The Centre for Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (C-EBLIP) in association with the University Library will host the 2015 Dean’s Research Lecture on September 16 at 2:30 p.m. in Convocation Hall.
I am pleased to announce that our 2015 Dean’s Research Lecturer will be Dr. Laura Mandell. Dr. Mandell is a Professor in the Department of English, and Director, of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University.
Professor Mandell will give a presentation entitled “New Modes of Humanities Research: How Libraries Can Help”
In 2005, Jerome McGann first started NINES, or the Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-century Electronic Scholarship, as a way to “bring scholars to the table” of discussions about how digital media might change our research environment. This has been a push-me pull-you operation: traditional scholars do not want it to change at all, begrudgingly using new digital finding aids provided by libraries and their vendors rather than directly contributing to how these resources might be organized. Mandell discusses how the Advanced Research Consortium or ARC (http://www.ar-c.org) has tried to remedy this situation, discussing as well faculty usability testing and outreach programs conducted by vendors such as JSTOR, Gale, and EBSCO. She presents new research into data visualization techniques: these approaches are least congenial to textual scholars, but most necessary as we enter into an era of big literary and historical textual data.
Dr. Mandell is the author of Misogynous Economies: The Business of Literature in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1999), a Longman Cultural Edition of The Castle of Otranto and Man of Feeling, and numerous articles primarily about eighteenth-century women writers. An article in New Literary History, “What Is the Matter? What Literary History Neither Hears Nor Sees,” describes how digital work can be used to conduct research into conceptions informing the writing and printing of eighteenth-century poetry. She is Project Director of the Poetess Archive, an online scholarly edition and database of women poets, 1750-1900 (http://poetessarchive.org), Director of 18thConnect (http://www.18thConnect.org), and Director of ARC, the Advanced Research Consortium overseeing NINES, 18thConnect, and MESA. Her current research involves developing new methods for visualizing poetry, developing software that will allow all scholars to deep-code documents for data-mining, and improving OCR software for early modern and 18th-c. texts via high performance and cluster computing.
I hope you will join us on September 16 for what is sure to be a timely and interesting lecture.