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Monday, October 27 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Catastrophic Success: The Challenges and Opportunities of Supporting Digital Scholarship at Liberal Arts Colleges

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Liberal arts colleges (LACs) are not newcomers to the world of digital scholarship, and we benefit from several strengths: close working relationships among faculty, students, librarians, and technologists; a history of faculty-student collaboration; and fewer administrative layers than larger institutions. In this panel, we will explore models for engaging with digital scholarship in the LAC library context. The panelists come from a range of small undergraduate institutions that have taken different approaches to supporting digital scholarship. Among our panelists' schools, Digital Scholarship has grown out of special collections, technical services/systems, research & instruction services, and visual resources. But each of our libraries now focuses explicitly on digital scholarship as an area of engagement, staffing and programming. This panel discussion about the interests and challenges of supporting digital scholarship at LACs will provide fresh insight to the DLF community, which has more traditionally been focused on the perspective of large research libraries.

While our scale is different, we use many of the same tools and methods as larger research libraries. However, there are also some key differences. For example, digital scholarship at LACs, whether in the classroom or as part of faculty research, typically incorporates the undergraduate student learning experience in ways that R1 institutions may not. The panelists will discuss: approaches to collaborating on faculty research projects; ways that undergraduate students can engage as partners in digital scholarship work, within their coursework, as part of research assistant/internships, or as student workers; staffing for DS at our institutions; and questions of organizational and technical sustainability at both the project and staffing levels. Finally, we'll talk about ways that LACs are collaborating across institutions, including creating the "Manifesto on Digital Scholarship at Liberal Arts Colleges" and efforts to develop a common open source technological infrastructure.

Session Leaders
Kelcy Shepherd, Amherst College
Laurie Allen, Haverford College
Eric Luhrs, Lafayette College
Gina Siesing, Bryn Mawr College
Jennifer Vinopal, New York University

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Laurie Allen

Director for Digital Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
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Eric Luhrs

Director of Digital Scholarship Services, Lafayette College
Eric Luhrs is the Director of Digital Scholarship Services at Skillman Library, Lafayette College, where he leads a team of specialist librarians, a CLIR post-doc, and a VR curator responsible for designing and building digital research projects with faculty partners, developing and... Read More →
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Kelcy Shepherd

Associate Deputy Director for Discretionary Programs, IMLS

Gina Siesing

Bryn Mawr College
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Jennifer Vinopal

Librarian, New York University
digital libraries, digital scholarship, digital humanities, project management, portfolio management, library service development, organizational culture, leadership

Monday October 27, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Salons 4,5,6 Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

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