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Developing Digital Scholarship: Emerging practices in academic libraries



This book provides strategic insights drawn from librarians who are meeting the challenge of digital scholarship, utilizing the latest technologies and creating new knowledge in partnership with researchers, scholars, colleagues and students.
The impact of digital on libraries has extended far beyond its transformation of content, to the development of services, the extension and enhancement of access to research and to teaching and learning systems. As a result,the fluidity of the digital environment can often be at odds with the more systematic approaches to development traditionally taken by academic libraries, which has also led to a new generation of roles and shifting responsibilities with staff training and development often playing 'catch-up'. One of the key challenges to emerge is how best to demonstrate expertise in digital scholarship which draws on the specialist technical knowledge of the profession and maintains and grows its relevance for staff, students and researchers.
This edited collection spans a wide range of contrasting perspectives, contexts, insights and case studies, which explore the relationships between digital scholarship, contemporary academic libraries and professional practice. The book demonstrates that there are opportunities to be bold, remodel, trial new approaches and reposition the library as a key partner in the process of digital scholarship.
Content covered includes:

  • the impact of digital scholarship on organizational strategies
  • an insight into new services and roles, partnerships and collaborations
  • case studies exploring new technologies to support research and development
  • new approaches to service delivery
  • re-visioning of space, physical and virtual.

This is an essential guide for librarians and information professionals involved in digital scholarship and communication, who wish to extend their awareness of emerging practices, as well as library administrators and students studying library and information science.

PART 1: A REVIEW OF THE LANDSCAPE 1. The university library and digital scholarship: a review of the literature – Lindsey Martin
2. Digital scholarship: scanning library services and spaces - Alison MackenziePART 2: THE AGILE LIBRARIAN 3. Librarian as partner: in and out of the library - Roz Howard and Megan Fitzgibbons
4. Novice to Expert: developing digitally capable librarians - Charles Inskip
5. Lean in the Library: building capacity by realigning staff and resources - Jennifer BremnerPART 3: DIGITAL SPACES AND SERVICES 6. Digital Scholarship Centres: converging space and expertise - Tracy C. Bergstrom
7. Building scalable and sustainable services for researchers - David ClayPART 4: COMMUNICATIONS AND SOCIAL NETWORKING 8. Social networking with the scholarly community: a literature review - Suzanne Parfitt
9. Developing Digital Scholars: from the Ivory Tower to the Twittersphere - Alison Hicks
10. Reflections on digital scholarship: so many reasons to be cheerful - Alison Mackenzie and Lindsey Martin

Alison Mackenzie is the Dean of Learning Services at Edge Hill University. Prior to taking up this post, Alison held the post of University Librarian at Bangor University, Wales, as well as a variety of roles at Manchester Metropolitan University and, in her early career, worked in art colleges and commercial practice. Alison has been an active contributor in the development of the profession having held roles on the SCONUL Board, and as Chair of the performance Measurement and Quality Strategy group. She is currently a member of the Northern Collaboration steering group.
Lindsey Martin is the Assistant Head of Learning Services at Edge Hill University and is responsible for the learning technologies managed and supported by Learning Services. She has responsibility for the virtual learning environment and its associated systems, media production, classroom AV, and development of staff digital capability. Lindsey has worked in academic libraries for the past 20+ years in a variety of roles. She has been active on the Heads of eLearning Forum Steering group (HeLF) for a number of years and is currently its Chair.

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