TCDL 2016 Program 

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Tuesday, May 24 | Wednesday, May 25 | Thursday, May 26 | TxDHC Mini-Conference (May 27)


Commons Learning Center, J.J. Pickle Research Campus

Commons Building (#137)

10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758


Tuesday, May 24

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Registration Desk Open

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Registration Desk Open

J.J. Pickle Research Campus Lobby


9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Workshop 1A (Stadium Room 1.138)

Memorandum of Understanding Workshop: Creating a Process for Successful Digital Collaboration

Brett D. Currier, Rafia Mirza, Peace Ossom Williamson



Workshop 1B (Bevo Room 1.140)

Batch Importing into DSpace with the SAFCreator

James Creel



Workshop 1C (Mustang Room 1.162)

Managing Assets as Linked Data with Fedora 4

Andrew Woods




1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Special Forum: Exploring Linked Data for Libraries (Stadium Room 1.138)

BIBFRAME Beginnings at the University of Texas at Austin

Melanie Cofield, Jee Davis, Amy Brown, Alisha Quagliana, Alan Ringwood

The Design and Development of an Integrated Researcher Profile System at Texas A&M to Enrich Scholarly Identity of Faculty

Bruce E. Herbert, Michael Bolton, Doug Hahn



Workshop 2B (Bevo Room 1.140)

Constructing a Digital Preservation Program

This workshop has been cancelled.


Workshop 2C (Mustang Room 1.162)

Animating Digital Libraries

James Williamson



Wednesday, May 25

7:30 – 9:00 AM – Registration Desk Open

J.J. Pickle Research Campus Lobby

Light breakfast will be available from 7:30 – 9:00 AM


9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Opening Plenary (Big Tex Room 1.102)


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Joan Heath, Associate Vice President and University Librarian at Texas State University

Keynote Address: From Content to Services, Use, and Engagement: Next Steps for IMLS’s National Digital Platform Priority

Trevor Owens, Institute of Museum and Library Services

Building on 20 years of investments in digital tools, services and related training and education, over the past three years IMLS has reframed and focused its investments in these areas as a funding priority called the national digital platform. In this context, the national digital platform is a way of thinking about and approaching the digital capability of libraries and archives nationwide, with a strong focus on networked, collaborative approaches. This holistic approach focuses attention on the combined impact of software applications, social and technical infrastructure, and staff expertise that enable access to library content and services for all users. This presentation will provide an update on a series of recently funded projects in this priority area and explore trends and emerging themes in this area. In particular, the presentation focuses on the need for digital collection efforts to move beyond simply providing access, to increasingly providing services. Accordingly, new metrics are required to demonstrate the value and impact of the various uses of collections and services.

About Trevor Owens: Trevor serves as the Senior Program Officer responsible for the development of the national digital platform portfolio for the Office of Library Services at the Institute of Museum and Library Services. He steers an overall strategy encompassing research, grant making, and policy agendas, as well as communications initiatives, in support of the development of national digital services and resources in libraries. From 2010 – 2015, Trevor served as a Digital Archivist with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) in the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress. Before that, he was the community manager for the Zotero project at the Center for History and New Media.

You can follow Trevor Owens on Twitter (@tjowens) and on his blog (


10:15 AM – 10:30 AM



10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Session 1A Panel (Big Tex Room 1.102)

Envisioning a Geospatial Data Portal and Curation Network

Kathy Weimer, Douglas Burns, Joshua Been, Kim Ricker, Cecilia Smith


Session 1B (Lil Tex Room 1.122)

Card Catalog Conversions: The Revenant

Bethany Scott, Emily Vinson


OpenRefine: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Data Transformation

Kara Long, Darryl Stuhr

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

LUNCH (Commons Café)

Lunch will be provided in the Commons Atrium area. Attendees are also welcome to attend one of the lunch session birds of a feathers.

Lunch Session 1A (Campus Dining Room 1.210)

Birds of a Feather: Archivematica

Sara Allain, Drew Krewer

Lunch Session 1B (Bevo Room 1.140)

Birds of a Feather: DSpace Education

Shelley Barba

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Session 2A Lightning Round (Big Tex Room 1.102)

Target Practice Makes Perfect: A Guide for Color Management in Digitization Labs

Derek Rankins


We All Die Sometime: The Cason Monk Funeral Home Records

Kelley Snowden, Linda Reynolds, Perky Beisel


LibRepo Tools: An ETL Toolkit for Library/Museum Repository Teams

Tao Zhao


Enhancing Discovery and Slaying Workflows: Using the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway to Sync Repository Metadata to

