SPEC Kit 326: Digital Humanities · 19
Metadata, design, media production, logistics, web.
Non-IT non-librarian specialist exempt project or production management staff, Metadata librarians.
Other librarians depending on project—cataloguers, preservation specialists, etc.
Part-time librarians.
Preservation staff, Metadata staff.
Special Collections—not sure if dedicate students to this.
Special collections/archives curators or archivists and metadata librarian.
We have a unit (DCAPS) that focuses full-time on supporting the library’s digital scholarship initiatives but not limited to
digital humanities.
3. If you indicated above that dedicated staff support digital humanities projects, please enter the
number of permanent staff who provide these services. N=13
Number of permanent staff
Minimum Maximum Mean Median Std Dev
0.50 16 4.31 2 5.19
4. If library staff are called on an ad hoc basis to support digital humanities projects, please
briefly describe how many of each staff category typically work on a project and under what
circumstances they are called (e.g., to help resolve a specific technical question or to collaborate on
an entire project). N=44
1–2 Digital librarians 1-2 Subject librarians 1-2 IT staff 1 Preservation librarian 1 Metadata/Bibliographic librarian
New Media specialist any number of student assistants. Teams are put together based on perceived or anticipated
outcome each is expected to contribute in his/her own area of expertise to project outcomes.
2–3 librarians, 1 support staff.
3 FTE librarians provide ad hoc assistance to collaborate on entire projects 4 FTE IT support staff help to resolve specific
technical questions and supervise students .50 FTE support staff provides assistance variable student assistance
At least one staff member will remain stuck to a project as a project liaison though that is not necessarily their only
position. Technical staff will also generally stick to a project though they will likely have multiple projects going.
At this point, there has not been enough consistent throughput to speak authoritatively about the “typical”
contributions of the Subject librarians. As the English Literature specialist, I have worked principally as a consultant on
digital projects. The University Press, which is housed in the library’s MPublishing wing, publishes an imprint called
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