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Digital Humanities Fair Highlights Online Resources

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Bonnie Burns, Interim Co-Head of Harvard Map Collection and Geographic Information Systems Coordinator, talks with a student during the Digital Humanities Fair.

February 22, 2010 – With digital resources that include thousands of e-journals, online databases, mapping tools, image collections and a host of digitized rare materials, the research landscape at Harvard College Library is challenging even for experienced scholars. To help faculty and researchers remain up-to-date on variety of tools at their disposal, more than a dozen staff from Harvard College Library (HCL) took part in the Digital Humanities Fair held at the Barker Center.

“Venues like the Digital Humanities Fair are a valuable way for Harvard College Library to inform our patrons about resources they may not be familiar with, or – in some cases – resources they may not even realize are available to them,” said Michael Hemment, Head of Research and Learning Technology, who organized HCL’s participation in the fair.

Six large screen monitors displayed several slideshows of humanities-related material. Several posters were also included in the display.

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Among the library resources and services highlighted during the event were Scan and Deliver;  the Library Resources Page for Course iSites; the Collaborative Learning Space in Lamont Library; HCL support for the Gen Ed course Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding 14; online database ArtStor; Picturing Prayer, Houghton Library’s iSite on digitized Books of Hours; digital maps created for faculty and students; digital scores used in the Music 97b class and VIA, Harvard’s catalog of visual resources.

Staff from a handful of HCL units took part in the event, including Paul Worster and Julia Starkey from HCL Media; Liza Vick and Kerry Masteller from Loeb Music Library; Mary Beth Clack from Services for Academic Programs; Mikyung Kang and Kuniko McVey from Harvard-Yenching Library; Mary Clare Altenhofen and Spruill Harder from Fine Arts Library; Bonnie Burns from the Harvard Map Collection; Tom Bruno from Widener Resource Sharing; Bill Stoneman and graduate student Joshua O’Driscoll from Houghton Library; and Maggie Hale from Preservation and Imaging. Wendy Gogel from the Office for Information Systems and and Alix Reiskind from Loeb Design Library also took part in the event.