Nerissa Spring Lindsey


The Training Games: A Method for Digitization Skills Refreshment and Certification

Marcia McIntosh, Shannon Willis


Modeling Tools to Ensure that Open Access Scholarly Publications are Publicly Useful: The Design and Impact of an OA Discovery Layer, Based at Texas A&M University Libraries

Bruce E. Herbert, Robert McGeachin, Sarah Potvin, Bennett Claire Ponsford, Anne L. Highsmith


DSpace for Research Datasets: Citizen Science Project at the University of Oklahoma

Zhongda Zhang


Making the Case for Grand Rounds at U.T. Southwestern

Cameron J. Kainerstorfer

Session 2B (Lil Tex Room 1.122)

Models for Community-supported Open Source Software

John Herbert, Debra Hanken Kurtz


Establishing a Land Surveying Digital Map Library: Review of Process and Technologies Created and Leveraged

Richard Smith, Ann Hodges, Seneca Holland, Son Nguyen


Launching ShoreNet

Laura McElfresh, Alexandra Mitchell, David Baca

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM



2:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Session 3A (Big Tex Room 1.102)

Systems Interoperability and Collaborative Development for Web Archiving – Filling Gaps in the IMLS National Digital Platform

Courtney Mumma, Mark Phillips


Texas Archival Resources Online: A Community-Driven Redesign

Amy Bowman, Leigh Grinstead


Session 3B Panel (Lil Tex Room 1.122)

Latin American Digital Initiatives: Building a Post-Custodial Digital Repository in Islandora

Theresa Polk, Melanie Cofield, Brandon Cornell, Jon Gibson, Jose Gonzalez Roa

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM



4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Session 4A (Big Tex Room 1.102)

Batch Processes for Faculty Work in an Institutional Repository

Gilbert Borrego, Chris Kehoe, David Roberts, Colleen Lyon


Automating Digital Collection Processes

Christopher Starcher, Robert Luttrell

Session 4B (Lil Tex Room 1.122)

“A Battle Axe in the Time of Battle” – Procedures, Policies, and Other Protectants When Working with Sensitive Content

Eric Ames


A Geospatially Oriented Humanities Exhibit

Todd C. Peters, Nathanial Dede-Bamfo, Jason R. Long

5:15 PM – 5:30 PM



5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Poster Minute Madness (Big Tex Room 1.102)


View Poster Abstracts


6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Reception (Commons Atrium)

Poster Session

TDL Awards Presentation

Hors d’oeuvres will be served and attendees will be given a drink ticket for the cash bar.



Thursday, May 26

7:30 – 9:00 AM – Registration Desk Open

J.J. Pickle Research Campus Lobby

Light breakfast will be available from 7:30 – 9:00 AM


9:00 AM – 10:15 PM

Session 5A: Lighting Round (Big Tex Room 1.102)

Rethinking “But this is how we’ve always done it!”

Shannon Willis


TDL Infrastructure within Amazon Web Services

Effie Bradley


A Catalyst for Social Activism: The Digital Black Bibliographic Project at Texas A&M University

Sarah Potvin, Rebecca Hankins, Maura Ives, Amy Earhart


Cataloging Services in Support of Digital Library Collections

Joseph Olivarez, Lisa Furubotten, Robert McGeachin


Modest Sized Academic Library Seeks Affordable Digital Signage

Charlotte Vandervoort


Stub Records: The Middle Path of ETD Curation

Shelley Barba, Heidi Winkler


The Making of … and the earth did not swallow him, a film by Severo Perez

Todd C. Peters


Session 5B (Lil Tex Room 1.122)

Streaming Audio and Video Experience (SAVE): A Solution to Publish Music-related ETDs

Le Yang, Christopher Starcher, Kenny Ketner, Scott Luker, Matthew Patterson, Daniel Johnson


Introducing MAGPIE (Metadata Assignment GUI Providing Ingest and Export)

William Welling, Stephanie Elmquist, James Creel, Jeremy Huff, Jason Savell, Rincy Mathew, Doug Hahn, Michael Bolton



10:15 AM – 10:30 AM



10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Session 6A (Big Tex Room 1.102)

Developments and Innovations in the Vireo 4.x ETD Submittal System

Stephanie Larrison, Gad Krumholz, James Creel, Jeremy Huff, William Welling, Rincy Mathew, Doug Hahn, Michael Bolton, Ryan Steans


Novel Workflow for Large Scale Thesis Digitization

Todd Peters, Jeremy Moore, Jason Long

Session 6B (Lil Tex Room 1.122)

Be Careful What You Wish For: The Development of the Texas Digital Archive

Mark Myers


A Model for Surfacing Hidden Collections: The Rescuing Texas History Mini-Grant Program at the University of North Texas

Jake Mangum, Marcia McIntosh

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM


LUNCH (Commons Café)

Lunch will be provided in the Commons Atrium area. Attendees are also welcome to attend one of the lunch session birds of a feathers.

