Horizons: H-Net Newsletter, 1:2

Volume 1 • Number 2 • November 2014

Ashley Sanders, Newsletter Editor

Greetings, H-Net readers, and welcome to this second edition of our occasional newsletter!  The newsletter highlights the work of our wonderful teams of volunteer editors and contributors, points you to new projects underway, and helps subscribers get the most out of their H-Net membership. Please tap in to http://networks.h-net.org/h-net for more information and join us on the H-Net Commons!  You can write to me with your comments and ideas, and if you see something we should highlight in our newsletter, please let me know!

--Dr. Peter Knupfer

Welcome!

Yelena Kalinsky, Associate Director and Managing Editor, H-Net Reviews: I come to H-Net with a Ph.D. in art history from Rutgers University and experience in editing academic journals and helping to run a scholarly society. As Managing Editor, my goal is to grow H-Net Reviews by helping to recruit more review editors for new and expanding networks, and to broaden the scope of Reviews to cover more exhibitions, films, conferences, and digital media. Looking forward, I hope to develop an H-Net Book Channel to support book announcements, podcasts, and other reviews- and publication-related content. I am excited by the opportunities for cross-network fertilization and multi-media content afforded by the H-Net Commons, and would love to hear how H-Net Reviews can help your network take advantage of these opportunities. I can be reached at yelena@mail.h-net.msu.edu.

Welcome!

Jesse Draper, Associate Director and Managing Editor, Networks: I began working with H-Net as a content developer in November 2013 and assisted with the migration to the Commons. I helped to build many of the networks that you now call home and was lucky to work with many of our dedicated and talented network editors in the process. I completed my Ph.D. in U.S. history at Michigan State University in July 2014 after successfully defending my dissertation, which examined the process of baseball stadium construction in post-World War II urban development. Now, as an Associate Director for H-Net, I am very excited about the redeveloped Commons theme and cannot wait for you to see the exciting improvements we will soon be able to release. As a former network administrator, I know that technological changes can frustrate user work flows and creative routines. As we move to the new Commons theme in coming weeks, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you have questions at draperje@mail.h-net.msu.edu

Project of the Month

American Childhood in 25 Artifacts: This collection was assembled by the Children and Childhood Studies Area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA) 25th annual conference. MAPACA is a regional association of The Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association. Area Chairs Patrick Cox and Brandi J. Venable solicited artifacts of American Childhood to celebrate MAPACA's silver anniversary in a way that honors the past and looks forward to new ways to present it.

Commons Quick Start!

As part of our transition to the H-Net Commons we are happy to announce a user education drive.  We've created a brief Quick Start Guide at the Help Desk to get Commons users up and running and using the system as quickly as possible.  Be sure to keep an eye on your Networks as we will be periodically sending out further guides to help new users get up to speed.

New Networks

World War I Crossroads Network:

The World War I Crossroads network is a collaboration between editors on the H-Net Commons dedicated to the scholarly study and discussion of World War I and the centennial commemoration of the conflict.  This network will highlight World War I content from across the H-Net Commons as well as commission new content on the subject. http://networks.h-net.org/world-war-i-crossroads