Author Archives: Robin Miller

NYCDH Workshop – Publishing with GitHub Pages

On Wednesday, 2/9/22, I attended a workshop, Publishing with GitHub Pages, given by Alex Gil. I attended this workshop because I was familiar with using Github as part of a software versioning workflow, but I had yet to explore GitHub Pages — a way to easily create a static website hosted by GitHub. In this workshop, Alex walked us through building a static website from a repository created on GitHub. I was impressed at just how easy it was to create a static website. The GitHub Pages sites are built using Markdown, which I was already familiar with, so I was able to build my site fairly quickly. Markdown is pretty accessible, even for folks who had never used it before, so everyone in the workshop was able to get a GitHub Pages site up and even add an iframe to stream content from YouTube. Alex spoke a bit about how GitHub Pages uses Jekyll to power the static sites and he also briefly introduced us to Wax, for those that might want to create a site that uses image collections or exhibits. In addition, he covered the ideas behind Minimal Computing — “computing done under some set of significant constraints of hardware, software, education, network capacity, power, or other factors.”

Jekyll Website snippet

GitHub Pages is a really great way to get a simple, or complex, static website up and running pretty quickly. I would recommend that anyone with an interest, check out the GitHub pages site and starting playing around with it. I think you will be surprised at just how quickly you can put together a really nice looking website.

Robin’s skillset

Hi everyone, I’m Robin. I am a librarian by training and currently work as an Open Educational Technologist as part of the GC Digital Initiatives team supporting Manifold, an open-source digital publishing platform. I have an MS in Library and Information Science, with advanced certificates in Digital Humanities and Spatial Analysis & Design. Before joining the GC Digital Initiatives team I worked as an Open Educational Resources librarian at City Tech, CUNY.

Project Management: I regularly manage a least one project, but often two or three, in my current position. Happy to play this role, if needed.

Development: I have experience with Github, html, CSS, Markdown, and mapping platforms such as ArcGIS, QGIS, and Storymaps, as well as Tableau and Gephi (though I have not used them in a while!). I am always interested in adding to my skills in this area.

Design/UX: I think about and work with folks everyday on design and UX so I have a ton of experience here. I am also skilled in accessibility, something I feel should be at the top of everyone’s list when they build a digital project.

Outreach/Social Media: I do a considerable amount of outreach and social media in my current position. I enjoy outreach. I am pretty neutral when it comes to social media. I do it as part of my job, but I can’t say I love it, but I don’t hate it and I know it is important element of many projects.

Documentation: I write up documentation all the time. I am currently part of a team that is rewriting all the documentation, technical and how-tos, for the Manifold application so I have a ton of experience with documentation.

Research: I enjoy research and regularly do it as part of my current job as well as research and writing for journal articles, and book chapters.

Draft Project Proposal – Rethinking What We Teach – Elevating Diverse Voices in the Classroom

Project Overview

Searching for Open Educational Resources (OER) is time consuming and often frustrating for instructors, particularly when trying to represent diverse voices or content in a Language Other Than English (LOTE). This project will build a digital collection of diverse OER, sourced from the library archive collections held across the 25 CUNY campuses. It will focus on materials from marginalized voices — Women, BIPOC, and LGBTQI+. This collection will function as an OER repository where instructors can easily search and find diverse resources for use in their classrooms.

Keeping the diverse voices framework (Women, BIPOC, and LGBTQI+ ) in mind our team will build this project using the following work plan:

  1. Identify a CUNY instructor, department, or institute in a subject area of interest to the team.
  2. Work with this person or group to identify a subject, author, event, etc. that fits within the diverse voices framework.
  3. Locate materials in a CUNY library that match the criteria identified and work with a librarian to see if this material can be used as an OER.
  4. If the material is not in a digital format, work with library staff to get the material digitized. If the material is in a digital format, proceed to the next stage.
  5. Create a digital project on Manifold.
  6. Ingest the digital material into the newly created Manifold project collection.
  7. Promote the collection through social media and in conjunction with the instructor, department, or institute with whom you have worked.


It is often difficult to find OER that reflect diverse voices, especially materials that are not written in English. Many instructors at CUNY would like to diversify the materials that they use in the classroom and save their students money by creating a Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) course. The creation of this digital OER collection would bring together in one single repository diverse materials sourced from numerous archives housed across the 25 CUNY campuses, such as The Dominican Studies Institute and The Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO), to name just a few.

Project Audience

This digital OER collection will be built with the CUNY instructor in mind, but as an OER it will be open for anyone in the world to use.

Contribution to DH & Impact

This collection has the potential to change the canon of authors that is regularly taught by instructors at CUNY and around the world. This collection will elevate diverse and marginalized voices bringing them into the classroom where students have the opportunity to interact with materials by authors that better reflect who they are as individuals.

Final Product

A digital OER collection of materials on CUNY’s Manifold digital publishing platform primarily, but not exclusively, created for teaching.

Feasibility Assessment

The digital OER collection will be created and housed on CUNY’s Manifold instance. There is a possibility that we may need to digitize materials and, therefore, it may be necessary to have access to digital scanning equipment. It is unclear what formats we may encounter when we begin to evaluate these archive materials, so even a rudimentary knowledge of, or desire to learn, Google Docs, HTML, CSS, Microsoft Word, Markdown, will be useful. Consultation with CUNY librarians to determine rights and licensing will be essential in determining what can and cannot be published as an OER in this collection. Online research skills are essential. Outreach is very important to this project and team members should feel comfortable corresponding with different audiences in person and via email.