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Demystifying Digital Humanities: How Librarians Can Get Involved
Date Recorded: April 05, 2018
This webinar will provide an introduction to the broad discipline of digital humanities. The presenters will explore what digital humanities means and some of the main expressions of digital humanities work in theological schools. They will also share some resources for learning more about areas such as machine learning, natural language processing, text encoding, and data visualization and how libraries and librarians can participate in this emerging movement.
Michael P. Hemenway, Ph.D.
Michael is the Director of Academic and Information Technology and Library Director at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. He has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies with research interests that bring together the digital humanities and biblical studies. As the team lead for the Experimental Humanities Lab at Iliff, Michael has collaborated with scholars from Iliff and beyond on several projects exploring the ways machine learning can impact the way we imagine and engage textual traditions. For the last three years, Michael has been one of the coordinators for THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp) AAR/SBL and will be coordinating the inaugural THATCamp ATLA this year. Michael also serves on the Scholarly Communications Taskforce for ATLA.
Micah D. Saxton, Ph.D.
Micah is the Collections Development and Reference Librarian at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. He has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies and is completing an MLIS. For his doctoral work, Micah focused on textual practices used by early Christian communities in the constructions of “scripture” and the “self.” For his culminating work toward his MLIS, Micah is exploring the use of topic modeling algorithms to classify and interpret documents. These two interests, the history of Christianity and the use of computers to understand texts, culminate for Micah in participating in digital humanities projects.