Encoding Text, Revealing Meaning: Implications of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) for Small Liberal Arts Colleges

Prof Kathryn Tomasek,
Scott Hamlin
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Faculty, students and librarians from six colleges are analyzing archival and literary texts by applying standards developed by the Text Encoding Initiative. In the spring of 2004, a team of librarians and technology support colleagues from Mt Holyoke and Wheaton Colleges met to plan a three-day intensive summer workshop to explore the feasibility of implementing some of the methods of the text encoding process using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) standard into the undergraduate liberal arts classroom. Simultaneously we sought to learn more about creating digital finding aids for special collections using XML and the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) tag set. The close relationship between the two goals became quite clear as the finding aids provide a contextual framework and hyperlinks to encoded documents - letters, diaries and other original manuscripts. For example, a finding aid for the Lucy Larcom collection that provides access to specific encoded documents in the collection would satisfy both goals. This presentation focuses on one developing pedagogical model, which involves history students producing comparative editions of a document by transcribing and encoding the primary source material from the college archives.

Keywords: XML, TEI, EAD, Liberal Arts Colleges
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Encoding Text, Revealing Meaning

Prof Kathryn Tomasek

Associate Professor, History, Wheaton College, Norton, MA

Kathryn Tomasek teaches History and Women's Studies at Wheaton College. She has been exploring uses of technology in the classroom for the past twelve years. Her historical research focuses on women's work in the nineteenth-century United States. This presentation is a result of her collaboration with College Archivist Zephorene Stickney on several projects that involve collecting and publishing women's letters and diaries.

Scott Hamlin

Faculty Technology Liaison, Library and Information Services, Wheaton College, Norton, MA

Scott Hamlin is a faculty technology liaison in the Research and Instruction Group of the newly formed Library and Information Services (LIS). He works primarily with faculty, staff, and students in departments from the Humanities, Arts, and Education to create and sustain effective learning experiences, support the goals of the college curriculum, and increase information fluency though the use of technology.

Ref: T05P0302