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Aug18

Northeastern University Library Receives Two National Endowment for the Humanities Grants

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August 8th, 2018 – The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Northeastern University Library a $500,000 Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grant. The funded project – Research Infrastructure for Digital Scholarship – will further propel Northeastern’s commitment to digital scholarship, the synthesis of archival materials and data, and experiential education. This challenge grant will expand the Library’s technical capacity through the creation of four new staff positions to undertake technical development, data design, and semantic data integration.

Northeastern University Library also received $197,000 from the NEH’s Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities program to support “Word Vectors for the Thoughtful Humanist: Institutes on Critical Teaching and Research with Vector Space Models”, a series of four three-day institutes that will explore the use of word embedding models for textual analysis.

Formed in 2013, The Library’s Digital Scholarship Group has undertaken several important digital humanities projects, including Design for Diversity, Our Marathon, TAPAS, and the Women Writers Project. This challenge grant will continue to support these projects, as well as provide support for the recently announced Boston Research Center, which will be housed in Snell Library. The director of the Digital Scholarship Group, Julia Flanders, will provide leadership on both grants, and Sarah Connell is a co-director on the “Word Vectors” grant.

“In many ways these grants recognize and reward the great progress we’ve made over the past five years in establishing the Library as a significant research partner in the digital humanities at Northeastern, and affirm Northeastern’s status as a leader in this space” states Patrick Yott, Associate Dean for Digital Strategies and Services.

“We deeply appreciate this major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and are truly excited about the additional projects and overall capacity this funding will underwrite in the Library and across Northeastern,” said Dan Cohen, the Dean of the Libraries.

Posted in: Digital Humanities, Experiential Research Library, Library News

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  1. Gordon McGinnis, August 9, 2018:

    Hello Dean Cohen,
    Reading the press releases of new funds and your vision on how to use them I would like to talk to you about how/when you could expand the library records re: Residence Life on campus. The first year for a men’s dormitory was 1957 at 428 Marlborough St.There were 23 of us chosen to live the plus two residence proctors. I was elected to be the president for the 57-58 year and had to interact with Dr Ell(then university president)and many in the administration on a social basis.I still have personal letters with them at the time. About 10 years ago I decided to do research on who the 23 were and current status. I soon found out thru your library records that your “resident life” records don’t go back before 1967. I talked to your predessor and current President a out this and he directed her to contact me and try to update your records. I never heard from anyone. I’m almost 80 yrs old and would be willing to share any records I have about the people wbo lived there and correspondence I have if a yone is interested.I would think NU history is more important than some of your suggested topics which the new money apparently is going to be used for.My cell # is 781 718 6443.email is niblick348@aol.com.
    Gordon McGinnis-class of 1962 civil eng.

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