Emory University’s Research Commons: Connecting Scholars with Technology, Expertise and Each Other

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Emory University’s Research Commons: Connecting Scholars with Technology, Expertise and Each Other

  1. 1. Stewart VarnerDigital Scholarship CoordinatorEmory University’s ResearchCommons:Connecting scholars with technology, expertise and eachother
  2. 2. The Rise of Digital Scholarship
  3. 3. The Rise of Digital Scholarship Twenty four panels devoted to digital projects at this year’s meeting of the American Historical Association.This year’s meeting ofthe Modern LanguageAssociation hosted 57digital humanitiessessions (up from lastyear’s 47).
  4. 4. The Rise of Digital Scholarship
  5. 5. The Challenge for Scholars Who can help? Where can I work? Is anybody else doing this?
  6. 6. The Challenge for Libraries• How do we move from a collection- centered mission to an engagement- centered mission?• How do we support digital scholarship in a sustainable way?
  7. 7. The Challenge for Libraries
  8. 8. The Solution
  9. 9. Historical Context
  10. 10. The Learning Commons
  11. 11. The Learning Commons
  12. 12. The Research Commons
  13. 13. The Research Commons
  14. 14. The Research Commons
  15. 15. The Research Commons
  16. 16. Event Space
  17. 17. Event Space
  18. 18. The Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC)
  19. 19. The Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC) Goals: • Start a Digital Scholarship Center at Emory which: • Encourage collaborative work/Creates a community • Involves librarians in new and meaningful ways • Produces 4 projects per year • Exposes library collections • Create a model for other institutions to follow
  20. 20. DiSC: People Digital DiSC Digital Scholarship Scholarship Coordinator Solutions Analyst DigitalHumanities Graduate Strategist Fellows Undergrad Faculty Associated Staff Partners Library Staff
  21. 21. DiSC: Events • Workshops • DiSCussions • Speakers • Advisory Board Meeting • Grand Opening • Digital Technology and Disabilities Studies Symposium
  22. 22. DiSC Projects: Two Tier System Tier 1: simple projects, consultation • At the Tier 1 level, we aim to empower scholars to do the work themselves. • Some home-grown projects. Example: disc.library.emory.edu/ows
  23. 23. DiSC Projects: Two Tier System Tier 2: complex projects, receive support • Four Tier 2 projects/year • Developer Time • A small amount of money which can be used for travel, student work, translation services, web development …
  24. 24. Challenges• Funding
  25. 25. Challenges• Funding• Preservation
  26. 26. Challenges• Funding• Preservation• Attracting and Retaining Talent
  27. 27. Challenges• Funding• Preservation• Attracting and Retaining Talent• Becoming Truly Interdisciplinary
  28. 28. Challenges• Funding• Preservation• Attracting and Retaining Talent• Becoming Truly Interdisciplinary• Establishing True Partnerships
  29. 29. Questions?

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