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Lib IT Support for Digital Scholarship / Digital Humanities
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.
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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