Resources

Examples of Services and Resources
A list of common services and resources for digital scholarship and some explanatory examples that are included on our survey.

Sustainability Implementation Toolkit
This toolkit guides users through the process of establishing the digital humanities on their campus.

DLA 101
A project by the Great Lakes Colleges Association to compile online resources to help faculty bring digital pedagogy into the classroom

Readings

    DiRT Directory of Articles and Reports on Digital Scholarship
    This extensive directory catalogs numerous readings and reports on digital scholarship touching on the practice and problems of digital scholarship, case studies and business models, and writings on scholarly communication.

    Stewardship of the Evolving Scholarly Record
    This report compares the evolution of scholarship to the US economy’s move from manufacturing to services and digital technology. The authors argue that a “conscious coordination” of the scholarly record across higher education must replace the “largely uncoordinated way” academic libraries have collected and organized print scholarship. While print scholarship emphasizes the “published outcomes” (journals, monographs, etc.), digital technologies open the official record to better capture the process and production of scholarship.

    The authors argue the traditional centers of preservation like the academic library are unable to keep up with the rapidly increasing amount of content and decentralized distribution of the materials’ location. Academic libraries must shift from locally-focused models of collection to interact with broader networks of research stewardship that embrace a variety of diverse organizations. These organizations must work together in a conscious and detailed manner to delineate responsibilities and relationships, including formal divisions of labor and infrastructure as well as reciprocal access agreements. In this way, libraries can work together to move from providing local access to and preservation of the scholarly record to a networked effort that engages a larger community.

    Digital Scholarship Centers: Trends and Good Practice
    This document recaps a 2014 workshop that discussed digital scholarship centers their importances. The authors noted the conversation around the idea and purpose of a digital scholarship center, highlighting that these centers support a wider scholarly community than (disciplinary-focused) digital humanities centers and emphasizing that role of digital scholarship centers was that of partners with faculty, not as a service station. The authors also remarked on the fact that most centers were located in or affiliated with libraries, but discussed collaboration with faculty extensively. The authors touted the flexibility of digital scholarship centers as institutions useful to large research universities and small liberal arts colleges alike for both teaching and research development.

    Sustaining Digital Scholarship Final Report
    This Mellon-funded project sought to explore ways to facilitate the creation and maintenance of digital scholarly projects. Written through the lens of an academic library, the report recommends a system of preservation that can be adjusted based on the expected scholarly value of a project, ranging from only collecting metadata to preserving the project completely. The report stresses the negotiation between the desire of the creator to have the project entirely maintained with the library’s limited resources to only preserve the most vital items. It also suggests the development of standards to reference before project preservation becomes a pressing issue.

    Tri-Co Digital Humanities Final Report
    This report from Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges details their efforts to build a digital humanities curriculum through cross-institutional collaboration. With an emphasis on working as partners, they focused on planning for and managing data and preservation. Needing to balance digital research, teaching, and limited resources, they utilized small, modular projects that added to a larger whole as an effective way to incorporated undergraduates. While collaboration between schools was successful, crossing disciplinary and generational lines was more difficult.

    The Center of Excellence Model for Information Services
    This report emerged from a Mellon Foundation grant that studied the use of the center of excellence model (attracting the very best in a certain field) to grow cooperation. This model would meet the growing need for complex services and support that academic libraries cannot meet on their own. Utilizing a center of excellence model would unburden individual universities from being able to provide every service and meet every specialized need. The authors emphasized collaboration and innovation of these centers as important benefits of this model. They also identified strong leadership, clear organizational vision, and effective partnership building as keys to success for centers of excellence. Cautious about building separate infrastructure and networks to create centers of excellence, the authors recommend building “expert networks” to replicate the benefits of centers of excellence, while remaining within the same academic structures.

    Working Together or Apart: Promoting the Next Generation of Digital Scholarship
    Published by the Council on Library and Information Resources, This collection of essays addresses a range of issues in the production of digital scholarship including building a research agenda, digital humanities centers, and automated language processing.

    U. of Minnesota Digital Arts and Humanities Working Group Report
    This University of Minnesota Libraries report stems from an effort to explore the growing digital arts and humanities scholarship at their campus. The working group recommended building a network of potential partners for digital scholarship, hosting a project showcase for activities on campus, adding a Digital Arts and Humanities librarian, and exploring additional event planning and the construction of a collaboratory space. The group also identified a number of key features of digital humanities centers, including a clear administrative home, curriculum integration and financial sustainability.

    From Digital Arts and Humanities to DASH
    This chapter expands on the University of Minnesota Libraries’ service model through its Digital Arts Sciences + Humanities (DASH) program. Building on the earlier report from their working group, this chapter explores the process of implementing the recommendations and of using an experimental approach. DASH worked to center the library as a hub for collaborative efforts and space for new creation. They positioned the library in this way through a series of pilot projects to experiment and test new ideas.