Horizons: H-Net Newsletter, 2:4

Volume 2 • Number 4 • December 2015

From the Associate Director for Research & Publications

As we round out 2015 and look forward to another year on the H-Net Commons, there's a lot to celebrate. In the past year, H-Net has certified dozens of new editors and added three new networks focusing on Romanian studies, Medieval studies, and podcasting. Editors have shared content across networks on the WWI Crossroads, the Gender, Race & Ethnicity, and Digital Humanities hubs, and consolidated a number of state networks into one regional network called H-Midwest. We've launched a new book discovery service and revamped our popular academic announcement service. And to top it all off, hundreds of readers and subscribers responded to our Fall Appeal for donations, helping keep H-Net free and accessible to all! Thanks go to every volunteer editor, advisory board member, committee and council member, and to all of our readers and subscribers for making H-Net what it is: an international, interdisciplinary organization dedicated to scholarly communications and harnessing the educational potential of the web. Here's to a happy, healthy, and even more successful 2016!

--Yelena Kalinsky, Associate Director for Research & Publications

H-Net Council News

December saw outgoing President Randolph Hollingsworth reflect on the past year at H-Net in a blog post summarizing her term. And we begin the new year with new officers and council members: President Jean Stuntz, President-Elect Ryan Dunch, returning VP-Networks Patrick Cox, new H-Net Staff Editor Seth Offenbach, and newly elected or re-elected Council Members Daniel FandinoDavid PriorJeremy Wells, and Nick Timmerman. The full list of Officers and Council, and other Council business can be found at the H-Net Executive Council network.

Book Channel Publications

The H-Net Book Channel, H-Net's new book discovery service, is up and running with nearly 4,000 new titles in 56 different categories from 71 publishers and counting. Starting this Spring, the site will begin publishing commissioned essays that will point readers to new directions in the humanities and social sciences, help instructors incorporate new books into intro and survey courses, and illuminate the issues affecting academic publishing. H-Net editors who are interested in commissioning content or authors who would like to write for the Book Channel should send pitches to Book Channel editor Caleb Owen at owencale@msu.edu.

Featured Staff

This month, we feature two of our longest-serving clerks, our two social media coordinators, Sarah Remington and Leta Knupfer. We say goodbye to Sarah, who graduated and starts a job in Chicago this month. Leta has secured a summer internship at Stryker in Kalamazoo. We've asked them a couple of questions about their experience working at H-Net.

What was your major at MSU:

LK: I am a marketing major in the business college.

SR: I majored in Civil Engineering and minored in Economics.

How long have you worked at H-Net?

LK: Since the summer of 2013 (2.5 years).

SR: 2 years and 10 months.

What projects did you work on at H-Net?

LK: I spent some time on the H-Cervantes migration into the Commons as well as social media coordinator, and otherwise worked customer service.

SR: I worked on updating the H-Net Reviews publisher database and more recently, as social media coordinator with Leta.

How did working at H-Net help you in your job or internship search?

LK: Planning the rollout of the Book Channel and learning how to effectively distribute information to our subscribers helped me immensely in understanding that aspect of marketing. Customer service -- understanding and learning our subscribers' issues and being able to quickly solve them helped me a lot in my search as well.

SR: Working at H-Net provided me with good customer service skills and interviewers were impressed with my ability to balance a part-time job along with classes and extra-curricular activities.

What are you doing next?

LK: I have a marketing internship with Stryker where I will work on re-branding one of their products this summer.

SR: I'll be working as a Graduate Civil Engineer in the telecommunications group at HBK Engineering in Chicago.

What do you like to do outside of school and work?

LK: I like backpacking and running. Last year I went to the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York.

SR: In my spare time I like to cook and try new restaurants. I love reading and have a long list of books I want to tackle now that I'm done with school. I also enjoy traveling and I'm planning on taking trips to New York, Nashville and Vegas this year!

Thanks, Sarah and Leta. Best of luck with your future endeavors!

Announcing H-Midwest

We are very excited to announce the launch of a timely new Midwestern Studies network at H-Net called H-Midwest. The editors of H-IowaH-MichiganH-IllinoisH-Ohio, and H-Indiana, along with a new editorial and advisory board, have come together to form a new regional network that will continue to feature individual state content alongside discussions and resources on the region as a whole. The network's first roundtable, "Why Midwestern Studies?" kicks things off by considering the state of the field. A new book review program seeks reviewers. And the network is planning a list of research collections on the Midwest and seeks collection profiles from libraries, museums, research centers, archives, and personal collections. Interested readers will want to subscribe to comment and share resources.

New Features on the Commons

Regular H-Net readers will have noticed a flurry of new features to help them take best advantage of their network subscriptions.

Resources Tab

The old Media tab on each network has been replaced by a new Resources tab that groups and organizes content, media, and projects produced by that network. As editors make use of these pages, more content will appear. An H-Net-wide Resources page is available on the Commons front page.

Publication and Deadline Calendars

A new calendar feature allows editors to track network publications and important deadlines on their public networks. Look for these in your network's links menu on the right of each page. The H-Announce calendar tracks all deadlines for announcements and opportunities submitted to H-Net.


Logged-in subscribers can now bookmark anything they come across on the Commons by clicking "bookmark this" at the bottom of any piece of content. The bookmark link will then be available through the My Profile pull-down menu.

Search People

A new public-facing directory of H-Net users is now accessible on the Commons. Users can search public H-Net profiles of editors and subscribers, a good reason to update your profile! No private contact information or email addresses will be displayed, and users should keep in mind that this is a separate database from the people directory of list and review editors and reviewers at the old www.h-net.org site.

Around the Commons

Instead of waiting for the latest Horizons Newsletter, H-Net readers can keep up with what's happening around the Commons by checking out our weekly roundup H-Net This Week, published every Friday on the Commons front page and subsequently archived here.

While the snow piles up here in East Lansing, the H-Net home office begins the H-Net Beautification Project. Readers, subscribers, and editors will notice new features, more intuitive navigation, and a more polished integration of images across the Commons. With the help of our new graphic designer, Steven Holmes, networks can update their banner graphics. Check out Steven's work on H-Midwest and H-Afro-Am. Interested editors should email the help desk at help@mail.h-net.msu.edu.