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Discussing "Humanities in the Digital Era" at ALA 2013

Discussing "Humanities in the Digital Era" at ALA 2013

Jayna Ramsey blogged about the “Humanities In the Digital Era: Mashing up Public Programs with MOOCS, Media, and More” presentation at the American Library Association’s 2013 annual meeting, saying...

“Humanities are not dead. That is the message of the Library as Incubator project as well as the other presenters at Humanities In the Digital Era: Mashing up Public Programs with MOOCS, Media, and More. The way that libraries have taken it upon themselves to showcase and promote humanities is becoming more creative, both in the way that the humanities are being expressed, as well as the partnerships that are being formed to make it all possible.

The mission of the Library as Incubator project is to promote and facilitate creative collaboration between libraries and artists of all types, and to advocate for libraries as incubators of the arts. Co-founders Erinn Batykefer and Laura Damon-Moore presented at the session. The main point they emphasized in their presentation was that the library is a place to create and connect, and that we as librarians can encourage this through humanities programming, which can include more passive events, such as art shows, as well are more participatory events, such as performing arts programs.”

The remainder of her blog post is available on the Programming Librarian site.

- Jayna Ramsey is an LIS student at the University of Denver, an Adult Services Librarian at Douglas County Libraries, a Reference Desk Assistant at the University of Denver Main Library, and a student volunteer at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference.

Do you know of an exceptional ways the humanities are being shared in the library or by librarians? My favorite is the Humanities Program at the Durham County Library- that library system knows the power of collaboration and the interests of their community! Share yours below.

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