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Monday, October 27 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Professional Development for Digital Scholarship

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In Fall 2012, as part of the Digital Humanities & Libraries THATCamp, discussions among library staff from several institutions ignited brainstorming sessions about training reference and subject librarians for more technically-oriented services offered in emerging and centrally located digital scholarship centers in our libraries. Discussions about professional development methods and approaches are still in the forefront. We propose a moderated panel discussion in which we will explore:

  • Administrative support, staff adoption and cultural shifts in our respective libraries
  • Strengths and weaknesses of professional development models for digital scholarship including format, audience, and implementation realities
  • Modular approaches to implementing training for libraries across the board

The members of this panel have been grappling with the above-questions, and serve as advocates for professional development in our respective libraries while pursuing distinct yet complementary training models:

  • Columbia’s Developing Librarian Project adopted the Praxis model developed at UVa for the training of academic librarians in digital humanities to enable them to serve as first point of reference for and collaborators with faculty and students on digital projects.
  • Duke implemented project- and task-focused training, organized by disciplines to address skills and competencies needed for supporting digital research across the lifecycle.
  • Indiana University’s Research Now: Cross Training for Digital Scholarship initiative follows a praxis-based model with a focus on digital humanities in which digital library staff and reference/subject librarians are learning the domain of each in preparation for the opening of the Scholars’ Commons, Fall 2014.
  • The University of Virginia’s Library Praxis program aims, through digital skill building and ownership of deep research, to better situate librarians as participants in, rather than simply purveyors of, scholarship.

Join our discussion as we explore sensible ways to build institutional capacity in digital scholarship and cross-disciplinary research practices.

Session Leaders
Michelle Dalmau, Indiana University
Catherine Minter, Indiana University
Liz Milewicz, Duke University
Laura Miller, University of Virginia
Trevor Muñoz, University of Maryland (Moderator)
Bob Scott, Columbia University
Sarah Witte, Columbia University

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Michelle Dalmau

Co-Director of the Institute for Digital Arts & Humanities / Head of Digital Collections Services, Indiana University
Michelle Dalmau is an Associate Librarian and Head of Digital Collections Services (DCS) at the Indiana University Libraries and Co-Director for the Institute for Digital Arts & Humanities (IDAH), a research center of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Indiana University... Read More →
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Liz Milewicz

Digital Scholarship Services, Duke University Libraries
Project planning, management, and transitioning Internships and other experiential training in digital scholarship Building new forms of literacy (e.g., publishing) into academic courses

Laura Miller

University of Virginia

Catherine Minter

Indiana University
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Trevor Muñoz

Interim Director, MITH/ Assistant Dean for Digital Humanities Research, University Libraries, University of Maryland

Bob Scott

Digital Humanities Librarian, Columbia University

Sarah Witte

Columbia University

Monday October 27, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
Conference A Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

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