The Tale of Matsura, translated by Wayne Lammers, and Writing and Renunciation in Medieval Japan, by Rajyashree Pandey

aug 2018–apr 2020

Humanities Open Book at University of Michigan Press

The University of Michigan Press was awarded a Humanities Open Book grant from the NEH and the Mellon Foundation to digitize one hundred books from three Asian studies backlists. As the primary Digital Publishing Assistant for this project, I cleaned metadata, wrote book descriptions, reviewed rights and permissions, corresponded with authors, performed quality control on EPUB accessibility, and prepared digital books for Michigan’s multimedia book platform Fulcrum.

Through this grant, I have experienced the complexity of large-scale digitization, applied concepts from information law to book contracts, used Python to manage and move metadata, evaluated and condensed accessibility guidelines for colleagues, and advocated for open access to an influential community of humanities scholars.