The University Libraries is partnering with the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and the Provost’s Office to renovate a significant area of Newman library’s first floor to support digital humanities teaching, learning, and research by faculty and students.
The Digital Humanities Hub suite is scheduled to launch in August 2017. The space will include four main areas:
- A technologically sophisticated classroom;
- A conference room with online conferencing capabilities;
- An Oral History Studio; and
- Office space for two for two postdoctoral fellows in digital humanities as well as a full-time Digital Humanities Coordinator employed by the library.
Initial services will be centered around digital literacy activities for students and faculty in the humanities, with instruction at the forefront, but some support for digital humanities research will also be provided, chiefly in the form of software licensing and web and application hosting.
This project is based on a service model, which Nancy Maron describes as follows:
“The motivating factor of a service unit is to meet faculty and students where they are—to offer courses, training, and some programming support for members of the campus community. This often takes the form of developing a full range of programming, from workshops to courses, and bringing in guest speakers. The library or center following this model seeks to identify and respond to faculty needs: what are the emerging tools and methods they need help mastering? Community is a common theme, and many centers make robust efforts to serve as a meeting point to draw together practitioners on campus. […] In this model, the library or other lead unit tends to be responsive to the needs of faculty and students, rather than independently identifying a path of innovation.”
Future plans include creation of a digital humanities exhibit area for both electronic and analog exhibits and possible expansion of technology development and research support activities.