I have been a librarian for the last twelve years so I am a returning student, so to speak. I have taken a few courses not for credit, but being in the Digital Public History certificate program is my first time back in a formal program. I have master’s degrees in both library science and art history. My undergraduate degree was an interdisciplinary degree in both art and history. The historical period I have studies most extensively is 19th-century England.
I recently completed a year-long experience in the Digital Humanities Institute for Mid-Career Librarians through the University of Rochester and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). I participated in the track entitled Metadata, Data Curation, and Data Modeling for Visual and Material Culture. I focused on my role in collecting and digitizing artists’ books in the library collection. I also attended the Rebuilding the Portfolio: DH for Art Historians through George Mason University and the Center for History and New Media.
My position as a librarian is increasingly focused on digital humanities. This is true of my role as a reference/instruction librarian, but it is especially true of my role as a liaison librarian for the arts and architecture.
This course and the certificate program will provide the necessary foundation for taking on these increased responsibilities. I hope to learn more about the theory behind digital public history, the debates going on in the field, and practical applications for my career goals.