In the second part of our series on digital humanities at the University of Iowa, Peter Likarish and Bridget Draxler interview four UI faculty on how to create successful collaborative projects between libraries and humanities departments in a digital age. Interviewees include James Elmborg, Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Science, Nicole Saylor, Director of the Digital Library Services department, Jon Winet, Associate Professor of Intermedia and New Media in the department of Art and Art History, and Ed Folsom, Professor of English and Director of the Walt Whitman Archive.
In the first half of our roundtable podcast discussion, our participants consider what digital humanities projects are and what they can and should do. We discuss the collaborative potential of digital projects, the easy crossover to public scholarship, and the problem with the title “digital humanities.” In addition, interviewees emphasize the role of writing in their work, and describe the potential for digital humanities work at a school that is famous for its Writers Workshop and in a town that has been named a UNESCO City of Literature.
In the second half of our conversation, we discuss the challenges and sources of disconnect in collaborative projects that include humanities scholars, librarians, and information technology services. We consider some of the specializations, objectives, and assumptions that can conflict in interdisciplinary initiatives. Panelists describe ways that these projects can not only cross departmental boundaries, but also boundaries between academic and public knowledge.
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