ASERL Digital Scholarship Show & Tell webinar #1: George Mason Univ & UNC Greensboro
From: John Burger (
Date: Thu, 3 May 2018 07:49:30 -0700 (PDT)

ASERL Friends:

Next month, we will kick off a new webinar series, learning about the ways 
ASERL libraries are supporting Digital Scholarship efforts on their campuses.  
First up:  George Mason University and UNC Greensboro, on June 6.  We have a 
few others in the queue, and hope our initial sessions will inspire other ASERL 
members to volunteer to present about their efforts in the future.  (<-- 
Contact me if you'd like to volunteer!)

The first webinar in the series will review where GMU's & UNCG's efforts 
started, how they got to where they are now, and where they’re heading.  The 
Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC) at George Mason University Libraries is an 
expansion of GMU’s previous Data Services Group. The Data Services Group 
typically provided consultations on numeric, geospatial, qualitative data and 
software, and research data management issues. However, more and more requests 
for help expanded into questions surrounding digital scholarship related 
methods such as text mining, troubleshooting project-based code (such as R and 
python), and digital humanities-based tools. A library-wide digital scholarship 
committee was formed which was tasked with investigating and recommending what 
needed to be done to create a Digital Scholarship Center. Most of the 
recommendations from the committee’s final report were implemented. As a 
result, DiSC includes Data Services along with support for digital humanities 
and digital projects. While the new DiSC unit received additional staffing 
through graduate assistants, we sought to fill other staffing holes by working 
toward cross-unit collaboration. Our experience working with students, staff, 
and faculty on projects has informed future goals for the unit and for the 
libraries more broadly. 

The University Libraries at UNC-Greensboro are in the early stages of 
establishing a defined suite of digital scholarship services ranging from 
online exhibits (Omeka) to data visualization and enterprise-level mapping 
(ArcGIS). The initiative began organically over a decade ago as the Libraries 
Web Development Unit began working with researchers across campus on digital 
projects on a case-by-case basis. Over time, this developed into a small, 
internal annual grant from which the Libraries selects a number of projects to 
take on annually, in order to both control the number of project commitments 
without additional resources and to better assess digital scholarship needs 
across campus.

WEBINAR:  ASERL Digital Scholarship Show & Tell webinar #1:  George Mason Univ 
& UNC Greensboro 
DATE / TIME:  June 6, 2018  |  2pm ET / 1pm Central Time

These sessions are available at no cost to ASERL members and guests, and will 
be recorded for later playback.  Please feel free to share this information 
with other librarians & staff who may be interested.  Our webinars are licensed 
under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International 
License.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing 
information about joining the webinar.   
System Requirements:       

 We hope this proves to be of interest.  Please let me know any questions or if 
you encounter difficulties with our e-meeting system.  Thanks!


John Burger, Executive Director
Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL)
c/o Robert W. Woodruff Library
540 Asbury Circle, Suite 316
Atlanta, GA  30322


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