I am a recent graduate of the public history graduate program at Rutgers University. I currently serve as the digital media coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, where I wrangle bloggers and tackle our social media platforms.
In the last two years I've created an oral history database using StoriesMatter for the Salem County Historical Society, collected data on school group attendance for the education department at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I've digitized the Balch Institute Ethnic Images in Advertising Collection at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. I volunteer at the Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and the Digital Center at HSP.
In my spare time I am often silly and irreverent.
At some point, I really must stop working for free. After six whirlwind weeks in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I’ve started another internship at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. There isn’t much to say at this point except that I’m hard at work in the Digital Center, scanning images and taking names. Or more properly, scanning images and making digital records. I’ve only spent a few hours behind the wheel (so to speak), and quite a bit of that was spent in training mode. I also have to wait for the back-end information to update on the front-end. After one full day at HSP exactly ONE of my scans showed up on the digital site.
I am overjoyed. It is there. I did that.
In other not entirely unrelated news, THATCamp Philly looms on the horizon. Last year I had to bail early and I still learned a lot, so this year, I expect to be woozy from the learning.
Never been to a THATCamp? Why not? You do not have to be a digital humanities whiz, you just have to be passionate about the humanities and interested in working with digital whizzes (that’s unfortunate terminology right there) to get the meat of public humanities out into the public. It is about collaboration and the exchange of ideas. Also, there are snacks.