The Forum for Classics, Libraries, and Scholarly Communication (FCLSC), also known as the Classics Librarians’ Forum, brings together librarians and researchers interested in classical studies, in order to promote the exchange of information and ideas and to collaborate on projects of mutual interest. The impetus for the forum grew out of meetings at Princeton University and the Center for Hellenic Studies in 2004. As an officially affiliated group of the Society for Classical Studies since 2005, the Forum aims to support initiatives of the SCS relating to libraries and scholarly communication.
The officers of the Forum are Jeremy Ott (University of California, Berkeley), chair, and Megan Daly (University of Florida), secretary. Their term lasts two years from January 2021 to January 2023.
Past chairs have included David M. Ratzan (ISAW/New York University), Rhea Lesage (Harvard), Colin McCaffrey (Yale University), Lucie Stylianopoulos (University of Virginia), Catherine Mardikes (University of Chicago), David Sullivan (University of Notre Dame), Gerald Heverly (New York University), and Rebecka Lindau (Princeton).
The Forum for Classics, Libraries, and Scholarly Communication (FCLSC) is sponsoring Ancient MakerSpaces 2022 at the SCS/AIA Annual Meeting on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 from 8am to 1pm PST.
It is nearly time for the Annual Joint Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies and the Archaeological Institute of America, and the Forum for Classics, Libraries, and Scholarly Communication (FCLSC) is excited to be sponsoring the fifth Ancient MakerSpaces (AMS2022) workshop at the SCS/AIA annual meeting.
Ancient MakerSpaces is a half-day “workshop” meant to bring attention to projects working at the intersection of Digital Humanities and ancient world studies. Almost all research, scholarly communication, and teaching in ancient studies today bears the imprint of digital technology in some way, yet the growing number of projects and the rapid rate of technological development combine to present a distinct challenge for scholars who are interested in taking advantage of these advances. Since 2017 AMS has been a space at the SCS/AIA annual meeting for students and scholars to interact with experienced digital humanists presenting on and demonstrating a variety of digital techniques and digital projects of broad application for teaching, research and publication. AMS2022 runs from 8:00am until 1:00pm on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.
AMS2022 organizers Savannah Bishop (Koç University), Aaron Hershkowitz (Institute for Advanced Study), Daniel Libatique (College of the Holy Cross), Rachel Starry (UC Riverside), Natalie Susmann (MIT), and Sean Tennant have done an incredible job in this challenging year to bring a full and varied line up to the 2022 Annual Meeting. The schedule, which consists of three sessions and a concluding panel, appears at the end of this announcement.
This year the format will again be slightly altered from that of past iterations of AMS in order to accommodate the virtual setting of the meeting. Each of the morning sessions will start with presentations, which are made up of lightning talks and introductions to active demonstration projects. After a brief break there will be a Q&A period. The final portion of each morning session will be dedicated to project demonstrations followed by a discussion. During the demonstrations, breakout rooms will be opened so that presenters can lead audience members through the use of their resource or project while answering questions. The event concludes at noon with a panel discussion.
If you have never been to AMS — and even if you have, everything is different this year! — here are a few answers to FAQ you may have:
- You must be registered for the AIA/SCS meeting to attend AMS, but there is no separate registration required for AMS itself. You can join the AMS session at any time through the conference platform.
- You do not need to stay for the whole event: please come and go as you please. Just bear in mind that the separation of presentations from Q&A and demonstrations may make it helpful to stay for the entirety of a particular session, even if your interest is mostly in one project or presentation.
- No previous experience with Digital Humanities is necessary to participate—we welcome everyone who is interested in or curious about this fast-growing area.
- All morning sessions will have Breakouts to allow for more in-depth demonstration, discussion, and Q&A for showcased projects.
- Participants are encouraged to use the AIA/SCS conference hashtag #AIASCS or the AMS hashtag #AncMakers on social media, and AMS organizers will be watching the #AncMakers tag for questions to bring into discussion sessions. However, please respect presenters’ wishes if they indicate that they do not want their talk tweeted.
The first AMS workshop was a collaboration of David M. Ratzan and Patrick Burns at the 2017 SCS/AIA meeting. At the 2020 SCS/AIA Annual Meeting the FCLSC voted to become the sponsoring body for the workshop and AMS2021 was the first organized under its aegis. Schedules and descriptions of previous AMS workshops may be found here: AMS 2017 / AMS 2018 / AMS 2019 / AMS 2021.
Unit 1 (8:00-9:05am PST)
- Welcome and opening remarks
- Konstantinos Kopianos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), “ArchaeoCosmos. Historical Geography of the Mediterranean and the Near East from the Prehistory to Late Antiquity”
- Anne Chen and Kyle Conrau-Lewis (Yale University), “Yale Digital Dura-Europos Archive”
- Christopher Motz (University of Cincinnati), “Integrating custom maps into off-the-shelf database programs with Leaflet”
- Breakout Sessions for Demonstrations
Unit 2 (9:15am-10:20pm PST)
- Unit 1 Recap
- Robert Consoli (Independent Scholar), “The Mycenaean Atlas Project”
- Alexandra Ratzlaff (Brandeis University), “Imaging and Imagining Artifacts in a Virtual Environment”
- Angela Cinalli, “Poeti Vaganti Project”
- Breakout Sessions for Demonstrations
Unit 3 (10:30-11:40am PST)
- Unit 2 Recap
- Stella Fritzell (Bryn Mawr College), “Mythodikos: Digital Visualization of Mythical People & Places”
- Anne-Catherine Schaaf, Natalie DiMattia, Augusta Holyfield, Rose Kaczmarek (College of the Holy Cross), “A Composite Model for Scholia Transmission”
- Sabrina Higgins (Simon Fraser University), “Peopling the Past Podcast”
- Chris S. Saladin (University of Minnesota), “Mapping Greek History: Survey123 and Crowdsourced Mapping in the History Classroom”
- Breakout Sessions for Demonstrations
Panel Discussion (12:00-1:00pm PST)
Topic: “Digital Tools During the Pandemic”
What tools, methods, and approaches will we carry forward from the COVID era? What do we want to leave behind? Together with our panelists, the moderator will help us explore how the pandemic and the shift to digital venues has affected pedagogy, research, and interactions with ancient culture in terms of equity, accessibility, and key aspects of identity like race and gender.
- Moderator: Nandini Pandey, Johns Hopkins University
- Clara Bosak-Schroeder, University of Illinois
- Flint Dibble, Dartmouth College
- Francesca Giannetti, Rutgers University
- Nadhira Hill, University of Michigan
- Kaitlin Moleen, West Essex Regional High School
The schedule and other information can be found at this site: https://libatique.info/AMS2022/.
Annual Meeting 2022 (VIRTUAL)
The Forum for Classics, Libraries, and Scholarly Communication will be holding its next annual meeting online on Jan. 6, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time during the joint annual meeting of the AIA and SCS. Please contact FCLSC Secretary Megan Daly (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the Zoom meeting link. The meeting is free and open to all who are interested.
The FCLSC business meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. PST and will be followed at 11:05 a.m. PST by a talk about the Cambridge Greek Lexicon from Professor James Diggle, Editor-in-chief of the lexicon and Emeritus Professor of Greek and Latin at the University of Cambridge.
The meeting agenda is here.