Director of Brown University Digital Publications
Brown University Library, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, has developed a training institute for scholars who wish to develop digital publications but lack the necessary resources and capacity at their home institutions. The curriculum, taught by digital humanities scholars, librarians, and editors, consolidates the successful path to university press publication formulated by Brown University Digital Publications. Centered on inclusivity and accessibility, the summer 2022 institute, Born-Digital Scholarly Publishing: Resources and Roadmaps, equipped 15 scholars—60% from historically Black colleges and universities—with in-depth knowledge of the digital publishing process. In a further effort to help bridge the digital divide, the full curriculum, including recordings of all faculty presentations, has been made openly accessible via a resource-rich website. In sum, this first-of-its-kind national training program expands the voices, perspectives, and visions represented in the practice and production of digital scholarship. This project briefing focuses on the institute’s design, goals, and lessons learned and invites the development of similar training programs in the service of diversifying digital publishing.