Friday, February 05, 2016

CFP: Starting From Scratch: Build Your Digital Scholarship Center Program (ALA Annual 2016)

Call for 2-3 Speakers - ALA Annual 2016
Orlando, Florida
Date and Time: TBD

Starting From Scratch: Build Your Digital Scholarship Center Program

The ACRL Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group is seeking three panelists for the following approved program for ALA Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Program Narrative Description
The most frequently asked question about Digital Scholarship Centers (DSC) is "How do I get started?" The options are many and the decisions made can significantly impact the DSC's chances for a successful launch. What services are offered? Who are the partners? This program features experienced DSC developers who will share their stories and expertise about how they got started, what they learned and what they'd do today if they were starting from scratch.

Learning Outcomes
·         Identify best practices for starting a DSC in order to establish a Center that is well attended and relevant to the needs of users
·         Engage with experienced DSC managers in order to learn the range of services offered at Centers and how to effectively plan and execute them
·         Acquire strategies for identifying and connecting with campus partners in order to design DSC services and policies that make it a true community resource

The content for this program is highly relevant to a large segment of academic librarians although it is likely to be of most interest to those working in humanities librarianship and digital scholarship. Given the rapid increase in the number of faculty conducting digital scholarship, the interest in developing Centers that cater to the specialized needs of digital scholars, there is great interest among academic librarians to learn how to develop a Center at their library.

This program will be co-sponsored by the ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group and the ACRL Digital Humanities Interest Group (in-name only).

If you are interested in being a panelist for this program, please submit a 300 word statement on how you would address the description and learning outcomes as outlined above. Be specific about how your experience qualifies you to enlighten those interested in developing a Digital Scholarship Center for their campus. Please also include a list of two recent presentations.

Please include: Speaker name, title, institution, institution address, mailing address (if different than institution address), phone number, and e-mail. Send applications to Merinda Hensley at Deadline isMonday, February 15, 2016.

Please note: Speakers are responsible for their ALA registration and accommodations.

Chosen panelists will be contacted by Friday, February 19, 2016.

Steven Bell - Associate University Librarian, Temple University
Merinda Kaye Hensley - Digital Scholarship Liaison and Instruction Librarian, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign