DepositDo DH Librarians Need to Be in the Library?: DH Librarianship in Academic Units

Michigan State University sought to bolster digital humanities pedagogy and research by hiring two digital humanities specialists to work within disciplinary units. The two specialists hired, one at the College level and another situated between two departments, are both librarians by training. Over the past two years, these two specialists, Kristen Mapes and Brandon Locke, have been practicing digital humanities in disciplinary units in a manner that is heavily imbued with the values of librarianship. Mapes and Locke bring a focus on literacy, scholarly communication, sustainability, ethics, and access and serve as advocates for libraries and librarianship. This piece is intended to examine the value of librarianship in disciplinary units, and to illustrate benefits of deeply embedded librarianship nested within academic units – either through librarians as specialists, hybrid positions, or embedded librarianship. This piece is also a call for more partnerships where librarians are an expected part of the process and are engaged throughout the life of the course or research project. Digital humanities librarianship can succeed in any unit through active participation in courses, community-building activities, and individual research consultations, all while promoting the central values of librarianship and librarians throughout the process.

MemberLeigh Bonds

As Ohio State’s Digital Humanities Librarian, I support the campus digital humanities network, consulting with faculty and graduate students on research and curricula, collaborating on projects, teaching courses and workshops, and coordinating the campus DH community. I publish on DH librarianship practices and on the celebrated British Romantic writer Mary Robinson, and I apply digital humanities methods to textual scholarship in my research.

MemberPeter Johan Lor

Semi-retired after a career as librarian, researcher,  library director and library school professor.  Current research focuses on international and comparative librarianship, with an emphasis on research method and on the ethical and political economic aspects of international information relations. Recent publications on libraries in the political process, libraries and peace, and libraries in a post-truth environment.

MemberDemmy Verbeke

As Head of KU Leuven Libraries Artes, I am responsible for collections and services for the Arts and Humanities. As a member of the management team with primary responsibilities for research, I also contribute to the strategic development and operational management of KU Leuven Libraries as a whole. In this context, I particularly focus on scholarly communication, open science and digital scholarship. I was trained as a (Neo-)Latinist, focusing on Renaissance humanism in the Low Countries and England, the classical tradition, and the history of the book. Ever since I became a librarian my research and teaching have centered around the role of academic libraries in scholarly communication, open science and digital scholarship within the humanities. I am a strong believer in Fair Open Access and serve on the editorial board of the Open Library of Humanities and the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

MemberBrea Henson

Brea (Breanne) Henson is the Administrative Specialist for the Public services Division of University of North Texas Libraries. Ms. Henson assists librarians by assessment, event, instruction, and research support. Current projects that she is assisting with include an annotated bibliography on Liaison Pedagogy with Julie Leuzinger; The UNT Libraries Information Fluency Initiative Curriculum Mapping Project with Greg Hardin; Management Workshop Series for Public Services Librarians with Mary Ann Venner. She is currently working on an extensive research project, titled “Moving Toward a Praxis of Zen Librarianship: Expanding Librarianship with Mindfulness.” She presented a poster on this topic at the 2017 Texas Library Association Conference. She also continues research on Irish mythology and Celtic spirituality; pagan decadence in weird and Gothic literature; and theories related to linguistic othering, power, violence. Her aim is a humanities faculty-librarian position in the next few years.

Deposit“Between Knowledge and Metaknowledge: Shifting Disciplinary Borders in Digital Humanities and Library and Information Studies”

The emergence of the digital humanities in specialized disciplines and librarianship alike necessitates a recalibration of the balance of knowledge and what Julia Flanders calls “metaknowledge.” DH in the disciplines has brought discussion of metaknowledge – data structures, archival and editorial standards, digital curation and representation – into the graduate education of disciplinary specialists. Here, I argue that a similar toward toward specialized disciplinary knowledge is of critical importance for the DH education of LIS students.

MemberLynne Stahl

I currently work as a bilingual access services assistant at Multnomah County Library’s Gregory Heights branch and am pursuing my MLS through Emporia State University, where I also serves as a graduate research assistant. My research interests include feminist film studies–particularly at the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and affect–cultural studies, critical librarianship, and the digital humanities.