What We’re Reading: October 23, 2008 Edition

Nationaal Archief on flickrThis week we’ve been drawn yet again to a number of articles related to digital history. See two articles on how digital libraries challenge physical libraries, check out jobs in the digital humanities, browse over 250 “killer digital libraries,” and learn about a new project to create virtual Colonial Williamsburg sites. Then, peek into the writing process of Ian Kershaw, read Mary Dudziak’s take on W., and check out the newest addition to The Commons (a project of the flickr photo sharing site).

  • Barriers to a universal digital library
    Suzanne Fisher at Public Historian reviews a new report about the challenges the Internet can pose to historical institutions.
  • At Hill Library, time to turn a new page
    Related to the article above, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the James J. Hill Reference Library, one of the best for research on the history of business, is sharply cutting staff and pondering how to "reinvent itself" as they find that their physical spaces cannot compete with the Internet.
  • Digital Humanities Jobs
    Lisa Spiro has compiled an interesting list of some job offerings in the digital humanities, and includes a couple of history-related positions, like digital historian and professor of e-history.
  • 250+ Killer Digital Libraries and Archives
    The Online Education Database site has created a list of “over 250 libraries and archives that focus mainly on localized, regional, and U.S. history, but it also includes larger collections, eText and eBook repositories, and a short list of directories to help you continue your research efforts.” Hat tip.
  • U. of Virginia Will Create Virtual Tours of 5 Colonial Williamsburg Sites
    The Chronicle of Higher Ed’s Wired Campus blog reports on a new collaboration between UVA’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to “develop interactive digital re-creations of five of the town’s historic sites as they appeared in 1776.”
  • The Writing Life: Ian Kershaw
    Historian Ian Kershaw reflects on his writing process, the reward of coffee, and his envy of Ian McEwan. Hat tip.
  • W. as History
    Mary L. Dudziak at the Legal History Blog considers how historians look at George W. Bush now, and how they will in the future (and makes a comparison to criticism of Dwight D. Eisenhower). She also makes a brief comment on the recent movie W.
  • Arbeids, Spelen and the Tweede Wereldoorlog
    The “largest public archive in the Netherlands,” the Nationaal Archief, has joined flickr and posted nearly 400 photos from the 20th century.

Contributors: Elisabeth Grant and Robert B. Townsend

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