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October 26, 2015

Free workshops cover vital skills for digital humanities researchers

Submitted by Sarah McGreer Hoyt

Interested in digital humanities? Not sure how to start, or need some professional advice on managing a digital project? Join K-State Libraries faculty and artist Tom Parrish for one or both of the following workshops. 

Project management for digital scholarship by Amanda Harlan from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in 401 Hale
Reserve your spot.

You know your subject, and you have fascinating materials waiting to be digitized. But how do you turn that knowledge into valuable digital humanities scholarship?

Whether you're seeking to refine your digital scholarship practice or you have yet to attempt a project, metadata librarian Amanda Harlan will walk you through the requisite action items and processes. Workshop topics will include crafting a master plan as well as more granular topics such as organizing your content and managing workflows in a collaborative project.

Harlan encourages participants to bring examples from their own work to use in the class, although samples will be provided if necessary.

Attendees will receive a take-away workbook that includes a project template and management information to guide them in their post-workshop projects.

Scanning, restoring and retouching distressed photographs and archival materials by photographer Tom Parrish and Allison Ringness will be from 2-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, in 217 Willard Hall. Reserve your spot by contacting Allie Lousch, the Chapman Center for Rural Studies, at 785-532-0380 or alliel@k-state.edu.

Thousands of family photographs lie in basements and attics waiting to be rescued — and photographs from the mid-20th century are the most vulnerable of them all! Join Parrish and digital initiatives librarian Allison Ringness to gain a foundational understanding of historic and personal digital image archiving.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own photographs — or photos can be provided — to learn how to optimally scan images, restore original coloration, when possible, and repair small blemishes and irregularities. Instructors will cover the archival nature of different photographic processes as well as scanning and reproduction of old photographs. Adobe Photoshop basics will be included.