Barbara Alvarez, Librarian for Romance Languages & Literatures and Comparative Literature
Barbara’s continuing interest in developing the field of digital humanities led her to create an independent project, Don Quixote in English. “This past spring, I had a graduate assistant that helped develop the newest version of the project, which follows the translations of the book into English. It began as a simple chronology, and then we continued to add more material and shape the content. I am very interested in pushing the boundaries towards new modes of research, while also preserving the materials that that research uses. In my department, I see a lot of interest with the students. The two areas I work with – Comparative Literature and Romance Languages – are very different, but in the last few years I have been trying to fill that gap between what the department offers and what I can offer, in terms of beginning guidance on what kinds of things you can do with digital humanities.”
Janet Crayne, Librarian for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Since 1992, Janet has had the continued interest of assisting Kosovo, Bosnia, and Croatia in the restoration of their lost library collections due to the Bosnian War and Siege of Sarajevo. “The first thing I did was on Christmas Eve: I emailed the contents of a typescript of all of the works that had been published in Sarajevo during the war to a group of librarians interested in helping. The paper was in really bad shape. I tried many avenues to get materials to Sarajevo; they’ve all fallen through, but I’m still looking into it today. A lot of other people are working on this too: scholars who risked their lives to go into Sarajevo during the war years, people who snuck out of the country to try to publicize what was going on. Sarajevo really needed support to get things going again, and now they’re completely independent. The librarians are doing an incredible job and I have a great amount of respect for them.” For her efforts, Janet was awarded a certificate of recognition at a conference in Sarajevo.