Between Alexandria and Babel: Building and Exploring Digital Libraries
A Lecture by Paul Dilley, Ph.D.
Thursday, 2/25, at 4:00 pm in the Bayley Room, Beeghly Library
The past decade has seen unprecedented growth in the scanning of manuscripts and books, and the general proliferation of digital texts. The development of “million-book” online libraries will have revolutionary consequences for how we access, explore, read, and interpret literature. Digital Humanities plays a key role in the production and analysis of these extraordinary archives. Dr. Dilley will highlight two complementary strategies for unlocking their potential: rich annotation and distant reading.
Dr. Dilley conducts research in the religions of the Mediterranean world and Iran, from the Hellenistic period to early Islam. He is especially interested in the development of Judaism and Christianity within the various cultures of the Graeco-Roman world, including Egypt and Syria; and the classical tradition in these diverse environments. His book manuscript, “Care of the Other in Ancient Monasticism: A Cultural History of Ascetic Guidance,” traces the emergence of new techniques of psychagogy, or “care for souls,” and corresponding notions of the self and society, in the Christian ascetic movements of Late Antiquity. A second book project, “Don’t Laugh at Another’s Fall: Towards a Corpus and Theory of Ascetic Poetics,” examines early Christian stories about transvestite saints in the context of Graeco-Roman theater.
Dr. Dilley joined the University of Iowa in 2011. He has a joint appointment in Religious Studies and Classics and is a member of the Public Humanities in a Digital World initiative.
The lecture is made possible through Dr. David Eastman’s project Mapping the Martyrs, which is funded by Digital Collections: from Projects to Pedagogy and Scholarship, a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Five Colleges of Ohio. More information about the Ohio Five Libraries’ Mellon grant can be found on the project site: Digital Scholarship: Projects & Pedagogy.
Gearing up for the Mock Convention? Curious about the current candidates? Want to quickly find media coverage, polling figures or which candidate most aligns with your views? Then check out the libraries’ 2016 Presidential Election Guide. In addition to the items mentioned above, here you can also…
- Find information on how to vote
- Can easily research some of the hot-button issues of the debates
- Visit sites that help fact check the candidates’ statements
- As well as explore campaign financing and contributions
Updates will be made periodically and the guide will definitely narrow its focus after the primaries. So check back often!
Special Collections will need to close early at 2:45 pm on January 20th. Please plan accordingly. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Due to some unforeseen technical issues, CONSORT (Books & Media) is currently unavailable. During this time, you can search the collection through the OhioLINK catalog by limiting the Location to “CONSORT Colleges”. However, you will not be able to request items from other CONSORT or OhioLINK schools during this time.
Also, access to research databases from off-campus will be unavailable during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience. We hope the issue will be resolved soon.
The University and Beeghly Library will be closing at 3pm today. We will remain closed until January 4th when we return with shortened hours until the start of the semester on January 11th. Also a reminder that the 24 x 7 area of the library will also be closed until January 11th. For a detailed list of our hours, please visit our main web site at library.owu.edu. Have a great holiday season.
Earlier this year, Professor Rojas received an Andrew W. Mellon Grant to support his project Digital Map of the Poetics of Hispanic American Literature: An Interactive and Hermeneutical Exegesis. At the end of the semester, Professor Rojas and his students presented the results of their work at a public presentation. Read more about the presentation and future plans.
More information about the Ohio Five Libraries’ Mellon grant can be found on the project site: Digital Scholarship: Projects & Pedagogy.
CONSORT (Books & Media) will be unavailable for up to 24 hours beginning at 8am on Saturday, December 19th due to required maintenance. During this time, you can search the collection through the OhioLINK catalog by limiting the Location to “CONSORT Colleges”. However, you will not be able to request items from other CONSORT or OhioLINK schools during this time.
Also, access to research databases from off-campus will be unavailable during this time. Please plan accordingly. We apologize for any inconvenience.
On Thursday, Dec. 17th the Hobson Science Library will be open until 7:15pm instead of the 5pm as previously posted.
Please visit the following address to view extended and final hours for the OWU Libraries http://library.owu.edu/hours/fall-endhours-2015.pdf. Please note that Beeghly will re-open on January 4th. Hours will be 8:30am-5pm Monday-Friday until classes resume on January 11th. Also, beginning Dec. 23rd, the Library Internet Café and Bashford Lounge will NOT be open for student study during the hours that Beeghly is officially closed. 24 x 7 access will resume on January 11th.
Thanksgiving break hours for the OWU Libraries can be viewed at http://library.owu.edu/hours/thanksgivingBreakHours-2015.pdf. Please note that the Internet Café/Bashford Lounge will be open to students during the hours Beeghly Library is officially closed. Swipe your OWU ID at the outside entrance of the Internet Café to gain entry.