Digital Humanities Bibliography

The idea for this bibliography came about during 2014-2015 as the Digital Humanities Special Interest Groups were being formed in the Visual Resources Association and the Art Libraries Society of North America. With the recent flurry of publications in the digital humanities over the past five years, and increasing interest in digital humanities in academic disciplines, a comprehensive bibliography seemed all the more important.

Since neither SIG decided to pursue the project, John Taormina, director of the Visual Media Center in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University, and one of the founders of both SIGs, began developing the bibliography in earnest during the 2017-18 academic year. Work continued over the course of three semesters with the assistance of Duke students for data entry. During that time one undergraduate, Michael O’Sullivan, and two doctoral students, Katherine McCusker and Alex Strecker, contributed to the project.

Various bibliographies from digital humanities publications (books and journals) were identified, selected, and collated into this new bibliography. The first version of this document was released in February 2019 at 149 pages.  Additions to this type of compilation are ongoing and updates will be released quarterly. A filterable online version is in development.

Currently, the bibliography is being re-organized under categories such as art, art history, archaeology, and other disciplines; apps and software; data visualization, text mining, and databases; computational media, 3D modeling, and gaming; and other areas that fall under the digital humanities rubric.

The bibliography is available via the Duke Wired! Digital Art History & Visual Culture website:



What does a DH librarian look like?

Image from page 9 of "Colour : an elementary manual for students" (1891)
“The Three Color Sensations Illustrated”. From” Colour : an elementary manual for students” (1891). Flickr Commons.

There have been a lot of job announcements in the last couple of months from libraries looking for digital humanities professionals. It makes me wonder, what is the background and what are the skills for a DH position in libraries?

I chose five recent postings to examine and compare:
Humanities Data Curator at UC Santa Barbara

Digital Humanities Specialist at University of the Pacific

Humanities and Digital Scholarship Librarian at Grinnell College

Digital Humanities and Web Services Librarian at University of Delaware Library

Lead Developer for Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University

  • Four of five postings are looking for an MLS/MLIS.
  • Four of the five postings use the word “collaborate” or “collaborative”.
  • Four of the five postings want someone with experience with Omeka.
  • Four of the five postings include traditional librarian duties such as reference, collection development and instruction.
  • Three of the five postings use the word “creative”, and use it in the first sentence.
  • Three of the five postings specify experience with WordPress.
  • Two of the five postings specify experience with metadata standards.
  • Two of the five postings include digital exhibitions in the duties.
  • Two of the five postings reference creating or managing digital collections.
  • Two of the five postings specify working with digital assets.
  • Two of the five postings mention working with archives collections.
  • One of the five postings wants familiarity with database structure.
  • One of the five postings wants experience with digital publishing.
  • One of the five postings specifies information visualization in the job description.
  • One of the five postings specifies working with images or media.
  • One of the five postings asks for management experience.
  • None of the jobs mention cataloging, RDA,  or MARC.
  • How many jobs want which programming skills? XML/XSL (4), HTML (2), CSS (2), PHP (2), Python (2)

Do you find these elements surprising? Do these some of these specifications sound unfamiliar to you or in line with skills you have been developing? Are there skills that a DH professional in an art library or museum would need in particular that aren’t listed here?