formal “downtime” (meals, walks, breaks) is an important part of this strategy. These unfettered water-cooler moments often give birth to great ideas. Thus, the SCI’s program will be flexible and as participant-directed as possible; we cannot schedule breakthroughs, but we can attempt to create conditions that favor them. The format is meant to help create an environment conducive to the kind of happy accidents that are born of the freedom to work hard with minimal constraints.

On November 9, this experiment will begin, and we hope to conclude four days later exhilarated and energized, having made new contacts, learned new things, developed new ideas, and perhaps started to build new programs. And yes, probably a little tired. But we hope that everyone will leave with a plan for what they can do to advance and influence the changing landscape of scholarly communication when they return to their usual work.

If you’re interested in joining us next year, keep an eye on this blog and the @TriangleSCI twitter stream, where early in the new year we’ll be announcing dates and an RFP for next year’s SCI.

DuBose House gardens

DuBose House gardens

DuBose House gardens

DuBose House gardens

DuBose House gardens

DuBose House gardens

McLean Hall, meeting venue at the Rizzo Center

McLean Hall, meeting venue at the Rizzo Center

Scholarly Communications and the latent scholar

In a couple of months, a group of creative scholars, librarians, publishers, artists, and technologists will come together in Chapel Hill for four days for the first Scholarly Communication Institute to be held in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, after a decade of SCI being held at the University of Virginia.

One of the issues we’ll be grappling with is how to connect the work of scholars with broader publics – not just in one direction (experts sharing what they know with other audiences) but also inviting and encouraging engagement of people from all walks of life in the creation and synthesis and understanding of useful knowledge together.

Visualization of Twitter traffic on a map

In an essay titled “Face the People and Speak” in Boom: A Journal of California last winter, Abby Smith Rumsey (convener and director of the former iteration of SCI at Virginia) wrote about her vision for a changing scholarly communication landscape:

In this world of proliferating arenas of expertise and specialization, we accept that we are, each and every one of us, “the general public” in all things except our own particular area of knowledge or skill. To the mycologist, a microbiologist is a layman, and to the expert on Leonardo da Vinci, the Nobelist in economics is at best an amateur in matters art historical. But, collectively, we advance knowledge and attend to the responsible use of that knowledge.

This year’s theme at the Triangle SCI is Scholarship and the Crowd, and participants will work on envisioning and building models for fostering and sustaining an ecosystem that is more catholic in its scope than what we usually think of when we hear the term “scholarly communication”.

It’s not just about peer reviewed journals, specialist conferences, and experts talking with other experts in narrowly defined disciplines. There is a global community of latent scholars – readers and writers and learners and thinkers; curators, data collectors, and people who are creating rich data sets of the human experience simply by leaving traces of their daily activities in the online spaces so many of us now frequent.

How do we help activate this richness, understand its opportunities, limitations, and constraints, and begin to develop norms to ensure that the benefits accrete into a commons shared by all, and don’t just accrue to an already privileged elite?

Rumsey writes:

It goes almost without saying that we shall have to find a new term for the work ahead, for “scholarly communication” fails to connote either the audiences for or the intentions behind this communication. I have been using the term “expert knowledge” in lieu of “scholarship” to acknowledge that information vital to our well-being is generated by many who are not traditionally considered scholars and that what is of greatest value is the knowledge that such experts create from raw information and data. Whatever term we embrace in the end, what matters is to focus equally on those who create and those who use knowledge. … The challenges and opportunities we will face in the coming decades will demand … humility, concern, and commitment to engage in translating expertise for multiple audiences and attending to the consequences of using knowledge responsibly.

Stay tuned. As the SCI transitions to the Triangle a new group is taking up this challenge. Together we’ll work to shape this broader meaning of “scholarly communication” and to build models that demonstrate it in practice.

Photo of manhole cover with Communication written on it

[ Image credits: Communication by elycefeliz – https://www.flickr.com/photos/elycefeliz/3224486233 and World travel and communications recorded on Twitter by Eric Fischer – https://www.flickr.com/photos/walkingsf/6635655755 ]

Crowd-sourced Curation and Publication of Special Collections Materials

This is the last in a series of posts about the teams who will be attending the Institute in November, and their projects. This was submitted by Josh Sosin.

