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Beginning to reflect

Hello and happy #DayofDH! My name is Hannah Toombs and I am the new graduate student intern in Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities with the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. I am a recent PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology and Latin American Studies here at UF, and I’m excited to begin what will be my third internship with the UF Libraries, supporting the ongoing work of the Caribbean Digital Humanities Institute.

Over the next several months, I will be working with UF librarian Perry Collins to communicate with participants from the institute about their experience and ongoing projects, as well as collecting relevant materials they have created through their involvement with the institute.

During the first few weeks of my internship, I have taken the time to explore some of the course content and digital resources institute participants are working on, and through this process, I’ve been reminded of the importance of engaging with the digital humanities, particularly during the present time.

For many of us, the changes caused by COVID-19 have delayed our fieldwork and research plans, altered our classrooms and teaching schedules, and generally disrupted our academic and personal lives. During a time when much of our work has transitioned to a virtual format, digital humanities can offer an indispensable way to continue our research, engage with our students, and stay connected. Through my new internship position, I’m excited to be involved with the meaningful work Caribbean Digital Humanities Institute participants are producing!

In the coming months, I plan to continue writing blog posts to provide updates on ongoing projects and progress with the institute! I hope everyone is staying safe at home while enjoying the beginning of summer break (I’m catching up on books, doing a lot of yoga, and trying to learn how to live stream with my band) and I’m looking forward to my continued work with the Libraries!