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Digital Scholarship


Aperio / Women's Literary Club of Baltimore

Aperio / Women's Literary Club of Baltimore

Contact: Jean Lee Cole, Professor and Faculty Director of Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship
LNDL Supported

The Woman's Literary Club of Baltimore was founded in 1890 by a group of educated women who wanted to get their words into print. Over the next thirty years, they met every Tuesday afternoon between October and June, hearing lectures on various topics, appreciating each other's written contributions, enjoying refreshments and each other's company. This site is a digital repository of the papers of the Club, which were meticulously kept over the years by its members. An Aperio grant from Loyola University Maryland's Center for the Humanities is supporting a team of undergraduate students led by Professor Jean Lee Cole, Department of English, in transcribing and interpreting these papers over the 2017-2018 academic year. 

The Aperio Series is a unique initiative that enables faculty and students to collaborate on original research and publish their work with Apprentice House, Loyola’s student-run publishing company.

Berta e Milone, Orlandino (translations from the Franco-Italian Geste Francor)

Berta e Milone, Orlandino

Contact: Leslie Zarker Morgan, Department of Modern Languages

This translation into English of two unique sections of romance epic from the first half of the fourteenth century demonstrates the relation of northern Italian texts with French chansons de geste. It is meant to introduce students and colleagues to a lesser-known phenomenon in the development of vernacular literature in the Italian peninsula that leads to such works as Ariosto's Orlando Furioso (Mad Roland) in the sixteenth century. Because of the difficulty of the language in which it is written, this translation serves not only English-speakers but also Italian and French speakers.

Bible as Book

Bible as Book

Contact: Kerry Boeye, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
LNDL Supported

Welcome to our exhibition, The Bible as Book: From the Dead Sea Scrolls to Gideon’s Bibles, in which we, as students of Dr. Kerry Boeye’s eponymously titled art-history class, display and discuss bibles from the Archives of Loyola-Notre Dame Library in Baltimore, Maryland. Most of the Bibles presented here come from the library of Henry J. Knott (1906–95), a successful Baltimore businessman who was both an avid collector and private philanthropist. These bibles span a vast array of origins: some were created in the Netherlands and Italy, while others most likely never left Baltimore. All are at least a century old, with one example from approximately seven hundred years ago.

East Asia Online

East Asia Online

Contact: Yu Zhang, Assistant Professor of Chinese in the Department of Modern Languages

This project contains online resources in East Asian studies, particularly in the following topics:

  • Chinese literature
  • Missionary works
  • Maoist China
  • Shanghai studies
  • Teaching Chinese language and East Asia

This project aims at consolidating and categorizing useful information for scholars, teachers, and students of East Asian studies. Different from a conventional webpage provided by a library, this project not only lists e-text/image resources according to disciplines, but also includes research guides, tool-building projects, online publishing sites/forums, scholarship/fellowship information, etc.

Ethics of Fashion

Ethics of Fashion

Contact: Graham McAleer, Professor of Philosophy

An open source interactive website on the ethics of the fashion industry.



Contact: Leslie Zarker Morgan, Department of Modern Languages
LNDL Supported

The Franco-Italian On-Line Archive (FIOLA) is a database of texts written in mixed French and Italian language from its earliest examples in the twelfth century to the Renaissance. These texts have a fascinating history and tradition, but because of the difficulty of the language, the inaccessibility of editions and the uniqueness of each literary artifact, they remain relatively unknown in non-specialist circles. It is our hope that this archive will help promote the study and appreciation of these beautiful and interesting texts by making lexical research easily accessible. FIOLA currently presents: La Guerra di Attila and L'Entrée d'Espagne (and its Suite, commonly known as La Prise de Pamplune), Marco Polo's Milione and the Geste Francor. These texts are entirely searchable by word and morphological patterns. With the cooperation of other scholars in the field we hope to gather and make searchable the entire corpus of Franco-Italian texts in context. FIOLA would like to become a place where the community of scholars meets to consider these traditions. Participants: Leslie Zarker Morgan and David P. Bénéteau (Seton Hall University)

Huon d'Auvergne Archive

Contact: Leslie Zarker Morgan, Department of Modern Languages

The Huon d'Auvergne Archive is a digital edition. It is an international, inter-institutional, interdisciplinary project that presents the Franco-Italian Huon d'Auvergne romance-epic to a general audience for the first time. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the project aims to reach a diverse audience of both students and researchers. The modern English translation will make the text available widely, while the collaborative edition will allow epic scholars to read and research all four surviving textual witnesses of the Franco-Italian Huon d'Auvergne romance-epic. The digital tools presented in this site will eventually facilitate access to high-resolution images of the manuscripts. It is our hope that the textual resources presented on our site will be used to further both research and teaching in epic studies.

