Kalani Craig, Michelle Dalmau named co-directors of IU's Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities

BLOOMINGTON -- Digital historian Kalani Craig and digital librarian Michelle Dalmau have been named co-directors of the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities at Indiana University Bloomington.

The Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities was established in 2007 by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at IU Bloomington. The institute works with faculty, students and others to foster the use of digital methods and tools in research and creative activities.

Located in the Scholars' Commons, part of IU's Herman B Wells Library, the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities serves as a campus hub for consultations, presentations, seminars, classes and programs related to digital arts and humanities. The institute partners with schools across campus including the College of Arts and Sciences; the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering; The Media School; the School of Art, Architecture + Design; and the Jacobs School of Music. They also partner with IU Libraries and University Information Technology Services.

The joint appointment of Craig and Dalmau will integrate IU's expertise in faculty-centered digital arts and humanities endeavors with world-class library expertise in digital distribution, preservation and sustainability.

"I'm very pleased that Kalani and Michelle have taken on IDAH co-leadership roles," said Ed Comentale, associate vice provost for arts and humanities at IU Bloomington and director of the campus's Arts and Humanities Council. "The campus's commitment to fostering arts and humanities is expanding, as is interest in digital arts and humanities projects across the country and around the world. Under Kalani's and Michelle's direction, I'm confident that IDAH will continue to emerge as a leading digital arts and humanities institute in the nation."

Craig is a clinical assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of History. She specializes in text and data mining and data visualization, as well as early medieval historiography and political history, medieval ritual, and conflict resolution. Craig has a Ph.D. in history from IU Bloomington.

Dalmau, a digital librarian at IU, is head of Digital Collections Services at IU Libraries. In this role, she facilitates digital library and digital humanities projects and services at IU Libraries and affiliated cultural heritage organizations on campus. Dalmau holds a Master of Library Science and a Master of Information Science from IU Bloomington, with undergraduate degrees in English and art history.

Carolyn Walters, the Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries, is enthusiastic about the potential of this latest library collaboration and the opportunity for IU Libraries to engage even more deeply in digital arts and humanities.

"With the newly established co-director model for IDAH, Bloomington faculty and students are able to pursue digital research and pedagogy holistically, bringing together disciplinary, domain and technological expertise in ways that promote successful projects and campus-level initiatives," she said.

Craig and Dalmau look forward to bolstering the services and resources that the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities provides to campus faculty. They have several programs planned, including:

  • IDAH Faculty Fellowship Program -- Designed to help faculty advance collaborative digital arts and humanities projects.
  • Make the Arts and Humanities -- A visiting-speaker series that explores how the arts and humanities contribute to the world around us by integrating theory and method into the digital-maker movement.
  • Choosing a Digital Method -- An annual series of workshops that focus on digital methods for research, creative activity and teaching; recent arts and humanities scholarship; and technical resources on campus.
  • Summer Incubator -- A weeklong summer workshop during which faculty and graduate students will get full-time technical and methodological support from the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities to kickstart a project and build a plan for completion.

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