Hello everyone! I'm excited to be a HASTAC Scholar for 2014, and can't wait dive into discussions with you all.
My name is Dana Bublitz, and I'm a second-year masters student at the University of Washington studying Library & Information Science. I went to undergrad at Reed College in Portland, OR, completing an interdisciplinary degree in Classics and Religion, and continued at the University of St Andrews in Scotland for a masters in Mediaeval Studies. I've been working in academic libraries for a long time now and love connecting students and scholars with resources and information necessary for traditional research, but especially enjoy the possibilities presented by digital humanities work and hope to support digital scholarship in my career.
In my academic life, I've primarily researched gender identity and religious thought during the medieval period--writing on authors such as Christine de Pizan and creating the first English translation of a fantastic 13th-century Latin text about Margaret of Beverley, who traveled (and fought!) in the Holy Land during the late 12th Century. Right now, I'm starting a self-study of women during the War of the Roses. I also love working with manuscripts (palaeography/codicology) and finding new ways to create accessible digitizations and research tools for them.
I've loved the humanities and technology separately since I was a kid, so to be able to combine my interests within higher education and find a vibrant community with similar interests doing amazing work is wonderful! I currently work as the Web Tech & Communications Assistant at the Simpson Center for the Humanities at UW, where I not only improve my digital skills, but get to meet people from across campus interested in digital scholarship. I also work in the UW Libraries providing reference and instruction on graduate funding. I attended DHSI this past June and had such an amazing time that I'm heading back again in 2014. (Hope to see some of your there!) When I can manage it, I also attend (un)conferences, having presented previously at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds in 2010, co-leading a session on digital humanities skills for graduate students at THATCamp: DH + Lib 2012, and Seattle's own InfoCamp which brings together information professionals from many different industries together to talk about topics like information architecture, user experience, and technology within libraries.
Excited to be a part of this community!