email: plach AT sdsu DOT edu
Department Affiliation: Digital Humanities Center
Address: San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8050
Mail Code: MC-8050
Select Service to the Profession
- Chair, Digital Scholarship Section Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, Association of College and Research Libraries (March 2019-June 2021)
- dh+lib Review Editor, Association of College and Research Libraries (January 2019-present)
- Co-Convener, Digital Scholarship Centers Discussion Group, Digital Scholarship Section, Association of College and Research Libraries (June 2017-June 2019)
- Member, Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC), Association of College and Research Libraries (June 2016-June 2020); Co-editor of the College & Research Library News scholarly communication column (February 2018-June 2020)
- Digital Humanities Librarian
- San Diego State University, 2016-
- Head, Center for Faculty and Staff Initiatives and Engagement
- University of Kansas Libraries, 2015-2016
- Associate Director/Manager
- Digital Innovation Lab, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011-2015
- Master of Science in Information Science
- School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012
- PhD in U.S. History
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , 2007
- Master of Arts in U.S. History
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , 2002
- Bachelor of Arts in History
- Douglass College, Rutgers University, 1998
Selected Publications & Presentations
Lach, P., Lanthorne, A. & Bliss, L. (2019). Speaking Across Silos: Understanding the Commonalities between Subject and Functional Roles (forthcoming). In Robin Canuel & Chad Crichton (Ed.), Approaches to Liaison Librarianship: Innovations in Organization and Engagement (p. ). Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries.
Lach, P. & Pollard, E. (2019). Visualizing History in the Classroom: A Faculty-Librarian Partnership in the Digital Age. New Review of Academic Librarianship, In Process. Find Full–Text
Lach, P. (2019, April). Launching a Library Digital Humanities Center: Reflections and Lessons Learned in the First Year. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Association of College and Research Libraries, Cleveland, OH.
Lach, P. (2019, March). Building a Collaborative Space for a DH Community. Presentation at the meeting of the CNI-ARL Digital Scholarship Planning Workshop, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
Melton, S. & Lach, P. (2018, January). Digital Collections and Exhibitions with Omeka (half-day workshop). Presentation at the meeting of the Association of Research Libraries Digital Scholarship Institute, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA.
Lach, P. (2018, March). Transforming Humanities Librarianship for the Digital Age. Presentation at the meeting of the National Federation of Advanced Information Services 2018 Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day/National Humanities Alliance 2018 Annual Meeting: Meeting the Needs of Humanities Librarians Roundtable, Washington, D.C..
Lach, P. & Pollard, E. (2018, March). Visualizing Scholarship: Teaching Historiography in the Digital Age. Presentation at the meeting of the From Evidence to Scholarship: Transforming Student Research in the Digital Age, Portland, OR.
Pressman, J., Jackson, P. & Lach, P. (2018, April). Project Briefing: DH at SDSU: Modeling Library-Faculty Partnerships. Presentation at the meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information Spring Meeting, San Diego, CA.
Ferguson, J., Lach, P. & Marshall, B. (2018, June). Bridging the gap: supporting subject liaisons to become ambassadors for digital scholarship in academic libraries. Presentation at the meeting of the American Library Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
Lach, P. & Rosenblum, B. (2018). Sprinting toward Faculty Engagement: Adopting Project Management Approaches to Build Library–Faculty Relationships. In Alice Daugherty, Samantha Schmehl Hines (Ed.), Advances in Library Administration and Organization: Project Management in the Library Workplace (Volume 38, pp. 89-114). : EmeraldInsight.
Lach, P. (2017, November). Tagging for Justice: Challenging Hegemonic Object Description through Participatory Metadata Creation. Presentation at the meeting of the HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory), Orlando, FL.
Chen, A., Kaplan, S., Lach, P. & Xiao, L. (2017). Incorporating Values Sensitive Design into Crowdsourcing Methodologies for Knowledge Collaboration. Proceedings of the Association of Information Science and Technology, 54(1), 545-548. Find Full–Text
Lach, P. & Rosenblum, B. (2017, July). Running Further Together: Adopting Collaborative, Team-based Research Sprints to Advance Digital Humanities Scholarship. Presentation at the meeting of the Keystone DH, Philadelphia, PA.
