August 16, 2012, 11:00 am
This summer I had the good fortune, thanks to the generosity of a number of institutions, to make several trips to archives and libraries to do dissertation research. (Not to mention the good graces of a wife who is herself a graduate student and a baby who has spent two of her eleven months away from home.) I spent as much as two weeks at some institutions, as little as an afternoon at others. The mode was probably a week.
At every archive or library, the staff was unstintingly generous and helpful. I even met one archivist who was a ProfHacker reader. The expressions of gratitude in the acknowledgements of all the books I read (and one day in mine, I hope) are no less sincere for being commonplace.
Still, I have the feeling that I didn’t get to know the archivists and librarians as well as I ought to have, and that the shortcoming was my fault. I am not particularly outgoing….
March 27, 2012, 11:00 am
[Adeline Koh is an assistant professor of literature at Richard Stockton College, New Jersey. She currently directs two digital humanities projects: Digitizing ‘Chinese Englishmen,’ an open-source resource on 19th century ‘Asian Victorians,’ and The Stockton Postcolonial Studies Project, an online magazine on postcolonial studies and the digital humanities. Find her on twitter at @adelinekoh. -GHW]
This is the first article in a new series, Digital Challenges to Academic Publishing, by guest author Adeline Koh. Each article in this series will feature an interview with an academic publisher, press or journal editor on how their organization is changing in response to the digital world.
Think of a library and most people conjure up an image of a stately building with stacks and stacks of books. This vision is rapidly changing. Libraries are beginning to expand their missions…