Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities Toolset

In this section, I will document the use of a toolset for creating a digital humanities publication. This is a generic project that allows for complex digital humanities implementations.

This project uses the free, open-source version of WordPress hosted on our own project domain; and it relies on three plugins that each have a yearly subscription fee. Including hosting, the total yearly cost for this project is about $525. That said, it can expand to a fairly large, robust publication that can be contributed to by a large community of academics and researchers.

Therefore, this approach might be the basis of a grant for a Digital Humanities project.

My goal here is to provide a viable methodology for executing a Digital Humanities project, with the assumption that some funding could be found to complete the project itself.

Of course, funding for personnel is not included here, and should be the primary cost for any project.

Digital Toolset

  • WordPress CMS
  • Advanced Custom Fields Plugin
  • Elementor Pro Plugin
  • Dynamic Content for Elementor Plugin


To use this toolset, you’ll need to purchase a domain name and domain hosting. Both require yearly fees to stay active.

Once you have set up your domain name and host server, you can install the community version of WordPress, which is a free, open-source, modern Content Management System for blogs.

We will use this blog Content Management System (CMS) along with some extra plugins, to create a much larger CMS specifically tailored to our Digital Humanities project.

Advanced Custom Fields Pro

In order to create our own metadata fields and customized database fields for our project, we will use the Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) plugin for WordPress. To make full use of its functionality, we will pay the annual fee for the pro version.

Advanced Custom Fields is what we use to design our database structure and to create input forms.

Elementor Pro

This project uses the Elementor Pro as a template builder, which is used to create the visual display of the content in our database. The free version of Elementor can be used to build single pages, but we’ll need the advanced features of the Elementor Pro template builder for our large project.

Dynamic Content for Elementor

This additional plugin allows Elementor to take full advantage of Advanced Custom Fields. This plugin adds additional features so that Elementor can display any type of custom content and metadata.


When planning your Digital Humanities project, you can consider these tools to be part of the cost. The fees are charged yearly, so you should project the cost of the project to a 5-year or 10-year period, with a plan for what happens to the project after that period.

  • Register a domain name – $10/year
  • Host Site – $360/year
  • WordPress – free
  • Advanced Custom Fields Pro Plugin – $49/year
  • Elementor Pro Plugin – $49/year
  • Dynamic Content for Elementor Plugin – $58/year

Yearly cost of technology stack: $526.00

Lifetime costs: Consider pre-paying for 5 years as part of your grant/project funding, so that you can ensure that the site is stable and will incur no charges for that first 5 year period. Thereafter, a secondary grant could be procured to cover the costs for another 5-10 year period.

Special Collections

Special Collections

Daniel P Williford is a Special Collections Librarian in Southern California. This page collects resources for use by Special Collections Instructional Librarians.

Special Collections Libraries and Archives are usually part of University or Academic libraries but are sometimes independent.

Below is a list of resources related to Special Collections Librarianship.


Special Collections Librarianship

Special Collections Policies and Statements

Special Collections Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Critical Special Collections Librarianship

Special Collections Topics

Funding and Associations

Special Collections

Critical Special Collections Librarianship

Critical Library Studies and Critical Information Literacy

Renewed discussions in the fields of English literary and historical scholarship

Twitter hashtag conversations: #MedievalTwitter #ShakeRace #RaceB4Race #LitPOC #BIPOC18 #Bigger6 #VicPOC #POC19 #blackintheivory #RBSBlackPrintCulture #RBSOnline #CiteBlackWomenInLIS #CritArch


“The inaugural RaceB4Race conference emerged as a collaboration between the Medievalists of Color (MOC) and the ShakeRace (Shakespeare and Race) community, groups that were both seeking to push their fields in new archival, theoretical, methodological, pedagogical, and practical directions….In the end, the inaugural RaceB4Race event demonstrated to the world how our understandings of periodization, historicity and even academic disciplines can become more expansive once race is acknowledged as a viable lens of investigation.”

