LASTS 2013 Starts Tomorrow

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to LASTS 2013 on Wednesday, August 14th and Thursday, August 15th in Pattee/Paterno Library. We have a great lineup of workshops, presentations, and lightning talks all aimed at generating discussion around the intersection of technology, pedagogy, and scholarship. Our Keynote Speaker, Trevor Muñoz, will deliver his remarks at 1:00 on Wednesday in Foster Auditorium.

Registration for LASTS will be immediately inside the Curtin Road entrance outside of the Mann Assembly Room. Please stop by the registration table to receive your name tag and $20 lunch card.

The complete schedule for the summit is available here

If you have questions about LASTS, contact Casey Fenton at

LASTS 2013 Graduate Student Happy Hour

We are excited to announce the first ever LASTS Graduate Student Happy Hour from 5:00 until 6:30 on Thursday August 15th at Whiskers in the Nittany Lion Inn. Appetizers will be provided and students will be responsible for their own drinks.

This post-conference gathering will be hosted by Chris Long, Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Education in the College of the Liberal Arts, and Mike Furlough, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communications at Penn State University Libraries.

We hope to see all of our LASTS’ graduate students there for an opportunity to network with faculty and other students engaged in digital scholarship.

If you have any questions regarding the LASTS summit or the LASTS happy hour, please contact Casey Fenton at

Click here to register for LASTS.

Keynote Speaker: Trevor Muñoz

trevor-munoz-130x130We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker this year is Trevor Muñoz, Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) and Assistant Dean for Digital Humanities Research at the University of Maryland Libraries. MITH is one of the leading digital humanities centers and supports digital scholarship in its many forms, specializing in text and image analytics for cultural heritage collections, data curation, digital preservation, linked data applications, and data publishing. You can explore many of MITH’s innovative digital projects on their Current Projects webpage.

Call for Participation

The 2013 LASTS Planning Committee invites proposals for presentations, panel discussions, lightning talks, workshops and interactive demonstrations for the 2013 LASTS event, August 14-15. All proposals dealing with the intersection of technology and the liberal arts are welcome, with special emphasis on those dealing with the following themes:

  1. Digital Research Tools and Methods: Using technology to enhance scholarly research, including geospatial analysis, social network analysis, text mining, natural language processing, big data, text encoding, and more…
  2. Digital Pedagogy: Using technology to enhance student learning and engaging students in digital scholarship through exposure and practice…
  3. Digital publishing and scholarly communication: New publishing models, copyright issues, open access, author rights, open peer-review, digital editions…
  4. Digital Scholarly Workflow: Tools, tips, and tricks for managing your digital workflow at all points of the research continuum: finding, storing, organizing, annotating, citing, archiving, reflecting, sharing….

We are especially interested in sessions that illustrate how faculty, students, and researchers are embracing new ideas and approaches to teaching, learning, and research and fostering innovation within their departments, disciplines, or the community.

To submit your proposal, fill out the LASTS Call for Participation Form. The LASTS Planning Committee will review all proposals. Deadline for submission is Friday, July 12th, 2103. Notification of acceptance will be made by July 24th, 2013. Criteria used in evaluating proposals include:

  1. Quality of the proposal, including merit of the topic, clarity of expression, and relevance to the summit themes
  2. A demonstrated impact on student learning or scholarship in the liberal arts.
  3. Audience participation strategies involved in the session (for example, a pro/con debate, small group discussion, audience polling, )
  4. Involvement of a team, either from a single department or multiple locations
  5. The overall balance of topics and approaches