Planning a Digital Scholarship Center
A CNI-ARL Workshop
May 17-18, 2016 | Arlington, VA
A report of this event is now available.
An increasing number of institutions are planning programs and spaces they call digital scholarship centers, scholars’ labs, research commons, or similar names. Often these centers are located in and administered by academic libraries, in contrast to faculty-run institutes. While some centers focus on digital humanities, many work with a broader range of disciplines, supporting e-science and digital research in the social sciences. During the planning and early implementation process for a center, there are many decisions to be made about the mission, programs, partnerships, staffing, technologies, as well as the physical space of the center.
This workshop will assist institutions in the process of planning digital scholarship centers, not by offering one solution but by presenting a variety of models that will help institutions make informed choices that address institutional needs and priorities. The event will include a combination of presentations by invited speakers, group discussions, and hands-on exercises.
This event will assist those institutions in the planning or early implementation stages of a digital scholarship center. Institutions are encouraged to register teams, but individual registrants are also welcome. The target audience includes deans/directors and associate directors of libraries, scholarly communications librarians, digital humanities professionals or faculty, GIS staff, information technology staff, and faculty engaged in digital scholarship.
The workshop will feature a number of speakers describing the development and implementation of their centers with a focus on their challenges and successes. While some speakers may come from centers that primarily work with digital humanities, others will come from centers that work with researchers and students from a wide range of disciplines. Panel sessions will be followed by opportunities for participants to think through their institutional needs and discuss them with fellow attendees.
The workshop will cover the following topics:
- Process of planning a digital scholarship center
- Funding a center
- Staffing issues, including types of staff, training, integration with other staff
- Technologies and physical space
- Models and types of centers
- Partnerships for research
- Partnerships for teaching and learning
- Dissemination and curation of products of digital scholarship
- Lessons learned
The workshop will convene at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, and adjourn at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18. There will be a reception on Tuesday evening. A preliminary workshop agenda is available (subject to change).
Preparation for the Workshop
Individuals and/or institutional teams will be asked to read background articles and to complete an assignment prior to attending the workshop. See Preparing for the Workshop for details.
This workshop is currently full.
Please add your name to the wait list.
The registration fee of $375 per individual will include an evening reception (May 17), continental breakfast and lunch (May 18), and several breaks with light refreshments throughout the event.
Venue & Accommodations
The workshop will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC–Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, Virginia. Although group rate rooms are sold out, participants may book rooms at the public rate through a direct link on the event site available from Registration & Accommodations, or by contacting the hotel at 703-416-4100.
Members of the workshop planning committee are:
- Rebecca Graham, Chief Information Officer and Chief Librarian, University of Guelph
- Harriette Hemmasi, Joukowsky Family University Librarian, Brown University
- Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
- Rikk Mulligan, Program Officer for Scholarly Publishing, Association of Research Libraries, and Public Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies
For more information, please contact Angela Pappalardo, program coordinator, events and finance, ARL, firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-296-2296.