• Georgia Library Conference 2018 Presentation

      Griggs, Adam; Miranda, Stephanie; Morton, Gail; Pham, Christian (2018-10-04)
      Digitizing Black Life and Culture in Middle Georgia is a Digital Humanities (DH) collaboration between Mercer University’s Department of Africana Studies, Mercer University Library, and the Macon-Bibb County Clerk’s Office to digitize and create a searchable database of primary source materials that document slavery and African American life in Macon, Georgia and the surrounding areas. These records reside in the Macon-Bibb County Courthouse and include property records detailing the sale/purchase of slaves, Chain Gang records, and plantation maps. Ultimately, this project will provide access to primary source documents for researchers, local community members, and the public to better understand of the breadth and consequences of slavery in Middle Georgia before, during, and following the Civil War period. As the first Digital Humanities project Mercer University Library has initiated, building the framework alongside our partners was a learning experience.This project was initiated with the hope of supporting students, faculty, and the community while simultaneously kickstarting Mercer University’s DH program. We will discuss the genesis of this project to its successful implementation and the library’s role facilitating DH research. Our discussion will include working as partners with faculty, building institutional support, applying for funding, training students, creating workflows, and promoting and launching the resource. Additionally, we will discuss specific challenges and lessons learned in developing our particular DH project and collaborating with community partners. Finally, we will address the future of the project which will involve going into the community to educate the public about the history and impact of slavery in Middle Georgia.
    • Implementing Service-Learning Partnerships: Educating Scientists in the Present and for the Future

      Trogden, Bridget G. (2014-08)
      The purpose of this research is to shed light on the power of partnerships between advanced college science students, K-8 students, teachers, and home-schooling parents. The pedagogical difficulties and educational opportunities of each population is explored via qualitative analysis, with an evaluation of the strengths gained by connecting the groups via a service-learning project. An emphasis on the active, discovery-based nature of science is paramount to the project, and the partnerships allowed for human development of young scientists in ways that are not always achievable through traditional academic experiences.
    • IT and the Library: Partnering Together for Student Success

      Rogers, Denise; Gillies, Scott (Mercer University, 2017)
    • IT and the Library: Partnering Together for Student Success

      Gillies, Scott; Rogers, Denise (Mercer University, 2017)
    • The Ken Medema Collection

      Botts, Laura M. (2017-10-21)
    • Oral History with Beth Pickens

      Thompson, Douglas; Pickens, Beth (2015-10-23)
      Oral history interview with Beth Pickens re: SCOPE (Summer Community Organization and Political Education) work in Macon, Georgia.
    • Oral History with Kenneth Long

      ; Long, Kenneth; Davis, David A. (2015-10-23)
      Oral history interview with Kenneth Long re: SCOPE (Summer Community Organization and Political Education) work in Macon, Georgia.
    • Oral History with Neil Reichline

      Thompson, Douglas (2015-10-23)
      Oral history interview with Neil Reichline re: SCOPE (Summer Community Organization and Political Education) work in Macon, Georgia.
    • Oral History with Shelby B. Jacobs

      Davis, David A.; Jacobs, Shelby B. (2015-10-23)
      Oral history interview with Shelby B. Jacobs re: SCOPE (Summer Community Organization and Political Education) work in Macon, Georgia.
    • Professional Counseling Programs Ebook Series: Disaster Relief Edition

      Brackette, Caroline M.; Francis, Shatel; Hughes, Walter; Manradgh, Rajeive; Posey, Jasmine; Segovia, Natalie; Tillman, Felicia; Waller, Melissa (Mercer University, 2016)
      "This publication is a collection of articles written by students enrolled in the [Summer 2016 Disaster Counseling] course. Their reflections provide insight into the training requirements and service area opportunities for relief volunteers. Additionally, they address implications for future and current counselors based on their disaster relief preparation experience. My hope is that their reflections will inspire others to complete the training to be prepared to serve as volunteers during disasters and support the care and recovery of those in need." - Dr. Caroline M. Brackette
    • Prologue to Perfectly Parsing Proxy Patterns

      Brown, Jeremy; Smith, Gretchen; Gillies, Scott (2017-11-13)
      As libraries spend an increasing percentage of precious collection funds on electronic resources, important questions arise to drive collection management decisions: What is being used? How much? and finally Who is using our resources? Vendor supplied statistics can help answer the first two questions, but we have encountered specific questions about our users at Mercer University. To help answer this question, we turned to our proxy server logs and began a pilot study in the spring semester 2017. This presentation will explain the methodology we used in mining data from our proxy server logs in combination with our existing user database. It will describe the demographic information we were able to glean from this combination of information resources. We uncovered valuable insights to our database usage including: usage pattern over time, database popularity by program, database usage by enrollment status, usage by faculty/employee group, and usage by campus group.
    • South Carolina Archival Association Meeting 2018 Presentation

      Pham, Christian; Griggs, Adam; Miranda, Stephanie (2018-10-19)
      Digitizing Black Life and Culture in Middle Georgia is a Digital Humanities (DH) collaboration between Mercer University’s Department of Africana Studies, Mercer University Library, and the Macon-Bibb County Clerk’s Office to digitize and create a searchable database of primary source materials that document slavery and African American life in Macon, Georgia and the surrounding areas. These records reside in the Macon-Bibb County Courthouse and include property records detailing the sale/purchase of slaves, Chain Gang records, and plantation maps. Ultimately, this project will provide access to primary source documents for researchers, local community members, and the public to better understand of the breadth and consequences of slavery in Middle Georgia before, during, and following the Civil War period. As the first Digital Humanities project Mercer University Library has initiated, building the framework alongside our partners was a learning experience.This project originated with the hope of supporting students, faculty, and the community while simultaneously kickstarting Mercer University’s DH program. We will present the genesis of this project, the resources we investigated to digitize the materials at the courthouse, and the challenges we encountered working with community partners. Furthermore, we will discuss the conflicts that arose between digital humanities and digital archiving.
    • Teaching Rape in the Medieval Literature Classroom: Approaches to Difficult Texts

      Harper, Elizabeth; Gulley, Alison (Arc Humanities Press, Leeds, 2018)
    • The Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr.

      Harris, John Colin (2013-08-28)
      This dissertation is a study of the theology of Martin Luther King's response to the experience of black oppression in America as illustrative of a transition to a new anthropological focus for Christian theology. This emerging focus is reflected specifically in the development of various theologies of minority concern and in the Humanum Studies of the World Council of Churches. Especially do the observations and findings of the latter suggest that theology address itself concretely to the problem of being human by directing its efforts at the removal of the dehumanizing features of the human situation, by contributing a doctrine of man that interprets genuine humanity in concrete terms that cannot be made to sanction man's inhumanity to man, and by moving the human situation toward that understanding of genuine humanity. [See dissertation for the rest of the abstract.]
    • Wrangle Your Data like a Pro with the Data Processing Power of Python

      Brown, Jeremy; Timms, Geoffrey (2016-11)
      Management, delivery, and marketing of library resources and collections necessitate interaction with a plethora of data from many sources and in many forms. Accessing and transforming data into meaningful information or different formats used in library automation can be time consuming, but a working knowledge of a programming language can improve efficiency in many facets of librarianship. From processing lists to creating XML, from editing MARC records before upload to automating statistical reports, the Python programming language and third party Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) can be used to accomplish both behind the scenes tasks and end user facing projects. Creating programmatic solutions to problems requires an understanding of potential. Here we summarize the data sources, flows, and transformations used to accomplish existing projects at Mercer University and The College of Charleston. Foundational programming techniques are explained and resources for learning Python are shared.