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

    Author(s):
    Brandon Locke (see profile) , Kristen Mapes (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    Digital Humanists
    Subject(s):
    Digital humanities, Librarianship
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/6svj-ay86
    Abstract:
    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.
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    1 year ago
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