Designing the Digital Humanities Library Lab @ Leuven (DH3L)

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Designing the Digital Humanities Library Lab @ Leuven (DH3L)

  1. 1. Designing the LeuvenLibrary LabDemmy Verbeke
  2. 2. Who is doing DH?Digital Humanities is a three-legged stool:―one leg is the programmers (those creating thetools), one leg is the scholars (those using thetools) and one leg is the Library and DigitalRepository (where the scholars are getting theirinformation to use the tools)‖(Whitacre 2013)
  3. 3. The collaboration triangleHumani t i es r esear chI nf or mat i ont echnol ogyI nf or mat i onmanagementDH
  4. 4. The collaboration triangleHumani t i es r esear chI T I nf or mat i onmanagementI TI nf or mat i onmanagementHumani t i es r esear chDHDH
  5. 5. The collaboration triangleHumani t i esr esear chI TI nf or mat i onmanagementI TI nf or mat i onmanagementHumani t i esr esear chDHDH
  6. 6. DH and the libraryHow fitting! Because of all scholarly pursuits, Digital Humanities mostclearly represents the spirit that animated the ancient foundations atAlexandria, Pergamum, and Memphis, the great monastic libraries ofthe Middle Ages, and even the first research libraries of the GermanEnlightenment. It is obsessed with varieties of representation, theorganization of knowledge, the technology of communication anddissemination, and the production of useful tools for scholarly inquiry.But DH is also, itself, a scholarly activity — concerned not just withpresenting knowledge or helping to locate it, but with creating it.(Ramsay 2010)
  7. 7. Why the Digital Humanities? (Spiro 2011)1. Provide wide access to cultural information2. Enhance teaching and learning3. Transform scholarly communication4. Make a public impact5. Enable manipulation of data
  8. 8. detail of a 17th-Crepresentation ofLeiden UL
  9. 9. Joe & Rika Mansueto Library,University of Chicago
  10. 10. Role of libraries in DH (Showers 2012; Vandegrift 2012)• Preservation―Collaboration with the university library is the onlyrealistic option for long-term sustainability of digitalhumanities projects in the current environment. ... Ifdigital humanities projects stand still, they will indeed die,and the library is the only part of our institutionalstructure that can keep them moving enough to savethem.‖ (Kretzschmar – Gray Potter 2010)
  11. 11. Role of libraries in DH (Showers 2012; Vandegrift 2012)• Preservation• Digitization
  12. 12. Role of libraries in DH (Showers 2012; Vandegrift 2012)• Preservation• Digitization• Discovery and Dissemination
  13. 13. Role of libraries in DH (Showers 2012; Vandegrift 2012)• Preservation• Digitization• Discovery and Dissemination• Managing Data
  14. 14. How to organize DH?
  15. 15. Why a DH Center? (Unsworth 2007)• Collect and sustain staff expertise
  16. 16. Why a DH Center? (Unsworth 2007)• Collect and sustain staff expertise• External funding
  17. 17. Why a DH Center? (Unsworth 2007)• Collect and sustain staff expertise• External funding• Long-term stability for individual research projects
  18. 18. Why a DH Center? (Unsworth 2007)• Collect and sustain staff expertise• External funding• Long-term stability for individual research projects• Collaboration + job experience
  19. 19. Why a DH Center? (Unsworth 2007)• Collect and sustain staff expertise• External funding• Long-term stability for individual research projects• Collaboration + job experience• Point of connection
  20. 20. What do DH Centers do? (Zorich 2008; Bryson et al. 2011)• Offer training• Organize workshops, seminars, lectures, and/or conferences• Provide support & context for collaboration• Create a zone of experimentation and innovation for humanists• Build digital collections as scholarly or teaching resources• Act as a repository for humanities-based digital collections• Create tools• Use digital collections and tools to generate new intellectual products• Conduct research in humanities and humanities computing
  21. 21. What do DH Centers do? (Zorich 2008; Bryson et al. 2011)―digital humanities centers are key sites for bridging thedaunting gap between new technology and humanitiesscholars, serving as the crosswalks betweencyberinfrastructure and users, where scholars learn how tointroduce in their research computational methods,encoding practices, and tools and where users of digitalresources can be transformed into producers‖(Fraistat 2012)
  22. 22. DH Centers as (mostly) virtual hubsDigital Humanities Network @ University of CambridgeUCL Centre for Digital Humanities
  23. 23. DH Centers as academic departmentsDepartment of Digital Humanities @ Kings College London
  24. 24. DH Centers in libraries• Alabama Digital Humanities Center (Gorgas Library)• Digital Humanities Center (Butler Library @ Columbia University)• Scholarly Commons (University of Illinois Library @ Urbana-Champaign)• Library Lab (Faculty Library of Arts and Philosophy @ University ofGhent)• Harvard Library Lab

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