Image of papyrus fragmentLet’s a imagine a student has been working on his Coptic, getting good, looking for a short research project. He discovers that the Rubinstein Library at Duke owns a fragment of I Kingdoms in Sahidic, sits down with the original in the reading room, takes careful notes on its physical and palaeographic features, transcribes the text and collates it against the textual tradition, and leaves at closing time. Later, he discovers that the fragment is our earliest witness to Sahidic I Kingdoms, pre-dating the next oldest witness by half a millennium! What’s more, it shows remarkably little difference from the later text, suggesting a very stable tradition and transmission, entirely out of keeping with scholarly consensus. He writes it up: A. Butts, “P.Duk.inv. 797 (U) – I Kingdoms 14:24-50 in Sahidic,” Le Muséon 118 (2005) 7-20. The discovery is modest, but important. The discipline re-factors what it thinks it knows about I Kingdoms in the light of the new find. Scholars re-group.

But, as typically happens, the patron took notes offline, transcribed and collated the text offline, dated the text on the basis of palaeographic comparanda offline, and published his findings offline. The scholarly workflow that generated the data, produced the findings, and communicated both to the wider community does not touch the library until it receives the journal in which the findings are published; even then, the enhanced information may not effect local intellectual control of the object. This is a missed opportunity, and also the historical pattern: patrons have entered special collections libraries, transcribed, translated, contextualized, and annotated materials, and then walked away knowing in some cases more about the materials than the libraries themselves do. But thanks to a wide variety of crowd-sourcing tools and practices, Libraries are now in a position to support more of that scholarly workflow, bringing more of the results back into the curatorial fold and sharing them with a wider audience than most specialized scholarly publications tend to target.

This SCI group brings together a diverse team of librarians, digital humanisits, faculty, and programmers, to ask what it would take to:

  • pilot an instance of FromThePage, a free, open-source, lightweight transcription, translation, and annotation tool
  • develop undergraduate and graduate classes that focus on scholarly ‘publication’ of special collections materials—including development of workflows to support adding surrogates of original documents digitized in the field (by students and scholars), for scholarly curation by students, scholars, and other partons
  • publish textual content of same in an open, online, free, Duke University Libraries branded venue
  • integrate content with Duke University Libraries digital exhibits workflows, with a view to creating educational mechanisms and vehicles for translating complicated disciplinary materials to a mass audience
  • erect workflows that allows libraries to pull crowd-generated knowledge back into local repositories, catalog records, finding aids etc.

In other words, we mean to ask what it will take to allow future patrons to transcribe, translate, annotate, and ‘pre-publish’ special collections materials in real time, on a Duke-hosted platform; to open results to peer-review; to feed enhancements back into local library controls; to allow others in turn to annotate, emend, and improve these findings; to feed the cumulative results into a sustainable repository of Duke University Libraries digital exhibit materials; and to grow and sustain this entire scholarly eco-system via locally hosted environment that helps transform the owning institution from data host (here are some materials) to knowledge cultivator (here is a place in which our ever-growing, ever-changing knowledge about these materials is made), to become the technical and intellectual hub for scholarly communication around its precious sources.

Screen shot of Brumfield diary in FTP system

 

The members of the group are:

  • Ryan Baumann, Duke Collaboratory for Classical Computing; has been prototyping FromThePage amateur transcription tooling for use cases like the one proposed here; longtime developer of papyri.info, which is a multi-author transcription and editing tool for ancient papyrological texts.
  • Meg Brown, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation Exhibits Librarian, Duke University Libraries; the exhibitions program, physical spaces often with a virtual counterpart, includes library created content, but increasingly more faculty and student curated exhibitions that showcase library materials AND/OR University scholarship. The exhibits program educates students and faculty about how to tell their scholarly story to a mass audience.
  • Hugh Cayless, Duke Collaboratory for Classical Computing; has been prototyping FromThePage amateur transcription tooling for use cases like the one proposed here; longtime developer of papyri.info, which is a multi-author transcription and editing tool for ancient papyrological texts.
  • Noah Huffman, Archivist for Metadata and Encoding, Rubenstein Library; one of the more complicated design considerations will be crowd-sourcing of metadata generation and feeding such, which are inherently more prone to conflict than transcription data are, back into local materials.
  • Liz Milewicz, Head, Digital Scholarship Services, Duke University Libraries.
  • Josh Sosin, Duke Collaboratory for Classical Computing; Associate Professor of Classical Studies and History, Co-Director of the DDbDP, Associate editor of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies; an epigraphist and papyrologist interested in the intersection of ancient law, religion, and the economy.

