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  • Seeing the past with computers : experiments with augmented reality and computer vision for history / Kevin Kee and Timothy Compeau, editors
    AZ 105 S4 2019
    Recent developments in computer technology are providing historians with new ways to see--and seek to hear, touch, or smell--traces of the past. Place-based augmented reality applications are an increasingly common feature at heritage sites and museums, allowing historians to create immersive, multifaceted learning experiences. Now that computer vision can be directed at the past, research involving thousands of images can recreate lost or destroyed objects or environments, and discern patterns in vast datasets that could not be perceived by the naked eye.

    Seeing the Past with Computers is a collection of twelve thought-pieces on the current and potential uses of augmented reality and computer vision in historical research, teaching, and presentation. The experts gathered here reflect upon their experiences working with new technologies, share their ideas for best practices, and assess the implications of--and imagine future possibilities for--new methods of historical study. Among the experimental topics they explore are the use of augmented reality that empowers students to challenge the presentation of historical material in their textbooks; the application of seeing computers to unlock unusual cultural knowledge, such as the secrets of vaudevillian stage magic; hacking facial recognition technology to reveal victims of racism in a century-old Australian archive; and rebuilding the soundscape of an Iron Age village with aural augmented reality.

    This volume is a valuable resource for scholars and students of history and the digital humanities more broadly. It will inspire them to apply innovative methods to open new paths for conducting and sharing their own research.

  • Critical digital humanities : the search for a methodology / James E. Dobson
    AZ 105 D59 2019
    Can established humanities methods coexist with computational thinking? It is one of the major questions in humanities research today, as scholars increasingly adopt sophisticated data science for their work. James E. Dobson explores the opportunities and complications faced by humanists in this new era. Though the study and interpretation of texts alongside sophisticated computational tools can serve scholarship, these methods cannot replace existing frameworks. As Dobson shows, ideas of scientific validity cannot easily nor should be adapted for humanities research because digital humanities, unlike science, lack a leading-edge horizon charting the frontiers of inquiry. Instead, the methods of digital humanities require a constant rereading. At the same time, suspicious and critical readings of digital methodologies make it unwise for scholars to defer to computational methods. Humanists must examine the tools--including the assumptions that went into the codes and algorithms--and questions surrounding their own use of digital technology in research. Insightful and forward thinking, Critical Digital Humanities lays out a new path of humanistic inquiry that merges critical theory and computational science.

  • The shape of data in the digital humanities : modeling texts and text-based resources / edited by Julia Flanders and Fotis Jannidis
    AZ 105 S43 2019eb

    Data and its technologies now play a large and growing role in humanities research and teaching. This book addresses the needs of humanities scholars who seek deeper expertise in the area of data modeling and representation. The authors, all experts in digital humanities, offer a clear explanation of key technical principles, a grounded discussion of case studies, and an exploration of important theoretical concerns. The book opens with an orientation, giving the reader a history of data modeling in the humanities and a grounding in the technical concepts necessary to understand and engage with the second part of the book. The second part of the book is a wide-ranging exploration of topics central for a deeper understanding of data modeling in digital humanities. Chapters cover data modeling standards and the role they play in shaping digital humanities practice, traditional forms of modeling in the humanities and how they have been transformed by digital approaches, ontologies which seek to anchor meaning in digital humanities resources, and how data models inhabit the other analytical tools used in digital humanities research. It concludes with a glossary chapter that explains specific terms and concepts for data modeling in the digital humanities context. This book is a unique and invaluable resource for teaching and practising data modeling in a digital humanities context.

  • Conspiracies of conspiracies : how delusions have overrun America / Thomas Milan Konda
    AZ 999 K65 2019
    It's tempting to think that we live in an unprecedentedly fertile age for conspiracy theories, with seemingly each churn of the news cycle bringing fresh manifestations of large-scale paranoia. But the sad fact is that these narratives of suspicion--and the delusional psychologies that fuel them--have been a constant presence in American life for nearly as long as there's been an America.

    In this sweeping book, Thomas Milan Konda traces the country's obsession with conspiratorial thought from the early days of the republic to our own anxious moment. Conspiracies of Conspiracies details centuries of sinister speculations--from antisemitism and anti-Catholicism to UFOs and reptilian humanoids--and their often incendiary outcomes. Rather than simply rehashing the surface eccentricities of such theories, Konda draws from his unprecedented assemblage of conspiratorial writing to crack open the mindsets that lead people toward these self-sealing worlds of denial. What is distinctively American about these theories, he argues, is not simply our country's homegrown obsession with them but their ongoing prevalence and virulence. Konda proves that conspiracy theories are no harmless sideshow. They are instead the dark and secret heart of American political history--one that is poisoning the bloodstream of an increasingly sick body politic.

  • The international handbooks of museum studies / general editors: Sharon Macdonald, Helen Rees Leahy
    AM 5 I565 2015eb

    The International Handbooks of Museum Studies bring together original essays by a global team of experts to provide a state-of-the-art survey of the field of museum studies.

