Catch us on the Road!

From the Geological Survey of Illinois, Vol. 5 (1873) in the collection of the original St Ignatius College Library.

From the Geological Survey of Illinois, Vol. 5 (1873) in the collection of the original St Ignatius College Library.

Connecting with the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project just got easier! In the next few months, team members from the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project will present at conferences throughout the United States.

The talks begin here, in Chicago or the Third Coast, with Lunch & Learn: Fostering Engaged Learning with Museum and Archive Collections, a program for Loyola faculty on Thursday, O‌ctober 9th, 2014 11:30am – 1:00pm at the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) Simpson Lecture Hall.  Danielle M. Forchette, M.Ed., Center for Experiential Learning, and Dr Kyle Roberts will explore how museum and archive collections can provide resources for engaged learning across the disciplines. Drawing from the Crossings and Dwellings exhibition, they will look at ways works of art and primary sources can provide inspiration and fresh points of entry into the reflection activities that are critical for the student’s engaged learning experience.

Evan Thompson’s will discuss the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project as part of a larger panel on the “Digital Future of Jesuit Studies” at the conference Crossings and Dwellings: Restored Jesuits, Women Religious, American Experience, 1814-2014 in Chicago on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus on Saturday, October 18th, at 11:45 am.  The conference closes the exhibition of the same name on display at LUMA, Loyola’s Museum of Art, which has a gallery devoted to the work of Loyola students reconstructing Loyola’s original library catalogue.

Project Director, Dr. Kyle Roberts will be presenting at the Newberry Library on Wednesday, October 29 at 4 pm. Roberts’ talk “Historic Libraries as Sites for Teaching Digital History,” focuses on what he’s learned about teaching digital history through the reconstruction of the original St. Ignatius College library and digitally archiving the surviving books provenance information.

Next, in November, the project team travels to the East Coast to present at Bucknell University’s Digital Scholarship Conference, titled, “Collaborating Digitally: Engaging Students in Faculty Research.” Roberts and Thompson present on Sunday, November 16 at the “Old Records, New Questions, New Collaborations” session. Their paper “Analog Library Books and Digital Scholarly Collaboration,” promises to close the three-day conference well, simultaneously showcasing new opportunities for collaboration and raising questions about the processes.

Roberts then goes to the West Coast for the American Academy of Religion’s Annual Meeting in San Diego. He presents on the “New Media, New Audiences: Making the Study of Religion Online” panel the first day, November 22. Together with Sally M. Promey, R. Marie Griffith, Nausheen Husain, and Hussein Rashid, the panel focuses on how born digital projects intended for wide audiences fit into the tradition and established modes of scholarship in the academy.

The team returns to the East Coast in January to present at the American Society of Church Historians and American Catholic Historical Association meeting in New York City on January 3. Here, Roberts and Thompson will discuss digital approaches to nineteenth-century Catholic print culture.

Although we’d greatly appreciate meeting you in person, there are ways to remain digitally connected to the project as Roberts and Thompson travel from coast to coast. Follow up with them in upcoming blog posts and look out for live tweets from the conferences!

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