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Sunday, October 25 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Digital Scholarship & The Liberal Arts in a Newly-Merged Library • Digital Scholarship at Bucknell: It's About Building Relationships

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Digital Scholarship & The Liberal Arts in a Newly-Merged Library

**10/25/15: Please note: this first portion of the session has been canceled.**

In December, Trinity College announced that it was partnering with edX to produce MOOCs; in March, our president announced the merger of the library and IT organizations, with the CIO taking over both. While either development might well have elicited concern from the faculty, taken together they raised real concern about the library's role on campus. Meanwhile, within the organizations, areas of overlap and shared responsibility have caused both concern and confusion. This paper will discuss some initial efforts of the educational technology (IT) and research education (library) groups to use a shared interest in digital scholarship to give new focus and energy to outreach efforts. Revivifying work in open access and in open educational resources, as well as productive ways of mobilizing digital resources in the classroom, are helping the newly-merged organization to think through both questions of structure and of self-representation.

Presenter: Jason B. Jones

Digital Scholarship at Bucknell: It's About Building Relationships

Charged with creating a digital humanities initiative that was innovative, intentional, and collaborative, Library and Information Technology realized that we required an inclusive approach that opened up digital scholarship to all divisions at Bucknell while emphasizing the liberal arts’ commitment to student engagement. Short answer: it’s about building relationships. 

Ten years ago Bucknell’s Digital Initiatives group, Instructional Technology (ITEC), and Research Services were responsive service providers, but did little to drive innovation. Today, a reimagined ITEC, comprised of instructional technologists, GIS and multi-media specialists, postdocs, and digital scholarship coordinators leads digital scholarship efforts on campus by moving from transactional to transformational interactions in order to foster lasting partnerships. 

As an instructional technology group, we have found that our first interactions with faculty are often helping to develop an assignment for a course. Even in these early conversations, we consult on pedagogical design when discussing timelines, training, digital literacies, privacy, and assessment of multi-modal projects. Moving forward, the relationships we build with faculty and students often involve collaborations on scholarship, multi-semester projects, summer research grants (for students to work with faculty and members of ITEC), making connections across disciplines and divisions, and faculty course redesigns, all of which impact students and their engagement in coursework and scholarly research. 

While there are challenges for building digital scholarship efforts at a LACs, ITEC maintains a unique position as a hybrid group--with strengths in academics and technology--within a merged L&IT division. This allows us to draw on the expertise of our research librarians, web programmers, and systems integration team. Building a cohort of digital practitioners hasn’t been all unicorns and rainbows, there have been learning curves, failures, and workflow challenges arising out of our own success. We’ll be sure to cover it all in twenty minutes and include a picture of a puppy.

Presenters: Emily Sherwood, Matthew Gardzina

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Emily Sherwood

Assistant Director of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship, Bucknell University
Emily Sherwood is the Assistant Director of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship and an Affiliated Faculty Member in English at Bucknell University. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Sunday October 25, 2015 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Salon E Pinnacle Hotel

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