Digital Humanities, Archives & Libraries (Papers)

Session chair: Jesse Johnston (

Toward A Characterization of Digital Humanities Research Collections: A Contrastive Analysis of Technical Designs
Katrina Fenlon

Scholarship across disciplines is changing in the face of digital methodologies, novel forms of evidence, and new communication technologies. In the humanities, scholars are confronting and often pioneering innovative ways of viewing, reading, interacting with, collecting, interpreting, contextualizing, and sharing their sources, including digital primary sources and data derivatives. This paper reports on one piece of a multimodal study that aims to help us characterize an important, still evolving genre of digital scholarship: the thematic research collection. Using a close, systematic analysis of collections’ data models and infrastructures, this study considers the questions: How do the technical designs of thematic research collections contribute to their purposes, functions, and uses? What do variations in their designs teach us about the genre as a whole? An analysis of the purposes and designs of scholar-built collections of humanities evidence has implications for the development of digital collections and aggregations generally, and the future shapes of digital scholarship and communication.

ERA 2.0: The National Archives New Framework for Electronic Records Preservation
Leslie Johnston

The United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is refactoring its Electronic Records Archive (ERA) systems used for scheduling, transferring, processing, reviewing, describing, transforming, and storing electronic records received from U.S. government agencies for permanent preservation in support of long-term public access to federal records. The project is following an Agile approach, toward the end of implementing a modular, cloud-based suite of tools and microservices to support archival functions across the electronic records life cycle. The implementation will also upgrade digital preservation functionality extant in the current production system, and enable additional efficiencies and automation in the processing of electronic records at scale to make records available to the public more quickly.

Toward an Understanding of Cross-Media Appeals for Readers’ Advisory
Jin Ha Lee, Travis Windleharth, & Hyerim Cho

Readers’ advisory services in libraries have traditionally focused heavily on the recommendation of books and audiobooks, excluding wide swaths of other media in the library’s collection. To provide readers’ advisory across a variety of media formats, we identify and investigate common appeal factors across multiple types of media, including books, films, video games, graphic novels, and music. The project was conducted in two phases: a domain analysis and a user study. During the first phase, we reviewed existing literature and consulted with domain experts to identify 19 appeals across different media types. In the second phase, we interviewed 30 participants who actively consume two or more types of media to understand what kinds of appeals are important and relevant to them when selecting media to consume. We discuss the five most prominent appeals—mood, setting, complexity, character, and theme—in detail, followed by implications on using these cross-media appeals in readers’ advisory.

Paper Sessions
Date: October 31, 2017 Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Katrina Fenlon Leslie Johnston Jin Ha Lee