Publishing Makerspace

This is the fourth in a series of posts about the teams who will be attending the Institute in November, and their projects. This was submitted by Sylvia Miller.

The Publishing Makerspace group is a cross-functional working group of 6 people who bring a range of skills and experiences to a creative discussion about what publishing is and what it can become.  We were inspired by the makerspaces that engineering departments, and increasingly libraries, are hosting in which participants use existing products, tools, and skills in creative new ways.  As they dismantle electronics and bend circuits, or use 3D printers to create an object from a drawing, we are interested in how we might bend our various sets of skills and improve existing tools to redefine publishing in a more comprehensive and less segmented way than it is often defined today by many publishers, librarians, and scholars.  In this way we hope to respond to new forms of scholarship and perhaps devise useful and exciting new forms of publishing.

Makerspace visualization

Chicago Public Library makerspace – visualization

To move from the metaphorical to the practical plane, we are starting out by discussing the following ideas:

1.  Multimodal scholarship would benefit from being produced in a more integrated way, so that publishers, libraries, humanities centers, and IT services don’t have to expend so much costly time and effort in the tedious translation of incompatible coding.  We are interested in seeing books and articles included in a broad definition of multimodal scholarship.  In beginning to envision an integrated process, we note the gaps in existing tools and very quickly wade into the weeds of authoring tools and publishing platforms.  However, our goal is to do just that, rather than invent yet another tool or platform.

2.  The makerspace that we envision is not only the liminal space where our small group will wrangle with publishing processes; it is also a potential online space where scholars can collaborate and share on an ongoing basis.  We imagine that this makerspace will knit together a number of existing tools in a new way.  A few of our group members are already working on such a makerspace intended to serve the partners in an inter-institutional scholarly collaboration funded by the Mellon Foundation.

We are delighted that our group was chosen by the Scholarly Communications Institute for a workshop next November.  In fact, we are so enthusiastic that we have already started a listserv, a Twitter hashtag (#PublishingMakers), a GoogleDocs area, and a GitHub repository, although we have not had a chance to do much with them yet!  We also plan to start a shared zotero bibliography.  Our first official meeting was a GitHub tutorial given by group member John Martin.  We will report on that in a separate post.

The members of the group are:

  • Courtney Berger, Senior Editor & Editorial Department Manager, Duke University Press
  • Marjorie Fowler, Digital Asset Coordinator, UNC Press
  • John D. Martin III, Doctoral Fellow, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Sylvia K. Miller, Senior Program Manager, Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes
  • David Phillips, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities, Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE), and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Wake Forest University
  • Chelcie Rowell, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University
CPL Maker Lab

CPL Maker Lab

[ Images from Makerspace Workshop ALA Chicago Public Library by Katie Day ]

Presenting Positive Information about Sikhism Beyond the Textbook

This is the third in a series of posts about the teams who will be attending the Institute in November, and their projects. This was submitted by Sean Colbert-Lewis.

What are the goals of your project and how do they fit for this year’s Institute?

Sikhism  Beyond the Textbook illustration This project will investigate ways in which to use new technological tools such as the camera, smart phones, tablets, and Facebook to enable scholarly endeavors regarding the presentation of the religion of Sikhism. Historically and currently, most practicing Sikhs are Indian in ethnicity, and they have been a part of American history since the first Sikh immigrants arrived in this nation in 1899 around the Pacific Northwest.  Sikhs contribute to this nation and around the world as politicians, medical doctors, college professors, military personnel, etc.  Facebook, for instance, serves as a multimodal means to communicate this through pictures and URL links. Our project team has the goal of providing examples of various instructional technologies that serve as a conduit to conduct original research.

