In|Formation Year - Integration

Site: Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
Integration will be a full-day conference in adjacent spaces of the Adamany Undergraduate Library (Wayne State University) comprising three parts:

  • A computer poster session with demonstrations
  • A public lecture by keynote speaker John Wilkin followed by Q&A session
  • Roundtable discussion on the topic of the “ Remediation of English Studies”

Integration Partners

Computer Poster Session and Demonstrations > WSU Libraries Digital Projects Collection > February 23, 2007 > 9:00 am – 10:30 am & 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
All events during our conference will have the theme of Integration, in the dual sense of “interdisciplinary” bridging of disciplines and fields and “interinstitutional” partnering of universities, museums, and libraries. Part 1 of the conference will feature the local WSU Libraries Digital Projects Collection. Taking place in the Atrium, the Computer Poster Session will have a projection station, hard-copy poster boards mounted on easels, handous, and a graduate student host. Demonstrations will also be held in Computer Lab A with HASTAC team members Jeff Trzeciak and Matt Martin with the help of graduate students. Short presentations will address the challenges of creating a unique cultural resource that “virtually unifies” individual collections, including related digitization issues such as project planning, materials selection, copyright and intellectual property, quality control, sustainability, evaluation, metadata and preservation, and ongoing evaluation methods. See description of projects that will have demonstrations below:

  • Digital Dress Collections > this project is a collaboration of the Wayne State University (WSU) Library System and the Detroit Historical Museum, the Henry Ford (museum), and Meadow Brook Hall at Oakland University. It is a universally accessible web portal that “virtually unifies” 5,000 digital images of Detroit-worn men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing and accessories. The multi-institutional collection supports interdisciplinary research and teaching on significant changes in popular culture, industrialization, inventions, labor organization, and Detroit’s socio-economic, racial, and ethnic mix during a period of urban transformation spanning 1800 and 2000. Digital Dress Collections may be viewed at
  • Detroit Plays > this project is a collaboration of the WSU Libraries and the Detroit Historical Museums. It centers on a toy collection that encompasses over 5,000 objects, including mechanical toys, dolls, doll houses and their furnishings, toy cars, wagons, bicycles, toy trains, and banks. The project’s website archive will facilitate studies of social history through the development of toys over Detroit’s 300-year history, illuminating the daily lives of people of all ethnic, economic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. The online exhibit is being built in part by student interns in a program aimed at bringing underrepresented groups into the profession of librarianship by working with senior librarians in the fields of systems, digital project development, metadata, digital archives, and museum management. Detroit Plays may be viewed at
  • Herman Miller Consortium Collection > this project is an online database of historical products that unifies collections held by thirteen museums around the United States. Herman Miller, Inc. established the Consortium in 1988 to share the collection that had accumulated as part of its corporate archives in Zeeland, Michigan. The collection contained about 750 pieces of furniture and a large quantity of product literature. As the lead institution, the Henry Ford maintains the record of consortium holdings and performs the digitization, while Wayne State University provides hosting, website design, technical support, database and image loading, and consultation for the online database. The Herman Miller Consortium Collection may be viewed at;c=hmcc

Keynote Address with Q & A > John Wilkin > February 23, 2007 > 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
John Wilkin, Associate University Librarian, Library Information Technology and Technical and Access Services, University of Michigan, will deliver the keynote address in Bernath Auditorium. He is affiliated with the Google Print Library effort to digitize and index millions of books from the world’s foremost libraries, changing not only the way that library resources are delivered but also the relationship of digital technologies and culture. Prior to the Google project, Wilkin served as the Head of the Digital Library Production Service at Michigan (DLPS). One of the units of DLPS, the Humanities Text Initiative, is responsible for SGML document creation and online systems that Wilkin founded in 1994. Before that, he worked at the University of Virginia as Systems Librarian for Information Services, where he shaped the Library's plan for establishing a group of electronic centers, led and provided technical support for those centers, and consulted for the University's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) on textual issues.
Lunch Hour: The first 100 registrants will be provided a free box lunch from 12:15-l:30 in the Atrium commons. They will also be free to view the Computer Poster Session and Demonstration at this time.

Roundtable discussion > Remediation of English Studies > Richard Gruisin, Jeff Rice, Steve Shaviro, and Anthony Aristar
The Wayne State English Department includes faculty and curricula in literary and cultural studies, film and media studies, composition studies, linguistics, and creative writing. Today, the Department Chair Richard Grusin observes, English Departments find themselves in a critical position. The failure to come to terms with what has been called the “digital revolution” poses an increasing risk to the stability and prosperity of English Studies in the university. Indeed, it will not be news to note that the place of the English Department in both the academic and non-academic world continues to be in flux. It is now almost a truism that opening up of the literary canon by cultural studies was one of the discipline’s most important accomplishments over the past two decades. Simultaneously, however, this accomplishment has opened the profession of English to criticism from both inside and outside the university, particularly for elevating political goals over more traditional academic goals such as reading critically or writing effectively. One way for English departments to respond to such criticism is to call attention to a parallel project that has been going on during the same time--the refashioning of English from its historical character as a discipline focused primarily on products of print technology into a discipline that has increasingly become the interpreter of and instructor in such diverse electronic media as film, television, video games, music videos, cyberspace, interactive fiction, and the panoply of digital media available through the World Wide Web. If English Studies hopes to reclaim its cultural authority with the American public, and its position of influence in American universities, English departments in particular (and arts and humanities more generally) must move ahead dramatically to continue this project with the increasing number of new media technologies that have accompanied the advent of the digital revolution.
Grusin will moderate a discussion with colleagues who are engaged in a number of projects that are “remediating” English Studies. They include Jeff Rice, Steve Shaviro, and Anthony Aristar. The panel will engage in critical analysis of developments and offer web-based demonstrations of projects. The following are sample websites and other e-links for the Remediation of English Studies:
Anthony Aristar’s EMELD website (Electronic Metastructure for Endangered Languages Data)
Linguist List website
Steve Shaviro's webpage
• Jeff Rices’s graduate syllabi, wiki, and practicum:

- Rice, Grusin, and students are also putting together a handbook for the 1020 course that will work with digital related issues.
Mary Karcher’s use of Drupal:
• Walter Edwards, Director, WSU Humanities Center and Professor of English
• Richard Grusin, Chair and Professor in English Department
• Julie Thompson Klein, Professor of Humanities in Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and WSU-HASTAC Administrator
• Matthew Martin, Digital Projects Librarian, WSU Libraries
• Jeff Trzeciak, Associate Dean, WSU Libraries and incoming University Librarian, McMaster University


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