The Bigger 6 Collective

“We are literary and cultural critics whose commitment to anti-racist and anti-colonial politics grounds our study of the global 18th and 19th centuries and their long (after)lives. We endeavor to effect structural changes in our discipline and institutions by promoting scholarly and creative work by historically marginalized people, those excluded from the Romantic canon, and those excluded from the field of Romanticism.”

Kimberly Anne Coles, Kim F. Hall, and Ayanna Thompson. “BlacKKKShakespearean: A Call to Action for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.” MLA Profession.

“With immense pain, scholars of medieval and early modern literature, history, and culture have had to acknowledge that our fields of study are not politically neutral. The colonial project is stitched in and through the language and literatures of the pre- and early modern periods; the politics and economics that ultimately produced settler colonialism, chattel slavery, the forced migration of peoples, and the development of the British empire animate these early English texts. If more faculty members do not confront this history, we may actually be aiding those whose political, cultural, and social beliefs many of us find personally abhorrent and intellectually bankrupt.”

M. Rambaran-Olm. “Anglo-Saxon Studies [Early English Studies], Academia and White Supremacy.”, June 27, 2018.

“Early English studies implies white, traditional and conservative and its current stars in the field often champion this representation. The field will not remedy itself if, at its core, it attracts white supremacists and/or continues to reject people from marginalized communities that offer new possibilities and promise to a dying field. Altogether, a more diverse set of scholars specializing in early medieval England would be more likely to explore ‘different’ angles, and other stories like them; thus broadening our understanding of the period in the process.”

Brandy C. Williams. “On Building a #ShakeRace ‘Canon.'”, January 18, 2020.

Downloadable syllabus, “#ShakeRace: An Introductory Guide.” “Since this conversation is dominated by scholars who teach, it only makes sense to turn our attention to our pedagogy and ask how we are teaching these works and how we should be teaching these works, given the present state of the field and the world. That’s why I elected to generate a syllabus. As a student, the syllabus is my guideline, my starting place, but not my end-all-be-all for a course. Likewise, the #ShakeRace Syllabus should be viewed in the same way. This guide proposes general frameworks of progression for thinking about Early Modern Critical Race Studies with specific attention to Shakespeare. My goal is to invite as many collaborators as possible to crowdsource the growth of the document, including objects beyond scholarly articles and monographs—things like performances, public humanities projects like the Qualities of Mercy project, and others. This is a public document that I hope will serve as a mini-archive and starting point for anyone interested in Early Modern Critical Race Studies, recognizing our past, our present, and our future.”

Ruben Espinosa. “A Darker Shade of Shakespeare.” Shakespeare’s Globe, August 23, 2020.

“What we have witnessed in the act of kneeling, when it is on the neck of a Black man, is our racist, violent history and the deep danger and absolute monstrosity of elevating whiteness. In my corner of the world, brown children are separated from their families at the border and caged in for-profit detention centers. What, you might ask, do these racist realities have to do with Shakespeare? Well, if the likes of Johnson can claim him to promote white supremacy (that is, the perpetuation of systems that benefit white people at the expense of people of color), perhaps we can use him to pursue anti-racist efforts. Johnson’s version of Shakespeare is tired, old, and white. This darker shade of Shakespeare that is emerging is so much more vibrant, so much more powerful, and full of the potential for change.”

Ronjaunee Chatterjee, Alicia Mireles Christoff, Amy R. Wong. “Undisciplining Victorian Studies.” LA Review of Books, July 10, 2020.

This essay challenges the racism that undergirds Victorian Studies and maintains it, demographically, as an almost entirely white field. Victorian Studies (VS), which examines the literature and culture of Britain in the period roughly defined by Queen Victoria’s reign (1837–1901), a period concurrent with the heyday of the British Empire, stands in a special position: it is one of the most enduring bastions of the fantasy of an unmarked universality. By this we mean it is emblematic of a broader ideological effort to demarcate the “racial” from the “nonracial” (as if such a category could exist).

Special Collections

Open Educational Resources (OERs) for Special Collections Librarians

Below are Open Educational Resources and other links for Special Collections Instructional Librarians. Please check back, as I will be adding to and updating these regularly.

