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Legacies; or East Asian cultures) involving resources that can be tapped by faculty and students in a wide array of
disciplines. Some faculty come to us with projects, and we reach out to additional people to create multidisciplinary
networks.
Participate in campus steering group for digital research in humanities, arts and architecture, social and information
sciences. Training subject specialists to think in terms of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research and bring related
subject experts on board to support this kind of research. Hosting cross-disciplinary events to showcase this kind of
scholarship. Marketing for our research commons and related library spaces will emphasize cross-disciplinary potential.
Several librarians are named investigators on grants and active research partners in cross-disciplinary projects in
humanities, archives, and LIS. The library also has co-hosted symposia on digital humanities work and digital libraries
research.
The answer now is really no, but we have made a proposal to the university for a center that would promote inter-
disciplinary digital projects.
The library encourages faculty to work together on projects that have broad application. We provide the technical
services to facilitate completion of the projects.
The library space itself takes advantage of the fact that it is a common ground and the staff attempt to bring diverse
scholars in with programming.
Tracing research projects.
UF supports a digital collection/services/asset and content management system with over 500 digital collections
(including the Institutional Repository and the Digital Library of the Caribbean) and from many dozens of partners of
all types (libraries, archives, museums, universities, NGOs, publishers, etc). These are all ongoing projects with various
specific specifics supports. With so many collections and partners, especially with the Digital Library of the Caribbean
as a central project and one that is an international collaborative, cross-, trans-, and inter-disciplinary projects are an
emergent occurrence.
Unfortunately, I’d say we are more reactive than proactive (participate in grant proposals, co-sponsor symposia, serve
on curricula committees).
We actively seek partnerships on campus that cover the range of needs identified in a given project. We seek support
and encourage collaboration with partner groups who strengthen the suite of services provided for a given project
or faculty member’s work. For instance, the library works with the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities to identify
projects where partnerships are appropriate, i.e., Humanities projects that require infrastructure support, research and
subject support, preservation and workflow support, etc. In May we are also jointly hosting a Digital Humanities event
with Cleveland State University featuring speakers from George Mason’s Center for History & New Media.
We are involved in one multi-institutional, cross-disciplinary project as a result of responding to a call regarding a
national data preservation project, not a local project. Much activity still relies on personal networks at this stage.
We are open to helping faculty deposit research content that might be utilized by different disciplines.
We collaborate formally and hold regular meetings with other centers outside of the library but within the university to
make sure that we’re aware of projects seeking support across disciplinary boundaries. Our lecture series and programs
for graduate students (including fellowships) are interdisciplinary.
We do symposia or events. Our Digital Scholarship Center is called cyberinfrastructure Center that is basically
infrastructure and services to ALL disciplines. We submit grants.
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