St. Lawrence University
  • The Digital Initiatives Faculty Fellowship Program advance digital pedagogy, digital humanities, and related efforts on campus. The program began in Fall 2014 as a partnership between Crossing Boundaries and Libraries and Information Technology (LIT), including Digital Initiatives, Educational Technology, and GIS.

    The program empowers its participants to effect change by (1) providing a structure that connects faculty members to existing systems for technological support, (2) helping faculty members acquire valuable technological skills, and (3) placing like-minded faculty members in contact with each other to maximize the potential of their explorations.  


  • This semester’s fellows add new disciplines to those who have already participated in this program that is part of “Crossing Boundaries: Reenvisioning the Humanities for the 21st Century” grant funded by the Mellon Foundation.  For further information, see (

    Larry Boyette (Lecturer, FYP, and Adjunct Instructor for History and Music) will use this fellowship to explore ways to better employ digital resources to facilitate the musical and academic work, the performances, and the community building goals of the SLUFunk/History of Funk project. 

    Brook Henkel (Assistant Professor of German and Film Studies) will use this fellowship to map connections between early film history and present-day digital culture. In conjunction with his “History of Cinema” course, he will be working with students to construct an illustrated, online glossary of keywords for understanding the related effects of past and present media technologies. 

    Aswini Pai (Associate Professor of Biology) plans to create a digital compendium of herbarium specimens by making the activity a part of her classes, which include courses on Ethnobotany, Introductory Botany, and the World of Plants for both majors and non-majors.  Through this project, she hopes to facilitate not only learning about plant anatomy and morphology, but also how humans interact with plants, using them for agriculture, medicine, and material culture”

  • Bucknell University, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will host its fourth annual digital scholarship conference on October 6-8, 2017. The theme of the conference is “Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Evolution of Digital Scholarship.”

    #BUDSC17 is committed to expanding the definition of digital scholarship to be more inclusive across diverse communities, both inside and outside of academia. The conference will bring together a broad community of practitioners–faculty, researchers, librarians, artists, educational technologists, students, administrators, and others–engaged in digital scholarship both in research and teaching who share an interest in the evolution of digital scholarship.

    The theme “Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Evolution of Digital Scholarship” acknowledges the changes to scholarship wrought by the introduction of digital technologies across the disciplines. Now is an apt time to reflect upon how digital scholarship has evolved over the past decades and where it may head in the future. Scholars and teachers, poets and administrators, artists and community members, are encouraged to reflect on the past of digital scholarship and work together to build a future for digital scholarship.

  • The Digital Library Federation will hold its annual DLF Forum on October 23-25, 2017 at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

    Immediately preceding this year’s DLF Forum will be the Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference. The HBCU Library Alliance and Digital Library Federation invite you to the one-day unconference, to be held on Sunday, October 22, 2017, in Pittsburgh, PA. The theme of the Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference is digital libraries and digital library pedagogy as common mission, common ground between liberal arts colleges & programs and HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities).

    The DLF Forum includes digital library practitioners from member institutions and the broader community, for whom it serves as a meeting place, marketplace, and congress. As a meeting place, the DLF Forum provides an opportunity for the DLF’s Advisory Committee, working groups, and community members to conduct their business and present their work. As a marketplace, the Forum provides an opportunity for community members to share experiences and practices with one another and support a broader level of information sharing among professional staff. As a congress, the Forum provides an opportunity for the DLF to continually review and assess its programs and its progress with input from the community at large.

    To register for this year's DLF Forum and the one-day Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference, please visit

  • Eric Williams-Bergen, Director of Digital Initiatives will be leading a series of workshops on various platforms commonly used in digital humanities.  This semester's sessions for the Digital Initiatives Faculty Fellows includes.

    Timelines & Web - Session #1 (October 7th)

    • Building Timelines with Drupal and TimelineJS
    • Eric will demonstrate building one, using a Drupal-based platform that he has developed and we will discuss the pedagogical elements of such projects in our courses.

      Please bring your laptops so you can build a timeline yourself.  Also gather some digital media that relates to a topic of interest to you: images, videos, links to related websites etc.  We plan to try to build 4-5 slides each (or less, if that is what works best for you!).

    Scholarly Annotation - Session #2 (November 11th)

    • Scholarly Annotation with and Mirador

    Data Visualization - Session #3 (December 9th)

    • Data Visualization with D3.JS, Gephi and Tableau


  • Six members of the St. Lawrence University faculty have been selected for the Fall 2016-17 cohort of Digital Initiatives Faculty Fellowships, a program designed to advance the use of digital tools and approaches in classroom settings.

