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Hi everyone,

I hope that everyone managed to find some time to relax over the holidays and that you are easing into a productive new year. During the national EDUCAUSE meeting in November, a group of us began talking about library and IT support for faculty who are working on digital scholarship in general and digital humanities specifically. We have started planning for a webinar in late February that will address what we have learned so far and what we think the next steps will be. I am writing to you today with two questions; one, what topics would you like to see us address and, two, do you have any experiences you would like to share?

Digital Scholarship/Humanities has obviously received enormous attention over the past couple of years. This represents a challenge for Libraries and IT but also an opportunity to partner with scholars who are doing innovative work. In order to make the most of this opportunity we will need to find new ways to reach out to faculty, assess their needs, identify useful and sustainable solutions and empower them to make the most of the available tools. 

Many scholars have been working with partners in the library and in IT for years. The Association of Research Libraries published a study in late 2011 on how these partnerships are supported (link to the Executive Summary: http://www.arl.org/news/pr/spec326-6dec11.shtml). The study found that there are very few official processes in place for supporting digital humanities and that the support that did exist was created on a case by case basis. As more scholars embrace these tools, it will become crucial for libraries to work with IT to provide manageable, sustainable and scalable solutions.

With your help and input, we hope to offer a webinar that will give you new ways to think about what those solutions might look like and what our evolving roles will be.

Best,
Kevin Butterfield, University Librarian, University of Richmond
Chris Kemp, Head, Digital Library Services, Boatwright Memorial Library, Richmond University
Nikki Reynolds, Director of Instructional Technology Support Services, Hamilton College
Beth Secrist, Program Officer for IT Services, ARL
Stewart Varner, Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Emory University


 


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For absolutely selfish reasons, I would appreciate a discussion of first steps a research library can take towards building support for digital humanities.
I am certainly interested in the discussions. As some context, starting last summer the Center for Digital Humanities here at the University of South Carolina came under the organizational umbrella of the University Libraries with the hiring of an Associate Director of the Center who is a library faculty position. I'd be happy to discuss our experiences if anyone might find that useful or interesting. We also have a highly productive Digital Collections department as well as a university digital repository coming out of the library. All these "units" are part of our broad technology services unit I lead. I have a vision that somewhere down the road these will all meld into a cohesive singular area of service provided by the libraries. For what it's worth... -----Original Message----- From: The EDUCAUSE Library/IT Partnerships Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:LIBIT@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Weinraub, Evviva Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 2:08 PM To: LIBIT@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU Subject: Re: [LIBIT] Lib IT Support for Digital Scholarship / Digital Humanities I'm interested as well. On 1/23/13 11:01 AM, "Cox, Thomas" wrote: >I would also be interested. > >Thom W. Cox >Manager of Library Information Technology Services Tisch Library Tufts >University Medford, MA >thomas.cox@tufts.edu > >"Every technology has a philosophy which is given expression in how the >technology makes people use their minds, in how it codifies the world, >and in which of our senses it amplifiesŠ² > - Neal Postman > >From: Mike Kastellec > >Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE Library/IT Partnerships Constituent Group >Listserv >> >Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 1:47 PM >To: "LIBIT@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU" >> >Subject: Re: [LIBIT] Lib IT Support for Digital Scholarship / Digital >Humanities > >For absolutely selfish reasons, I would appreciate a discussion of >first steps a research library can take towards building support for >digital humanities. > >- - - - - - - - >Mike Kastellec >Information Technology Services Manager NCSU >Libraries, 2 Broughton >Driveen& >ll=35.787751,-78.669978&spn=0.002219,0.003385&sll=35.786757,-78.668407& >ssp >n=0.004439,0.00677&gl=us&t=f&z=18&ecpose=35.78616951,-78.67051285,214.5 >9,1 5.355,63.237,0>, Raleigh, NC 27695-7111 >makastel@ncsu.edu + 919-513-2176 All >electronic mail messages in connection with State business which are >sent to or received by this account are subject to the NC Public >Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties. > > >
I am very interested. We are at the beginning (very beginning) stages. Margaret (Meg) Brown-Sica Associate Director of Technology and Digital Initiatives Auraria Library 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, CO. 80204 Phone:(303) 556-3525 http://people.auraria.edu/mbrown-sica/about Serving the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Community College of Denver On 1/23/13 2:00 PM, "BUNTON, GLENN" wrote: >I am certainly interested in the discussions. > >As some context, starting last summer the Center for Digital Humanities >here at the University of South Carolina came under the organizational >umbrella of the University Libraries with the hiring of an Associate >Director of the Center who is a library faculty position. I'd be happy to >discuss our experiences if anyone might find that useful or interesting. >We also have a highly productive Digital Collections department as well >as a university digital repository coming out of the library. All these >"units" are part of our broad technology services unit I lead. I have a >vision that somewhere down the road these will all meld into a cohesive >singular area of service provided by the libraries. > >For what it's worth... > > >-----Original Message----- >From: The EDUCAUSE Library/IT Partnerships Constituent Group Listserv >[mailto:LIBIT@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Weinraub, Evviva >Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 2:08 PM >To: LIBIT@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU >Subject: Re: [LIBIT] Lib IT Support for Digital Scholarship / Digital >Humanities > >I'm interested as well. > > > >On 1/23/13 11:01 AM, "Cox, Thomas" wrote: > >>I would also be interested. >> >>Thom W. Cox >>Manager of Library Information Technology Services Tisch Library Tufts >>University Medford, MA >>thomas.cox@tufts.edu >> >>"Every technology has a philosophy which is given expression in how the >>technology makes people use their minds, in how it codifies the world, >>and in which of our senses it amplifiesŠ² >> - Neal Postman >> >>From: Mike Kastellec > >>Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE Library/IT Partnerships Constituent Group >>Listserv >>> >>Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 1:47 PM >>To: "LIBIT@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU" >>> >>Subject: Re: [LIBIT] Lib IT Support for Digital Scholarship / Digital >>Humanities >> >>For absolutely selfish reasons, I would appreciate a discussion of >>first steps a research library can take towards building support for >>digital humanities. >> >>- - - - - - - - >>Mike Kastellec >>Information Technology Services Manager NCSU >>Libraries, 2 Broughton >>Drive>en& >>ll=35.787751,-78.669978&spn=0.002219,0.003385&sll=35.786757,-78.668407& >>ssp >>n=0.004439,0.00677&gl=us&t=f&z=18&ecpose=35.78616951,-78.67051285,214.5 >>9,1 5.355,63.237,0>, Raleigh, NC 27695-7111 >>makastel@ncsu.edu + 919-513-2176 All >>electronic mail messages in connection with State business which are >>sent to or received by this account are subject to the NC Public >>Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties. >> >> >>
Beth, personally, as a member of Libraries IT, I'm more interested in the latter. But I have colleagues on the public service side who I'm sure would be interested in the other aspect.
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