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Why This Place Matters: Using Mobile Technology to Experience Appalachia’s Past
ASA Annual Conference
  • Monica Brooks
  • David J Trowbridge
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Presentation #1 Abstract or Summary
Marshall University faculty are using mobile technology to reach members of the public anyplace/anytime by creating entries in Clio ( and Marshall Digital Scholar ( During our session, we will demonstrate Clio (, a dynamic website and mobile application created by Dr. David Trowbridge, Professor of History. Similar to Yelp’s ability to locate a restaurant, Clio uses GPS to pick up a user’s location to push multimedia information about the history and culture that surrounds them. Clio allows us to share the stories of Appalachia by connecting scholarly content to unique library resources giving us a rich sense of our past and place. Anyone can create a login and add content that is vetted by historians and librarians. With a growing database that includes nearly 4000 museums, art galleries, monuments, sculptures, and historical sites, Clio connects users to relevant books, articles, and websites in the Marshall Digital Scholar repository when they are ready to learn more about any particular topic. Imagine -- Clio guides users to Carter G. Woodson’s home; it connects them to his papers while they listen to his biographer explain how this Appalachian coal miner became “The Father of Black History.” They can stand in Ceredo, WV and use Clio on their smartphones to experience a WV community that was formed in opposition to slavery. We will show ASA visitors how this blending of scholarship and technology allows us to reach today’s generation to share those stories relevant to Appalachia and its diverse history and people.
At-A-Glance Bio- Presenter #1
  • Monica Garcia Brooks, (Ed.D., Marshall University) Asst. VP for Information Technology for Online Learning & Libraries and Co-Director of MU’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia. In addition to managing the academic libraries and distance education program at Marshall, her research interests include library management, technology, and curriculum, online education, migration trends in Appalachia, the 1933 Chicago World's Fair model homes, and her family's circus, La Carpa Garcia, 1914-1947.

At-A-Glance Bio- Presenter #2
  • David J. Trowbridge (Ph.D., Kansas) is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of African and African American Studies at MU. Dr. Trowbridge has also authored several articles in leading academic publications such as the Journal of American History and Journal of African American History. Trowbridge has also coordinated several panels, THATCamps, and roundtable discussions on digital humanities for the Open Education Conference, the Appalachian Studies Association, and the Organization of American Historians.

Citation Information
Monica Brooks and David J Trowbridge. "Why This Place Matters: Using Mobile Technology to Experience Appalachia’s Past" (2015)
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