Tools and Topics

Collaborative Grant Seeking

Matching a project to the right funding opportunity can be a challenge. Finding the right partners and leveraging our strengths are crucial to successful proposals. University of Florida Grants Manager Bess de Farber and librarian Perry Collins co-led a webinar for institute participants.



Funding for Libraries

Bess de Farber developed this guide, including funding opportunities of interest across libraries

Modern Endangered Archives Program

Based at UCLA, this Arcadia-funded program has supported several projects to digitize Caribbean collections

Institute proposal

Read the proposal for the institute, funded by the NEH Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities program.

Tools and Topics

Teaching Guides in dLOC

dLOC holds a wide range of teaching materials for K-12 and college/university-level courses that are primarily in English. Below are a sample of highlighted courses and teaching materials.

Courses & Syllabi

Puerto Rico Syllabus

Yarimar Bonilla, Marisol Lebrón, and Sarah Molinari developed “Puerto Rico Syllabus: Essential tools for critical thinking about the Puerto Rican debt crisis.”

Caribbean Syllabus

Francis Negrón-Muntaner, Mimi Sheller, and colleagues developed “Caribbean Syllabus: life and debt in the Caribbean,” an 18 unit thematic course.

Introduction to Advancing Sexuality Studies

The Caribbean Region of the International Resource Network created “Introduction to Advancing Sexuality Studies: A short course on sexuality theory and research methodologies”

Teaching Materials

Digital Collection

Hyacinth Simpson worked with Olive Senior to create an online edition of her poetry collection “Gardening in the Tropics” that includes text, audio, and author notes.

Archival Materials

Our Americas Archive Partnership is “a multi-institutional digital humanities project that aims to develop curricular models and teaching materials that embody a hemispheric approach to the study of the Americas.”

K-12 Lesson Plans

This handout includes links to prize winning K-12 lesson plans as well as a series of teaching guides produced for undergraduate teaching, primarily of Caribbean literature.

Panama Teaching Resources

Video Presentation

A recorded video of Sonja Watson’s presentation “The Politics of Race in Panama”

Afro-Antilleans in the Panama Canal Museum Collection

Margarita Vargas-Betancourt’s presentation “Finding the Silver Voice: Afro-Antilleans in the Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida”


Isabel Silver compiled a selected bibliography of digitized materials in the Panama and the Canal digital library. It also includes search items for each topic and photos for teaching

Book Lecture

Olive Senior’s lecture about her book Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal

Literature Example

Olive Senior discusses Caribbean labor mobility in her article titled “The Colon People: Part I, Jamaica the Neglected Garden”

Panama Silver Asian Gold

Course materials for “Panama Silver Asian Gold: Migration Money and the Making of the Modern Caribbean”

Tools and Topics

Challenges and Successes of Bilingual Metadata

In a virtual session, Margarita Vargas-Betancourt (Latin American and Caribbean Special Collections Librarian at University of Florida) discussed the importance of increasing bilingual access to Latin American collections found in online exhibits and digital repositories.


Challenges and Successes of Bilingual Metadata: Online Exhibits at LACC

Margarita Vargas-Betancourt shows us that decolonizing digital collections requires specialized labor. She analyzes three case studies from the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida to illustrate how faculty and staff are implementing bilingual metadata to improve access to Spanish-speaking audiences.

Case Study 1: Florida and Puerto Rico Newspaper Project

Metadata language should match the original source to make content more accessible. FPRNP has worked to include Spanish language assays with collections.

Case Study 2: The Cuban American Dream

During the development of this exhibit, a Spanish authority file was used to organize bibliographic information of Latin American content to ensure access for Spanish-speaking viewers.

Tools and Topics


Websites created for courses and student projects provide access to class materials and help disseminate student research. WordPress is a free program for website design with many benefits such as ease of use, privacy protection, and compatibility with other digital platforms.

Presentations a pedagogical tool

Debbie McCollin from UWI, Trinidad and Tobago discusses the benefits and limitations of using WordPress in the classroom.

Example Website

Debbie McCollin created “Digital History at UWI.”

Example Website

Kimberly Bain created “Ghosts in the Water: Chinese Women in Trinidad”


WordPress Tutorials

Learn how to build a website with WordPress help guides.

WP Beginner

A beginner’s guide with detailed tutorials about WordPress.

Tools and Topics

Project Management

Project management is a foundational network of skills to initiate, plan, execute, and successfully meet digital humanities objectives.


Project Management Basics

Melissa Jerome and Hélène Huet from the University of Florida outline steps for successful project management and apply them to DH.


The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship created “Project Management for the Digital Humanities” to provide a curriculum for managing digital projects across multiple settings.

Development for the Digital Humanities

An online repository with training materials for managing DH projects.