Lunch Session 2A (Campus Dining Room 1.210)

Birds of a Feather: Fedora-Based Repositories

Melanie Cofield, Aaron Choate, Jessica Meyerson


Lunch Session 2B (Bevo Room 1.140)

Birds of a Feather: Web Archiving

Courtney Mumma, Mark Phillips

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Session 7A (Big Tex Room 1.102

Implementing Open Source Systems for Digital Asset Management and Preservation

Andy Weidner, Drew Krewer, Bethany Scott, Sean Watkins


Creating a Roadmap for Digital Scholarship Services at the University of Houston Libraries

Santi Thompson, Josh Been, Miranda Bennett, Lee Andrew Hilyer, Michelle Malizia

Session 7B (Lil Tex Room 1.122)

Digital Projects Outreach: A Challenge to Traditional Library Liaison Services

Lynn Johnson, Rafia Mirza, Derek Reece


The Data Archivist: The Archivist’s Role in Data Management and Preservation

Sarah Allain

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM



2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Session 8: Panel (Big Tex Room 1.102)

Diving into Data: Implementing a Data Repository at the Texas Digital Library

Santi Thompson, Kristi Park, Ryan Steans, Jeremy Donald, Bruce Herbert, Elizabeth Quigley, Sean Buckner, Wendi Arant Kaspar, Nick Lauland, Todd Peters, Denyse Rodgers, Cecilia Smith, Christopher Starcher, Ray Uzwyshyn, Laura Waugh


Closing Remarks


TxDHC Mini-Conference (Friday, May 27)

Separate Registration from TCDL Required

Commons Learning Center: Balcones Room 1.108

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Coffee & Hellos


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Session 1: Are We Having Fun Yet: Digital Collaboration Rules of Engagement

Sarah Potvin, Rebecca Hankins, Maura Ives, Amy Earhart

Discussion moderated by Charlotte Nunes

This discussion will center on the need for and development of authorship and collaboration policies that should be seriously considered and strategically placed at the center of any group project, and are particularly important for multidisciplinary groups that may encompass disparate authorship norms. Why is this necessary and what are some factors to consider before, during, and after forming collaborative projects? The speakers will discuss our model for assigning credit and authorship in the context of the Digital Black Bibliographic Project (DiBB), currently underway at Texas A&M University. In this first, proof-of-concept stage, the DiBB transforms Dorothy Porter’s A catalogue of the African collection in the Moorland Foundation, Howard University Library (1958) and Abdul Al-Kalimat’s The Afro-Scholar Newsletter (1983-91) into reusable datasets for black cultural research, in pursuit of a goal to diversify the digital cultural record. The participants will discuss and demonstrate the tool used to extract data from these literary resources.

The core DiBB project team consists of two English professors and two librarians, each of us co-PI on the grant and all faculty at Texas A&M University; key contributors include graduate and undergraduate students, a digitization lab manager, and a programmer. The core project team drafted an authorship and credit policy early on, and we continue to adjust and refine our approach as the project grows.

We will use this forum as a basis for discussing, surfacing, and sharing best practices for establishing and evolving collaborations. We seek to engage the audience in discussing what factors to consider when dealing with multiple faculty and students, an issue that can become thorny, particularly as projects change and grow, despite good intentions. How do we properly credit any work that is done to publicize or publish these multidisciplinary projects that universities and funding agencies are encouraging and oftentimes are requiring academics to secure in order to receive shrinking dollars?



Sarah Potvin is an Assistant Professor and Digital Scholarship Librarian at Texas A&M University. A founding editor of dh+lib and founding co-convener of the Libraries and DH SIG, her research looks at sociotechnical issues, including the relationship between digital humanities and libraries/librarianship, the history and evolution of standards, and the political economy of scholarly communication efforts in libraries.

Rebecca Hankins is an Associate Professor and a certified archivist/librarian who teaches courses on the use of primary sources for research in the areas of the African Diaspora, Women & Gender Studies, and Arabic Language and Culture. Her research and publications are centered on Muslims and Black popular culture production, archives, and librarianship viewed from a critical race theory lens. She has co-edited a collection of essays with Miguel Juarez (UTEP) titled “Where are All the Librarians of Color: The Experiences of People of Color in Academia” (Library Juice Press, January 2016).

