34 · Survey Results: Survey Questions and Responses
At this point, the library chiefly encourages interdisciplinary projects through outreach and referral. We have hosted
the annual TEI conference. Our librarians attend and present at conferences, unconferences, THATcamps, etc. We have
cross-institutional digital projects like the Text Creation Partnership and the HathiTrust. All of these activities turn up
projects with cross-disciplinary potential, which are then shared through liaisons of various orders (including subject
specialists as well as staff in MPublishing and the Digital Media Commons).
Bringing people together in common fora are the most prominent strategy. A recent “jump start” workshop brought
together participants from various disciplines and provided an opportunity for them to talk about their interests.
Cross-disciplinary projects are always encouraged. Recently we hosted a Digital Humanities Days event complete with
speakers and demonstrations. More recently we started supporting a website where digital humanities computing
tools will be implemented and made available. Finally, we have started digitizing simple texts and plan to integrate text
mining interfaces into our catalog.
Host a digital humanities discussion group, monthly “brown bag lunch” meetings and online discussion list. Host and
co-host symposia related to digital humanities in a variety of disciplines. Create an atmosphere for idea generation and
people connection across disciplines. Actively participated in ﬁrst digital humanities course offered.
Host various scholarly events with guest speaker.
Hosting cross-disciplinary symposia or events.
Identifying faculty partners, grant writing support, hosting events.
Identifying potential partners (both in the institution and beyond). Tracking projects. Contributing speciﬁc local
collections as appropriate.
Identifying potential partners locally and externally.
Identifying potential partners.
Identifying potential research and service partners (both within and external to the Libraries). Hosting cross-disciplinary
events (especially for graduate students). Urging open access to materials we host online for use and reuse by others.
I am not sure there are any clear proactive strategies here, but the Libraries are certainly open to such projects. The
interdisciplinarity tends to rise out of the projects themselves as they are presented.
Identifying potential research partners, certainly. We are also in the middle of an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant;
its subject addresses in part the role of the library in interdisciplinary research.
Identifying potential research partners, fostering communication, bringing forward information and contacts.
Interdisciplinary teams; cross-institutional initiatives.
Liaison librarians work with faculty members and staff members in other departments to organize symposia or events on
interdisciplinary themes. Librarians solicit contributions to an institutional repository. Librarians organize conferences and
events to educate cross-disciplinary audiences about copyright, scholarly communication, and open access issues. The
libraries recently initiated the creation of a Faculty Senate Library subcommittee on Scholarly Communication. Librarians
host educational sessions on tools for scholarly communication and tracking scholarly production.
Library frequently hosts events, brings in relevant partners from other disciplines on any projects.
Most often, these include work between departments within the library; recently our library liaisons also provide
feedback from their subject areas, which help identify interest/need throughout our campus.
Our Dean assigns us projects that tend to have a theme or regional focus (e.g., Mesoamerica; Northwestern Tribal