In partnership with departments across Duke and practitioners across the Research Triangle, Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) offers a variety of open workshops and symposia focused on digital projects, methods, tools, and best practices. Subscribe to our listserv for upcoming DSS events or follow us on Twitter @DukeDSS (Digital Scholarship Services) / @MurthyDigital (Murthy Digital Studio).

Questions about training possibilities for yourself or your project team, or want to suggest topics for future programs? Contact askdigital (at) 


Munch & Mull: Librarians and Digital Scholarship Project Agreements

January 10, 2019 / 12:00 - 1:00 / Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library 

Nathan Kelber (Digital Scholarship Specialist, UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries) leads a discussion about project agreements / memoranda of understanding used at UNC Libraries. Join us to learn how these agreements manage expectations of ongoing support, ensure that librarians are credited for their work, and distinguish among levels of support and engagement for various projects.  

Munch & Mull: A Framework for Library Support of Expansive Digital Publishing

January 24, 2019 / 12:00 - 1:00 / Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library 

Paolo Mangiafico, Liz Milewicz, and Will Shaw facilitate discussion of A Framework for Library Support of Expansive Digital Publishing (available under a Creative Commons Attribution license @ This report summarizes the work of an investigation at Duke University into how libraries can embrace their role in the maturing space of digital humanities publishing, particularly as they seek to support what we call “expansive digital publishing.”

Digital Brown Bag: Project Vox: Realizing a DH Project 

February 7, 2019 / 12:00 - 1:00 / Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library 

Project Vox concerns an important, relatively recent, scholarly development in philosophy: the acknowledgement that a number of early modern women have been unjustly ignored in our narratives of the history of philosophy. From Mary Astell, Lady Masham, Margaret Cavendish and Anne Conway in England to Émilie Du Châtelet in France, many women played significant roles in the development of modern philosophy, but their contributions have often gone unnoticed. Co-directors, Andrew Janiak (Professor, Philosophy) and Liz Milewicz (Head, Digital Scholarship Services), will discuss the early stages of Project Vox and how an idea developed into a project with 15+ team members.  

Munch & Mull: Librarians Doing DH: Exploring the Memory Project with Automated Text Analysis

February 14, 2019 / 12:00 - 1:00 / Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library 

Luo Zhou will share her ongoing digital scholarship work with the materials from the Memory Project archives in the Rubenstein Library ( Currently underway, in collaboration with Duke Libraries Digital Scholarship Services, is a project to explore methods of text analysis with interview transcriptions from the archives. 

2019 Digital Scholarship Open House 

February 21, 2019 / 12:00 - 1:30 / The Edge Workshop Room (Bostock Library 127) 

At its annual open house Duke University Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Services department showcases some of its work over the past year. This year’s slate of speakers and projects offers a view into the lifecycle of digital scholarship – from organizing files and creating digital workflows for underlying research, to engaging audiences for the resulting scholarship – and the often highly collaborative nature of that work. Whether you are looking to learn more about digital humanities or want to start your own project, join us for lunch and conversation with this cross-disciplinary and cross-professional panel as they discuss the motivations behind their projects, the people and work involved in realizing it, and the insights and skills gained along the way. 

Munch & Mull: Design for Diversity

February 28, 2019 / 12:00 - 1:00 / Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library 

Molly Bragg reports on the 2018 Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum workshop “Design for Diversity: Towards More Inclusive Information Systems.”  The Design for Diversity project is “an IMLS-funded project focusing on the ways in which information systems embody and reinforce cultural norms, asking how we might design systems that account for diverse cultural materials and ways of knowing.” Join us for a discussion of the workshop, its key takeaways, and how we might foster inclusion and diversity in the many information systems that facilitate scholarship.  

Digital Brown Bag: Community-Based Learning and the Potential of Digital Humanities: A Learning Innovation Bass Fellows Project

March 7, 2019 / 12:00 - 1:00 / Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library 

Duke Learning Innovation engages Duke PhD students in fellowship programs to advance their professional development in digital teaching and learning design (also see Bass Digital Education Fellowship Program). Join us for a conversation with Sophia Stone and Giulia Ricco who share core components of the program model, digital pedagogies, consulting approach, digital projects, and the potential to integrate teaching, research, and service in a holistic way that is unique to digital scholarship and PhD students' professional development. 

Munch & Mull: Reflecting on the Libraries’ Graduate Student Instruction Program

March 14, 2019 / 12:00 - 1:00 / Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library 

Greta Boers, Heidi Madden, Liz Milewicz, and Will Shaw lead a discussion of their forthcoming book chapter in Academic Library Services for Graduate Students: Supporting Future Academics and Professionals (2020, Libraries Unlimited). Reporting on the work of the Libraries’ Graduate Student Instruction Program (GSIP), the chapter offers a case study in providing relevant research instruction for graduate students as well as in managing change.