Maura Ives is Professor and Interim Head of the Department of English at Texas A&M University and former Associate Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture.  She is the author of Christina Rossetti: A Descriptive Bibliography (2011), co-editor (with Ann R. Hawkins) of Ashgate Studies in Publishing History: Manuscript, Print and Digital (2013-2016), and has published articles in such journals as PBSA, Textual Cultures, Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative, the Journal of Academic Librarianship, and the Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies.


Amy Earhart is an Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and book collections. She has co-edited a collection of essays titled The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age with Andrew Jewell (U Michigan 2010) and written a monograph titled “Traces of the Old, Uses of the New: The Emergence of the Digital Humanities” (U Michigan 2015).



10:00 AM – 10:15 AM


10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Session 2: The Voices in the Margins: Socially Annotating with Students in an American Literature Course

Julie Sievers

Discussion moderated by Rafia Mirza

This session explores early results from a study on an emergent digital pedagogy: using social annotation activities (with the tool to support collaborative reading and analysis and to enable students to do public scholarship in a general education literature course. In this course, social annotation has been added to a more established digital pedagogy: students regularly blog about course texts in individual Wordpress blogs connected to a class site. This study examines how these pedagogies, particularly social annotation, shape students’ learning and their abilities to contribute to the construction of knowledge in the course.

Textual annotation and blogging tools have particular potential in literature courses, where reading and writing are core emphases. My students are using to annotate almost every primary text we read. They do so in a private, class group as they read them. By class time, they have already added their own comments, questions, information, and images to the text and seen and responded to their classmates’ comments and questions. For two longer projects, they move out of this private class space into public, taking control of a limited section of a literary text and producing scholarly annotations viewable by the public. Though students have not (yet) engaged in dialogues with readers in the margins of the public texts, they know their work may be read and even discussed by anyone who visits a page they have annotated.

In this required, lower-division, general education literature course, my 19 students are all non-majors and are sometimes minimally motivated or prepared to learn about American literature. Most feel ill-at-ease doing literary analysis, many express low confidence in their writing and analysis abilities, and few see themselves as having the expertise to contribute to the construction of knowledge in our course. As a result, I am particularly interested in how close textual annotation, combined with the social and public discursive space made possible by, might change how they learn, especially when tied to short and long writing assignments that require them to build their growing knowledge upon one another’s annotations.

Although social annotation pedagogies have become more common in college teaching in recent years, their use in literature courses, especially lower-division courses, remains limited., in particular, is a new tool, launched for general use only in October of 2014.  It was created by a non-profit organization that seeks to create an open layer of annotation over any page on the entire world-wide web. In addition to private class groups, in the public annotations students can interact with other annotators from all over the world on any web page.  

In this session, I outline what I have learned from studying students’ work and feedback on mid- and end-of-course surveys.  This presentation will be followed by a demonstration activity, in which participants set up accounts (a quick process), collaboratively annotate a sample text, and then critically inquire into the affordances and challenges of this pedagogy.


Julie Sievers is the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at St. Edward’s University—a master’s-granting, private university in Austin federally designated as a “Hispanic-serving institution” and dedicated to providing a liberal education for a diverse student body. In this role, she supports a culture of innovative and effective teaching and learning among St. Edward's faculty members. As a faculty development expert, she was recently named to the Fulbright Specialist roster by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, and she has published on faculty and educational development in To Improve the Academy: a Journal of Educational Development and the Journal of Faculty Development. A scholar of early American literature, she has also taught American literature and writing courses at the University of Texas at Austin, Denison University, and St. Edward’s University, and has published in Early American Literature, the New England Quarterly, and the William and Mary Quarterly. Her current research focuses on supporting scholarly teaching on the liberal arts campus, reflective practice and disciplinary discourses in teaching statements, and digital pedagogies in American literature. She received a Ph.D. in English in 2004 from the University of Texas at Austin.  


11:15 AM – 11:30 AM


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Session 3: Creating a Digital History Archive in Real-time

Kimberly Garza

Discussion moderated by Jennifer Hecker

Imagine the ability to have students involved in the creation of artifacts that add to a digital archive. Not simply scanning in old manuscripts, photos, or playbills that already exist in a physical archive, but generating new artifacts. I am in the midst of morphing a course from containing a one-off project each semester into a digital archive that will grow from year to year. I have my graphic design students document each street address in a particular neighborhood. In addition to the photographs, my students create animated GIFs and handmade books about their experiences in the neighborhood. Their work is informed by multiple visits to the neighborhood to walk, eat, shop, and participate in daily life. They read about the history of the neighborhood, analyze census data, and discuss current issues related to the neighborhood in the news.