Tools and Topics

Minimal Computing

In a virtual session, Alex Gil (Digital Scholarship Librarian at Columbia University Libraries) discussed the value of minimal computing as a method of engaging digital humanities under constraints of software, network capacity, power, and other aspects.


The User, the Learner, & the Machines we Make

Alex Gil challenges scholars to ask themselves “How much do I need?” in terms of the technology they use in research and teaching, particularly in relation to concerns of research dissemination, access, and sustainability.

Design for Diversity: The Case of Ed

Alex Gil presents a case study on “Ed,” a system for producing online digital editions.


Wax is a resource which can be used to create scholarly exhibitions through a minimal computing process. Wax is an excellent tool for scholars who may not yet have access to or don’t want to use a lot of resources to create an exhibition.

The Command Line Crash Course

The Command Line Crash Course is a book providing a straightforward guide on how to use the command line to do basic computer programming. While not an exhaustive guide, it is meant to benefit beginners who have no previous programming experience.

HTML and CSS Courses on offers beginner-friendly online courses to learn HTML and CSS. These courses can support users who want to build a website, or simply enhance their digital literacy!

Tools and Topics

Copyright & Ethical Reuse

Legal and ethical considerations can be difficult to navigate when teaching with digital tools and incorporating media from different collections and communities across international borders. Knowing the basics–including when you and your students can use materials without permission–is a good first step.


Navigating Copyright to Create and Share DH Projects

UF librarian Perry Collins addresses the basics of copyright and intellectual property, including topics such as fair use/fair dealing, what to keep in mind for international initiatives, and ways that ethical frameworks might address places where copyright falls short.

Documenting Personal and Community Stories

UF librarian Perry Collins provides an overview of documenting oral histories as well as ethical and copyright guidelines to follow when collecting and sharing oral histories.


Public domain in the U.S.

If you are scanning, copying, or sharing materials in the United States, you might need some help navigating a complicated history of copyright laws. This chart by Peter Hirtle can help you decide if a work is in or out of copyright.

Ethical perspectives

Copyright law is largely focused on individual creators as rights owners. Local Contexts began as one effort to support “Indigenous sovereignty over cultural heritage,” focusing on the digital environment.

International copyright

Wikipedia is one great place to get started when you want to learn the basics about copyright in an international context.

Contact: Perry Collins

dLOC Copyright Liaison and University of Florida Librarian
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Perry is available to support the broader dLOC community of scholars, students, and practitioners in getting started with copyright and related ethical issues. Perry may also be able to help identify local experts within your own institution or nearby.

Tools and Topics

Oral History

Institute participants discussed oral history as a way to engage students and collect perspectives across communities. The institute focused on collecting and sharing oral histories, including relevant tools and ethical issues.


Using Oral Histories in the Classroom

Dr. Sharon Austin from the UF Department of African American Studies shares how she incorporates oral histories into her courses, and the benefits of using these resources in the classroom to incorporate firsthand accounts and testimonies and in depth information on particular topics which may not be found in other resources.

Documenting Personal and Community Stories

UF librarian Perry Collins provides an overview of documenting oral histories as well as ethical and copyright guidelines to follow when collecting and sharing oral histories.

Practical Approaches to Conducting Oral History Projects

Paul Ortíz the director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at UF reviews basic requirements and potential deliverables for oral history projects.


Oral History in the Digital Age

This collaborative resource provides information on documenting oral history, ethics and copyright issues and examples of how oral history is used in libraries, museums, the classroom, and more.

Documenting the Now

UF librarian Perry Collins provides an overview of documenting oral histories as well as ethical and copyright guidelines to follow when collecting and sharing oral histories.

Haitian Diaspora Oral Histories

This collection at the University of Miami includes interviews with artists, activists, and educators of Haitian descent.

Tools and Topics

Mapping & Timelines

Tools mentioned most often in follow-up interviews after the institute included low-barrier options that students can use to bring together primary sources and analysis into interpretive timelines and maps.

StoryMap JS

StoryMap JS

A free online tool developed at the Northwestern University Knight Lab that allows you to share stories by highlighting locations related to specific events. Upload images, videos, text, or other media to create an educational, virtual resource.

Example project

Colorado State student Samantha Slenker created “Indigenous Language and Society in America.”

Example project

Digital Library of the Caribbean fellow Stephanie Chancy created “dLOC and Its Partners.”

Google My Maps

Google My Maps

Users can create and share their own maps based on particular locations and themes. My Maps can be used via computer, Android, or iPhone and iPad.

Video tutorial

Teacher Meghan Vestal offers an excellent overview of Google My Maps and how it can be used in the classroom in this 7-minute video.

Example project

In “Using Digital Tools to Explore Collective Memory,” Kelsey McNiff, Endicott College, describes an assignment for students to visualize U.S. Holocaust memorials.