What’s an untrained faculty member to do?

I am interested in discussing how faculty members who receive no training or support can develop sites and online archives to promote their research and create online communities. Much of my research has been invested in the recovery of forgotten or under-appreciated authors. As the President of a society devoted to research on an under-appreciated author, I am interested in creating an online archive of the author’s works as well as archival material for use by researchers, teachers, and students. I have seen a few useful models on line, which I could present. One model was created in part by Ed White at Tulane. He is not able to attend the conference, but I have discussed the project with him and can share some of his experience. His site was created with WordPress with support from the American Antiquarian Society.

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About Anne Boyd Rioux

I am a professor of American Literature at the University of New Orleans and the President of the Constance Fenimore Woolson Society. I have been working on the recovery of women writers for thirteen years, but my experience with technology is more limited. I have a blog about my research, and I have taught online. But that is it.

4 Responses to What’s an untrained faculty member to do?

  1. Mary Niall Mitchell says:

    Hi Anne,

    I am very interested in finding more models to emulate for my own project, which I envision as sort of an organic, student generated/curated exhibit about the visual culture of the Civil War in the South. While I have a basic Omeka platform now (I don’t even know the right lingo!) I don’t know how to make it look more appealing or easier to navigate. Nor how to plan for future expansions of it, which I really hope to do each time I teach the course.


  2. Thanks, Mary.You are farther along than I, so I would love to see your site and hear about its creation. I would also love to hear from others with experience creating archival sites. I imagine there is a fair amount of overlap between literature and history archives. So we lit and history folks can learn a lot from each other (or I could learn a lot from you).

  3. Hi Anne
    I’m also interested in using the web to create scholarly communities around under-studied research topics. In addition to the conversation about strategies for online archiving, I’d also be interested in discussing how you and I also both use “scholarly blogs” to get conversations going (in your case, conversations about an under-canonized author, and in my case, conversations about New Orleans theatre and performance). How can we collaborate to create exciting and dynamic spaces that connect online archives to real-time scholarly or public or hybrid scholar-blog conversations about a specific research topic?

  4. Doreen Piano says:

    I am also interested in digital publishing using many of the photographs I’ve been taking of New Orleans as central to my research interests in visual rhetoric both in terms of an archive of these photographs as part of my scholarly identity online and embedded in digital essays. I also think Omeka can be a great space for advance literature students to do similar kinds of projects, Anne, but on a smaller scale. This is something Michael has discussed with Peter but it has never taken off b/c, well, …. Perhaps we need to be the emissaries once we feel comfortable with the program.

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