In honor of St. Louis' 250th birthday, DLS has added content to our ever growing St. Louis Circuit Court Records collection. Record books, permanent bound handwritten records of daily proceedings of circuit court civil and criminal cases, have been digitized and for some volumes, also transcribed. Page images are now available online, along with fully searchable text for the transcribed volumes. Books from 1809 through 1855 are up now, with more to come soon.
Digital Library Services is happy to announce the release of The Bizet Catalogue by Hugh Macdonald. The collection is primarily a list of Bizet's works, providing essential information about the history and content of each one. It gives information on manuscript and printed sources, on documentary materials relating to the composition, performance and publication of each work, and is intended to provide a full historical documentation of Bizet's work as composer and transcriber.
Unlike traditional thematic catalogues of composers published as books, this one is designed as a website, managed by the Humanities Digital Workshop at Washington University in St. Louis, and deposited at the university's Olin Library. Since all such catalogues can at best be provisional, it will be possible to make additions and revisions as new information is obtained. Readers are therefore invited to submit corrections and new information by going to Contact Us and following instructions. Additional information will be added as it becomes available. The website format allows us to include information (such as reviews of performances) which would normally be excluded. An iconography is also planned.
Last week I attended Digital Library Federation (DLF)'s Annual Forum at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. When I picked up my nametag I was pleased to see the "New Member" ribbon attached to it. Washington University in St. Louis recently joined the DLF last summer, making this the first time I've attended as a member. I was also there as a presenter as part of the Community Idea Exchange poster session. Joel Minor, Manuscripts Curator, and I created a poster on the James Merrill Digital Archive, detailing our collaborative work, the process of creating the archive, and what our next steps will be.
Aside from the poster session, where great ideas were on display, I attended many sessions throughout the three-day conference. Some of the highlights included presentations from UCLA and Stanford on their innovative projects in digitizing archival collections and the software they [developed?] to deliver for these projects. Staff from DPLA and Europeana presented on copyright issues in large digital collections. They have the arduous task of standardizing thousands and thousands of unique rights statements. Project management is always a good session topic at DLF, and this year was no exception. Delphine Khanna from Temple University talked about her approach and showed her project management spreadsheet, which generated a lot of envy and discussion on Twitter. Finally, UCLA, U of I, GSU, and University of Iowa presented on their public history projects, which was timely, as Wash U has been working steadily on our own public history project, Documenting Ferguson, over the past few months. As always, there was a valuable takeaway in every session.
Washington University’s membership in DLF will be a great way for us to continue to connect with this community, share practical ideas and strategies and develop collaborations. We have already written a blog post for DLF's Contribute blog, which you can read here.
With one already in the books, the Humanities Digital Workshop is offering a series of free sessions this year introducing subjects and technologies of interest to students and others interested in DH. Open to the Washington University in St. Louis community.
Documenting Ferguson is a digital repository that seeks to preserve and make accessible community- and media-generated, original content that was captured and created following the killing of 18-year-old, Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014. A freely available resource for students, scholars, teachers, and the greater community, Documenting Ferguson has the ultimate goal of providing diverse perspectives of the events surrounding the conflicts in Ferguson.
Community participants and media representatives are invited to contribute original digital content, such as images, video, audio, and stories related to memorials, community meetings, rallies, and protests occurring in Ferguson and the surrounding St. Louis County and City.
A partnership between Washington University and St. Louis-area universities and organizations, contributed content is publicly available and is subject to an evaluation process. Materials containing unrelated or incriminating content will not be accepted.
The Documenting Ferguson project team includes
LaTanya Buck (consultant), Director of Center for Diversity & Inclusion
Rudolph Clay, Head of Library Diversity Initiatives and Outreach Services and African & African American Studies Librarian
Shannon Davis, Digital Projects Librarian
Makiba J. Foster, Subject Librarian for American History, American Culture Studies, and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Chris Freeland, Associate University Librarian
Nadia Ghasedi, Head of the Visual Media Research Lab
Jennifer Kirmer, Digital Archivist
Sonya Rooney, University Archivist
Andrew Rouner, Director of Scholarly Publishing
Rebecca Wanzo (faculty advisor), Associate Director for The Center of the Humanities
Washington University Libraries is seeking a creative and enthusiastic individual to design and implement a new digital library application infrastructure using the Hydra repository framework and related technologies. Reporting to the Director of the Digital Library, the Digital Infrastructure Librarian will work collaboratively with Libraries’ staff and campus partners to lead all aspects of system design and implementation, including gathering requirements, establishing coding standards, and participating in system testing, resulting in the delivery of a functioning digital asset management system based on the Hydra repository framework.
APPLICATION INFORMATION: Applications must be submitted online at https://jobs.wustl.edu. Reference job # 28774. For full consideration, attach a letter of application, resume, and the names of three references (including e-mail & phone number). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Employment eligibility verification required upon hire. Washington University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
The digital collection Art to Enchant: Illustrators and Shakespeare was developed by WU Libraries Department of Special Collections many years ago. To enhance its content and functionality, this collection was recently migrated to Omeka digital exhibition software. The collection shows a "wide range of illustrated editions of Shakespeare from 1744 through 1986. Illustrators were challenged by the texts of this great dramatist, whose works were already visually represented on stage. See how they responded to this challenge, and whether or not they were successful, in this fascinating selection of books." Explore this new exhibit here.
The Unreal City fire insurance maps collection has been updated to include additional browse functionality. Each volume that included an index page now features a link to the index page as well as the map volume. One can now click on an individual block on the index page and be taken to that map in the volume. When rolling over a block, one can also view the bounding streets of that block. This enhanced functionality will allow for faster browsing, particularly for those who are looking for an exact address. Explore the collection here!