Tuesday, April 01, 2014

"Supporting And Encouraging Digital Scholarship" presentations from Notre Dame and University of Miami at #CNI14S

Supporting And Encouraging Digital Scholarship

Zheng (John) Wang
Associate University Librarian, Digital Access, Resources and Information Technology
University of Notre Dame

Tracy Bergstrom
Program Co-Director, Digital Initiatives and Scholarship
University of Notre Dame

Mitsunori Ogihara
Associate Dean for Digital Library Innovation
University of Miami

NOTES Notre Dame Presentation
UND stated their Center after others so they had models. Impetus at UND came from faculty question that we outside of the usual box, but which called on skill sets that librarians have or should have.

Senior faculty have set methodologies that may not meld with contemporary method of digital scholarship. Me faculty are transitional and focused on tenure. So, UND works with grad students to give them grounding in the technology for the future.

  • Funding in summer of 2012
  • Soft launch summer 2013
  • Official launch in February 2014
  • Increased call in library job announcements for these skill sets, so find staff
  • Form partnerships with other university units
  • Environmental scan of what's in place
  • Created a physical place in former reference room space
  • Created a web presence
Services offered:
Some of these were skill sets in place at the library, others had to be developed or hired for.

Staffing chart of the 9 staff, recruiting for copyright librarian:

Meeting rooms and conference rooms key part of the 4600 saute for facility.

Did a massive PR campaign on campus. Open house event had lots of faculty participation. Also did discipline specific open houses. Humanities participation higher than science, engineering in between.

Humanities inquiries:

Challenges include:
  • Pending funding, but part of capital campaign
  • Reaching faculty at the start of projects
  • Prioritization
  • Shift public services element to wider reference staff team
  • Support digital media production

NOTES University of Miami presentation
At Miami, came about through discussions with School of Arts and Sciences. Ogihara spend about 1/3 of time on the center. He is sole staff person.

Focus of Center is on digital humanities. Challenges are both technical and political. Systemic issues related to the humanities are also a challenge.

Reflections on a Digital Scholarship Center, Year One (Wang, Bergstrom)
Notre Dame’s Center for Digital Scholarship, constructed and launched in 2013 with funding from the university president, advances the vision of the University of Notre Dame to redefine and transform library services and spaces for the 21st century. Looking at digital scholarship centers at peer institutions and in consideration of local unique needs, the new center emphasizes services that augment digital fluency and can be sustained in the long-term by the Libraries. Constructed simultaneous to a comprehensive library reorganization, Center staff are a combination of repurposed personnel, strategic new hires, and a CLIR postdoctoral fellow. Through strategic marketing and significant outreach to faculty, the center has successfully attracted attention and continued funding. This session will cover the achievements and challenges of year one within a digital scholarship center, including funding strategies, staff models, the service portfolio, and productive collaborations across campus as well as difficulties with project selection and establishing sustainable services. The session is intended to facilitate a conversation on the extension of libraries’ missions in knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation via digital scholarship centers.

Jump-starting Digital Humanities (Ogihara)
At the University of Miami in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Otto G. Richter Library, an effort to promote digital humanities is underway, and a new associate dean position was created for the purpose. For the past two years the new dean has been collaborating with humanities and library faculty members to develop new research programs in digital humanities. Efforts so far include: software development for the Cuban Theater Digital Archive, text mining of Thomas Carlyle letters, text mining of Horace and Virgil, and optical character recognition (OCR) correction for handwritten Latin texts. This presentation will introduce these research projects and discuss future plan.

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