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Creating a process manager Digital Scholarship in Humanities


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Presentation in context of workshop devoted to research support at LIBER 2017

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Creating a process manager Digital Scholarship in Humanities

  1. 1. Working with the Arts & Humanities Creating a process manager digital scholarship in humanities within the library Demmy Verbeke
  2. 2. An ‘old’ dream 2 January 2013: white paper about the support of DH in libraries April 2013: ‘Designing the Leuven Library Lab (DH3L)’ Digital Humanities Spring Event, Leuven
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  4. 4. Implementation actual start of “building” Artes January 2015 4 July 2014 reorganisation of the library services for the arts & humanities (creation, on paper, of “new” library division called Artes (in essence a merger of former smaller divisions), with a.o. the intention to realise a new expert position within the library for a DH officer) process manager digital scholarship in the humanities January 2017 Artes goes live December 2015
  5. 5. Context Process manager digital scholarship in Artes does NOT work in isolation: - subject librarians Artes - research coordinator Arts Faculty - research coordinators HSS Group - ULS Digitisation and Document Delivery - ULS Metadata Services and Acquisitions - ULS Research data management support desk - ULS Open Access support desk - LIBIS As a modern-day scientific library, Artes actively responds to the digital needs of researchers and students affiliated with the Groep Humane Wetenschappen (Humanities Group). Thanks to close collaboration with other services of the KU Leuven Libraries, including a state-of- the-art imaging lab and support offices for Research Data Management and Open Access, Artes houses substantial expertise in the mechanisms of scientific inquiry and (electronic) scholarly publishing. 5
  6. 6. Tasks to support the academic workflow from the construction of initial data sets to the valorization of electronic publications • supporting education, training and courses in digital scholarship – e.g. teaching digital literacy to BA students and PhD students at the Faculty of Arts, supervision of internships for the advanced master Digital Humanities • organizing events that make digital scholarship more accessible, including lecture series and hackathons – e.g. Wikipedia edit-a-thon, workshop Jeffrey Schnapp • helping humanities researchers find durable hosting solutions for their research data and output • assisting humanities researchers in writing grant proposals • testing and providing support for new research tools, databases and techniques – e.g. Daily Mail Historical Archive • exploring alternative, electronic publication formats – e.g. OSEDHRI 6
  7. 7. Selling points • Better technical support, with more expertise, for less money • Sustainability “Collaboration with the university library is the only realistic option for long-term sustainability of digital humanities projects in the current environment.” (William A, Kretzschmar – William Gray Potter, “Library Collaboration with Large Digital Humanities Projects.” Literary and Linguistic Computing 25, no. 4 (2010): 439–45, doi:10.1093/llc/fqq022) 7
  8. 8. Secret convictions • Providing the best possible service, by not providing a service • Job of process manager in Artes essential to make sure the balance local-central remains satisfactory for everyone and to capture needs of researchers 8