The Five College Consortium is exploring a June program introducing Digital Humanities to an audience of librarians and IT staff at our institutions.  The Consortium in western Massachusetts includes Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, four liberal arts colleges and one ARL.  We are interested in identifying speakers who can discuss digital humanities vision or digital humanities work in liberal arts settings targeted at undergraduate teaching and research.  We are open to a variety of interpretations on/definitions of the phrase “digital humanities”’ and its intersection with other initiatives around teaching with technology in the undergraduate curriculum.  We envision a panel followed by breakout sessions during which we will ask our panelists to participate in small group discussion.  Possible topics for discussion include:
--What does it mean to do work in this field in liberal arts colleges?
--How to help faculty navigate shifting technologies 
--Mapping out new collaborative relationships (inside our institutions and across the Five Colleges)
--Where should conversation around research/teaching/technology be happening? 
--Content mashups and the development of new kinds of “collections”
--The library's role in a supporting digital culture
--What professional skill sets are needed to support digital humanities work? 

If you have interest in participating on our panel and in small group discussion, we would like to hear from you!  Please submit a brief proposal online at by March 8th, describing your interest in the areas outlined above and your interest in speaking to our audience.  We are looking towards mid-June for the program itself and will confirm dates with the identified speakers.  Please direct questions to:

Erin Stalberg,
Chair, Five Colleges Consortium Digital Environment Development and Coordinating Committee (DEDCC)
Director of Discovery and Access
Library, Information, and Technology Services
Mount Holyoke College
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