Harriette Hemmasi was appointed Dean of the Library at Georgetown University in the summer of 2018. Previously, Harriette served as the University Librarian at Brown University, the Executive Associate Dean at Indiana University, and the Associate University Librarian for Technical and Automated Services at Rutgers University. Harriette began her library career as a Music Librarian at Rutgers after receiving a master’s in library and information science from the University of California Berkeley and a master’s in music from Indiana University. The focus of her leadership is advocating for and advancing the role of the academic library through the use of digital tools and methodologies to enhance access, use, dissemination, and preservation of all forms of scholarly communication in support of innovative approaches to teaching, learning, and research.
Digital Scholarship for a Post-crisis Tomorrow: Digital Acceleration and the Role of the Library
Keith Webster was appointed Dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University in July 2013 and was additionally appointed as Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives in July 2015. He also has a courtesy academic appointment at the University’s H. John Heinz III College. Previously, Keith was Vice President and Director of Academic Relations and Strategy for the global publishing company John Wiley and Sons. He was formerly Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Queensland in Australia, leading one of the largest university and hospital library services in the southern hemisphere. Earlier positions include University Librarian at Victoria University in New Zealand, Head of Information Policy at HM Treasury, London, and Director of Information Services at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London.
Keith has held professorships in information science at Victoria University of Wellington and City University, London. He is a Chartered Fellow and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (UK), and has served on government advisory boards, journal editorial boards, and as an officer in professional and learned societies around the world. He was Chair of the National Information Standards Organization 2018-2019.
Keith’s professional interests include research evaluation, learning space design and trends in scholarly communication. He is a regular speaker on topics such as the future of research libraries and the impact of open science on publishing and libraries.
Campus Discussion Questions
These questions are intended for use by committees, task forces, and planning groups that are considering a digital scholarship program, re-thinking an existing digital scholarship program, or augmenting an existing program. Individuals in the group can watch the recording of a webinar and then discuss these questions as a group. A set of questions will be available for each webinar.
- How will (or does) a digital scholarship program in your library/IT organization support your institution’s priorities in research, teaching & learning, social justice, and community engagement?
- What are the key committees or other groups at your institution for setting policies and procedures for such things as data management, technology infrastructure, acceptability of various formats of digital output in promotion and tenure review, etc.? Are representatives from the library and IT organizations on any of these groups? If not, what strategies might work to get a seat at the table or otherwise influence the considerations and outcomes of these important matters?
- How are you currently communicating your organization’s expertise and programs and what could you do to strengthen the visibility of your organization? Is your library/IT organization viewed by the research community as a leading provider of expertise, infrastructure, and services related to digital scholarship?
- Do you think your library or library/IT organization will be able to move from being partners to faculty in the digital age to becoming pioneers in the 4th era of the industrial revolution?
- If you were asked by your Provost why the library or library/IT organization should have a role in digital scholarship, what are three key points that you would make?