General reference databases are listed first which is followed by the repositories and digital libraries of individual countries and universities. It also provides information on the online availability of electronic theses in the library and information science through centrally-maintained digital repositories which not only ensure easy access and archiving of doctoral theses but will also help in raising the standard and quality of research. The required complexity or quality of research of a thesis or dissertation can vary by country, university, or program, and the required minimum study period may thus vary significantly in duration.
Stop asking if the library has a role, or what it is, and start getting involved in digital projects that are already happening.
Advocate for new expanded roles and responsibilities to be able to do this. Arguably, however, because the library already functions as a interdisciplinary agent in the university, it is the central place where DH work can, should be and is being done. Yack dichotomy in DH doing and making things rather than critically analyzing themacademic departments are more often where digital humanities is discussed, theorized and written about.
Through a brief overview of several foundational writings on digital humanities, this article will attempt to point out some areas where the Library must better articulate this role.
Also, I hope to encourage librarians who are invested and interested in this and related areas to begin to approach digital projects as opportunities for partnerships. The Library as Place — On Ramsay Wayne Wiegand, historian of print culture and libraries, holds a mantra regarding the library as place.
Library programming now includes tips on web searching, there are more computer terminals than card catalogs, and coffee is close at hand. Further, the library, as a staid institution of knowledge and exploration, should then blend in with the multitude of ways that the user discovers information.
Or so the story goes. Browsability, in the most traditional sense, is still a relatively sore subject in librarianship. However, as Ramsay puts it: The library must facilitate the Screwmeneutical Imperative, browsability and playfulness.
The reference interview, guiding a patron to a specific research question in order to provide a specific research answer, rather than offering a method of wayfinding, needs to adapt to allow for exploration, particularly in dealing with scholars and students in the humanities.
Further, the library must be willing to allow dedicated time for what happens after exploration. Reframing the library as a productive place, a creative place, producing and creating something — whether that be digital scholarly works or something else entirely — will open the door to allow the library into the life of the user.
One role for the library in DH, then, is to support the journey of research as a means in itself, and encourage imaginative, new, transformative uses of the products of research. At its core, DH shares the most basic goal with the library — accessibility of information.
The multitude of DH projects aim to take cultural materials that were previously undiscoverable digitally, the very materials humanities scholars address and utilize for their work, and connect them to a new, broad audience.
This bisects both DH and the library in the reality of attempting to communicate the value of the work we do as librarians and digital scholars.
Additionally, DH revolves around building things that allow these projects to grow, develop, adapt and entice a wide variety of users including programmers, armchair historians, high-school students, and funding bodies!
Approaching it as THE work we DO, rather than a service we offer, might be the disruptive extension that is necessary. Although this is evolving with new forms of texts, the challenges are considerable. Scholarly Communicationan emerging area of librarianship that is being actively explored in many institutions, is actually offering the library a distinct role in the dissemination of research.
Participating in, advocating for and managing tools around emerging models of scholarly communication is another opportunity for the library to define its place in the scope of digital humanities. Open access scholarly communication is to DH as open access information accessibility is to the library — the goal and context through which we define and promote our value.
Revolutionizing the ways in which librarians understand themselves and their work, however, is the primary task at hand. She writes, plainly and boldly: However, approaching a new frame of mind as an opportunity rather than a death sentence would seem to be the more productive response.
Accepting the responsibility to quickly adapt and evolve may incite a greater enthusiasm for the library among patrons, and propel its changing role in scholarly processes.
More often than not, this new breed of worker is not-necessarily an MLIS holder, to the chagrin and horror of library-land. However, DH, and those invested in its future, are seeking these skill-sets, again providing an open door for librarians to revamp their self-perception and thus their perceptibility.
This has all been said before.The OAKTrust digital repository at Texas A&M is a digital service that collects, preserves, and distributes the scholarly output of the University. University Libraries: Publications and Reports Yiddish Children's Books For questions concerning FAU Digital Collections please contact the Digital Library at [email protected] Theses and dissertations represent a wealth of scholarly and artistic content created by masters and doctoral students in the degree-seeking process.
ETD , the 21st international symposium on electronic theses and dissertations will be held September , at the National Central Library, Taiwan.
tl;dr – Libraries and digital humanities have the same goals. Stop asking if the library has a role, or what it is, and start getting involved in digital projects that are already happening. Search for books, videos, & other library materials (but not articles).