Collaborating through Open-Access Scholarly Publications on WordPress: New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium Meeting

As liberal arts institutions search for sustainable strategies for enhancing learning in the digital age, individual scholars are also looking for new modes of communication amid rapid changes in the publishing industry, academic libraries, and intellectual practice. Our panel bridges these conversations by featuring three rich examples of multi-authored, open-access publications: a journal on archival theory and practice (, a civil rights monograph (, and an open peer-reviewed edited volume, ( All share a common characteristic: the ideas emerged from individuals but came to life through inter-institutional collaborations. We will demonstrate working models and facilitate a broad discussion of innovations and implications for partnerships by liberal arts colleges, since these publications illustrate the type of scholarly production that would be difficult to support solely at one small institution.

Daniel Chamberlain, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Digital Learning & Research, Occidental College

As the Director of the Center for Digital Learning + Research at Occidental College, Daniel Chamberlain teaches courses on urbanism and emergent media, and leads efforts to advance digital scholarship across disciplines at the College. In addition to his own teaching and research, Daniel works with faculty to explore new ways of teaching with media technologies in and out of the classroom, to consider how their research and publication strategies might benefit from networked collaboration and open access platforms, and to partner with colleagues and projects at other institutions. Prior to directing the center, Daniel held a Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellowship focused on transformational issues related to the Digital Humanities and Digital Scholarship. These efforts are an extension of work Daniel began as a doctoral student at the University of Southern California, where he participated in the launch of USC’s Center for Transformative Scholarship and served as a HASTAC scholar dedicated to making connections between local and global technology research efforts. Daniel’s research on emergent media technologies and new urb an spaces explores the correspondences between these phenomena at the level of their cultural and economic emphases on personalization, mobility, and interactivity. Daniel has contributed chapters to the Flow Anthology from Routledge and the Television as Digital Media collection from Duke, and completed a dissertation entitled Emergent Media Technologies and the Production of New Urban Spaces. Daniel holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan. Daniel is the Technical Editor for the Archive Journal and sits on the HASTAC Steering Committee.

Jack Dougherty, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of Educational Studies Program, Cities, Suburbs, and Schools Project, Trinity College

Jack Dougherty's teaching and research draw connections between educational history, policy, and practice in U.S. cities and suburbs. He received his B.A. in philosophy from Swarthmore College, taught high school social studies in Newark, New Jersey, then earned his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jack's prize-winning first book, More Than One Struggle: The Evolution of Black School Reform in Milwaukee, explores how three generations of civil rights activism changed from the 1930s to the present in the urban North. A web-book edition appears on the Long Civil Rights Movement Project by the University of North Carolina Press, and oral history interviews have been digitized for the March on Milwaukee civil rights history project website.

His current research, On the Line: How Schooling, Housing, and Civil Rights Shaped Hartford and its Suburbs, is freely available as a public history web-book, which blends an historical narrative with digital archives. It features interactive maps created with MAGIC, the Map and Geographic Information Center at the University of Connecticut, funded through a National Endowment for the Humanities digital fellowship.

Writing History in the Digital Age, co-edited with Kristen Nawrotzki, is a born-digital volume of essays, under contract with the University of Michigan Press for the Digital Humanities series of its digitalculturebooks imprint. During its open peer review period, designated experts and general readers posted over 940 comments. Pending final approval by the Press, the book will be sold in print and freely distributed online.

Kristen Nawrotzki, Ph.D.

Lecturer, University of Education, Heidelberg, Germany

Dr. Kristen Nawrotzki teaches at the University of Education in Heidelberg, Germany and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Early Childhood Research Centre at the University of Roehampton in London, UK. Her research and publications focus on ideologies of motherhood and of childhood, early education, parent/school relations, related social policies in the 19th-21st centuries, especially in the UK, USA, and Germany. She is co-editor with Jack Dougherty of Writing History in the Digital Age. Under contract with the University of Michigan Press. Web-book edition, Trinity College (CT), Summer 2012.