Who is on your team, and what are you hoping they will contribute to the project?

Sean C.D. Colbert-Lewis, Sr., Ph.D., NBCT
North Carolina Central University
Assistant Professor of History and Social Studies Education
Director of Teacher Education Program
Department of History

Professor Colbert-Lewis will introduce the topic and the importance of knowing the correct information about Sikhism.  Moreover, he will discuss in separate workshops the importance of educators (especially pre-collegiate educators) possessing accurate knowledge regarding diverse religious groups.

Danielle M. Colbert-Lewis, MLIS, MA.Ed.
North Carolina Central University
Reference Librarian
James E. Shepard Memorial Library

Librarian Colbert-Lewis serves as a reference librarian for the Reference Services Department at the James E. Shepard Memorial Library at North Carolina Central University.  Mrs. Colbert-Lewis will provide insight to the collaborative role that college educators and administrators, residence program directors, and librarians have in fostering safe learning environments. Moreover, Mrs. Colbert-Lewis has experience in using various technologies such as smart phones and cameras to conduct research and present research findings, and she will serve as a major conduit to discuss the proper approaches to using these technologies for research and the potential positive and negative legal ramifications of using these instructional technologies.

Karen E. Grimwood, MLS
North Carolina Central University
Education Librarian
H. M. Michaux School of Education

Librarian Grimwood, a school media specialist librarian, will share how librarians and teachers may collaborate to 1) educate students on diverse cultures, 2) introduce the multitude of electronic resources that exist that allow both teachers and students to conduct research beyond the confines of a textbook, and 3) creating safe learning spaces for patrons who are members of underrepresented groups.

Hafsa Murad, MLS, MS
North Carolina Central University
Information Literacy Librarian
James E. Shepard Memorial Library

Librarian Murad will serve this program by taking a lead in discussing the roles that academic librarians have in guiding patrons (including faculty, college students, and the public) and also introducing some examples of the latest technologies that exist for patron use in searching and conducting research on little-to-unknown topics.  Moreover, as a devout Muslim, she will provide valuable insight into the importance of knowing the resources that help inform, educate, and eradicate stereotypes regarding Indians and the various global religions (Sikhism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, etc.) that are practiced by them.

Jamillah Scott-Branch, MLS
North Carolina Central University
Head Librarian of Reference Services
James E. Shepard Memorial Library

Librarian Scott-Branch will serve this program by discussing the role that reference librarians have in conducting research and providing electronic and print resources for patrons to use in conducting research. Mrs. Scott-Branch will present how these resources lead to pertinent information on the members of underrepresented groups in society, such as the Sikhs, that patrons may use to conduct research.

Matthew A. Cook, Ph.D.
North Carolina Central University
Professor of English, Modern Languages and, South East Asian History
Department of English and Modern Languages

Professor Cook will contribute to the scholarly institute by highlighting examples of the use of instructional technology such as multimedia presentations, Voice Thread, and digitally-enhanced podcasts in the teaching of English and history courses as a means to help guide students in conducting and presenting groundbreaking research.

Sikhism  Beyond the Textbook illustration

What do you look forward the most from SCI, and what do you hope to accomplish through the Institute?

The team looks forward to work together on this project to address this urgent need to introduce the importance of knowing about the global Sikh community and the Sikh religion for social justice purposes.  We look forward to meeting other scholars and advocates of social justice through the Institute.

Do you have plans for next steps after the Institute?

Ideally, the all group members would like to share, through presentations, the results of this research in annual statewide and national academic conferences.  The conferences that come in mind for our team include the American Library Association, Association of College Research Libraries, the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies, and the National Council for the Social Studies.  We consider our research pertinent to the worlds of academic librarianship, liberal studies, and teacher education since these disciplines contain volumes of scholarship devoted to the incorporation of instructional technologies to promote new forms of research and pedagogy.  Moreover, at the local level we would like to conduct workshops in teacher education programs across the Research Triangle and Piedmont Triad metropolitan areas on how the use of these technologies may lead to the encouraging of multicultural/diversity dialogue between groups representing a majority and those who are among the underrepresented.