Notes from the Fore-Edge: History, Politics, and Practices in Museum Studies

Notes from the Fore-Edge

Contact: Kerry Boeye, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
LNDL Supported

The Scholastic Commentaries and Texts Archive (SCTA)

The Scholastic Commentaries and Texts Archive (SCTA)

Contact: Jeffrey C. Witt, Department of Philosophy
LNDL Supported

The SCTA is a community and a webservice. The aim of this project is to connect and freely distribute the intellectual history of the medieval past. Through establishing community standards and API, the project aims to collect and organize the scholastic corpus as data first: data that can be freely re-used for a plurality of research purposes through the world. An number of separate applications already make use of this data (see for example, and the SCTA works with a number of institutions to make this data re-usable within their collections. Such institutions include Harvard University, St. Louis University, E-Codices the Virtual Library of Switzerland, the National Library of France, and many others.

In short the project aims to create the required infrastructure to resist the fragmenting tendencies of the traditional publication workflow and to show scholars that there is another way: one that makes textual data freely available for use and re-use, that encourages collaboration instead of competition, and fights redundancy at all costs.

Below are number of related projects that use data served from the SCTA

The LombardPress Publication Project

LombardPress is publication system that aims to build and support applications that specialize in publicizing data made available through the SCTA. More information and project blog can be found at

The SCTA Reading Room

The SCTA reading room is an implementation of the LombardPress-Web Application. It uses the LombardPress-Web application to allow users to freely read, annotate, and study the scholastic corpus.

The SCTA Image Viewer

A IIIF compliant site that brings together SCTA data with images of manuscripts containing scholastic texts from throughout the world


This site is an implementation of the Lbp-Print-Web-App co-created with Michael Stenskjær Christensen of the University of Copenhagen. This site is a place that users can freely generate on-demand PDF of any text or text fragment within the scholastic corpus. It is also a web service that allows other applications to make PDFs available to their users.

The Scholastic Quotation Explorer Application

This application is designed to allow researchers to explore the more than 60,000 quotations currently catalogued, organized, and made available through the SCTA.

TEI Web Editor

A web editor designed to allow users to edit texts in TEI and easily save those transcriptions directly to github.

Veneration & Refinement

Contact: Graham McAleer, Professor of Philosophy

Veneration & Refinement, the name of the monograph found at, is a philosophical inquiry into the moral and aesthetic values that surround fashion, and in particular how the business of fashion touches upon matters of justice and religion.

The book is an argument between philosophers who think positively about fashion – David Hume and Adam Smith – and their critics, who range from anarchists to theologians, and even popes.

I hope intellectuals, the fashionable, and managers active in the trade of fashion will find lots to think about here but also models for how business in fashion can operate justly. The book takes fashion seriously as a tremendous venture in ideas but also aims to be practical, offering a series of moral issues faced by the business of fashion and a range of values and practices that can develop adequate responses.

The monograph touches upon a lot of topics but there are all sorts of issues I do not discuss: hence, the blog.  The book chapters do not change but every few days as I come across new and morally interesting developments in the fashion industry I make a blog post at


Digital Scholarship at Loyola Notre Dame Library

The Loyola Notre Dame Library supports digital scholarship at Loyola University Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University by partnering with faculty and students to integrate technology into their teaching and research. We explore and document new tools and support their application in ways that enhance learning and promote accessible, innovative scholarship. We aim to expand the community of digital scholarship practitioners at Loyola and Notre Dame through education, collaboration, and exploration. 


What is digital scholarship?

Digital Scholarship can be defined as “…any scholarly activity that makes extensive use of one or more of the new possibilities for teaching, learning and research opened up by the unique affordances of digital tools and methods.” (, 2017).


How can I work with the library on a digital scholarship project?

We welcome proposals for digital projects from Loyola and Notre Dame faculty, students, and staff. Accepted proposals may receive support in the form of consultation time, development support, or other resources depending on the project parameters.

Before submitting a project proposal, review the digital scholarship project proposal form and consult with a member of the Digital Scholarship team about your project. During the consultation, we can advise on the library’s current capabilities, other external resources to consider, and can review the project proposal form together.


How do you determine which projects the library will support?

The library’s ability to support digital scholarship projects is dependent on the project’s specific needs for technology, expertise, and funding. When you propose a project, we ask that you outline which activities and resources the library would support, and which will be supported by outside partners, colleagues, or departments.


What kinds of tools and technologies are available in the library to support digital scholarship?

The library’s Innovation Station is a makerspace on the main level of the library that offers a wide variety of technologies. The library also supports the use of open source web publishing tools Omeka and WordPress and ArcGIS software (including StoryMaps) for digital scholarship projects.


How long will you support my project? What happens to the project if I leave the university?

As part of the project proposal process, we ask you to think through the maintenance, management, and sustainability of your project. The library reviews all supported projects with creators every three years to evaluate how well the project is continuing to meet its objectives.


Who is the Digital Scholarship team?

Matthew Treskon, Technology Librarian
Jenny Kinniff, Head of Archives and Special Collections
Clara Love, Technology Resources Assistant

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at with questions and suggestions.