Lach, P. (2016, September). Data for Humanists: An Introduction to Digital Humanities: An Introduction to DH Data. Presentation at the meeting of the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, DH Forum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
Chen, A., Martell, J. & Lach, P. (2016, October). Supporting Discovery through Contextual Representation: Developing a Tool for Visually Exploring Slave Narratives. Presentation at the meeting of the IEEE VIS, VIS4DH Workshop, Baltimore, MD.
Lach, P., Rosenblum, B., Ortega, É. & Gamble, S. (2016, July). ‘Peripheries, Barriers, Hierarchies’: Toward a Praxis of Critical Librarianship and Digital Humanities. Digital Humanities In the Library / Of the Library: A dh+lib Special Issue: http://acrl.ala.org/dh/2016/07/29/peripheries-barriers-hierarchies/
Alexander Craft, R. & Lach, P. (2016, Summer). Staging Digital Portobelo: Humanities Scholarship, Digital Tools, and Collaboration as Acts of Persistent Translation. Public: A Journal of Imagining America, 3(2): http://public.imaginingamerica.org/blog/article/staging-digital-portobelo-humanities-scholarship-digital-tools-and-collaboration-as-acts-of-persistent-translation/
Alexander Craft, R. & Lach, P. (2015, May). The Devil is in the Details: Using DH Press to Create Projects like Digital Portobelo. Presentation at the meeting of the HASTAC, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI.
Lach, P. (2015, September). What is Digital Humanities and What’s It Doing in the Classroom? Toward a Digital Pedagogy. Presentation at the meeting of the Hall Center for the Humanities, DH Seminar, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
Baron, N., Carletti, L., Muñoz Civantos, A., Coughlan, T., Allen, R., Lach, P., Davies, C., Tyler-Jones, R. & Ferran, B. (2015, September). Proceedings of Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities 2014. Presentation at the meeting of the Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities , University of Brighton.
Lach, P. (2014, February). Amplifying the Archive: An Introduction to the Digital Innovation Lab. Presentation at the meeting of the “Harnessing the Infinite Archive,” Concluding Showcase & Future Planning (funded by AHRC), Horizon Digital Economy Research Center, University of Nottingham, UK.
Lach, P. (2014, March). The Digital Innovation Lab: Making Digital Humanities Easier. Presentation at the meeting of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University.
Lach, P. (2014, March). Amplifying the Archive: An Introduction to the Digital Innovation Lab. Presentation at the meeting of the British Library, 21st Century Curatorship Series, London, UK.
Mitchell Whisnant, A. & Lach, P. (2014, August). Building the Unbuilt Parkway: Digital Public History in the Classroom. The American Historian, 1, 16-18. Find Full–Text
Chen, A. & Lach, P. (2014, November). Needs and Expectations in a Tool for Exploring Slave Narratives: A Survey of Prospective Users. Poster session presented at the meeting of the ASIS&T: Association for Information Science and Technology, Seattle, WA.
Kotch, S., Lach, P., Lundeen, L. & Wilkerson, J. (2013, October). Visualizing Sound: Building New Ways to Interact with Oral History. Presentation at the meeting of the Oral History Association, Oklahoma City, OK.
Lach, P. (2013, October). Doing DH: Digital Humanities Data (workshop and panel). Presentation at the meeting of the Libraries + Digital Scholarship, Duke University Libraries, Durham, NC.
Olson, E., Lach, P. & Mitchell Whisnant, A. (2013, November). Building Something Together: The Promise and Challenges of Digital Projects in the Classroom. Presentation at the meeting of the Fourth Annual Faculty Showcase, Center for Faculty Excellence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
Apter Bairnsfather, L., Lach, P., Myers, J. & Mitchell Whisnant, A. (2013, November). In Admin: Four History PhDs Discuss Their Alt-ac Careers. Perspectives on History: The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association , 51(8), 43-44. Find Full–Text
Lach, P. (2012, June). Review of Steven Cohan, ed. The Sound of Musicals. The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 32(2), 347-349. Find Full–Text
Lach, P. (2011, November). UNC’s Digital Innovation Lab: Fostering Public Digital Humanities. D-Lib Magazine, no volume: http://www.dlib.org/dlib/november11/11inbrief.html
Lach, P. (2010, December). The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. Review of Thomas Doherty, Hollywood’s Censor: Joseph I. Breen & The Production Code Administration, 30(4), 572. Find Full–Text
Lach, P. (2007, Autumn). Review of Tim Carter, Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical. The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 105(4), 752-754. Find Full–TextSee all library publications