    The faculty fellows include Matthew Carotenuto, associate professor of history and coordinator of African Studies; Jeff Frank, assistant professor of education; Evelyn Jennings, professor and associate dean for academic advising programs; Jeff Maynes, assistant professor of philosophy; Laura Rediehs, associate professor of philosophy; and Melissa Parm Schrems, associate professor of history and coordinator of Native American studies.

  • Macalester College hosted the first Oberlin Digital Scholarship Conference, June 10-12, 2016 on the Macalester campus in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was an event for Oberlin Group staff and faculty with significant interests or responsibilities in digital scholarship, digital humanities, and other digital projects to meet, network, and learn together.  For details....

  • Eric Williams-Bergen, Director of Digital Initiatives, has been awarded a travel scholarship to attend the workshop entitled  From Theory to Action: A Pragmatic Approach to Digital Preservation. This workshop took place at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.  

    The travel scholarships and the Digital POWRR Workshops are made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

    The workshop was created as a result of an IMLS-funded study on identifying practical digital preservation solutions for small- and mid-sized libraries. The session will not be addressing the “why” of digital preservation; rather, preparing for the “how.”...providing hands-on, practical experience. Attendees will practice the accession of a digital collection using a simple, open source tool; learn about several digital preservation tools and services, and create an institution-specific action plan for making progress towards digital preservation goals.

  • Bucknell University, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will host its third annual digital scholarship conference on October 28-30, 2016. The theme of the conference is “Negotiating Borders through Digital Collaboration.”

    This conference will bring together a broad community of practitioners–faculty, researchers, librarians, educational technologists, and students–who are using technology to rethink seemingly intractable borders within and outside of the university. We define “borders” as boundaries that limit access; conditions that differentiate insiders from outsiders; or any obstacle that impairs open communication and collaboration.

  • Three members of the St. Lawrence University faculty have been selected for the Spring 2016 cohort of Digital Initiatives Faculty Fellowships, a program designed to advance the use of digital tools and approaches in classroom settings.

    The faculty fellows include Elun Gabriel, associate professor of history, and Dorothy Limouze, Flint Professor of art and art history, while Jennifer Thomas, assistant professor of performance and communication arts, continues her fellowship as a Senior Fellow.

    “The courses proposed by these faculty members exemplify the program’s core values of innovative pedagogy, interdisciplinary research, and integrative learning,” said Leila Walker, (former) assistant director of the Crossing Boundaries Mellon Humanities grant. “We are excited to develop digital components for these courses in a collaborative environment, and we expect that the resulting projects will be models for ongoing engagement with the digital humanities at St. Lawrence University.”

    The Digital Initiatives Faculty Fellowship Program represents a partnership between the Crossing Boundaries Mellon Humanities grant and Libraries and Information Technology, including individuals from Digital Initiatives, the GIS program and Educational Technologies.

    The program is designed as a way for faculty to experiment with digital tools such as interactive timelines, GIS web-based mapping and data visualizations without feeling like they had to possess individual expertise in these areas. Fellows will meet regularly as a cohort and individually with the appropriate digital partners to develop their projects over the course of the semester.

    The Crossing Boundaries initiative was made possible by a $700,000, five-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation beginning in Fall 2012. Focusing on the humanities at St. Lawrence University, stakeholders associated with the grant are working to transform learning in three important ways:

    1. Integration in teaching and learning;
    2. Advancement of multi-modal literacy (making use of the many tools of the humanities—both analog and digital);
    3. Increasingly rigorous experiential and/or off-campus learning.

    “Now in its fourth semester, the Digital Initiatives Faculty Fellowships program has included includes faculty colleagues from a wide range of disciplines and with a similarly diverse range of technical skills,” said Judith DeGroat, director of the Crossing Boundaries Mellon Humanities Grant. “This semester’s participants, from the arts and humanities, allow us to focus on a core element of the grant: revitalizing the humanities on campus.”

    This semester’s faculty fellows have a range of interests, including a seminar on the history of genocide in the modern world that will use digital tools to examine the development of genocides in time and space, a senior seminar on art museums that will use the Brush Gallery collections to engage students in virtual exhibitions, and a theatre production course that will engage the public in the theatrical experience beyond the performance.

    For more information on individual fellows, visit

    “This group represents a wide spectrum of perspectives and methodologies,” said Eric Williams-Bergen, director of Digital Initiatives. “In order to support increasingly ambitious digital projects with varied goals, we need to keep refining our models of support and collaboration. The Digital Initiatives Faculty Fellowship Program is a major part of that effort.”  

    Partnerships established this spring will continue into the fall 2016 semester. Fellows will also work with Walker to create a shared digital portfolio in order to promote a culture of pedagogical exchange and collaboration.

    For more information about the fellowship program or to apply, visit