“Critical Librarianship for Special Collections: An Open Educational Resource (OER) for Special Collections Instructional Librarians” Updated August, 2020.

About Open Educational Resources

As a librarian and educator, I am committed to sharing resources for classroom and instructional use. Open Educational Resources were first promoted by UNESCO in order to make education more equitable and accessible. OERs focus on freely available materials for students and teachers, lessening the prohibitive cost of supplies for education. Learn more using the resources below.

Special Collections

Teaching Statements, Classroom Policies, and Syllabus Language

Teaching Statements, Classroom Policies, and Syllabus Language for Instructional Librarians

Pirette McKamey. “What Anti-Racist Teachers Do Differently.” Atlantic, June 17, 2020.

University of California Diversity. “Anti-Racism Resources.”

John McDonald. “Jessica Harris: Resources for Exploring Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism.” Ampersand, June 17, 2020.

Andrea Aebersold. “Antiracist Pedagogy Reading List.” UCI Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation.

Stanford Office of Faculty Development, Diversity and Engagement. “Racism Resources.”

Kyoko Kishimoto. “Anti-Racist Pedagogy: From Faculty’s Self-Reflection to Organizing Within and Beyond the Classroom.” Race Ethnicity and Education 21(4), 2016.

Moore, Jazmen, Manning, Logan, and Villanueva, Victor. “Position Statements.” National Council of Teachers of English. July 11, 2018.

The Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. “Diversity and Inclusion Syllabus Statements.”

Native Land. “Territory Acknowledgement.”

Sian, Katy P. “Decolonizing teh Curriculum.” In Navigating Institutional Racism in british Universities. Mapping Global Racisms. New York: Palgrave Macmillan: 2019.

Clark, Ian. “The Role of the Library in Decolonising.”, Mar 26, 2019.

Nunes, Zita Cristina. “Remembering the Howard University Librarian Who Decolonized the Way Books Were Catalogued.”, November 26, 2018.

  • the NCTE Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English recommends that English language arts educators
    • actively identify and challenge individual or systemic acts of racism and other forms of discrimination and bigotry in educational institutions and within our profession, exposing such acts through external communications and publications.
    • express strong declarations of solidarity with people of diverse human and cultural backgrounds to eradicate forms of racism, bias, and prejudice in spaces of teaching and learning.
    • promote not only cultural diversity and expanding linguistic knowledge, but explicitly push for anti-racism by participating in ongoing professional development for educators to succeed in countering racism and other forms of bigotry.
    • support the enforcement of laws and policies that provide sanctions against racial and ethnic discrimination in education. Also, advocate for legislative reform that will lead to policies that provide sanctions against discrimination in education based on race, ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, class, mental and physical abilities, nationality, migrant, immigrant, and refugee status.

2020 Statements from Libraries and Library Organizations

Based on Price, Gary. “Statements From Libraries and Library Organizations Re: Racism, Black Lives Matter, and Increased Violence., June 1, 2020.


ALA Executive Board

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)

American Association of University Presses (AAUP)

ArchiveSpace (LYRASIS)

Arizona State University Library

Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

Black Caucus of The American Library Association (BCALA)

Boston College Libraries

Brown University Library

Center For Research Libraries

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)

Digital Public Library of America

Emory University Libraries

Enoch Pratt Public Library (Baltimore)

Folger Shakespeare Library

Harvard University Library


IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)

IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) 

Library Freedom Project

Los Angeles (CA) Public Library

MIT Libraries and MIT Press

Newberry Library (Chicago)

New York Public Library

Oberlin Group of Libraries


Ohio Library Council

Ohio State University Libraries

Ohio University Libraries



Stanford Libraries

Society of American Archivists (SAA)

UCLA Library

University of California, Davis Library

University of California, Merced

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

University of North Carolina Libraries

University of Pennsylvania (Penn) Libraries

University of Washington Information School

USC Libraries

Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America

Yale University Library

Indiana University Bloomington Department of English

Special Collections

Special Collections

Rare Books and Manuscripts Resources


Blogs/News Sources:

Rare Books Online Catalogs:

Rare Book Collecting Societies

  • Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America.
  • International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.

