Digital Humanities Center in Love Library

Digital Humanities Center in Love Library


(Music) I’m Jessica Pressman, I’m a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and I direct the digital humanities initiative here at at San Diego State. (Music) The Digital Humanities
Center is a hub on campus for interdisciplinary and cross departmental
research by faculty and students doing digital humanities work. Work that
studies digital culture, work that uses digital technologies and work that is
collaborative and project-based in nature. And our hope is that people can
come here and connect to other folks, so someone might have some content knowledge but not have the technical skills to engage in a digital project and we can connect them with folks who have digital skills but maybe not the content expertise. So we can help form and facilitate interdisciplinary collaborative projects. To me this center is a visual and functional representation of the partnership between the faculty and the colleges. And the library, as well as the library’s role in experiential learning and scholarship. The digital humanities initiative is a grassroots and faculty based initiative. Over the past few years, the faculty have come
together, in extra time and extra work, to learn from each other, to read in faculty
reading groups about new digital scholarship, to collaborate and plan and
strategize and work across departmental and even the boundaries of colleges, and
this Center and this initiative, is the culmination of such efforts. The space was really created through a community design process. So, the users really got to drive the design of this space. So, we gathered faculty, staff and students
together when I first arrived to imagine what the space could become. And based on those imaginations, we started to create this space. And this is really just the
first phase we’re still designing, we’re still inventing, we’re still creating.
This space really is an imagination space. It’s intentionally white, and blank
and open so that students and faculty can work together. Digital humanities understands that the designation between faculty and
students is blurred in the process of making, and collaborating and in
project-based learning. So this is a space that we hope people will come in
and see the work of others on screens and on the walls, and be inspired and say,
“Hey, what’s that? Who did that? How do I learn to do that? Which class do I take?”
And that also faculty and students will work together. So we’ll be offering tools,
workshops and lectures so that we can come together as a learning community
and continue to grow and change with and through new media and new
technologies. So this is just an exciting opportunity and it’s going to grow and
change with use. (Applause) The Digital Humanities Center is open, we hope you come use it. Come see how we do digital at San Diego State and come be part of the digital revolution. (Music)

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