Archiving, Accessing and Analyzing Digitized Newspapers

This is the second in a series of posts about the teams who will be attending the Institute in November, and their projects. This was submitted by Pam Lach and Stewart Varner.

What are the goals of your project, and how do they fit the Scholarship and the Crowd theme of SCI 2014?

Image of newspaper from 1921

Roanoke News (Weldon, N.C.), 1921

The North Carolina Collection at UNC’s Wilson Library has partnered with the Digital Innovation Lab and Newspapers.com to digitize all of the pre-1923 historic North Carolina newspapers in the collection. As a result of that partnership, UNC will have millions of digital page images, text files (from OCR) and page-level metadata. Once it is complete, the total output will be 80 terabytes of data. Our immediate goal for SCI will be to identify potential research uses for this collection that draw on big data methods currently being explored by digital humanists. We will also determine how to store and provide access to the collection in a way that facilitates the use of these methods. The sheer size of the collection will necessitate extensive collaboration across multiple university units. Therefore, designing this collaboration to take advantage of everyone’s expertise while being mindful of everyone’s limited capacity will also be an important goal for the team. Finally, recognizing that many research libraries are facing similar issues (or soon will be), the team hopes to generate and articulate models, guides and recommendations for others to consult.

Who is on your team, and what are you hoping they will contribute to the project?

Mike Barker
University of North Carolina
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Computing and Learning Technologies

Mike leads the Research Computing unit of UNC’s Information Technology Services. Their mission is to provide a world-class computing infrastructure as well as other technology tools and capabilities to support the research needs of UNC faculty and staff. Mike’s bird’s eye view on campus IT will provide the team with the perspective to design a workable plan.

Brent Carter
Newspapers.com
Director of Business Development

Newspapers.com is responsible for digitizing the North Carolina Collection’s pre-1923 newspaper holdings, as well as providing access to the UNC community during a three-year embargo period. Brent is UNC’s contact at Newspapers and is interested in learning how to enhance their delivery platform to support data-driven research at scale.

Nick Graham
University of North Carolina
NC Digital Heritage Center

Nick has worked in special collections libraries archives for the past 15 years, focusing on public services and digital collections. He is the founding Program Coordinator for the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center; a statewide digital library program that works with more than 140 institutions around the state and serves as North Carolina’s service hub for the Digital Public Library of America. The Center is the leading newspaper digitization efforts in North Carolina. Nick is intimately familiar with the collection and has been UNC’s representative in the Newspapers.com partnership.

Pam Lach
University of North Carolina
Digital Innovation Lab Associate Director

Pam Lach is the Associate Director of the Digital Innovation Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She works with faculty, staff, and students to develop digital projects, and helps faculty integrate digital technologies into the classroom. She is also project manager for DH Press, a digital humanities visualization toolkit built as a WordPress plugin.

Stewart Varner
University of North Carolina
Digital Scholarship Librarian

Stewart Varner is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He works with scholars across campus to incorporate technology into their research. He has years of experience designing library digital resources for advanced research in the humanities.

Stephanie Williams
University of North Carolina
Digital Project Programmer for the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center,UNC

What do you look forward to most from SCI, and what do you hope to accomplish through the Institute?

The team is very excited for the opportunity for all of us to concentrate on this project together for a sustained period. We see this as chance to develop closer relationships between team members and to expand our networks as we get to know the other teams at the Institute. We are all very excited for the opportunity to share ideas with the other teams and learn from the wealth of experiences they will bring to SCI.

Do you have plans for next steps after the Institute, or will you wait to see what emerges from the days together in November?

Our primary goal is to complete the Institute with a concrete plan for our next steps. We will also be launching a faculty-student working group next year to develop project-based uses of the collection.

Is there anything else you’d like to say about your project or participation in the Institute?

In advance of the Institute, we will be collecting ideas for how researchers may want to use the collection. We have some events planned for the UNC community but we would welcome input from anyone. Please let us know if you have project ideas that could use the collections or examples of existing collections that may be useful for us to consider.

Page image of newspaper from 1916

The Roanoke Beacon (Plymouth, N.C.), 1916