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Researching the Recent Past Online

statues at internet archive[This is a guest post by Dan Royles, a lecturer at the University of Angers in western France, where he teaches American Studies and English as a foreign language. He's previously written on "Digital Workflows for the Archives" for ProfHacker. You can find him online at, or follow him on Twitter at @danroyles.--@JBJ]

When I was writing my dissertation on African American AIDS activism, I ran into the problem that plagues many historians of the recent past: lack of archival sources….


Tales of an Indiscriminate Tool Adopter

Down the Rabbit Hole

[This is a guest post by Michelle Moravec, a historian currently working on the politics of women's culture, which you can read about at Follow her on Twitter at @professmoravec.--@JBJ]

I think I need to write How not to be a tool about your tool: tales of an indiscriminate tool adopter #digitalhumanities #dhist

— M.M. (@ProfessMoravec) January 14, 2014

If you participate in social media and do digital humanities work, this situation may sound familiar. Trawling through Twi…


Open Thread: Dealing With Inclement Weather

As the Weather Channel reports, a winter storm is currently blanketing much of the East Coast of the United States with snow. Such weather conditions not only make it difficult for students, staff, and faculty to drive on the perhaps poorly-cleared streets and highways; they can also make it dangerous to walk on potentially icy campus sidewalks and stairways. Deciding whether to close campus — or to delay opening, or to close early — involves more than just an assessment of the safety of the ro…


Heating Up History at the AHA

[This is a guest post by Jennifer Guiliano, Assistant Director for the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities and Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Maryland, where she teaches digital history. You can find her online at, or follow her on twitter at @jenguiliano.]

With much of the US under a deep freeze, those following the hashtag #AHA2014 this past weekend might have noted things getting a bit heated. The American Historical Associati…


Open Thread: Apps for the New Year

mobileNow that the new year is underway, many of us are finding ourselves in possession of new smartphones or tablets. Here at ProfHacker, we’ve published several posts over the years about mobile devices and mobile applications. It’s a fast-moving field, since manufacturers and developers are often releasing new products. As a result, keeping up with what’s available can be a challenge. Last month, The Verge published their lists of “the best apps for all your new devices.” Articles like those at The…


Digital Workflows for the Archives

 [This is a guest post by Dan Royles, a lecturer at the University of Angers in western France, where he teaches American Studies and English as a foreign language. You can find him online at, or follow him on Twitter at @danroyles.--@JBJ]

For those scholars whose methods take them to the archive, research can be as intimidating as it is exciting. Tracking down the sources you need is one thing, but what do you do when you’re actually faced with boxes full of yellowing documents? Lo…


Open Thread Wednesday: End-of-Semester Planning?

On my campus the semester has fewer than 4 weeks of regular classes left, which means that it’s time to start taking stock of what’s been done, what’s almost finished, and what still needs to be wrapped up. Committee deadlines approach, student projects near completion, and research tasks need to be completed over the next month or so. How much time is left in the term on your campus? What kinds of plans are you making? How do you make sure that everything that needs to get taken care of actuall…


Open Thread Wednesday!

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What’s on your mind? Do you need advice or feedback about something related to life and work in higher ed? Do you have advice or feedback to share about something related to life and work …


What’s Your Writing Fee?

writing[This is a guest post by Lee Skallerup Bessette, who teaches in the English department at Morehead State University. Her blog is College Ready Writing, and you can follow her on Twitter at @readywriting. --@JBJ]

Recently Brian Croxall wrote a really helpful piece on setting your fee when you are invited to speak. The comments, too, were really helpful, and I was struck by this particular comment by Curt Rice where he states: “I think so much work done by academics is invisible and uncompensate…