New site broadcasts the cumulative impact of the UI Political Science Department’s Shambaugh Conferences

Access to lectures and academic papers from the Benjamin F. Shambaugh Conference is now available at The conferences, sponsored by the Department of Political Science of the University of Iowa, are supported by funds in memory of Professor Benjamin F. Shambaugh, who headed the department from its founding in 1900 to his death in 1940.

“In preparing to organize the most recent Shambaugh conference, in October 2011, I realized that our department lacked any way to broadcast the cumulative impact of the Shambaugh conferences—the variety of topics addressed and the quality of the resulting publications,” said Political Science Prof. Bill Reisinger. “I also knew that the quality of my conference would be enhanced with a web-based location for conference information and the papers.”

Reisinger partnered with The Libraries to develop the site that allows users to manage various phases of the a conference process from proposal submissions and agenda posting to paper and presentation archiving. All proceedings managed on this platform are accessible through Iowa Research Online (IRO), a dynamic archive of the research produced by faculty, researchers, and students, from published articles in peer-reviewed journals to presentations, theses, dissertations, and unpublished papers.

The conference is among a growing stable of local conferences using the IRO conference management platform can accommodate one-time-only and repeat scholarly events, large multi-track events and single session symposia, new content as well as content from past events. This service is part of a larger one at the Libraries to help advance scholarly publishing.

For more information about the service please visit Digital Research & Publishing’s conference page or contact

— Nicole Saylor
Head, Digital Research & Publishing

Deadline near for UI public digital humanities grants

The deadline for the new Digital Studio for Public Humanities (DSPH) grant is next week. Launched in August 2011 by the Office of the Provost, the Digital Studio for the Public Humanities  encourages and supports public digital humanities research, scholarship and learning.

All proposals must be submitted electronically to the Office of the Vice President for Research via the UIRIS website. Applicants are advised to submit applications a few business days in advance of the Monday, February 6, 2012, due date, as problems can arise in the electronic submission process.  OVPR staff is available between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily to assist with submissions, according to the grant guidelines.

DSPH projects must be designed to result in the applicant developing research that will result in a digital project with a public dimension. Projects should make a significant contribution to the field, and enhance the applicant’s scholarly reputation among their peers.

The funds are for research conducted June 1, 2012 – September 1, 2013. If you have questions, please direct them to Cheryl Ridgeway (384-3332;

Digital Library Services has new staff, new name

untitled by Sarah Townsend | Collaged catalog card with stitching and ink wash.

The new year brings new changes to the digital library program at Iowa. Our department, formerly known as Digital Library Services (DLS), is now Digital Research & Publishing (DRP). The title change is an outgrowth of a larger Libraries reorganization and reflects a renewed emphasis on aiding scholars at work on digital research and publishing. The move away from Digital Library Services reflects the fact that these days “digital library services” could describe any number of things the Libraries provide.

Digital Research & Publishing will still administer the Iowa Digital Library, a collection of roughly a half-million digital objects, and Iowa Research Online, the campus institutional repository. With even broader library production support from Preservation and the newly named Cataloging-Metadata department, the Libraries is able to grow its capacity to reformat and process digital objects and generate metadata.

Since the beginning of fall semester, DRP has been co-located with the new Digital Studio for Public Humanities. This synergistic arrangement is aimed at creating deepened support for digital humanities research. We are also working with our library colleagues and other campus partners to identify larger infrastructure and service needs in support of geospatial and numeric data research, data management planning, and emerging forms of web publishing.

One of the best bits of news is the arrival of new DRP staff.

Shawn Averkamp is our new Data Services Librarian. She specializes in transforming source data and metadata for online use and reuse. She will also assist researchers in a variety of digital projects. Since 2009, Shawn worked as a metadata librarian at the University of Alabama Libraries, Tuscaloosa. There she collaborated with staff and researchers on metadata planning, creation, maintenance, and migration. Prior to her stint in Alabama, Shawn was a digital librarianship fellow at Iowa and served as a temporary librarian in DLS where she worked on projects involving metadata reuse, digital humanities, and institutional repository management. We are pleased to welcome her back to the UI Libraries and to the Midwest.