Kerry Boeye, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Art History whose research and teaching focus on medieval and Islamic art, the material history of manuscripts and books, and museum studies. In collaboration with students, he has explored how technology expands access to artworks and potentially enriches engagement in museums, which has resulted in several small exhibitions and online projects. His research applies intermedial and semiotic approaches to understanding the functions of medieval artworks in their historical contexts.

Jean Lee Cole, Ph.D., has been teaching English literature at Loyola since 2001. She has created a variety of courses that focus on American literature as it pertains to race, gender, urban and natural landscapes, and its place in culture through various decades and social movements. In 2016, Dr. Cole was named the inaugural Faculty Director of Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship, a leadership position that provides vision and direction in fostering community-engaged learning and scholarship among faculty and students, both undergraduate and graduate. Dr. Cole, who grew up in Nebraska and Iowa, received her bachelor’s degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and her master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her scholarship focuses on multiethnic American writers, American periodicals, and American visual culture, among other topics.

Elliot King, Ph.D., a co-founder of Loyola University Maryland’s online M.A. program in Emerging Media, has studied the impact of emerging technologies on social institutions for more than 30 years. He has been teaching online since the 1990s, when he was on the faculty of a Pan-Asian M.A. program in journalism offered by the Ateneo de Manila University in The Philippines. He has written six books  about emerging technology including Best Practices in Online Program Development (with Neil Alperstein, Routledge, forthcoming), Free for All: The Internet’s Transformation of Journalism (Northwestern University Press, 2010) and The Online Journalist (with Randy Reddick, Harcourt Brace, 1995). He is the chair of the Department of Communication at Loyola University Maryland. He holds a Ph.D. in media sociology from the University of California, San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @ElliotKingPhD. Reach him via email at

Graham McAleer, Ph.D., was born and raised in England, attended universities in England, Canada, the USA, and Belgium. His doctorate is from Louvain, Belgium, where he wrote on the reception of the Arabic medieval philosopher, Averroes, into the Latin West. Teaching responsibilities at Loyola University Maryland, which he joined twenty years ago, has led to a research focus on moral and political philosophy, and especially the philosophy of commerce. A full professor in the Department of Philosophy at Loyola, McAleer does almost all his teaching at Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business, where he teaches business ethics at all levels: Executive MBA, MBA, Master’s in Accounting, and undergraduate. McAleer is a contributor to the Law and Liberty Blog and will spend some of 2018 as a resident fellow at the anarcho-capitalist think tank, Liberty Fund. He is the author of five monographs, mostly on the natural law tradition. His research interests are combined in a recent work on the ethics of the fashion industry. Unusually, this monograph is published as an open-source, interactive website found at 2014 Loyola recognized his teaching excellence naming him the Harry Rodgers III Distinguished Teacher of the Year, the highest faculty award at Loyola. McAleer is a Digital Fellow at Loyola: having developed hybrid and fully online courses in ethics, he is a resource on campus for faculty who are thinking about online course development.

Leslie Zarker Morgan, Ph.D., is interested in computational philology: how text analysis and access is aided by computers (from text to image). This ranges from the availability of manuscripts on line to how to use TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) to represent pre-modern texts to modern audiences. Involved in the early days with ACH, she also worked with CAI (computer assisted instruction) for modern language learning. Her current projects relate to collaborative editing of mixed-language texts, in particular, Franco-Italian epics, which have been under-appreciated for centuries due to the difficulty of the language in which they are written. By working in a group where each member has different but overlapping skills (codicology; Old and Middle French; Old Italian; Latin), these difficulties can be largely overcome.

Jeffrey C. Witt, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of philosophy at Loyola University Maryland. He is the founder, designer, and developer of the Scholastic Commentaries and Texts Archive and the LombardPress Publication Project. He is working on several editions of previously unedited Latin texts, aiming to make them freely available and searchable on the web. He sits on the advisory board of the Digital Latin Library and is co-chair the IIIF Manuscript Community Group. In 2016, he was awarded a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania to develop TEI transcriptions of the Sentences commentary of William de Rothwell and to incorporate those transcriptions into the Scholastics Commentaries and Texts Archive. Jeffrey Witt completed his graduate work in the philosophy department at Boston College in the spring of 2012. His dissertation focused on issues of faith, reason, and theological knowledge in the late medieval Sentences commentaries. He is the co-editor of The Theology of John Mair (Brill 2015) and the co-author of a monograph on the 14th century philosopher and theologian Robert Holcot (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Yu Zhang, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Chinese at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Her research interests include history and literature in late imperial and early modern China, as well as gender studies. Her first book, Inter-family Tanci Writing in Nineteenth-Century China: Bonds and Boundaries, is coming from Lexington Books. Her current research project concerns how Christianity helped women in 19th- and 20th-century China shape new identities. She has been collecting a number of digital archives and resources in East Asian studies, particularly in the fields of literature, missionary works, Maoist China, and Shanghai studies. Her collection also includes online pedagogical resources on teaching Chinese language and East Asian studies. She believes that tools and methods in digital humanities will greatly enhance collaboration and disciplinary-crossing in scholarly and teaching activities.