Where is the academic library going? Barbara Rockenbach, Director of the History and Humanities Library at Columbia University suggests that Digital Humanities is a new service model for libraries, providing an opportunity for librarians and archivists to re-imagine how our resources are used in scholarly communication. Of course, that has instructional implications for how we prepare students to do the work of the digital humanities.
Rockenbach: let’s move beyond info lit and move towards context and critical thinking skills for students.
Teach students how to read and evaluate their own digital work. Provide students a roadmap about how to code, but above all, empower them to ask new questions and present their work in new contexts beyond the traditional ten page paper.
Reduced, Relevant, Reliable. Often times, traditional r & i librarians focus on the number of results in a search rather than focusing on the right results.
In an age where students freely engage in remix culture and automate bibliographies with Zotero and RefWorks, often, the path of where one idea led to another gets obscured. Archivists live for provenance. We can leverage our culture of understanding where ideas, materials, and donors come from in our teaching with both print and born digital sources. We can help promote a culture of forking ideas, acknowledging where our ideas come from as the bedrock of scholarship.
Metadata,Description. In order to do successful digital projects like exhibits, students need foundational knowledge in how to describe materials, what a controlled vocabulary is, and why access and discovery is important.
Digging all the projects @jenterysayers’s students are doing, sound as an artifact, collaborative work among students, description. #NITE
Special Collections needs a seat the table about how to unlock collections for new uses. Rockenbach talks about the need to empower students to repurpose print resources to meet student needs, and providing access to scanned images from the museum world, but special collections needs step up and provide more digital access to materials. If you put materials online, they will come in your doors.
Build new repositories, not new silos. We need to engage open access publishing. As our institutions create more publishing opportunities for faculty, build institutional repositories to store these materials, and capture digital humanities projects, archivists need to lead on the digital preservation front and support our instruction on discovery and access of these new types of collections.