Christine Tade joins DRP after leading metadata production coordination in what was the rapid-cataloging department. Her efforts to train and manage catalogers handling digital library metadata production were instrumental in helping grow the Iowa Digital Library. A 27-year veteran of the Libraries, Christine will be doing a variety of digital libraries work, including managing a growing number of crowdsourcing projects in addition to the current Civil War Diaries & Letters transcription project. She has long been a close collaborator on digital library projects and we’re very happy to have her expertise in DRP.

Matthew Butler, the new multimedia consultant in the Library Information Technology unit, is a regular contributor to DRP initiatives. He assists with projects that involve audio and video, as well as 3D imaging and web delivery of streaming media. For the past 6-plus years, Matthew was the AV Specialist at the Iowa City Public Library where he produced video, did web development, and taught classes on the use of technology in libraries. We’re excited to have his expertise on a variety of research and teaching initiatives at the Libraries.

—Nicole Saylor
Head, Digital Research & Publishing

THATCamp Iowa City registration now open

Registration is now open for THATCamp Iowa City!  THATCamp Iowa City will run from Friday, March 30 to Sunday, April 1 at the University of Iowa. Conference sessions will be held Saturday and Sunday, with workshops on that Friday. THATCamp stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp.” It is an unconference: an open, inexpensive meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot.

The UI Libraries is a proud sponsor of THATCamp Iowa City.

—Nicole Saylor
Head, Digital Library Services

Winet new director of Digital Studio for Public Humanities

Jon Winet, Director of the Digital Studio for Public Humanities at the University of Iowa

Jon Winet has been named the inaugural director of the Digital Studio for Public Humanities at the University of Iowa.

The new Studio is a campus-wide initiative based in the Main Library that will encourage and support public digital humanities research and scholarship by faculty, staff, and students, including those involved in “Public Humanities in a Digital World,” one of the interdisciplinary faculty “clusters” that have been established so far under the UI Cluster Hire Initiative.

Provost P. Barry Butler Professor stated in a note to faculty late last week:

“Winet has long been a strong advocate and practitioner of public digital humanities and art.  Many of you may know him as one of the driving forces behind the online art and literature project The Daily Palette.  He directs The University of Iowa UNESCO City of Literature Mobile Application Development Team, which last fall launched ‘City of Lit,’ an iPhone app that highlights Iowa City’s rich literary history.  He has engaged in a series of collaborative projects around politics, art, language, and image in the Information Age, including ‘Novel Iowa City,’ an experimental community writing project created and presented via Twitter during the 2011 Iowa City Book Festival.  He is currently in pre-production on ‘First in the Nation,’ a New Media documentary project on the run-up to the 2012 Iowa Caucuses.  In 2007, he received the UI President’s Award  for State Outreach and Public Engagement.”

The Libraries is excited to have the Digital Studio located on the first floor of Main Library and we look forward to partnering with Jon and others on this exciting initiative. You will hear more about the Digital Studio in the months ahead, as it gets up and running under Jon’s leadership. Welcome, Jon!

Hear Iowa City readings from the new U.S. Poet Laureate

Headshot of Philip Levine
Philip Levine, from the Iowa Alumni Review, vol. 46, Jan. 1993-Dec. 1993, The University of Iowa

Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Philip Levine (57MFA), “best known for his big-hearted, Whitmanesque poems about working-class Detroit” was named the new U.S. Poet Laureate today.

“I find him an extraordinary discovery because he introduced me to a whole new world I hadn’t connected to in poetry before,” James Billington, the librarian of Congress, told the New York Times on Monday. “He’s the laureate, if you like, of the industrial heartland. It’s a very, very American voice. I don’t know that in other countries you get poetry of that quality about the ordinary workingman.”

Please enjoy these Levine readings from the Virtual Writing University Archive:

—Nicole Saylor
Head, Digital Library Services

Byron Burford’s work in the UIMA digital catalog

Late yesterday, the University of Iowa Museum of Art announced the passing of Byron Burford, Professor of Art at the University of Iowa for nearly 40 years. He died on Friday, June 17, at the age of 90.

