Wayne State University is honored to have been invited to serve as one of the local sites for the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) 2006-2007 InFormation Year series. HASTAC is a national consortium committed to new forms of collaboration across communities and disciplines fostered by creative uses of technology.

HASTAC is dedicating 2006-2007 to public programming focusing on human and humane dimensions of technology. New courses and seminars are being developed for students and faculty as well the general public.

Each month since September 2006, an individual HASTAC site hosts a public event tied to the InFormation theme. The goal of the InFormation theme is to influence the creation and understanding of the next generation of technologies and help shape public policies on new technologies in education. The local campus theme at Wayne State is "Integration," in the double sense of “interdisciplinary” academic collaborations and “inter-institutional” alliances of universities, libraries and museums. Our local event will take place on Friday, February 23, 2006, at the David Adamany Undergraduate Library (UGL) on the campus of Wayne State University. It is a conference consisting of three parts.


We have prepared a Digital Collections Video for those who were unable to attend the conference. It features the digital collections that were highlighted during part one of our local event. Enjoy!,

New Media Consortium has a write up of the Second Life event that took place during part 3 of our local event. Feel free to read the write up.


Part 1: Computer Demonstrations of Wayne State Library System Digital Projects

We now have a available to those who could not attend the conference. Enjoy!

9 a.m - 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.

UGL Atrium and Computer Lab A

Headed by Dina Mein, director of Library Computing and Media Services, and Shawn McCann, Digital Projects librarian, this demonstration will feature the Digital Dress, Detroit Plays, Virtual Motor City and Herman Miller Consortium digital collections, designed in collaboration with area museums and archives. Presentations will address the challenges of creating a unique cultural resource that virtually unifies individual collections, including related digitization issues such as project planning, materials selection, copyright and intellectual property, quality control, sustainability, evaluation, metadata and preservation and ongoing evaluation methods.

Part 2: Keynote Address “Google Print Library” by John Wilkin with Q&A

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Bernath Auditorium

John Wilkin is associate university librarian at the University of Michigan Library and is afiliated with the Google Print Library project to digitize and index millions of books from the world’s foremost libraries. He will discuss the current status of the project, issues of technical convention and content, and implications of the Google archive for the changing relationships of digital technologies, culture, research and teaching.

Part 3: Panel on Remediating English Studies

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Bernath Auditorium

The discipline of English Studies generally, and the Wayne State English Department in particular, are responding to changes in the production, consumption and distribution of literary and cultural texts brought about by the information and digital revolution. Richard Grusin, chair, will frame the topic of “remediating” English Studies. Steven Shaviro, DeRoy professor, will talk about how blogs and blogging are contributing to and changing the nature of academic discourse. Jeff Rice, assistant professor, will discuss the roles that networks on the Web, in social software and in related applications may play in English departments’ informational, conceptual and rhetorical work.


Dr. Julie Thompson Klein
Professor of Humanities
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Wayne State University Campus
HASTAC Administrator
E-mail: aa7076@wayne.edu (Please put HASTAC Info in subject line)
Phone: 313.577.5471


Humanities Center
University Library System
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Academy of Scholars
Department of English
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Office of the Vice President for Research


Detroit Public Library
The Henry Ford
Detroit Historical Museum
Michigan State University
Walter Reuther Library