January  31, 2018, 9:30 am – 5 pm

Hilton Portland Downtown, Portland, OR (Google Maps)

Room: Broadway I & II

Building on the success of the inaugural MLA THATCamp, held in conjunction with the 2015 MLA Annual Meeting in Denver, this pre-conference, presented by the MLA Emerging Technologies Services Committee (ETSC), will include many of the common elements of a THATCamp. It will enable librarians, humanists, and technologists of all skill levels to learn and build together in a collaborative, interactive, informal, spontaneous and productive environment. The TechCamp will be structured around three pre-arranged hands-on workshops, along with participant-proposed lightning talks (Dork Shorts) that will provide a platform for attendees to share digital projects, tools, and programs, as well as works in progress or ideas.

Registration is $50.

9:30 am – 10 amWelcome
10 am – 11:30 amWorkshop 1
11:30 am – 1pmLunch (get your own and bring back) and Dork Shorts
1 pm – 2:30 pmWorkshop 2
2:30 pm – 3 pmDonut break
3 pm – 4:30 pmWorkshop 3
4:30 pm – 5 pmClosing remarks
5 pm – 6 pm

Happy Hour at

Hopcity Tavern

Hilton Portland Downtown

Introduction to processing born digital content

Instructor: Jonathan Manton

Description: This workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to the critical tools and processes involved in the acquisition and processing of born digital content, including use of tools such as BitCurator and FTK Imager.

Workshop Requirements:

Instructor Profile: Jonathan Manton is Music Librarian for Access Services at the Gilmore Music Library at Yale University, where he oversees both traditional and digital access services as well as digital projects for the library. Before joining Yale, Jonathan was Sound Archives Librarian at Stanford University’s Archive of Recorded Sound and, before that, Technical Support Officer for the Britten Thematic Catalogue Project, a forthcoming online resource in development at the Britten-Pears Foundation in the United Kingdom. Jonathan received his MSc in Information and Library Management from the School of Computing, Engineering, and Information Sciences at the University of Northumbria, UK and MMus in Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Arts from the University of East Anglia, UK. He also gained certification as a Digital Archives Specialist by the Society of American Archivists in 2017. Jonathan is Chair of the Music Library Association’s Emerging Technologies and Services Committee and has published articles in both Brio (International Association of Music Libraries, UK) and Notes (Music Library Association, USA) respectively.

Introduction to Data Manipulation and Visualization in R

Instructor: Francesca Giannetti

Description: This workshop will provide a gentle introduction to the R language and RStudio, the most commonly used integrated development environment for R. R is a powerful tool for data manipulation and visualization. This workshop will introduce some popular packages of the tidyverse collection, including dplyr and ggplot2.

Workshop Requirements:

A laptop, your favorite browser, and an internet connection. Alternately, if you would like to install the software used in this workshop, download R and RStudio and install them on your personal laptops.

Instructor Profile: Francesca Giannetti is the Digital Humanities Librarian at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and subject liaison to the departments of Classics, French, and Italian, and the program in Comparative Literature. Her research interests include digital libraries, audio preservation, opera and libretto studies. She has published articles in Music Reference Services Quarterly, Notes, and College & Undergraduate Libraries. She serves on the steering committee of the Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative, and participates on the Emerging Technologies and Services Committee of the Music Library Association. She earned an MS in Information Studies from UT Austin, a degree in vocal performance from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and a BA in art history and French from Case Western Reserve University.

Fair use and digital projects

Instructor: Kathleen DeLaurenti

Description: This workshop will provide an overview of fair use as it applies to digital projects. It will particularly benefit anyone planning, attempting to fund (via a grant), or currently managing a digital project that is aimed at providing access to made-digital or born-digital content. It will include suggestions for checklist and analysis tools that will allow participants to conduct an effective evaluation of fair use for their projects.

Workshop Requirements: A laptop, your favorite browser, and an internet connection.

Instructor Profile: Kathleen DeLaurenti is the Head Librarian of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University’ Arthur Friedheim Library. She previously served Arts Librarian, Open Education Coordinator, and Scholarly Communication Librarian at the College of William & Mary. Kathleen also serves as the current Chair of the Atlantic Chapter of MLA. She has been active in the MLA Legislation Committee and is the 2015 winner of the ALA Robert Oakley Memorial Scholarship for copyright research. She holds an MLIS from the University of Washington and a BFA in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dork shorts,also known as “lightning talks,” are brief (2-minute or 3-minute) presentations in which attendees discuss current or upcoming projects, demonstrate new tools, or call for collaborators. Dork Shorts are meant to be as informal as possible and let you learn a lot in a little bit of time.

Sign up to present a Dork Short at #mlatechcamp. 

If you are planning to only attend #mlatechcamp and not the MLA Annual Conference, you must still log into the MLA website in order to register. 

In the registration form, select “08-Convention 2018 None (already registered or pre-conference-only)”, then look further down the page for the collapsed menu for Wednesday sessions. Open the collapsed menu and select the pre-conference (you must select it twice: first with the checkbox, then the radio button).

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