• 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.