St. Lawrence University
  • St. Lawrence University will receive funding from a national organization that represents private colleges and universities to create and support a digital collection of art and images for both teaching and research.

    The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) has selected St. Lawrence to participate in its Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research. The award will support digital archiving of a sizable street art collection housed at the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery while also allowing faculty, students and staff to engage in collaborative work with other institutions, including those in the New York 6 Liberal Arts Consortium.

    The project will be led by Catherine Tedford, director of the Brush Art Gallery, who has been actively building a physical international collection of original street art stickers. The collection serves as the basis for the “Street Art Graphics” digital archive, which has been exhibited at St. Lawrence as well as galleries in Canada, Germany and the U.S. The project will also be supported by Eric Williams-Bergen, director of digital initiatives, who works within St. Lawrence’s Libraries and Information Technology (LIT) division and will focus on planning, implementation and support.

    “Ms. Tedford’s ‘Street Art Graphics’ digital archive offers a unique window on virtually every aspect of the human experience over the past century,” said William L. Fox ’75, president of St. Lawrence University. “That, in and of itself, makes the collection an important resource for students, educators and scholars, as demonstrated by its integration into several St. Lawrence courses.”

    Support from CIC will allow St. Lawrence to use Artstor’s digital asset management tool known a sShared Shelf. Artstor is a nonprofit organization that supports digital collections for universities, museums, schools and libraries worldwide.

    “Joining this consortium will allow us to create and manage a digital archive of international Street Art Graphics that we can share with the public in Artstor’s Shared Shelf Commons, a free, open-access digital image library,” Tedford said. “I always describe Artstor as the visual equivalent to JSTOR, the digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. Artstor and JSTOR are both subscriber-based, but Shared Shelf Commons is available to everyone, which is in keeping with the Street Art Graphics digital archive.”

    The CIC Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Learning is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. CIC’s award will cover up to two years of using Shared Shelf and two years’ worth of half funding. CIC will also provide support for both Tedford and Williams-Bergen to attend training workshops in Washington, D.C.

    President Fox previously served on the CIC board of directors, and St. Lawrence Trustee S. Georgia Nugent serves as a senior fellow at CIC.

    For more information on St. Lawrence’s Street Art Graphics collection, visit

  • Bucknell University, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, hosted its second annual digital scholarship conference, “Collaborating Digitally: Engaging Students in Public Scholarship,” on November 6 - 8, 2015. 
    The conference program included speakers and workshop facilitators from over 50 institutions. This conference briought together a broad community of scholar-practitioners engaged in collaborative digital scholarship in research and teaching. Through papers, interactive presentations, round tables, and a digital poster session, we will explore a range of collaborations: between institutions of higher education; across disciplines; between faculty, librarians, and technologists; and between faculty and students.

  • Four members of the St. Lawrence University faculty have been selected for the Fall 2015 cohort of Digital Initiatives Faculty Fellowships, a pilot program designed to advance the use of digital tools and approaches in classroom settings.

    The faculty fellows include Caroline Breashears, associate professor of English, Jessica Prody, assistant professor of performance and communication arts, and Mary Jane Smith, associate professor of history and coordinator of African American studies, while Stephen Barnard, assistant professor of sociology, continues his fellowship as the program’s first 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 was 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.

    Additionally, the fellowship program will offer a series of hands-on workshops as brown bag lunches open to the St. Lawrence community. Topics will vary, but they will largely be tailored to address the needs and interests raised by fellows at our preliminary meeting. A schedule of these workshops will be announced shortly.

    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 third semester, the DIFF program 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. “Participants are transforming their teaching and sharing that experience with others in a collaboration that only increases as time goes on.”

    This semester’s four faculty fellows have a range of interests, including a senior seminar on adaptations of Jane Austens’s novels, an environmental communication course on the oral history of global climate change activism, a history course on non-canonical visual culture from the Civil Rights Movement, and a sociology capstone course on Twitter and society.

    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 in the fall will continue into the spring 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

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  • Andi McCoon's ('13) image of a magnified porcupine quill is part of an exhibit at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.   Andi made the image using the electron microscope in St. Lawrence University’s Johnson Hall of Science.  The image is also part of the University’s digital microscopy collection.

    This microscopy collection is a showcase of student and faculty work produced in the Anthropology, Biology, Geology and Physics Departments at St. Lawrence University using confocal, light and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Access to this research grade equipment allows students to learn specimen preparation techniques, laser physics, digital image acquisition and analysis.

  • The Libraries and IT (LIT) have joined the Digital Library Federation - a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) that brings together a consortium of libraries that develop and use digital technologies to extend collections and services.

    The Digital Library Federation (DLF) is a robust and diverse community of practitioners who advance research, learning, and the public good through digital library technologies.

    The DLF serves as a resource and catalyst for collaboration among its institutional members and all who are invested in digital library issues.

    DLF promotes work on the following:

    • Open digital library standards, software, interfaces, and best practices
    • Digital stewardship and curation, including research data management and aggregation and preservation services for digital collections
    • Digital humanities and other services that expand access to resources and open new opportunities for research, teaching, and learning
    • Connections among digital library practitioners and allied professions and fields
    • Community-driven frameworks for policy advocacy, professional development, issues of representation and diversity, and other matters of concern to digital library practitioners
  • Please join us in congratulating Matthew Lavin (PhD '12).   Matthew has accepted a renewable three year Clinical Assistant Professor position at University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburg, PA.

  • As part of Bucknell's Digital Scholarship Initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Bucknell University invites participation in a three-day summer workshop introducing Network Theory and Network Analysis.  This workshop will given on the campus of Bucknell University on June 12-13, and August 15.

    Network-based approaches, which investigate phenomena as patterns of relationship between elements, have emerged as a powerful method for analysis across a variety of disciplines. Social scientists have used the technique to study social organization and collective action, humanists have applied it to understand how texts emerge out of networks of correspondence, and biologists have studied the networks of interaction that link organisms into ecosystems.   

    For details....

  • In the summer of 2015, from July 26 to August 2, a partnership of 23 liberal arts institutions will host ILiADS, the Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship, at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. ILiADS offers participants two ways to engage the community of liberal arts practitioners and pedagogues: a team- and project-based approach and a more traditional conference structure. Those interested in the project-based component, with ideas or teams at any stage (or no stage!) of development, are encouraged to let our planning consultants guide their participation.   

  • Twelve faculty have been awarded Digital Initiatives Fellowships.  The program designed to advance digital pedagogy, digital humanities, and related efforts on campus and is a partnership between Crossing Boundaries and Libraries and Information Technology (LIT), including Digital Initiatives, Educational Technology, and GIS. 

    2014-15 Digital Initiatives Fellows:

    • Chris Buck
    • Stephen Barnard
    • Anne Csete
    • Adam Harr
    • Wes Kline
    • Joe Kling
    • Mindy Pitre
    • Shelley McConnell
    • Judith Nagel-Myers
    • Ronnie Olesker
    • Catherine Tedford
    • Jennifer Thomas

    This program will provide a way for faculty members to begin exploring digital technologies without feeling the need to be so called experts at the start. The cohort of fellows will meet as a group throughout the Fall, occasionally in consultation with various technologies support staff in order to develop all lesson plans associated with faculty members’ digital course components. Partnerships established in the fall will continue into the next semester. Fellows will also work with the Crossing Boundaries associate program coordinator to create an entry on a shared digital showcase/portfolio web space, which will promote a culture of pedagogical exchange and collaboration.