    Offers unprecedented depth of coverage and breadth of scholarship in this interdisciplinary field Accessibly structured into four thematic volumes exploring all aspects of museum theory, practice, controversies, and the impact of new technologies Includes a treasure trove of examples and original case studies Features original essays by an international team, including leading academics and practitioners, as well as up-and-coming names in the field Provides an indispensable resource for the study of the development, roles, and significance of museums in contemporary society

    4 Volumes


  • Computer-assisted research in the humanities : a directory of scholars active / edited by Joseph Raben
    AS 8 C63 1977
    Computer-Assisted Research in the Humanities describes various computer-assisted research in the humanities and related social sciences. It is a compendium of data collected between November 1966 and May 1972 and published in Computer and the Humanities.
    The book begins with an analysis of language teaching texts including the DOVACK system, a program used for remedial reading instruction. It then discusses the objectives, types of computer used, and status of the Bibliographic On-line Display (BOLD), semiotic systems, augmented human intellect program, automatic indexing, and similar research. The remaining chapters present computer-assisted research on language and literature, philosophy, social sciences, and visual arts.
    Students who seek a single reference work for computer-assisted research in the humanities will find this book useful.

  • Museum documentation systems : developments and applications / edited by Richard B. Light, D. Andrew Roberts, and Jennifer D. Stewart
    AM 139 M77 1986

  • Museum, archive, and library security / Lawrence J. Fennelly
    AM 148 F46 1983

  • Safety in museums and galleries / editor, F. Howie
    AM 148 S34 1987

  • The social museum in the Caribbean : grassroots heritage initiatives and community engagement / Csilla E. Ariese-Vandemeulebroucke
    AM 29 A75 2018eb

  • Diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in museums / edited by Johnnetta Betsch Cole and Laura L. Lott
    AM 11 D625 2019eb

  • Inspired by Bakhtin : dialogic methods in the humanities / edited by Matthias Freise
    AZ 186 I57 2018
    In seven essays, this book offers a tour de force through those seven disciplines in the humanities that lately underwent a fundamental transformation. In order to apply "exact" scientific methods, these disciplines turned away from their very subjects-- the understanding of the relationship or a dialogue that underlies the phenomena they are supposed to investigate. The revisionist approach in this book, based on Mikhail Bakhtin's work, traces the search for common and specific grounds of the humanities, beginning with psychologism through hermeneutics and semiotics up to the present state of self-annihilation. As an alternative, the book seeks to define humanities as the examination of relationships, which offers an array of refreshing perspectives on each field discussed.

  • Digital humanities and new ways of teaching / editor, Anna Wing-bo Tso

  • Scholars and scholarship in late Babylonian Uruk / Christine Proust, John Steele, editors

  • Digital humanities : history and development / Olivier Le Deuff
    AZ 105 L44 2018

    Where do the digital humanities really come from? Are they really news? What are the theoretical and technical influences that participate in this scientific field that arouses interest and questions? This book tries to show and explain the main theories and methods that have allowed their current constitution. The aim of the book is to propose a new way to understand the history of digital humanities in a broader perspective than the classic history with the project of Robert Busa. The short digital humanities perspective neglects lots of actors and disciplines. The book tries to show the importance of other fields than humanities computing like scientometry, infometry, econometry, mathematical linguistics, geography and documentation.

  • 101 museum programs under $100 : proven programs that work on a shoestring budget / Lauren E. Hunley, American Association for State and Local History
    AM 7 H85 2018

    Museums are amazing places doing astonishing things, often with little time and money. How do you create quality museum programming without breaking the bank? This book presents successful programs that have been successfully presented in real museums across the country for under $100. Each program included has been determined to be successful based on: -Program Components, -Budget, -Time Requirements (for both staff and audience), and -Scalability. Program details provided include: -Program highlights and planning strategies, -Categorized programs based on target audience, -Photos of program components and audience participants, and -Program marketing options. Over 50 figures and photographs make this a stellar programming tool your museum will use throughout the year.

  • Feminism and museums : intervention, disruption and change / edited by Jenna C Ashton
    AM 7 F46 2017

    Mention "feminism" outside of sociology or politics and you're often met with an eye-roll or confusion. However, the hard reality is that females remain a highly oppressed group globally: deemed inferior, suffering from violence and slavery, and denied educational, economic and political opportunities.

    In two volumes (1,344 pages), Feminism and Museums explores how museums are responding to these wider socio-political challenges, in which they too play a part. In an unprecedented range, depth and variety of case studies and analyses these volumes present feminist actions, interventions and disruptions which are impacting the processes of collecting, learning, interpretation and engagement in today's museums, galleries and heritage organisations.

    In 57 chapters, creative resistance by both high-profile galleries and grassroots activist collectives is presented, and issues of colour, disability, domestic abuse, indigenous rights, labour, land use, migration, pornography, rape, refugees, sexuality, sex-work, technology and work examined.

