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Building DH Community of Practice

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This presentation describes 6 essential features of successful faculty communities of practice and applies this model to building DH community of practice through the academic library.Using the Claremont Colleges Library as a case study, this presentation also offers ideas and suggestions about how to use events, programming, marketing existing expertise, and scaling up additional digital skills to establish the liberal arts college library as a Digital Humanities/Scholarship hub.

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Building DH Community of Practice

  1. 1. Building a DH Community of Practice in the Liberal Arts College Library Ashley Sanders, Ph.D. (History) Digital Scholarship Librarian Claremont Colleges Library
  2. 2. Roadmap 1. Define “community of practice” 2. Essential features of a successful faculty community of practice 3. Building a scholarly communications community of practice 4. Claremont Colleges Library – one year into the development of a digital humanities community of practice
  3. 3. 1. “Community of Practice”: •According to Lave & Wenger ▫A group of learners united in their shared interest in a particular topic ▫“Newcomers” and “old-timers” who learn together and from each other in a social context
  4. 4. 2. Essential features of a successful faculty community of practice 1. Trust 2. Shared commitment 3. University & department support 4. Voluntary 5. Openness to change 6. Participant-defined desired outcomes
  5. 5. MiamiUniversityLibraries Miami University of Ohio leading the way! • Met every 2-3 weeks • University & department support • Public presentations • Deliverable: Website 3. Building a ScholComm Community of Practice
  6. 6. 4. Case Study: Claremont Colleges Library •5 Claremont undergraduate colleges: ▫Pomona College ▫Scripps College ▫Claremont McKenna College ▫Harvey Mudd College ▫Pitzer College •Mellon DH grant: “Digital Humanities at the Claremont Colleges: Developing Capacity and Community”
  7. 7. DH @ the CCL: • “Intro to DH” Short Course • DH Workshop Series at the Library • DH Project Design Consulting • GIS Workshops and Consulting • Audio/Video Consulting
  8. 8. Library DH Support bit.ly/DHatCCL
  9. 9. Library DH Support bit.ly/DHatCCL
  10. 10. DH@CC Community of Practice Insights from the CCL 1. Build on common ground ▫ Address barriers 2. Ask for a commitment & build it into rewards structure 3. Explore institutional support structures ▫ Incorporate these into grant proposals 4. “Open” & “accessible” applies to CoPs too! 5. Create transformational environment 6. Support participants on their self-determined path
  11. 11. Building Trust: Identifying & Addressing Barriers to Learning Barriers Potential Solutions 1. Technology anxiety 2. Library anxiety 3. Fear of looking incompetent and/or unknowledgeable 4. Work and childcare schedules 5. Investment in their own prior knowledge 1. Empathy, patience, and courses that teach digital skills 2. Personal invitations, openness, welcoming environment 3. Scaffold learning to build confidence 4. Flexible scheduling 5. Assess prior knowledge & ask them to reflect on how their new learning compares to their previous conceptions
  12. 12. DH@CC Community of Practice Insights from the CCL 1. Build on common ground ▫ Address barriers 2. Ask for a commitment & build it into rewards structure 3. Explore institutional support structures ▫ Incorporate these into grant proposals 4. “Open” & “accessible” applies to CoPs too! 5. Create transformational environment 6. Support participants on their self-determined path
  13. 13. Discussion Questions How do faculty, students, and librarians engage with digital humanities/scholarship on your campus? Do you have a formal DH/DS curriculum? What is your library’s role in your DH/DS program? How do you approach training for faculty in DH/DS?

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