edited by Robin Chin Roemer and Verletta Kern
American Library Association, 2019
Paper: 978-0-8389-1897-5 | eISBN: 978-0-8389-1914-9
Library of Congress Classification Z675.U5C854 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 001.2


At the heart of digital scholarship are universal questions, lessons, and principles relating both to the mission of higher education and the shared values that make an academic library culture. But while global in aspirations, digital scholarship starts with local culture drawn from the community. Editors Chin Roemer and Kern invite you into their institutional workspace, the University of Washington, gathering voices from a range of positions that speak to the facets of digital scholarship. This mosaic of perspectives reveals the challenges, questions, and personalities that sit at the nexus of academic libraries and digital scholarship culture. Reflecting on UW’s approach, you’ll gain insights for your own institution on topics such as

  • ways to create awareness of digital services through training;

  • supporting students as creators of content;

  • blending existing analog collections with ongoing digital initiatives using a media lab;

  • creating a campus-wide, discipline agnostic, data repository service;

  • how a popular digital storytelling workshop spawned digital scholarship across campus;

  • digital scholarship consultations, viewed from an instructional technologist’s approach;

  • the place of digital scholarship in the fabric of a revitalized urban community;

  • four strategies for teaching research skills within an online-only bachelor’s degree program; and

  • assessment findings from focus groups, surveys, digital pedagogy projects, and Omeka case studies.

By thoroughly exploring a single institution, this unique volume elucidates the many ways in which digital scholarship can express the values, priorities, opportunities, and challenges of the community’s intellectual and technical environment.