Week 1 (January 21): Introductions and Set-up
- Syllabus Review
- Course Blog Setup: WordPress or Ghost
- Twitter Hashtag: #DPubHist
- Favorite Examples of Digital Public History
Week 2 (January 28): What is Public History? What is Digital History?
Discussion Leaders: Sharon Leon
- Ian Tyrrell, Historians in Public (UChicago, 2005).
- Robert Weible, “Defining Public History: Is it Possible? Is it Necessary?” Perspectives on History (March 1, 2008).
- Robert Townsend, History’s Babel (UChicago, 2013).
- NEH Public Programs: Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations Implementation Grant Guidelines (PDF in right sidebar)
Week 3 (February 4): Audience, Accessibility, and Informal Education
Discussion Leaders: Ian
- Roy Rosenzweig and David Thelen, The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life (2000).
- Cohen and Rosenzweig, Digital History, “Building an Audience.”
- Accessible Future reading list
- Sam Wineburg, “Thinking Like a Historian,” TPS Quarterly
- How Students Learn: History in the Classroom (2005).
Week 4 (February 11): Site Visit and Digital Presence Evaluation (No Class)
Week 5 (February 18): Authority and Community Participation
Discussion Leaders: Erik Johnson
- Letting Go: Sharing Historical Authority in a User Generated World, ed. Bill Adair, et al. (Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, 2011).
- Nina Simon, The Participatory Museum.
- Trevor Owens’ 4 post series on Crowdsourcing
- Tim Causer and Valarie Wallace, “Building a Volunteer Community; Results and Findings from Transcribe Bentham,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 6:2 (2012).
[Due: Site Visit and Critical Review]
Week 6 (February 25): Digital Strategy
Discussion Leaders: Sharon Leon
- Erin Kissane, The Elements of Content Strategy (A Book Apart, 2011).
- Carolyn Royston and Charlotte Sexton, “Navigating the Bumpy Road: A Tactical Approach to Delivering a Digital Strategy,” Museums and the Web 2012.
- Sarah Hromack and Rachel Craft, “From the Ground Up (or the Inside Out): New Approaches to Digital Publishing,” Museums and the Web 2012.
- Robert Stein, “Blow Up Your Digital Strategy: Changing the Conversation about Museums and Technology,” Museums and the Web 2012.
- Dana Allen-Greil, Susan Edwards, Jack Ludden, and Eric Johnson, “Social Media and Organizational Change,” Museums and the Web 2011.
Week 7 (March 4): Digital Tools Refresher (No Class)
Spend some time building your skills with the applications you think you’ll need for your proof of concept project.
- Steve Krug, Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition (2005).
- Collections Management Systems (Collective Access)
- Content Management Systems (WordPress, Omeka, Drupal Gardens)
- Social Media (Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook)
- Preservation Systems (DuraCloud)
- Audio-visual (SoundCloud, VoiceThread, Screencast-o-matic, Animoto)
- Visualization (Many Eyes, Viewshare, Google Map-Engine Lite)
Week 8 (March 11): Spring Break
Week 9 (March 18): Exhibits, Physical and Digital
Discussion Leaders: James and Thomas
- Stephen Conn, Do Museums Still Need Objects? (2010).
- National Park Service/OAH report, “Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service.”
- Wyman, B., Smith, S., Meyers, D. and Godfrey, M. (2011), “Digital Storytelling in Museums: Observations and Best Practices.” Curator: The Museum Journal, 54:4 (October 2011): 461–468.
- Steven Gray, Claire Ross, Andrew Hudson-Smith, Claire Warwick, “Enhancing Museum Narratives with the QRator Project: a Tasmanian devil, a Platypus and a Dead Man in a Box,” Museums and the Web 2012.
- JAH Website Review Guidelines
- Sheila Brennan, “Getting to the Stuff: Digital Cultural Heritage Collections, Absence, and Memory,” Lot 49 (November 28, 2012).
