John W. White and Heather Gilbert

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Laying the Foundation: Digital Humanities in Academic Libraries



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The Digital Humanities Task Force at the University of Colorado Boulder was charged with investigating and reporting on digital humanities activities and needs on campus and formulating evidence-based recommendations for how the Libraries might partner with other campus units to provide support. The task force took a multimodal approach to this work, employing environmental scans, surveys, interviews, and other techniques to gather the richest possible data set upon which to base its analysis. A clear and nuanced picture of user needs and service gaps emerged from the combined findings, pointing to five high-level goals for a digital humanities initiative, upon which the recommendations were based: foster community, develop strategic partnerships, build technical infrastructure, create support services, and develop mechanisms to evaluate alternative scholarly outputs. The task force’s data-driven approach resulted in a strong foundation for the future of this initiative.


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