Skeletons from a Homespuner's Closet: Tales & Tunes of John Samuel Williams

Completed in December 2017 for a Digital Libraries course, this is a small digital collection of excerpts from a manuscript of songs and stories written by a 19th-century Indiana teacher. I found this manuscript in IU’s Lilly Library.


The Petrarchive is directed by Dr. Wayne Storey, Professor of Italian, and Dr. John Walsh, Associate Professor of Information Science, at Indiana University. The project aims to create an interactive edition of Petrarch's Rerum vulgarium fragmenta (Rvf). I began my work as a contributor to this project in August 2017 by using the TEI to encode diplomatic and edited transcriptions of Petrarch's poems.

Instructional Video: Call Number Guides & Browsing

This is a Call Number Guide video that I created in collaboration with my co-intern and supervisor during my Fall 2017  Instruction and Outreach Internship in the William and Gayle Cook Music Library at IU. It shows students how to use Call Number Guides specific to their instruments, and also demonstrates how to find a score in the Music Library stacks. In the future, the video will be incorporated into an information literacy session taught annually to undergraduate music majors in a music theory course.

Mapping Music: The Soundscape of Ann Radcliffe's London

Begun in Fall 2017, this is the primary project I will be undertaking as a 2017-2019 HASTAC Scholar. As my work is still in its very early stages, there is no link to this project yet. However, a description can be found below: 

Mapping Music: The Soundscape of Ann Radcliffe's London centers around the intersection of literature and music in late eighteenth-century Britain. The works of British gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823) contain a striking feature that distinguishes her from preceding gothic writers: she includes descriptions of music and sound to enhance her characters’ and readers’ experience of sublime terror during her narratives. While few scholars have examined the origins and sources of her narrative use of music, her biographers note that she enjoyed attending musical performances in London. In an effort to better comprehend how Radcliffe would have interpreted the performances she saw and heard, this project facilitates an interdisciplinary understanding of the soundscape of late eighteenth-century London through a story map interface that will allow for interactive exploration of opera and oratorio performances. Each performance will be plotted on a map and accompanied by an entry about the performance, excerpts from reviews, and an analysis of the musical work in comparison to Radcliffe's writing. This comparison will be enriched through historical research, topic modeling and text analysis tools, which will be used to identify similarities between Radcliffe’s writing and the musical and narrative features of the performances. Ultimately, this project has the potential to assist students in interpreting eighteenth-century concert life, and to suggest insights into influences behind Radcliffe’s use of music. 

The INS and OUTS of the Music Library: Reflections on Instruction and Outreach Internships

This is a presentation that I delivered at the Midwest Chapter Meeting of the Music Library Association in October 2017 with my colleague and co-intern, Jessica Abbazio. With the guidance of our internship supervisor, we designed and delivered this talk to discuss our experience as instruction interns in a unique information literacy program in the IU Jacobs School of Music. In this internship, which spans the months of August to December, 2017, I have designed, taught, and assessed information literacy sessions for undergraduate and graduate students. I have also served as a personal information specialist for 30 students, edited and contributed to LibGuides, and staffed the reference desk in the William and Gayle Cook Music Library. You can view the slides from my presentation here.

Digital Humanities Internship

In the summer of 2017, I completed a Digital Humanities Internship at Carnegie Mellon University. During this internship I participated in a wide range of experiences, including participating in consultations between CMU's digital scholarship team (dSHARP) and disciplinary faculty, and editing Comic Book Markup Language (CBML) files for a digital archive of Latin American comic books. I collaborated with faculty to create a syllabus for a course designed to teach students about the history of Spanish-language comics in tandem with skills in XML and CBML-encoding, and I assisted with data formatting for a timeline visualization that documents the life and writings of Leo Tolstoy. I also edited and contributed to the dSHARP website, and transcribed oral history interviews for CMU's Oral History Program. At the end of the summer, I presented a summary of my internship to the Information and Library Science Department at Indiana University. You can view the slides from my internship presentation here.

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Investigation of the Uptake and Reach of ORCiD-Registered Researchers and Publications for THOR (Technical and Human Infrastructure for Open Research)

This is a project created for an Information Visualization course that I took in Spring 2017. I worked with a group of my classmates to collaborate with employees at ORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) and THOR (Technical and Human Infrastructure for Open Research) to produce graphs and network visualizations that would allow researchers to better understand the impact and effects of persistent identifiers in academic research. The project abstract is below. You can view the resulting visualizations here, and see a copy of our final paper for the course here.


THOR is a project engaged in analyzing the persistent identifier (PID) type Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID). Because ORCID is relatively new, few visualizations exist to help THOR project members understand and act on ORCID data. The objective of this undertaking is to create visualizations that reveal in which disciplines and geographic areas ORCID has become most popular, and between which countries collaborations have become most frequent over the years 2012-2016. Tableau was used to create a bar chart displaying top Web of Science categories of ORCID publications as well as line graphs and geospatial representations of countries with the top number of ORCID-registered Person and Publication IDs. Sci2 was used to create a geospatial network visualization of countries with the most collaborations. These visualizations provide greater insight into this subset of data on ORCID-users, and will allow THOR to determine where to focus future outreach efforts in the interest of promoting increased use of ORCID identifiers.

Comic Book Readership Archive (CoBRA) Project

Directed by Dr. John Walsh, Associate Professor of Information Science at Indiana University, the Comic Book Readership Archive is a digital archive documenting American comic book readership and fandom. I assisted with this project from December 2016 to May 2017 by encoding comic book fan mail in Comic Book Markup Language (CBML), an XML vocabulary.

Voices of Women Oral History Project

While working on my M.A. in Musicology at Ohio State University, during the summers of 2015 and 2016 I conducted over 100 oral history interviews for the Voices of Women Oral History Project, a joint project sponsored by the University Archives and The Women’s Place. I edited, formatted, and created abstracts for the written transcriptions of these interviews. I also edited and contributed entries to “An Encyclopedia of Pathbreaking Women at The Ohio State University,” a document that helps preserve and makes accessible the history of women at OSU.