Lauren Biographical Statement

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 As an early-ish career librarian in a small liberal arts inclined academic library, I have wanted to develop my technical skills in support of library functions by participating in digital humanities projects and scholarship.  This is currently being accomplished through the pursuit of a second masters degree from the CUNY Graduate Center’s MALS in Digital Humanities.  My undergraduate degree is in Dramatic Literature from NYU and I received my MLIS from Pratt Institute in 2009.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Specifically, with the two part Digital Praxis course and by working on the Zine Union Catalog (ZUC), I have been exposed to the theoretical and practical implications of doing DH.  The ZUC project will explore database design & implementation, metadata workflows & aggregation, and user interface/usability by building a union catalog that aggregates the metadata of zine collections from disparate cultural and academic institutions.  This project is an important contribution to making zine collections more visible to scholars, researchers, librarians, and zinesters.  My contribution to the project will be to standardize the various metadata schema of the different institutions contributing to the catalog (in addition to ensuring that the metadata is rich and discoverable) and to document the internal and external workflows of this project to assist current and future participants of the ZUC.

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  • Welcome to Digital Praxis 2016-2017

    Encouraging students think about the impact advancements in digital technology have on the future of scholarship from the moment they enter the Graduate Center, the Digital Praxis Seminar is a year-long sequence of two three-credit courses that familiarize students with a variety of digital tools and methods through lectures offered by high-profile scholars and technologists, hands-on workshops, and collaborative projects. Students enrolled in the two-course sequence will complete their first year at the GC having been introduced to a broad range of ways to critically evaluate and incorporate digital technologies in their academic research and teaching. In addition, they will have explored a particular area of digital scholarship and/or pedagogy of interest to them, produced a digital project in collaboration with fellow students, and established a digital portfolio that can be used to display their work. The two connected three-credit courses will be offered during the Fall and Spring semesters as MALS classes for master’s students and Interdisciplinary Studies courses for doctoral students.

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