Category: Digital Scholarship

Empowering Librarians to Support Digital Scholarship Research | ACRL 2019

From Eleanor Dickson Koehl, Harriett Green, Amanda Henley, and Terese Heidenwolf in The Proceedings of the ACRL 2019 Conference:


“Librarians increasingly support and engage in digital scholarly research on academic campuses. But this repositioning of librarians’ work raises several challenges. First, “digital scholarship” encompasses a wide-ranging and evolving set of research behaviors, methods, and outputs across academic disciplines. Training librarians to become active facilitators of or partners in digital scholarship requires acknowledging the multifaceted ways in which digital research methodologies are applied. Next, amidst this shifting landscape, the profession has tended to separate digital scholarship or digital humanities librarianship into a professional sub-specialization. As a result, knowledge of key skills, tools, and strategies for digital scholarship are not widespread within academic libraries despite the growing demand for librarians to be trained in these areas.”

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Source: Empowering Librarians to Support Digital Scholarship Research: ACRL 2019

Public Domain Manifesto | COMMUNIA

From the COMMUNIA group:

“Public Domain, as we understand it, is the wealth of information that is free from the barriers to access or reuse usually associated with copyright protection, either because it is free from any copyright protection or because the right holders have decided to remove these barriers. It is the raw material from which new knowledge is derived and new cultural works are created.

 The Public Domain Manifesto aims at reminding citizens and policy-makers of a common wealth that, since it belongs to all, it is often defended by no-one. In a time where we for the first time in history have the tools to enable direct access to most of our shared culture and knowledge it is important that policy makers and citizens strengthen the legal concept that enables free and unrestricted access and reuse.”

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Source: Public Domain Manifesto

View of An Analysis of Academic Libraries’ Participation in 21st Century Library Trends | Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

From Catalano et al:


Objective – As academic libraries evolve to meet the changing needs of students in the digital age, the emphasis has shifted from the physical book collection to a suite of services incorporating innovations in teaching, technology, and social media, among others. Based on trends identified by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and other sources, the authors investigated the extent to which academic libraries have adopted 21st century library trends.

Methods – The authors examined the websites of 100 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member libraries, their branches, and 160 randomly selected academic libraries to determine whether they adopted selected 21st century library trends.

Results – Results indicated that ARL member libraries were significantly more likely to adopt these trends, quite possibly due to their larger size and larger budgets.

Conclusion – This research can assist librarians, library directors, and other stakeholders in making the case for the adoption or avoidance of particular 21st century library trends, especially where considerable outlay of funds is necessary.

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Source: View of An Analysis of Academic Libraries’ Participation in 21st Century Library Trends | Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

Foundations for Open Scholarship Strategy Development | Tennant et al.

From Jon Tennant et al.:

“The purpose of this document is to provide a concise analysis of where the global Open Scholarship movement currently stands: what the common threads and strengths are, where the greatest opportunities and challenges lie, and how we can more effectively work together as a global community to recognise the top strategic priorities. This document was inspired by the Foundations for OER Strategy Development and work in the FORCE11 Scholarly Commons Working Group, and developed by an open contribution working group.”

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Source: Foundations for Open Scholarship Strategy Development

Deconstructing Digital Scholarship Consultations in the Library | An ACRL preconference offered during the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana

From Brianna Marshall, DSS Chair On behalf of the DSS preconference instructors:

“Earlier this spring, members of the Digital Scholarship Section Executive Committee worked together to plan a preconference focused on digital scholarship consultations in libraries, which we delivered last month at ALA Annual. We are excited to share our materials openly under a CC BY license so that the library community can use and adapt them to suit your needs! The preconference consisted of two main activities and accompanying supplemental materials, plus brief panel lectures.”

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Source: Deconstructing Digital Scholarship Consultations in the Library | An ACRL preconference offered during the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana

Harder to Find than Nemo: The Elusive Image Citation Standard | Weinraub | College & Research Libraries

New image citation standards need to be developed for college and graduate students to meet visual literacy standards. The MLA Handbook, 8th edition, and Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, do not adequately clarify how to caption, attribute, and cite images. Other image captioning and citing resources are available, but they refer to the MLA and Chicago manuals. Image captions from scholarly journals vary widely and cannot be used as examples for students to follow. Recommendations are also provided for future editions of the MLA Handbook and Chicago Manual of Style.

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Source: Harder to Find than Nemo: The Elusive Image Citation Standard | Weinraub | College & Research Libraries

Announcing the Launch of our New Website | DPLA

From DPLA:

“The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to unveil its all-new redesigned website, now live at Created in collaboration with renowned design firm Postlight, DPLA’s new website is more user-centered than ever before, with a focus on the tools, resources, and information that matter most to DPLA researchers and learners of all kinds. In a shift from the former site structure, content that primarily serves DPLA’s network of partners and others interested in deeper involvement with DPLA can now be found on DPLA Pro.”

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Source: Announcing the Launch of our New Website | DPLA

Global Digital Humanities Symposium 3/22-3/23 | Michigan State University

From Michigan State:

“Digital Humanities at Michigan State University is proud to extend its symposium series on Global DH into its third year. Digital humanities scholarship continues to be driven by work at the intersections of a range of distinct disciplines and an ethical commitment to preserve and broaden access to cultural materials.”

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Source: Michigan State University – Global Digital Humanities Symposium

Color Our Collections 2018 | DPLA

From the DPLA Blog:

“Sharpen your colored pencils and crack open the crayon box! We are once again pleased to team up with libraries, archives, and museums across the country and around the world for #ColorOurCollections week, a celebration of public domain reuse and proudly coloring in your free time, taking place February 5 through February 9, 2018.”

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Source: Color Our Collections 2018

Of note in College and Research Libraries News Vol 78, No 11 (2017)

There are several Scholarly Communications related topics in the latest issue of C&RL news:

The University of Southern California Voltaire Letters: A polymathic multimodal digital project

Danielle Mihram

Textbooks on open reserve: A pilot project

Dolores Skowronek

Beyond buttonology: Digital humanities, digital pedagogy, and the ACRL Framework

John E. Russell, Merinda Kaye Hensley

Open access, power, and privilege: A response to “What I learned from predatory publishing”

Shea Swauger

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Source: Vol 78, No 11 (2017)