Digital Brown Bag: Digital Musicology: Composing a Research Guide

March 21, 2019 / 12:00 - 1:00 / Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library 

When established disciplines incorporate digital practices into their methodologies, the limits of a field expand. Join Laura Williams (Head, Music Library) and Liz Crisenbery (PhD Candidate, Musicology) to discuss the burgeoning field of digital musicology. We will explore the current terrain, extant projects, and resources available at Duke to those interested in learning more or creating their own project. 

Munch & Mull: Educause / New Media Consortium Horizon Report

March 28, 2019 / 12:00 - 1:00 / Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library 

Sophia Stone, joined by students from her Digital Pedagogy course, leads a discussion of the 2018 Educause / New Media Consortium Horizon Report.  The report ( outlines many trends and developments germane to academic libraries, such as teaching digital literacies, publishing open educational resources (OERs), and supporting interdisciplinary scholarship.

Digital Brown Bag: Sowers & Reapers: DH Pedagogy in the Classroom

April 4, 2019 / 12:00 - 1:00 / Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library 

The Bass Connections' class Sowers & Reapers provided an opportunity for undergraduate students to document the relationship between gardening, human rights, and displacement in Durham, NC, using digital pedagogies. The class features a publicly accessible website that features students’ research on two historic garden clubs and one community garden in Durham and a collaborative Instagram account that shows how students engaged with the class themes while developing their research projects. Join Giulia Ricco (Romance Studies) and Robin Kirk (Cultural Anthropology) to discuss their strategies for including digital humanities pedagogy in the classroom.

Munch & Mull: Guidelines for Evaluating Digital Scholarship: How are Librarians Involved?

April 11, 2019 / 12:00 - 1:00 / Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library 

Lee Sorensen and Sean Swanick will facilitate a discussion of guidelines for evaluating digital scholarship in different fields. Looking at examples such as the College Art Association's Guidelines for the Evaluation of Digital Scholarship in Art and Architectural History, Middle East Studies Association's Guidelines for Evaluating Digital Scholarship, and Modern Language Association's Guidelines for Evaluating Work in Digital Humanities and Digital Media, we’ll  examine how different guidelines solicit or reflect the input of librarians and what their implications are for library services. 

Digital Brown Bag: Incorporating Digital Final Projects into Undergraduate Courses

April 18, 2019 / 12:00 - 1:00 / Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library

Sasha Panaram is a Ph.D. Candidate in English also pursuing certificates in African & African American Studies, Women’s Studies, and College Teaching at Duke University. She is currently teaching an English course entitled “Treasure(d) Maps: Writing the American South,” which is affiliated with the Representing Migration Humanities Lab and sponsored by the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Instructorship Fellowship. During her Digital Brown Bag presentation she will discuss the origins of the course, how teaching with maps can prompt different engagements with literary texts, and the challenges and successes of incorporating digital final projects into the class, especially as it concerns developing assignment guidelines and accompanying rubrics.    

Munch & Mull: Building the Human Infrastructure Behind Library Publishing

April 25, 2019 / 12:00 - 1:00 / Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library 

Liz Milewicz leads a discussion of what “publishing” means in a library context, using the Library Publishing Curriculum as well as information created and collected by the Library Publishing Coalition as a guide. As part of that discussion, we’ll consider how (or whether) these curricular materials meet Duke librarians’ professional development needs in publishing, and what we would want and require in order to build librarians’ capacity for supporting library-based publishing services. 

Munch & Mull: Reimagining Doctoral Education at Duke

May 9, 2019 / 12:00 - 1:00 / Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library 

Join us for a discussion of the Report of the Provost’s Committee on Reimagining Doctoral Education, a group that has been working since fall 2017 to assess Duke doctoral programs and suggest ways that they can adapt and respond to issues facing Ph.D. programs everywhere.  We'll focus on ways that Libraries staff can be involved in the evolution of graduate education at Duke.

Munch & Mull: Library Services + Tenure and Promotion

May 23, 2019 / 12:00 - 1:00 / Murthy Digital Studio, Bostock Library 

All are invited to join us for a discussion of the ways in which library staff and services play a role--or might potentially play a role--in the tenure and promotion process for faculty.  Readings, reports, and possible discussion questions will be circulated in advance of this Munch & Mull.  

FALL 2018

Data Management 101 for Humanists 

Wednesday October 3, 2018 from 1–3pm in Bostock 023 Training Room

Humanists work with various media, content and materials (sources) as part of their research. These sources can be considered data. This workshop will introduce data management practices for humanities researchers to consider and apply throughout the research lifecycle.  Good data management practices pertaining to planning, organization, documentation, storage and backup, sharing, citation, and preservation will be presented through a humanities lens with discipline-based, concrete examples. While general good data management practices are relevant across disciplines, participants working specifically within the humanities are the intended audience for this workshop. 

Digital Publishing: Multimodal Storytelling

Monday, October 8, 2018 from 10am–12pm in Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)

This workshop will provide an overview of common options for publishing sound and video on the Web, focusing on the benefits of various platforms, licensing and rights issues, accessibility issues to consider, and methods of integrating multiple media into research publications. Platforms and tools will include Vimeo, YouTube, SoundCloud, and, for presenting materials in an interactive timeline, Sway and Tableau story feature. Participants will be able to match their digital research with appropriate platforms for public dissemination and will realize the strengths, limitations, and legal issues of various platforms.