- Monticello Explorer
- NY Divided
- Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963
- Digital Blue Ridge Parkway
- Minnesota Encyclopedia
Week 10 (March 25): Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections
Discussion Leaders: Christine and Chris
- David Bearman, Archival Methods, Archives and Museum Informatics Technical Report #9 (Pittsburgh, Archives and Museum Informatics, 1989).
- Blouin, Francis X, and William G Rosenberg. Processing the Past: Contesting Authorities in History and the Archives. (New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).
- National Archives and Records Administration Strategic Plan (2014-2019 Draft and 2006 -2016 Final).
- Yakel, Elizabeth, Seth Shaw, and Polly Reynolds. “Creating the Next Generation of Archival Finding Aids.” D-Lib Magazine 13, no. 5/6 (May 2007). doi:10.1045/may2007-yakel.
- Kate Theimer, ArchivesNext (Read around)
- National Archives and Records Administration
- California Digital Library
- Digital Public Library of America
- SNAC: The Social Network in Archival Context Project
- Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collections
- Atlas of Historical Geography of the United States
- Founders Online
Week 11 (April 1): Curating the Landscape
Discussion Leaders: Stephanie and Becky
- Sheila Brennan, et al., Mobile for Museums (Center for History and New Media, 2008).
- Tebeau, Mark. “Listening to the City: Oral History and Place in the Digital Era.” Oral History Review 40, no. 1 (January 1, 2013): 25–35. doi:10.1093/ohr/oht037.
- Deborah Boyer and Josh Marcus, “Implementing Mobile Augmented Reality Applications for Cultural Institutions,” Museums and the Web 2011.
- Matthew Fisher, Stacey Mann, Kim Sajet, and Minda Borum, “PhilaPlace to AnyPlace: Building a Reusable Community Platform for Mapping and Sharing History,” Museums and the Web 2011.
- Natasha Waterson and Mike Saunders, “Delightfully Lost: A New Kind of Wayfinding at Kew,” Museums and the Web 2012.
- Museum Mobile
- Cleveland Historical
- Museum of London, Street Museum
- Walking Cinema: Murder on Beacon Hill
- Histories of the National Mall
[Due: Content Strategy]
Week 12 (April 8): Oral History
Discussion Leaders: Kenna and Beth
- Oral History in the Digital Age
- Boyd, Doug. “OHMS: Enhancing Access to Oral History for Free.” Oral History Review 40, no. 1 (January 1, 2013): 95–106. doi:10.1093/ohr/oht031.
- Groce, Nancy, and Bertram Lyons. “Designing a National Online Oral History Collecting Initiative: The Occupational Folklore Project at the American Folklife Center.” Oral History Review 40, no. 1 (January 1, 2013): 54–66. doi:10.1093/ohr/oht018.
- Bracero History Archive
- American Folklife Center
- Making Sense of Evidence: Oral History — look at the “Try it Yourself”
- Secrets from Belfast
- Zachary Schrag, Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965–2009 (Johns Hopkins UP, 2010).
Week 13 (April 15): Evaluation
Discussion Leaders: Andrew and Kasey
- Elena Villaespesa, Tijana Tasich, “Making Sense of Numbers: A Journey of Spreading the Analytics Culture at Tate,” Museums and the Web 2012.
- Banny Birchall, et al., “Levelling Up: Towards Best Practice in Evaluating Museum Games,” Museums and the Web 2012.
- Hallie Preskill, “Museum Evaluation without Borders: Four Imperatives for Making Museum Evaluation More Relevant, Credible, and Useful,” Curator: The Museum Journal 54:1 (Jan. 2011): 93-100.
- Kirchberg, V. and Tröndle, M. “Experiencing Exhibitions: A Review of Studies on Visitor Experiences in Museums.” Curator: The Museum Journal 55:4 (Oct. 2012) 435–452.
- IMLS’s Evaluation Resources