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Friday, February 12 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Shaping DH to Meet the Skills and Needs of a Rural Community

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Mahala Nyberg, "Shaping DH to Meet the Skills and Needs of a Rural Community"

Can you do DH in a region where broadband internet is a futuristic dream? What about digital outreach in a community where social media, and even email, can be an unfamiliar tool to some? The answer is yes! But, it may look a little different than what we digital humanists are used to.
Shortly after the COVID-19 shutdown last spring, I moved to a rural region of Vermont, known as the Northeast Kingdom, to begin working at the Old Stone House Museum and Historic Village (OSHM) to manage the museum’s collection and coordinate its frontline interpretation. Like many museums, we remained closed for our 2020 season and had to find ways to engage visitors online. Having recently completed a Digital Humanities graduate certificate at Northeastern University, I felt prepared to meet this challenge. However, I had to adapt my image of what this online engagement might look like.
In this session, I will discuss the ways in which I, along with my co-workers at the OSHM, have built our digital presence and interpretation over the past year to adapt to a world with COVID-19, while still addressing the needs and capabilities of our community. For the first half of the session I will share examples of our digital work, including online exhibits, events, and outreach and break down our approach to each based on our community needs. For the second half of the session, I would like to transition to a roundtable discussion in which attendees can ask questions or share their own experiences and insight related to meeting community level digital needs.


Friday February 12, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST

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