Robert Townsend Article in Perspectives

Robert B. Townsend, a presenter at the Sustaining Digital History meeting, has written an article titled, “How is New Media Reshaping the Work of Historians?” that is featured in the current (November 2010) issue of Perspectives on History: The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association. Dr. Townsend presented some of the slides and data found in this article at the October Sustaining Digital History meeting. This is the second of three articles reporting findings from a spring 2010 survey of research and teaching practices in the historical profession. The article is available online here. However, it is currently only available online to AHA members.


Two digital history interviews conducted in conjunction with the Sustaining Digital History meeting, with presenters Anne Sarah Rubin and Abby Smith Rumsey, are now available to view here. In the future, more interviews with other presenters and editors will appear. This blog will alert visitors when new interviews are available. These interviews, which concentrate on questions connected to issues of new-model scholarly communication and the overall sustaining digital history initiative, are located within the ongoing series of interviews at

Meeting Schedule

Below is the meeting schedule. Please follow the meeting and other Sustaining Digital History initiative topics on Twitter, #SDHSUG.

Sustaining Digital History
Meeting Schedule, Friday 1 October 2010
Colonial Room, First Floor, City Campus Union
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

8:30 AM:  Objectives and Agenda
Doug Seefeldt
, Assistant Professor of History & Faculty Fellow, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, UNL, Will Thomas, Chair, Department of History, Professor of History, John and Catherine Angle Chair in the Humanities, UNL

8:45 AM:  JSTOR’s Role in the Changing World of Scholarly Communication
Michael Spinella
, Executive Vice President, Global Content Alliances & JSTOR Managing Director

9:00 AM:  Discussion

9:15 AM:  AHA’s Perspective on the Changing World of Scholarly Communication
Robert Townsend
, Assistant Director, Research and Publications, American Historical Association

9:30 AM: Discussion

9:45 AM:  Insights from the Scholarly Communication Institute
Abby Smith Rumsey
, Director, Scholarly Communication Institute, University of Virginia

10:00 AM:  Discussion

10:15 AM:  Morning Break

10:30 AM:  Roundtable Discussion: How to Manage Digital Scholarship (Peer Reviewing, Editing, Publishing, Preserving…)
Journal Editors: Eliza Canty-Jones, Editor, Oregon Historical Quarterly; Tamara Gaskell, Historian & Director of Publications and Scholarly Programs, Historical Society of Pennsylvania & Editor, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography; Christopher Grasso, Professor of History, College of William & Mary & Editor, William & Mary Quarterly; David Rich Lewis, Professor of History, Utah State University & Editor, Western Historical Quarterly; John F. McClymer, Professor of History, Assumption College & Editor for Online Projects, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era; Willis Regier, Director of the University of Illinois Press; Robert A. Schneider, Professor of History, Indiana University–Bloomington & Editor, American Historical Review; Carl Weinberg, Editor of the OAH Magazine of History

Noon:  Lunch Break

1:00 PM:  Authoring Digital Scholarship: Challenges and Opportunities
Anne Rubin
, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

1:15 PM:  Discussion

1:30 PM:  Roundtable Discussion: Digital History Authorship
Journal Editors and Participants

2:00 PM: Roundtable Discussion: Feasible Next Steps
Journal Editors and Participants

3:15 PM:  Break for Nebraska Digital Workshop public talks

UVa Scholarly Communication Institute Report

The Scholarly Communication Institute at the University of Virginia Library has recently published a new report titled, “Scholarly Communication Institute 8: Emerging Genres in Scholarly Communication.” One of Sustaining Digital History’s distinguished presenters, Abby Smith Rumsey, serves as Director of the Institute and crafted the fine report that in some ways parallels and speaks to similar issues of new-model scholarly communication on which our meeting and overall initiative will focus.  Click here for more information on the Scholarly Communication Institute and its report: .