Editor’s Choice “Natural Allies”: Librarians, Archivists, and Big Data in International Digital Humanities Project Work ← dh+lib

Editor’s Choice: RESOURCE: “Natural Allies”: Librarians, Archivists, and Big Data in International Digital Humanities Project Work ← dh+lib

Digital Humanities projects are proliferating in academia and cultural institutions. Librarians will find the article highlighted below valuable in its discussion of roles for librarians and archivists in digital humanities projects.

This post that appeared originally in dh+lib Review  (Note: Roxanne Shirazi, of CUNY, is an editor):

Alex H. Poole and Deborah Garwood (both Drexel University) have submitted a pre-print of their article, “‘Natural Allies’: Librarians, Archivists, and Big Data in International Digital Humanities Project Work,” to ResearchGate.

From the paper introduction:

This paper first reviews the literature, concentrating on the relationships among digital humanities (DH), Library and Information and Science (LIS), and libraries and librarians.
Second, it explains and justifies the study’s qualitative approach. Third, it reports the findings of the study and discusses their ramifications, focusing on librarians’ and archivists’ official and unofficial involvement in projects and on their specific roles and responsibilities. Additionally, it probes three issues that speak directly to bolstering librarians’ and archivists’ participation in projects such as DID3: digital curation, LIS education and professional preparation, and outreach opportunities for librarians and archivists. Fifth, conclusions and six recommendations for future research are advanced.

The paper is scheduled to appear in a forthcoming issue of The Journal of Documentation. The pre-print can be downloaded without logging into ResearchGate.

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This post was produced through a cooperation between Tierney Gleason, Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Megan Martinsen, and Leah Richardson (Editors-at-large for the week), Caitlin Christian-Lamb (Editor for the week), and Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara, Sarah Melton, Roxanne Shirazi, and Patrick Williams (dh+lib Review Editors).


Editor’s Choice: Predatory publishing from a global south perspective by Reggie Raju

Predatory publishing is under discussion at CUNY. This article by Reggie Raju–who was a featured speaker in the LACUNY Scholarly Communications Roundtable International Webinar Series– presents viewpoints from the global south. This post was originally published in the Library Publishing Coalition Blog, Feb. 7, 2018:

Source: Predatory publishing from a global south perspective


Author: Reggie Raju

Abstract: The unilateral determination of a definition of predatory publishing, by Jeffrey Beall, has sent the research publishing world into a tizz. Even though Beall has withdrawn his list, unfortunately in the current technological age this list is not cleared from the web archive nor is there a prevention of the rehashing of the list by someone else. Nor, has there been subsequently an adequate reconceptualization of predatory publishing to ensure that it is not discriminatory to open access or the global south.

Writing as a Fellow of the LPC from the global south, I feel a sense of obligation to follow the call that African academics and intellectuals (not that I am either), on the continent and in the diaspora, play a role in countering the prejudice and misinformation about Africa. Be that as it may, I think there are significant lessons for both the global south and north by interrogating the concept of predatory publishing. The recently published article by Olivarez and others (2018) highlight the need for interventions to remedy the insensitive generalization of predatory publishing.

Citation: Raju, Reggie (2018). “Predatory publishing from a global south perspective.” Fellows Journal, LPC Blog. https://librarypublishing.org/predatory-publishing-global-south-perspective/



On Carving Out Time for Reading

The Spring 2018 semester is in full swing. Every morning I spend about an hour trying to cull my email inbox back down to a manageable level and every time I leave my desk I return to find my unread messages, like a virus, have reproduced. As the specter of THE INBOX hovers over my day, I also have a growing pile of articles on my desk and a several browser windows full of stuff to read and listen to–eventually.

Between meetings and class prep and committee projects, I often I don’t read or write as much as I would like to during the work week. If I’m really honest with myself, I might never read some of the articles on my desk right now. Carving out time for reading is certainly as important to my scholarship and teaching as all of the other work that fills my day but it’s something that I continually need to re-prioritize.

This blog post is a pitch for carving out time to read.

So sit down, close your email application so you don’t get distracted by that little chime that means you have another new message, and read one of the many things that are likely on your desk or open in your browser at this minute.

Here’s what I’m reading (and listening to) this week:

Berg, Jacob, Angela Galvan, and Eamon Tewell. “Responding to and reimagining resilience in academic libraries.” Journal of New Librarianship 3.1 (2018).

Chatterjee, Piya, and Sunaina Maira. The Imperial University: Academic repression and scholarly dissent. University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

Hicks, Alison. “I wish I had known that: Advice from the field.” The Librarian Parlor.  Feb 14, 2018.

Mountz, Alison, et al. “For slow scholarship: A feminist politics of resistance through collective action in the neoliberal university.” ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 14.4 (2015): 1235-1259.

Mudditt, Alison. “Breaking the silence: The #MeToo moment in Scholarly Communication.” The Scholarly Kitchen. Feb 12, 2018.

Roh, Charlotte. “Library publishing and diversity values: Changing scholarly publishing through policy and scholarly communication education.” College & Research Libraries News 77.2 (2016): 82-85.

Williams, Joanna. Academic freedom in an age of conformity: Confronting the fear of knowledge. Springer, 2016.


Bringing Yourself to Work with Baharak Yousefi.” Secret Feminist Agenda. 

Silvia Federici & Wages for Housework.” Audio Interference.

Librarianship The Script.” </RANT>