Format: This two-hour workshop is meant to promote and engage discussion around students’ specific digital publishing concerns. Consequently, attendance is capped at 15 students, and participants will be asked to share their specific interests and needs ahead of time, to help ensure that presentation examples and discussion points are sufficiently relevant. Sessions will provide numerous examples (projects and tools) to help illustrate key points.

Digital Publishing: Reaching and Engaging Audiences

Monday, October 8, 2018 from 1–3pm in Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)

Who are the intended users of your digital publication? How can you reach new audiences and keep your existing audiences actively engaged? We'll learn about some of the ways successful projects connect with their users and promote their work to potential audiences. We’ll also consider how to effectively and ethically involve and credit audience involvement in one’s research and do a quick overview of some annotation tools that foster this kind of engagement (e.g., VideoAnt, StoryMap, Genius, Participants will leave this session with a solid grounding in the ethical and logistical dimensions of engaging audiences and incorporating audience involvement into their own publication practices.

Format: This two-hour workshop is meant to promote and engage discussion around students’ specific digital publishing concerns. Consequently, attendance is capped at 15 students, and participants will be asked to share their specific interests and needs ahead of time, to help ensure that presentation examples and discussion points are sufficiently relevant. We will provide numerous examples (projects and tools) to help illustrate key points.

Text/Data (RCR Days): Acquiring and Preparing a Corpus of Texts

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 10am–12pm in Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)

This workshop focuses on the technical dimensions of corpus development.  Using an array of printed matter—from digital facsimiles of incunabula to modern letterpress/offset books—we will explore the risks and benefits of optical character recognition (OCR); file formatting and naming issues; organization strategies for large corpora; and problems of data cleaning and preparation.  We will also look at some common sources for textual research data, such as Project Gutenberg, the Internet Archive, and Google Books.  While this session will not examine legal issues in detail, we will discuss some common legal concerns around the use of textual corpora.

Text/Data (RCR Days): Topic Modeling and Document Classification with MALLET

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 1–3pm in Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)

Participants in this session will acquire a general underatanding of topic modeling, the automated analysis technique often referred to as "text mining." Topic modeling can refer to a number of different algorithms, which are computationally intensive adn mathematically complex. To facilitate a hands-on approach with a focus on process, this workshop uses the open-source MALLET toolkit as a platform for exploring topic modeling with LDA (Latent Dirichlet Allocation) and will not offer a comparison of algorithms. In addition to topic modeling, this session introduces the concepts of sequence labeling and automated document calssification, both of which are also possible with MALLET.

Digital Brown Bag: What is DH?: A Gentle Introduction

Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 12–1pm in Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio)

The nature of digital humanities work can be as diverse as the humanities itself, making it difficult to understand what it is, let alone how to incorporate it into one’s scholarly practice. Will Shaw (Digital Humanities Consultant) and Liz Milewicz (Head of Digital Scholarship Services) discuss their own entry into this field, the different approaches and objectives it can encompass, and past and present projects at Duke that demonstrate these qualities. As the first event in the Digital Brown Bag series of campus digital scholarship discussions, their talk will also highlight the range of opportunities available at Duke for building skills and experience in digital humanities work. 

Digital Brown Bag: Public Engagement: Considering a Scholarly Audience

Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 12–1pm in Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio) 

Meredith Graham (Department of Music) is the Outreach & Assessment Coordinator for Project Vox, a DH project that publishes materials about early modern women philosophers. Outreach for Project Vox involves managing the social media accounts, sending the bi-annual newsletters, and publishing the blog on our homepage. The O&A team developed creative strategies for connecting with our scholarly audiences, including a new Revealing Voices blog series. The event will involve a discussion about the necessity for outreach in coordination with DH projects, how to cultivate a scholarly community on social media, and how to make meaningful connections to audiences.  

Digital Brown Bag: Digital Humanities Summer Institute: What it is, why you want to go, and how to get there

Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 12–1pm in Bostock 121 (Murthy Digital Studio) 

Described as a cross between a "skills workshop, international conference, and summer camp," the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) provides novices and advanced practitioners with immersive training in digitally inflected research, pedagogy, methods, and concerns. (A preliminary list of 2019 courses are available online: Join Brian Norberg (Trinity Technology Services), Adrian Linden-High (Department of Classics), and Liz Crisenbery (Department of Music) for an insider’s view of DHSI and tips on how to fund and make the most of this experience.


Duke Libraries Digital Scholarship Services department collaborates with researchers in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, at any level of study, to plan and build digital research projects. We supply consultation on technical matters, project management, and best practices for a wide range of technologically-engaged research. We also encourage learning and experimentation in digital scholarship through exploratory projects, programs of hands-on instruction, graduate student internships, and resources and programming in The Edge / Murthy Digital Studio.