Botany Book Trace of the Week

There have been lots of interesting submissions on lately! One book trace, in particular, stands out for as evidence of its past use. Submitted by Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, the copy of Gray’s School and Field Book of Botany shows small plant samples pressed between its pages. Perhaps a past student felt moved to place examples for close study alongside the text?

Collating Wikipedia

FiveThirtyEight has put together a list of the 100 most edited Wikipedia articles, a marvelous occasion to take advantage of the Juxta Commons wikipedia API. Collate away on one of these controversial Wikipedia articles!

NINES in the News: Jerome McGann and Ryan Cordell

NINES in the news!

Jerome McGann, NINES founder and former director, was recently elected to the prestigious American Philosophical Society. The full press release cites McGann’s storied career and pioneering digital humanities scholarship, and he joins such illustrious society members as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Marie Curie, and Robert Frost. Read the local announcement here.

American editorial board co-head Ryan Cordell won the ProQuest/RSAP Article Prize for his work on American periodicals in 2013. The award committee cited Ryan’s exceptionally lucid prose as well his remarkable work with Juxta in their comments, and you can read more about Ryan’s exciting work in the full announcement.

New Peer-Reviewed Resource: Nineteenth-Century Disability: Cultures & Contexts

Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 8.31.06 AMNINES is pleased to announce the latest addition to our collection of peer-reviewed resources - Nineteenth-Century Disability: Cultures & Contexts. Congratulations to Project Director Karen Bourrier and the entire team! The site is an interdisciplinary collection of primary texts and images about physical and cognitive disability in the long nineteenth century. The archive aims, in particular, to help university level instructors and students incorporate disabilities studies perspectives in their classes and scholarship by providing contextualized primary resources.

You can browse and search the new resources in NINES via this search. Be sure to explore the site itself as well.

Book Traces in Hyperallergic

Lovely article covering Book Traces for Hyperallergic by Allison C. Meier. Keep up the great work in the stacks, Book Traces team!

Book Traces in The Atlantic

There was a surge of new book submissions last week for! No better time to check out the recent and great article on the project in The Atlantic. Help us expand the search! We might never know about the treasures in our libraries without your help.

Book Traces in Chronicle

Book Traces, the latest NINES project out in circulation, had a nice write-up on the Wired Campus Blog by Jennifer Howard. The internet is humming with people searching the stacks to find unique copies of nineteenth-century books. Join the search!

Book Traces

The newest project overseen by NINES is led by our very own director Andrew Stauffer. Check out Book Traces, which hopes to catalog unique copies of nineteenth-century books that exist right in front of us. We often assume that two copies of the same circulating book are identical, but Stauffer’s latest project is a crowdsourced attempt to show how many copies contain unique trace markings of their past owners. Join the search as readers around the world unearth copies that are often surprising, always interesting, and sitting right under our noses!

NINES Survey

As NINES looks to its own future, we want to make sure that we continue to serve the needs and desires of the rich NINES community. To this end, we are currently assessing the perceptions, needs, and desires of our broad base of users. Please fill out this brief survey about how you currently use NINES and about what you like to see from NINES in the future.

Please forward the survey widely to any interested people who use NINES. We hope to cast a wide net including undergraduates, graduate students, teaching faculty, librarians, and beyond.

Contact if you have any questions or further thoughts.

Call for Blog Posts on Juxta Commons

Just over a year ago NINES hosted a sharing competition asking users of Juxta Commons to share their favorite comparison sets. In the same spirit, NINES is excited to announce a new series of blog posts that will focus on the exciting uses that the Juxta community is finding for the tool. NINES seeks blog posts relating to Juxta Commons to be shared on both the NINES and Juxta Commons blogs. Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Juxta Commons as a classroom tool
  • Interesting discoveries made with Juxta Commons
  • How Juxta Commons facilitates your research
  • The limitations of Juxta Commons and what you would like to see from future developments
  • Comparison of Juxta Commons to other collation software

Stephanie Kingsley kicked off the series the past two weeks with her posts on “Work Flows and Wish Lists” and race, orthography, and enlightenment in Delany. Contact if you are interested in sharing your work and thoughts on Juxta Commons!