Mildred Two Times, a painting by Byron Burford
Mildred Two Times, a painting by Byron Burford

According to the UIMA, Buford was originally from Mississippi and came to Iowa City to study with Grant Wood. “After graduating with an MFA in 1947, he became a fixture of local life, known for his jazz performances and as the director of the Great Byron Burford Circus of Artistic Wonders, a collection of motorized canvases that toured the Midwest.”

Buford’s work acquired by the UIMA can be found in the University of Iowa Museum of Art Digital Collection hosted by the Iowa Digital Library.

“Burford’s art is well-represented in major museum collections across the country. The UIMA first collected his work in 1968, with an oil painting from 1948 entitled Harmonica Player or Summer Event. Since then, the museum has acquired 16 additional works by Burford, many of which have proven to be very popular with visitors and staff alike.”

—Nicole Saylor
Head, Digital Library Services

Stradivari Quartet recordings now available online

Stradivari Quartet image taken from a 1969 film
The collection includes a film of the Quartet on tour, created and directed and edited by Kaye Finch; producer, Marshall N. Lovrien; photography, Franklin Sindelar. Includes extended portions of Haydn's Quartet in G major, opus 54, no. 1.

Forty-four years after its first public performance, the Stradivari String Quartet now has audio recordings from 1963-1996 publicly available in the Iowa Digital Library at

The collection is part of the Iowa Sounds Digital Collection, a growing digital repository of audio recordings that documents the musical and cultural heritage of the University of Iowa community.

The quartet made its first public performance with the Stradivarius instruments on May 19, 1967 in Macbride Auditorium in Iowa City.  The Iowa Quartet informally announced its name change on July 21 1969 at the International Music Camp in North Dakota, beginning the concert as the Iowa String Quartet, and ending as the Stradivari String Quartet.

The Quartet takes its name from a set of instruments known as the “Paganini Strads,” which were on loan to them from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C beginning in April 1967. After five years of tours and performances with them, the instruments were returned in the summer of 1972. The Iowa/Stradivari String Quartet was the teaching quartet in residence at the University of Iowa until 1996 when the newly formed Maia Quartet became the new quartet in residence. 

Personnel for the Stradivari String Quartet included:  Violin I – Allen Ohmes; Violin II – John Ferrell, Don Haines; Viola – William Preucil; Cello – Joel Krosnick, Charles Wendt.  Joel Krosknick appears on the earliest recordings from 1964-1966, but was not a member of the quartet when they changed their name to Stradivari.

The online collection was created between October of 2009 and March of 2011 by the University of Iowa Libraries from digitized cassettes and reels from the Rita Benton Music Library collection.

This collection of recordings is the latest edition to the Iowa Digital Library, which features more than 400,000 digital objects created from the holdings of The University of Iowa Libraries and its campus partners. Included are illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, fine art, political cartoons, scholarly works, and more. The University of Iowa Libraries is a strong supporter of new forms of scholarly publishing, digital humanities, data curation, and open/linked data.

—Joseph McKinley
Project lead

Personnel Dates Correlated to Recordings

Years Violin I Violin II Viola Cello
1964-1966 Ohmes Ferrell Preucil Krosnick
1966-1974 Ohmes Ferrell Preucil Wendt
1974-1996 Ohmes Haines Preucil Wendt

Digital humanities faculty searches underway

At Digital Library Services we are excited to see the new job postings for four faculty positions in support of a cluster initiative in Public Humanities in a Digital World. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is searching for the first three of an eventual six positions under this initiative. The new School of Library and Information Science director will be an active participant in the initiative as well.

“All positions in this initiative require interest in engaging collaboratively with communities and organizations across and outside the university.  New hires under this initiative will actively participate in exploring the role of digital practices on the production of scholarship and creative work in projects central to the humanities,” according to the job descriptions.

 For more information on the cluster hires, see the recent news release.

—Nicole Saylor
Head, Digital Library Services