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Digital Commonwealth Conference - May 8 in Worcester

Please forward!

It's not too late to register!

The 2012 Digital Commonwealth conference is a pre-conference to the Massachusetts Library Association Conference.  The DigiCom Executive Committee hopes that you will join us on May 8th at the DCU Center in Worcester.   Registration and coffee starts at 8:30 a.m and the conference begins at 9am. 

Enjoy sessions such…


Added by Joanne Riley on April 26, 2012 at 16:20 — No Comments

Alderson Grant Internship Program Info

From AASLH: Deadline for Institutions to Apply for Alderson Grant Internship Program is December 9


AASLH offers its smaller institutional members the opportunity to apply for the Alderson Grant Internship Program. The program recognizes the demand for students to gain "real world" experience and for our members to get qualified interns into their institutions.

The internship opportunity (up to $1,000) is available for three AASLH institutional members to…


Added by Joanne Riley on October 27, 2011 at 17:57 — No Comments

Public Libraries - too important to fail

The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees recently voted to close 4 branches and cut 94 jobs. Throughout the Commonwealth, public libraries are struggling to stay afloat, and some aren't succeeding.

Public libraries are the heart of our communities and provide a wide range of services that strengthen civic life and engagement, support intellectual freedom and privacy, provide access to information for all, including the under-served and for those on the down side of the digital… Continue

Added by Joanne Riley on April 12, 2010 at 11:53 — No Comments

A Survey of Digital Humanities Centers in the United States

This just in from Brett Bobley, writing on NEH's ODH Blog:

"The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has recently released a report entitled "A Survey of Digital Humanities Centers in the United States" . The report, written by Diane Zorich, was commissioned by the Scholarly Communication Institute and will be one of the focuses of discussion at their July meeting.


Added by Joanne Riley on July 21, 2008 at 17:30 — No Comments

And the crowd thickens!

Well, well, well... When I visited the network this morning, we had 95 members. Came back this evening - we've broken the 100-member mark! One hundred and six illustrious members, and counting. The honorable 100th member was (drum roll, please) Jayne Gordon - welcome Jayne!

The steady growth of the network is due to the invitations you're extending to friends and colleagues to join you here. There have been 343 invitations… Continue

Added by Joanne Riley on July 1, 2008 at 23:45 — No Comments


I just visited the Andover Historical Society's fine website, courtesy of a link from Exec. Dir. Elaine Clements. Wonderful site, very rich layers of information. Also a nice use of Google Calendar to track Society events. Made me wish we could just import the AHS calendar events to the MA Studies Network events calendar. We'll have to think about that.

The larger issue is RSS - if the AHS calendar… Continue

Added by Joanne Riley on June 11, 2008 at 15:48 — 6 Comments

A Ning of one's own...

Ning Screenshot of Manage Tab screen We're getting ready to "move in" to the pilot MA Studies Network, and have been busily adding features and arranging the front page just so, getting ready for the first members to arrive over the next few weeks. Exciting!

Ning allows network administrators to customize all of the site language, which means all of the text - from tab labels to error message wording - not added by members. So we've taken advantage of that to make the following changes, all aimed at making the… Continue

Added by Joanne Riley on June 2, 2008 at 23:00 — 1 Comment

Here We Go!

I'm delighted to report that the National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Mass. Studies Project at UMass Boston a Digital Humanities Startup grant to explore micro social networking here on the Ning platform. This project has also been designated as an NEH "We, the People" initiative.

Our collaborators in this experiment will be a group of intrepid local historians, teachers, community activists, librarians and community members. I'll try to blog regularly about our… Continue

Added by Joanne Riley on March 23, 2008 at 22:00 — No Comments


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