I’m honored to be part of the first class of community representatives for the Digital Public Library of America. The 100 (!) of us are from 36 states, 2 international countries, and work in a range of fields from higher ed to public libraries to publishing. Over the next year, I plan on holding events and meetups with Atlanta-area organizations to highlight the possibilities for using the DPLA’s collections.

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Happy 2014!

I have some thoughts that have been percolating about digital humanities, spurred by a great series of panels at the American Studies Association this year. I’ll be putting a call for collaborators out later in the year, but I find myself a bit snowed under at the moment. So I’ll leave 2013 with this:

Author with HTML 4 bookMay your World Wide Web be filled with clean HTML.

Happy New Year,



On Stereogranimator


Super cool: Chris Sawula explains the NYPL’s Stereogranimator, a new tool that allows you to create your own 21st century-style stereoscopic photos. (Spolier alert: animated .gifs are involved.)

Originally posted on Christopher P. Sawula:

In the last two weeks, I’ve been working with two digital projects that I think are incredibly useful for both teachers and historians. The first, from NYPL Labs, is the Stereogranimator. Developed in response to the large body of stereoscopic photographs at the New York Public Library, the Stereogranimator allows you to create either anaglyphs or animated gifs of the 3D images originally captured by stereographs. In the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries, stereography soared in international popularity and allowed viewers to feel as though they stood in front of landmarks, battlefields, local and national celebrations, and the wreckage of natural disasters.

Ruins of Great Fire in Boston, 1872

While many of these stereographs have been preserved at archives and libraries around the world, the images require a stereoscope to be viewed properly. These devices function in a similar manner to the View-Masters many of us grew up with…

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“White supremacy has its uses…”

From Teju Cole’s reflection on Mandela in The New Inquiry:

White supremacy has its uses. Because of its great care and its thoughtful strategy, because of the tireless way it hoards its hatred, it is good at making heroes. Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Desmond Tutu: what would our lives have meant without theirs? No wheel moves without friction. Without the obscenity of white supremacy to resist, they might have been mere happy family men.

Rest, Madiba, the First Accused.