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I’m pleased to announce that the School has some new faces – both in the faculty and in the curriculum. Lindsay Mattock and Iulian Vamanu joined the SLIS faculty in Fall 2014. Lindsay recently completed her doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences. She also holds a MLIS with a concentration in Archives, Preservation, and Records Management and a BA in Film Studies. Her professional experience as a video-technician and training in filmmaking and photography have shaped her academic interest in the preservation of visual media and visual culture. Mattock has taught in the areas of digital preservation, preservation management, archival representation, and moving image archives. Iulian recently completed his PhD in Communication, Information, and Library Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. His research interests include theoretical, methodological, and institutional aspects of the production and circulation of cultural heritage and knowledge. In his dissertation he explored discursive constructions of indigenous knowledge by indigenous curators working in North American museums. Further details about both can be found in the Faculty Research Update section.
Drs. Mattock and Vamanu, in addition to other SLIS faculty (led by James Elmborg as certificate director), will be involved in a new Digital Humanities (DH) Certificate. The certificate, administratively housed in SLIS, will enroll students who wish to add credentials for working on digital humanities projects. Likely candidates for the certificate include SLIS students who want to develop a DH specialty, Informatics students who want to work in humanities, humanities graduate students who wish to learn digital scholarship techniques, and working professionals who want to return to school for professional development. The certificate is 15 semester hours, with the first group of students starting in Spring 2015. Courses include: Theory and Practice in Digital Humanities, Archives and Media, Design, Mapping, and 3D Environments; an elective, and a Capstone project. The Digital Humanities Certificate joins the Teacher Librarian Program and the certificate and joint degree with the Center for the Book – forming a rich blend of course options, spanning the material through the digital. A recent change in Graduate College policy also now allows students to complete a certificate without the need for additional hours beyond the 36 semester credit hours for the M.A.
The Digital Humanities have become a distinctive focal point for the School in the last few years. In an earlier message, I noted James Elmborg’s participation in the faculty cluster in the Public Humanities in a Digital World. In addition to his work resulting in our new certificate, Jim is also an investigator on a new project just funded by the Mellon Foundation, “Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry,” a partnership led by Grinnell College to jointly explore humanities-centered collaborations in the digital liberal arts. My own collaboration with Prof. Blaine Greteman (Dept. of English) also fits into this mix, as we explore new means of identifying the relationships in the early print culture in England. Check out Blaine’s recent post on the origins of “Boo!” at Shakeosphere.lib.uiowa.edu.