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Authored by Alice Staveley

This summer, Lily Nilipour and Khuyen Le, Stanford undergraduates working in English, Comparative Literature, and Symbolic Systems, worked remotely for Stanford's Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) to help the MAPP team think about a redesign of the website.  They did a fantastic job, and here is their blog post on the process of reenvisioning a site to help our viewers and users navigate it better.  Next phase for the MAPP team will be working out implementation. Stay tuned for exciting changes coming in 2020-2021!

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Authored by Claire Battershill

The question of interfaces can be a vexed one for digital projects. Research-based projects are often discouraged from focusing too much on interface design, especially because digitization, robust metadata schema and creation, and careful archival description tend to be investments that can last for decades, whereas interfaces change with rapidly shifting tastes, softwares, and design trends. Data is usually exportable and transferable to a variety of formats, whereas the way a site looks is often locked into its particular instance of a content management system. Custom design can be very expensive, and it’s difficult to justify a high cost for a component of the project that may not last long.

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Authored by Helena Clarkson

 

As a project archivist working on MAPP, with this blog I hope to introduce myself, and to reveal some of the behind the scenes work taking place whilst we build this digital archive.

From the beginning I've been very excited by this project.  The aspect that I admire most about it is that one of its aims is to break down barriers for its audience. For an archivist, access is vital. A digital archive has far less restriction placed upon it, whether due to the fact there are no geographical boundaries, or a permissions process for users to pass through. This has great implications for researchers and the public.

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Authored by Helen Southworth

Doing some day-to-day editing work for MAPP, I find myself trying to track down a “dummy or mock up” (a lorem ipsum or placeholder copy) of Libby Benedict’s The Refugees (1938), once owned, according to my own cryptic notes from a while ago, by Williams College in Massachusetts. Libby Benedict’s biography has just appeared at MAPP, authored by eminent Woolf scholar Diane F. Gillespie, Professor Emerita at Washington State University, home to the Leonard and Virginia Woolf Library.

Alice Staveley's picture
Authored by Alice Staveley

Helen Southworth and Nicola Wilson were interviewed about Woolf and the press for an episode of French Culture, part of a series of programs hosted by Italian/French novelist Simonetta Greggio.

Take a look and listen!

https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/grandes-traversees-virginia-woolf-la-traversee-des-apparences/devenir-editrice-et-feministe-tuer-lange-du-foyer

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Authored by Alice Staveley

On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, we're excited to be hosting at Stanford University a companion conference to the June conference held at Reading University, on Women/Gender Minorities in Print/Publishing in the 20th Century.  This conference coincides with the annual MAPP group meeting and celebrates MAPP's new phase of development for which we have won a second round of funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in the form of an Insight Grant (2018-2023).  

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Authored by Nicola Wilson

We are delighted to share the programme for the Women in Publishing symposium at Reading next month, Thursday-Friday 13th and 14th June.

It is free to attend but places are limited - please contact Dr Sophie Heywood if you would like to attend (also stating any dietary or access requirements)

 

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Authored by Nicola Wilson

We are hiring an Archives Research Assistant to work on MAPP at Special Collections, University of Reading. This is a 0.4 post, fixed term for two years. Job spec and details on how to apply are available here: https://jobs.reading.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=4853

Written collectively by the students of ILS 695: Introducing Digital Humanities

Taught by Matthew Hannah, Spring 2019, Purdue University

 

E. P. Taylor, Amanda Leary, Alejandra Ortega, Bo Blew, Daniel Carrillo Jara, Margaret Sheble, Sunyoung Kim, and Shiyu Zhang

 

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Authored by Nicola Wilson

Women in Publishing, a one-day symposium at the University of Reading, Friday 14th June 2019 

“All publishing was run by many badly-paid women and a few much better-paid men” 

(Diana Athill, Stet: An Editor’s Life, 2002) 

 

Feminist book history and print culture is thriving. Recent books and projects exploring feminist publishers, modernist presses, and women’s work in periodicals and magazines has revealed the variety of ways in which women contributed to the circulation and production of nineteenth and twentieth-century print cultures. Academic interest in the value of networks and collaboration and the often overlooked aspect of women’s creative labour (#thanksfortyping) is at the forefront of some of this renewed interest in women’s diverse, deeply embedded work in publishing and the circulation of global print cultures. 

 

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