Intriguing Curation and Digital Humanities Tools


I’ve briefly mentioned my association with KPK: The KPop Kollective. There, my official title is Senior Fellow for Instructional Design and Information Management (fancy!), but I started out as a Research Assistant, gathering information about Korean popular music groups and artists. As I earned more responsibilities within the Kollective, I began to learn more about the larger context in which we were operating – Digital Humanities (DH)  – and I quickly realized that many of the issues that DH practitioners were concerned with are similar to the concerns of modern librarians. I also started identifying and applying many of the DH tools we were using to curate Kpop to my library practice. 

Many of our formal competencies map directly to the activities in which DH practitioners engage, and I also mapped these competencies to Information Literacy (IL) standards. Since I wrote these linked pieces, positions for Digital Humanities librarians (or similar positions, e.g. Data Visualization, Digital Curation/Digital Collections, etc.) have exploded. If you want to see posts of these kinds of positions and the desired skillsets, be sure to join or visit:

And to keep up with DH trends, practice standards, or professional development opportunities, check out:

Lately, I’ve come across or been made aware of some tools I would like to try:

  • Scalar, offered from the University of Southern California, is an open-source writing and publishing allowing users to author “long-form, digital born scholarship online.”  What’s exciting about this is that users can also gather various media to help contextualize their work. 
  • Humanities Commons, founded by four scholarly societies, focuses on creating communities of practice and boosting open-access scholarly and pedagogical materials communications via collections and repositories.
  • PastPin allows users to search historic images from Flickr and add information to the images of places. 

If you have used any of these tools at your library, let me know what your project is/was and how you applied the tools.

To keep up (ha!) with new or emerging DH tools, visit the DiRT Directory (and bookmark it!).




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