    Feminism and Museums creates a space of creativity, conversation and confidence, of dialogue and new knowledge, building on the ambitious practice and perseverance of museum workers worldwide, and bringing together new voices, contexts and methodologies to both inform and inspire.

  • The Routledge handbook of museums, media and communication / edited by Kirsten Drotner, Vince Dziekan, Ross Parry and Kim Christian Schrøder
    AM 7 R65 2019eb

    Museums today find themselves within a mediatised society, where everyday life is conducted in a data-full and technology-rich context. In fact, museums are themselves mediatised: they present a uniquely media-centred environment, in which communicative media is a constitutive property of their organisation and of the visitor experience. The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Media and Communication explores what it means to take mediated communication as a key concept for museum studies and as a sensitising lens for media-related museum practice on the ground.

    Including contributions from experts around the world, this original and innovative Handbook shares a nuanced and precise understanding of media, media concepts and media terminology, rehearsing new locations for writing on museum media and giving voice to new subject alignments. As a whole, the volume breaks new ground by reframing mediated museum communication as a resource for an inclusive understanding of current museum developments.

    The Routledge Handbook of Museums, Media and Communication will appeal to both students and scholars, as well as to practitioners involved in the visioning, design and delivery of mediated communication in the museum. It teaches us not just how to study museums, but how to go about being a museum in today's world.

  • Curatopia : museums and the future of curatorship / edited by Philipp Schorch and Conal McCarthy
    AM 7 C87 2019
    What is the future of curatorship? Is there a vision for an ideal model, a curatopia, whether in the form of a utopia or dystopia? Or is there a plurality of approaches, amounting to a curatorial heterotopia? This pioneering volume addresses these questions by considering the current state of curatorship. It reviews the different models and approaches operating in museums, galleries and cultural organisations around the world and discusses emerging concerns, challenges and opportunities. The collection explores the ways in which the mutual, asymmetrical relations underpinning global, scientific entanglements of the past can be transformed into more reciprocal, symmetrical forms of cross-cultural curatorship in the present, arguing that this is the most effective way for curatorial practice to remain meaningful. International in scope, the volume covers three regions: Europe, North America and the Pacific.

  • Digital humanities, libraries, and partnerships : a critical examination of labor, networks, and community / edited by Robin Kear and Kate Joranson (University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, United States)
    AZ 195 D545 2018

    Digital Humanities, Libraries, and Partnerships brings forward ideas and reflections that stay fresh beyond the changing technological landscape. The book encapsulates a cultural shift for libraries and librarians and presents a collection of authors who reflect on the collaborations they have formed around digital humanities work. Authors examine a range of issues, including labor equity, digital infrastructure, digital pedagogy, and community partnerships. Readers will find kinship in the complexities of the partnerships described in this book, and become more equipped to conceptualize their own paths and partnerships.

  • Digital sound studies / edited by Mary Caton Lingold, Darren Mueller, and Whitney Trettien
    AZ 105 D55 2018
    The digital turn has created new opportunities for scholars across disciplines to use sound in their scholarship. This volume's contributors provide a blueprint for making sound central to research, teaching, and dissemination. They show how digital sound studies has the potential to transform silent, text-centric cultures of communication in the humanities into rich, multisensory experiences that are more inclusive of diverse knowledges and abilities. Drawing on multiple disciplines--including rhetoric and composition, performance studies, anthropology, history, and information science--the contributors to Digital Sound Studies bring digital humanities and sound studies into productive conversation while probing the assumptions behind the use of digital tools and technologies in academic life. In so doing, they explore how sonic experience might transform our scholarly networks, writing processes, research methodologies, pedagogies, and knowledges of the archive. As they demonstrate, incorporating sound into scholarship is thus not only feasible but urgently necessary.

    Contributors. Myron M. Beasley, Regina N. Bradley, Steph Ceraso, Tanya Clement, Rebecca Dowd Geoffroy-Schwinden, W. F. Umi Hsu, Michael J. Kramer, Mary Caton Lingold, Darren Mueller, Richard Cullen Rath, Liana M. Silva, Jonathan Sterne, Jennifer Stoever, Jonathan W. Stone, Joanna Swafford, Aaron Trammell, Whitney Trettien

  • Treasures of the Royal British Columbia Museum and Archives / compiled by Jack Lohman ; with contributions from Steven Point, Martha Black, Richard J. Hebda, Grant Keddie, Gary Mitchell
    AM 101 V5153 R698 2015

    There's so much more to discover behind the world-famous exhibitions on display at the Royal BC Museum and Archives. The collections housed in the museum and archives include millions of plant and animal specimens, and great numbers of historical and archaeological artifacts, photographs, films, audio recordings and fine art.

  • Needham's inferno, by Richard J. Needham. Illustrated by Duncan Macpherson
    AC 8 N28
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