Laying the Foundation: Digital Humanities in Academic Libraries

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 Laying the Foundation: Digital Humanities in Academic Libraries
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Purdue University Press

Book Description

Laying the Foundation: Digital Humanities in Academic Libraries examines the library’s role in the development, implementation, and instruction of successful digital humanities projects. It pays special attention to the critical role of librarians in building sustainable programs. It also examines how libraries can support the use of digital scholarship tools and techniques in undergraduate education.


Academic libraries are nexuses of research and technology; as such, they provide fertile ground for cultivating and curating digital scholarship. However, adding digital humanities to library service models requires a clear understanding of the resources and skills required. Integrating digital scholarship into existing models calls for a reimagining of the roles of libraries and librarians. In many cases, these reimagined roles call for expanded responsibilities, often in the areas of collaborative instruction and digital asset management, and in turn these expanded responsibilities can strain already stretched resources.


Laying the Foundation provides practical solutions to the challenges of successfully incorporating digital humanities programs into existing library services. Collectively, its authors argue that librarians are critical resources for teaching digital humanities to undergraduate students and that libraries are essential for publishing, preserving, and making accessible digital scholarship.


About the Editor(s):

John W. White is the dean of Libraries at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. He earned his PhD in history at the University of Florida and is the author of a number of works on southern history and politics. He currently serves on the editorial board of the South Carolina Historical Magazine and is the co-director of the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative. 

Heather Gilbert is the head of Digital Scholarship and Services for the College of Charleston Libraries and the project director for the Lowcountry Digital Library. She received her MLIS from the University of South Carolina and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She currently serves as an associate director of the South Carolina Digital Library.