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Lois Lensky Exhibit at Florida State University

Courtesy FSU Special Collections

Courtesy FSU Special Collections

Anyone living near Tallahassee would be well advised to check out a current exhibit at Florida State University featuring artwork by Lois Lenski, winner of the 1946 Newbery Medal for Strawberry Girl. The physical exhibit runs through September 30th. There is also a supplementary digital collection, available to all.

Press Release:

“The members of Dr. Teri Abstein’s spring 2013 Museum Object class have been working with Florida State University Special Collections to design the exhibit entitled Farms, Fields, and Florida: Lois Lenski Illustrating the South. Through materials that have not been on display since Lenski presented them herself, the exhibition highlights the children’s author’s connection with the rural south, focusing on the state of Florida. Showcasing tales such as Bayou Suzette (recounting the life of a young Cajun girl in Louisiana), Strawberry Girl (the Newbery Award winning novel depicting the life of a young Cracker girl in Florida), and Judy’s Journey (tracking a young migrant girl’s travels through the south and eastern coast), the exhibition displays the rustic yet realistic tapestry of Southern life woven by Lenski. In addition, with featured photo albums, handwritten manuscripts, fan letters, original illustrations, and her published books, visitors receive a glimpse into Lenski’s own life and process.”

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My recent guest post at Chasing Reference about my work project, The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: A Digital Encyclopedia.

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by Julie Judkins

The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918: A Digital Encyclopedia (AIE) is an undertaking by the University of Michigan’s Center for the History of Medicine (CHM) in partnership with the University of Michigan Library’s MPublishing division, to create an open source, digital collection of archival, primary, and interpretive materials related to the history of the 1918 influenza pandemic in the United States. The materials in the AIE collection originated as research for two commissioned reports for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (2005) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2007). This virtual collection documents the experiences of diverse communities in the United States in fall 1918 and winter 1919 when influenza took the lives of approximately 675,000 Americans. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded the project a prestigious “We the People” designation for its contribution to the teaching, study, and understanding of…

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Come visit me and my poster at Annual!

I’ll be presenting a poster at ALA Annual this year about the digital encyclopedia my workplace is launching this Fall. If you’re attending the conference, I’d love it if you stopped by to say hello.

My session is from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Saturday, June 23rd.

Abstract:

Nothing to Sneeze at: Lessons Learned While Creating an Interdisciplinary Digital Repository about the 1918 American Influenza Epidemic

In fall 2012, the University of Michigan’s Center for the History of Medicine (CHM) will launch an open access digital collection of archival and interpretive materials related to the history of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic in the United States. The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918: A Digital Encyclopedia (AIE) will document the experiences of fifty communities when influenza ravaged the country and took an estimated 675,000 lives. The project, awarded a prestigious “We the People” designation by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), collocates 50,000 pages of archival materials gathered by the CHM staff at 140 national institutions during a multi-year federally funded historical study. This poster outlines the major challenges faced, including: curating and digitizing a collection of primary sources already rendered as surrogates (photocopies, microfilm), securing permissions at the national level, keywording the diverse but narrowly focused materials, collaborating with an interdepartmental team, and designing a method of user testing. Solutions and strategies put in place to meet these challenges will also be discussed. The poster features AIE screenshots, archival images, and charts.

Keywords: digital humanities, digital encyclopedia, digital library, medical history, special collections, academic libraries, websites, interdisciplinary collaboration

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Writing History in the Digital Age is live!

Today is the official launch of Writing History in the Digital Age, a born-digital edited volume, under contract with the University of Michigan Press for the Digital Humanities Series of its digitalculturebooks imprint. I contributed an article about the project to which I’ve devoted the past two years of my working life (otherwise known as The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918: A Digital Encyclopedia). It’s an interesting collection of essays. Hope you enjoy!

From the editors:

An Invitation to our Open Review

We invite all readers to comment on our born-digital edited volume, Writing History in the Digital Age, an open-access collection of thirty essays under contract with the University of Michigan Press for the Digital Humanities Series of its digitalculturebooks imprint. Learn more at:

http://WritingHistory.trincoll.edu

Join us online as we discuss, debate, and demonstrate how historical writing is being reshaped by a range of digital tools and techniques: crowdsourcing, relational databases, text encoding, spatial analysis, visual media, gaming simulations, and online collaborations.

During the open review period (now through November 14th), we welcome feedback from the public as well as from expert reviewers appointed by the Press. In the interest of openness, all commenters must use their full names. Pending the final selection of essays, author revisions, and approval by the Press, the volume will be published in print-on-demand and freely-accessible digital versions.

–Co-editors Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki 

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