On Friday, June 1st, Carleton College hosted their third annual Day of Digital Humanities at the Weitz Center for Creativity in Northfield. Carleton's Day of DH is a regional conference meant to highlight the work of those engaged in digital scholarship in the upper midwest. MDL Outreach Coordinator Molly Huber was one of the morning's lightning round presenters, speaking about MDL's new initiatives including the addition of geospatial metadata to Minnesota Reflections, the creation of primary source sets, and the implementation of standardized rights statements. Other lightning round participants included Kent Gerber of Bethel University, who spoke about how Omeka can be used for classroom projects, Jack Norton of Normandale Community College who gave examples of how to incorporate digital humanities into intro level courses, an introduction to the Minnesota Library Publishing Project from Barbara Fister of Gustavus Adolphus College, and two projects from St. Olaf College, a musical mapping project from Louis Epstein and Hsiang-Lin Shih and Leah Suffern's literary maps of Taipei.
Many Carleton College projects were represented as well, ranging from textual analyses for sound and content to mapping cities in Bob Dylan lyrics. All lightning round speakers had the opportunity to showcase their work in digital poster sessions after the morning presentations, and questions were lively. Following lunch, the keynote speaker, Jack Gieseking, continued in the mapping theme, speaking on his groundbreaking work mapping lesbian organizations throughout New York from the 1970s to the present. A book about his work is scheduled to be published in 2019.
In the afternoon, the Day of DH's attendees participated in hands-on workshops including exploring digital storytelling platforms for museums with Gretchen Halverson, Alex Bortolot, and Juline Chevalier of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, participating in a mini version of Rebecca Wingo's Macalester College student-driven community archive project The History Harvest, and developing web-based augmented and virtual reality apps using ten lines of code with Andrew Wilson of Carleton College. It was an informative day with lots of opportunities to learn and try things out.