SPEC Kit 326: Digital Humanities  · 151
University of Miami
Digital Library Fellows: Request for Proposals
Digital Library Fellows:
Request for Proposals
A current CV of the applicant;
A detailed project budget;
An outline of participants and their respective levels of engagement;
A realistic time line for the accomplishment of stated project goals;
Letters of support from the applicant's departmental Chair and Dean.
Proposal Tips
Writing the Narrative. The narrative section should describe both the relevance of the project to the
University of Miami as well as its plan of implementation, and include a detailed description of how the
digital content created by the project would be used in teaching and research. Projects that make use of
digital images, audio, video, or text are particularly encouraged, and the narrative should specify whether
the content to be presented already exists in a digital form or needs to be converted from an analog format.
Copyright Control. A proposal burdened by intellectual property issues will not be awarded funding.
All applicants should carefully review the UM Libraries Digital Initiatives Copyright Guidelines [http://
merrick.library.miami.edu/digitalprojects/copyright.html], and make sure that they resolve or adequately
plan for the resolution of any potential copyright problems in their proposals before applying.
Sound Budgeting. Strong preference will be given to projects with realistic budget proposals.
Applicants should consider carefully the work to be done, the tools required to complete the work, and
the wages paid to project workers, as these often make up the majority of a given project's budget.
While budgeting for student workers, on the undergraduate and/or graduate level, is strongly encouraged,
applicants are strongly discouraged from including budget allocations which will contribute funds to their
own salaries.
Library Participation. Applicants are encouraged to craft proposals which would support the
University of Miami Libraries mission to advance innovation in information technology and scholarly
communication. For more information on these objectives, visit the Mission Statement [http://
www.library.miami.edu/about/mission/mission_program_objectives.html] page on the UM Libraries
Work Space. Work space for student workers and work stations for new projects will not typically
be made available to Digital Fellows. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with their departments to
provide office space and work stations to project contributors when possible. For projects working directly
with locally held archival materials, some space may be made available in the Libraries on a temporary
Consultations. Faculty with questions about project plans or the proposal process are welcome to speak
to Kyle Rimkus (kyle@miami.edu, 305-284-6221), Digital Projects Librarian, before applying.
Review Procedures
A committee of internal and external reviewers made up of administrators and experts in the field of digital
projects will review each proposal and select those that best meet the stated goals of the Digital Library
Fellows program.
Award Criteria
Recipients will be expected to share their experiences with other faculty through a forum sponsored by the
Libraries, as well as authoring a final written report, and acknowledging the Libraries in any publications,
printed materials, or websites that result from the grant.
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