January 19, 2022

Book Chapter: “Our Marathon: The Role of Graduate Student and Library Labor in Making the Boston Bombing Digital Archive” (Preprint Version)

The following article (preprint version) was recently shared on Humanities Commons.


Our Marathon: The Role of Graduate Student and Library Labor in Making The Boston Bombing Digital Archive


Jim McGrath
Brown University

Alicia Peaker
Bryn Mawr College


via Humanities Commons (Preprint Version)

Published in: Digital Humanities, Libraries, and Partnerships: A Critical Examination of Labor, Networks, and Community. Eds. Robin Kear and Kate Joranson. Oxford: Chandos Publishing, 2018.

Published Version: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/book/9780081020234


This chapter uses Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive to consider the ways that collaborative, public-facing digital humanities initiatives can conflict with institutional conventions and methods of evaluating academic labor. Collaborative work creates challenges as well as opportunities for its organizers and laborers. The particular institutional space of the English department is discussed in relation to digital projects, and it is brought into conversation with the role of collaborators from libraries and local communities.

Direct to Full Text (Preprint Version)
17 pages; PDF.

See Also: Direct to Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive


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