Job Opportunity: Digital Communications Coordinator

SourceLab is seeking a current U of I undergraduate student to serve as Digital Communications Coordinator.  Please see below for job description; the position will pay $15 / hour for 5 hours of work per week, through the end of Spring semester 2017.  We would love to hear from candidates with skills and interests in public history, new media, and electronic communications.

To apply, please send a short letter of interest and a resume to Professor John Randolph, care of .  We welcome questions about the position at this same address.

Review of applications will begin on Friday, October 28.

Job Description:

Undergraduate Hourly Position: Digital Communications Coordinator

  • Creates promotional materials for SourceLab events, and advertises them using Webpress, Twitter, and other social media platforms, as well as print posters.
  • Works with SourceLab to research and implement plans for electronic communications throughout SourceLab.
  • Attends and takes minutes at SourceLab Forum meetings, archiving them.
  • Helps coordinate SourceLab Forum sessions.
  • 5 hours a week, $15/hour.

Electronic Communications: Doing it Right in 2016

What’s the right way to use electronic communications today, when you want to get a group of people together to do a project? What information technologies can we use in our work here at Illinois, to build out a multi-faceted Digital Humanities lab, with classroom, publishing, and R&D dimensions?  Come join us for a session that will be part lightning presentations on various technologies, and part hacking session.  Get tips, think big, help us all work better.

What: SourceLab Forum
Who: Everyone
When: 3:30 p.m., Monday, October 17
Where: IPRH Conference Room, 4th Floor, Levis Center



Leading Documentary Editors Visit SourceLab: Monday, September 26

Editing Historical Documents: A Conversation with Theodore J. Crackel and Mary-Jo Kline

When: Monday September 26, 3:30 p.m.

Where: 311 Gregory Hall

Please join us for an informal conversation with U of I students about the present and future of the craft of documentary editing.  Theodore J. Crackel and Mary-Jo Kline are two of the most experienced editors and investigators of historical manuscripts in the United States.  Theodore Crackel served as Professor and Editor in Chief of the Papers of George Washington from 2004 to 2010.  Mary-Jo Kline is formerly Vice President of Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts Department and a Past President of the Association for Documentary Editing.


SourceLab Meeting, September 12

When: Monday, September 12, 3:30 p.m.
Where: IPRH Conference Room, 4th Floor, Levis Faculty Center

Please join us for the first SourceLab meeting of the semester. After hearing from members about our goals for this year, we’ll be creating task forces to take on important editorial and fundraising projects. There will also be time to meet new members and brainstorm new ambitions for the coming year. If you want to be actively involved in SourceLab this year, please come! Refreshments served, plus rocking views of Krannert from IPRH’s spacious deck!



Come to the SourceLab Social!

We’re throwing a mixer to start the semester! Join us!

When: Tuesday, August 30th, 4-6 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Hall 1024  and Lawn Outside of Lincoln Hall

What: Cookies, beverages, a chance to meet the people involved in SourceLab and to learn more about what we’ve been doing and what we’re up to this year! Students, faculty, staff, anyone invited!


SourceLab in the Rare Books and Manuscript Library

SourceLab students at Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Class led by RBML director Valerie Hotchkiss.

As historians, we know we need to follow the past into the future. Last fall, the SourceLab students visited the Rare Books and Manuscript Library. Dr. Valerie Hotchkiss, the director of the RBML, took the students on a journey through the history of publishing and editing.

She introduced students to a variety of rare books, showing students marginalia in medieval bibles, velum scraped and written over by early modern writers, images of Egyptian hieroglyphics transcribed before they could be translated, a recently published critical edition, and much more.

RMBL director Dr. Valerie Hotchkiss points out differences between early-modern and contemporary editions of the same text.

Dr. Hotchkiss described the choices editors make, the values they take into account, and their options to best illuminate a text. Then it was the students’ turn. In teams they began transcribing original documents and confronting the challenges of documentary editing.

The work of SourceLab students in the digital humanities is informed by the long tradition of documentary editing and draws on the expertise of people at the top of the field. At Illinois, we are lucky to have all these resources at our fingertips!

-Wendy Mathewson