101 SPEC Kit 350: Supporting Digital Scholarship
Our library will continue expanding our offerings and capabilities. We plan to become a clearinghouse
of information, connector across campus for services, and collaborator with researchers and other
support units. To paraphrase a speaker at the North Carolina State University’s Designing Libraries
for the 21st Century Conference, we do not need to be a one-stop shop for everything related to digital
scholarship, but we want to be the first stop.
Our role will be in building tools to enable access and preservation of the products of digital
scholarship, as well as consulting with faculty on the sustainability of the products of their
digital scholarship.
Provider of space for consultation with experts and connection with peers/colleagues. Expert
collaborator in the many areas described within this survey. Neutral facilitator of DS service
development and provision for the whole system key stakeholder in success of projects. Collaborative
partner in grants to support digital scholarship. Continued developer of new technological
infrastructure and tools that support DS ecosystem.
Providing access to data (corpora, etc.), tools (e.g., GIS tech, text mining software), and expertise to
assist students and faculty.
Research libraries must become integral players in the total extent of the college/university scholarship
activities. Digital scholarship is simply one avenue for research libraries to integrate themselves
into these activities and processes. Too few research libraries have taken advantage of the digital
scholarship openings at their institutions.
Research libraries will provide leadership in new forms of publishing and dissemination of scholarship.
We have the expertise to help our institutions respond to funder’s requirements for data management
plans and open access. Libraries are neutral spaces so have the opportunity to make new technologies,
from 3-D printing to large-scale visualization, available to any scholar in any discipline. Digital
scholarship support is the research library’s future role.
Research libraries will develop their expertise and services in DS support according to the work of their
researchers in order to offer them the tools they need to achieve their goals. They will be integrated
partners in research projects and other initiatives and be leaders on their campuses in research data
curation and management.
Research libraries’ role in supporting digital scholarship activities in the future will be: becoming more
of a publisher of scholarship, identifying resources and supporting end architecture, and providing
digital preservation.
Research libraries’ future support of digital scholarship will likely focus on utilizing the technological,
organizational, and instructional expertise of existing staff. Whether it is assisting with GIS, text
mining, metadata, preservation, or web development, research libraries provide a focal point for
researchers in need of these skills. University presses and institutional repositories will enable further
dissemination of digital scholarship and facilitate the continued development of digital publishing.
Service models will continue to transform in order to facilitate deeper collaboration between library
faculty/staff and researchers, enabling deeper involvement in such research activities as grant seeking
and data curation and management.
Should take data curation and preservation seriously and provide resources to support this endeavor.
DS is increasingly going to be part of the work of academic research librarians, in institutions of all
types and sizes. However, not all libraries will be able to dedicate resources to formal DS centers.
Unfortunately, this often means making DS the job of just one or two individuals or adding DS
responsibilities to already overburdened positions. This leads to difficulty in prioritizing DS and
making the library’s DS expertise broadly accessible to campus. It would be good to see some models
for ‘making DS work’ at institutions with resource constraints.
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