At the end of last week, I attended The Collective 2015 – a new conference drawing on the ‘un-conference’ model – held in Knoxville, TN. Chelcie and I were part of a panel session on digital humanities in libraries: we talked about our plans for build.ZSR, a service for scholarly digital projects at WFU; folks from the Scholars’ Lab at UVa Library talked about their work with experimental humanities; and a librarian from USC-Lancaster shared how she is applying core LIS competencies to digital humanities work.

Other sessions included discussions and applications of:

  • ephemeral leadership and the competency trap
  • methods for parsing messy data
  • project management and the work breakdown structure
  • data curation and digital humanities
  • similarities and differences in the roles of instructional technologist and librarian

Beyond these topics, I had many discussions both in and out of the sessions with other interdisciplinary librarians. It was an excellent conference.