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You know us as colleagues. You know us as consultants, service providers, and teachers. You know us as experts in copyright and fair use, knowledge management, media creation, web publishing, digital archiving & preservation, and repositories. You know us as organizers and leaders of digital humanities communities and initiatives at NYU and beyond.

But what you might not know is that we’re also scholars: we publish and present our work and we’re always exploring and learning new things.  Our research is a very important part of who we are and what we do both in and outside of NYU.

So for Day of DH 2016 we thought we’d help you get to know us as creators in our own right, by telling you about our scholarship. Here’s what we’ve been working on over the past year:

April Hathcock, Scholarly Communications Librarian, has been focusing much of her research in the last year on issues of diversity and inclusion in librarianship. She published an article on library diversity initiatives in the online journal In the Library with the Lead Pipe and is currently looking forward to several speaking engagements in the spring and summer relating to her work. She’ll be delivering the opening talk at the 2016 LACUNY Institute in May and will be joining Chris Bourg, the head of MIT Libraries, to deliver the closing keynote for the 2016 National Diversity in Libraries Conference at UCLA in August.

Monica McCormick, Program Officer for Digital Scholarly Publishing, has been learning about linked open data and the semantic web as part of a three-year grant-funded project to create infrastructure for the Enhanced Networked Monograph. She published a chapter on uniting the skills of librarians and university publishers in Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers.  And in May 2016 she will serve as the facilitator at the P2L (Publishers Reporting to Libraries) Summit in Philadelphia, organized by the ARL, the AAUP, and the CNI.

Zach Coble, Digital Scholarship Specialist, is working on a paper on citation analysis of retractions in biomedical journals and wrote a chapter on getting started in DH in libraries for a forthcoming book, Career Transitions for Librarians: Proven Strategies for Moving to Another Type of Library. In addition to editing dh+lib and  leading various DH workshops at NYU and beyond, he is finishing his first year in NYU’s ITP master’s program, where he has made Drake The Autogenerating Ebook and other art+technology projects.

Amanda Watson (Librarian for English and Comparative Literature) has been working with her colleagues in Humanities and Social Sciences on a group digital project, Downtown Digital, as a way to improve their collective digital humanities skill sets. The project, inspired by the Developing Librarian Project at Columbia University, is focused on the history Washington Square and Greenwich Village. Each librarian involved in the project has been investigating a topic relevant to their own interests within the larger scope of the project. The participating librarians have been receiving training in the use of digital tools such as WordPress, Omeka, GitHub, and CartoDB. Their work is still in progress, but will eventually be showcased on the Downtown Digital site.

Nicholas Wolf recently completed his first publication to include appropriately linked datasets and R scripts to reproduce the paper’s findings. The essay, set to appear in the edited collection of lectures from the 2015 Heaney Series at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, to be published by Four Courts Press later this year, examines the distribution of national schools in relation to Irish-speaking regions in Ireland in the nineteenth century. He has had a busy travel schedule this spring, participating in a colloquium on contemporary Irish literature and culture at University College Dublin in February, the Historical Sociolinguistics Network conference in Helsinki in March, and the American Conference for Irish Studies annual meeting in April where he led a workshop on Irish Studies and digital humanities and participated in a roundtable discussion on library and archival collections in the Irish Studies field.

Jennifer Vinopal, Head of  Digital Scholarship Services, wrote an article entitled The Quest for Diversity in Library Staffing: From Awareness to Action and is currently working with April Hathcock on a chapter on feminist praxis in library leadership for a forthcoming book entitled The Feminists Among Us: Resistance and Advocacy in Library Leadership.  Jennifer delivered the closing keynote at the fall 2015 Taiga Forum and will be keynoting the June 2016 Oberlin Group Digital Scholarship Conference. In her free time, Jennifer is currently taking a Coursera course on Research Data Management and is learning Spanish.