The vision for the archive is that in several years, the photographs, animated GIFS, books, and accompanying metadata will form a striking visual gallery and provide insight into the changes brought on by gentrification. As it develops, I see many additional possibilities for integration with other archives, partnership with the community, and interdisciplinary work with sociologists, archivists, and historians. I also envision interesting digital history spin-off projects where students could trace a thread of a story through the archive while also adding to it.

Building the archive out of the course project is a slow work-in-progress. I’d like to share some of the work done so far and open up discussion to the crossovers and challenges around having students create new artifacts to an archive that will be used in the future. 



Kimberly Garza is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. As an educator, she employs innovative methods to create an engaging learning environment for her students. She recently published a chapter in Mobile Media Learning: Innovation and Inspiration about the development and learning outcomes of a mobile scavenger hunt she created for a course. Her current projects center around digital pedagogy, interaction design, and interdisciplinary collaboration.  


12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch & TxDHC General Meeting

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Session 4: 3D Printing and the Digital Humanities

Ray Uzwyshyn

Discussion moderated by Laura Mandell


In 2015, Texas State University Libraries put together requirements for an initial 3D printing infrastructure with a launch of a 3D printing service (Spring 2016).  An academic library’s central university space provides excellent opportunity for various areas of the university to find common ground.  The overview will delve into infrastructures needed and the wider rationale for a 3D printing in an academic library: synthesis of disciplines, technologically enhanced third spaces and interdisciplinary collaboration.  The presentation will focus on 3D printing as a tool for creativity enabling humanists to create new ‘physical’ artifacts and work with other disciplines overviewing a 3D printing lab pragmatically: staffing models, use case scenarios, stewardship and preliminary environmental scans.  A 3D printer lab in a library acts as a third space bringing together students and faculty from various university areas of the university to work on projects. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, digital humanities projects may be leveraged within a larger makerspace environment.



Ray Uzwyshyn is currently Director of Collections and Digital Services for Texas State University Libraries. Previously, he served as Director of Online Libraries for American Public University System, Head of Digital and Learning Technologies for the University of West Florida and Web Services Librarian for the University of Miami. Ray possesses a Ph.D. (NYU, Media Studies) and MLIS from the University of Western Ontario


2:30 PM – 2:45 PM


2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Session 5: Modus Operandi: Using Social Network Analysis to Uncover Formula and Patterns in Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler’s Short Fiction

Thomas Webb

Discussion moderated by Laurel Stvan


With the increasing acceptance of quantitative methods within the humanities, there will undoubtedly be a rise in the testing of previous qualitative research. In Graphs, Maps, Trees (2005), Franco Moretti styles experiments that “falsify existing theoretical explanations” as the radical end to quantitative literary analysis (30). In an effort to continue this conversation, this presentation uses social network analysis to quantify and visualize the presence of John G. Cawelti’s Hard Boiled Formula in Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler’s short fiction. This experiment is meant to use the collected data as a way to provide evidence supporting or refuting the argument Cawelti makes in Adventure, Mystery, and Romance: Formula Stories as Art and Pop Culture (1976) about formula in hard boiled crime fiction (HBCF). Specifically, these networks illustrate patterns related to the formation of plot, connections between characters, and the relationship between time and character. This presentation also moves away from testing the patterns established by Cawelti and assesses other possible formulas that are present within the studied corpus, and potentially across HBCF more generally. While this presentation is meant to provide quantitative methods to “falsify” another argument, it is also meant to be a larger meditation on the use and place of data and statistics in literary studies.


Thomas Webb is currently pursuing his M.A. in English at Kansas State University. His research interests include distant reading, the digital humanities, detective fiction, and contemporary American fiction. When he isn’t researching, teaching, or grading paper he enjoys spending time in the gym and on the couch.


3:45 PM – 4:00 PM


4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Lightning Talks & Wrap-Up

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Happy Hour / Group Dinner

Lavaca Street Bar

11420 Rock Rose Ave, Ste 100

Austin, TX 78758


Program Committee for the TxDHC Mini-Conference

  • Jennifer Hecker (University of Texas at Austin), Co-Chair and Local Arrangements Chair
  • Lisa Spiro (Rice University), Co-Chair
  • Laurel Stvan (University of Texas at Arlington), Texas Digital Humanities Consortium Conference Liaison
  • Dennis Foster (Southern Methodist University)
  • Laura Mandell (Texas A&M University)
  • Rafia Mirza (University of Texas at Arlington)
  • Charlotte Nunes (Southwestern University)
  • Toniesha Taylor (Prairie View A&M University)


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