Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Effective Communication to Aid Collaboration for Digital Collections

Melissa Minds VandeBurgt (Florida Gulf Coast University) exploration of digital outreach activities is timely given both our digitisation and digital scholarship efforts and our increasing outreach activities in academic libraries.

Melissa's case study is published in  New Review of Academic Librarianship and she will talk on this topic at the seminar Academic Librarians Communicating in the 21st Century: Perspectives from the New Review of Academic Librarianship at Maynooth University Library on the 20th October 2016. While the seminar is free booking is essential.

A case study of Florida Gulf Coast University Archives, Special Collections and  Digital Initiatives' outreach efforts among local cultural heritage organizations will demonstrate methods used to approach these organizations and subsequent results. After attempting to provide several organizations with professional assistance regarding digitization and digital preservation of historic records, Archives, Special Collections, & Digital Initiatives sought to establish a formalized outreach approach. While there is a large amount of literature discussing broad outreach efforts, few articles delve into specific communication methods, potential benefits, and possible drawbacks. This article will show that with specific methods of communication, outreach can prove advantageous for both the community organization in need and the library institution providing the service. (Abstract by Melissa Minds VandeBurgt)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Role of the Information Professional in the Development and Promotion of Digital Humanities case study by Jane Burns

Jane Burns (RCSI and UCD) shares her knowledge and experience of digital humanities and examines awareness of this new and emerging field in Irish libraries.

In this case study, relevant findings from research that sought to determine the level of awareness of digital humanities in Irish Libraries is examined. The research project, The Mary Martin Diary, is highlighted as an example of a multidisciplinary collaboration project that utilized library communication skills, project management skills, digital humanities tools and techniques, as well as other online resources in its development. These skills and tools have the potential to be applied to similar projects that librarians engage in. Recommendations derived from this research highlight the practical application of skills for information professionals and their roles in the development and promotion of digital humanities content for research, teaching, and learning in the modern academic library (abstract by Jane Burns
Jane’s insightful article is published in  New Review of Academic Librarianship and she will talk on this topic at the seminar Academic Librarians Communicating in the 21st Century: Perspectives from the New Review of Academic Librarianship at Maynooth University Library on the 20th October 2016. While the seminar is free booking is essential.