Antiquarian Book Sellers in Southern California

  • Goldsmid & Allen. Claremont, California. Robert Allen and Charles A. Goldsmid.
  • Biblioctopus. Century City, California. Alexandre Hime and Mark Hime.
  • Bookbid Rare Books. Beverly Hills, California. Bruce Howard.
  • Bookfellows. Commerce, California. Malcolm Bert Bell.
  • David Brass Rare Books, Inc. Calabasas, California. David Brass.
  • Caravan Book Store. Leonard A. Bernstein.
  • Churchill Book Collector. San Diego, California. Marc Kuritz.
  • Coconut Rose Rare Books and Manuscripts. Encino, California. Gregory Krisilas.
  • Dark Parks Books & Collectibles. Harbor City, California. Ryan Parks.
  • Davar Antiquarian Books. Downey, California. Robert Ari Grossman.
  • Dawson’s Book Shop. Los Angeles, California. Michael Dawson.
  • Scott Emerson Books. El Cajon, California. Scott E. Emerson.
  • Golden Legend, Inc. Los Angeles, California. Gordon S. Hollis.
  • James Graham, Bookseller. Palm Desert, California. Jim Graham.
  • Hayden & Fandetta Rare Books. Los Angeles, California. John-Peter Hayden, Jr.
  • Heritage Book Shop, LLC. Tarzana, California. Ben Weinstein.
  • Houle Rare Books & Autographs. Palm Springs, California. George J. Houle.
  • John Howell for Books. Los Angeles, California. John Howell.
  • Johnson Rare Books & Archives. Covina, California. Brad Johnson, Jen Johnson.
  • Kenneth Karmiole Bookseller, Inc. Santa Monica, California. Kenneth Karmiole.
  • Howard Karno Books, Inc. Valley Center, California. Beverly Joy Karno.
  • Eric Chaim Kline Bookseller. Santa Monica, California. Eric Kline.
  • Bill Leone, Bookseller. Palos Verdes Estates, California. William C. Leone.
  • Libros Latinos. Redlands, California. Alfonso J. Vijil.
  • The Literary Lion Ltd. Thousand Oaks, California. Daryl D. Hill.
  • Locus Solus Rare Books. Los Angeles, California. James Goldwasser.
  • Lost Horizon Bookstore. Montecito, California. Jerry Jacobs.
  • Laurence McGilvery. La Jolla, California. Laurence McGilvery.
  • Paul Melzer. Redlands, California. Paul Melzer.
  • Mystery Pier Books, Inc. West Hollywood, California. Harvey Jason, Louis M. Jason.
  • James Pepper Rare Books, Inc. Santa Barbara, California. James Pepper.
  • Max Rambod Inc. Woodland Hills, California. Max Rambod.
  • Randall House Rare Books. Santa Barbara, California. Ronald R. Randall.
  • ReadInk . Los Angeles, California. Howard Prouty.
  • Walter Reuben, Inc. West Hollywood, California. Walter Reuben.
  • B. & L. Rootenberg Rare Books and Manuscripts. Sherman Oaks, California. Howard Rootenberg.
  • Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc. La Jolla, California. Barry Ruderman.
  • Ralph Sipper Books. Santa Barbara, California. Ralph B. Sipper.
  • Michael R. Thompson Rare Books. Los Angeles, California. Carol Sandberg.
  • Triolet Rare Books. Los Angeles, California. Jesse Rossa.
  • Trophy Room Books. Agoura, California. Ellen Enzler Herring.
  • Vagabond Books. Pasadena, California. Craig Graham.
  • Waverley Books. Santa Monica, California. Daniel F. Adams.
  • Jeff Weber Rare Books. Carlsbad, California. Laurence J. Weber.
  • Whitmore Rare Books, Inc. Pasadena, California. Daniel Whitmore.

Special Collections Libraries in California

Special Collections Libraries and Archives