Digital Scholarship & Initiatives

Digital Scholarship and Initiatives (DSI) engages and partners with Appalachian faculty members, students, library colleagues, and the community to support new scholarship in a rapidly changing digital landscape. DSI provides and sustains innovative digital tools and publishing platforms for content delivery, discovery, analysis, data curation, and preservation. In line with the Library’s mission, we enhance student learning and encourage faculty research, primarily by providing access to and information about new methods of digital scholarship. We also lend support to campus faculty and students in the areas of copyright, fair use and intellectual property.

New from the Dark Archive

by Joyce Ogburn

The Google Dataset Search tool was just released to aid researchers in searching and finding relevant data among myriad datasets on the web. With the requirements of funding agencies to share research data, an increasing number of datasets are now available, in addition to data that has been shared for some time via the Internet. The new tool is a nice complement to Google Scholar, which searches and delivers research publications, preprints, theses and dissertations, blogs, reports, and more.

On Tuesday, February 20th, Dr. Beth Davison took her latest documentary film project, “Dulatown,” to the Caldwell Heritage Museum in Lenoir, NC, for its first public screening. The half hour long film tells the story about a small community in the Lenoir area that began…

This morning I drove to work, again listening to FM radio, because for the past few weeks a CD has been stuck in my car’s CD player, hindering my dominance over what I want to hear. Shortly after I arrived at work, I attempted to briefly read some of today’s headlines. One headline in particular caught my eye…


NEW! - Research Speed Networking

On October 22, 2018 DSI is cohosting a Research Speed Networking event with the Office of Research. Check it out.

Past events

Appalachian Online: Celebrating the Birth of Appalachian Studies October 27, 2017 4:00pm–7:00pm

This event, co-sponsored by Appalachian State University Libraries Special Collections, Digital Scholarship and Initiatives, and UNC Asheville, featured a panel discussion on our most recent digitized collections:

- The Appalachian Consortium Press: Digitizing the Early Years of Appalachian Studies grant, funded by the Mellon Foundation Open Book Project to digitize and make available selected volumes published by the Appalachian Consortium Press:

- Appalachian Land Ownership Survey Records, 1936–1985, consisting of records from a survey, conducted in fall 1978 by the Appalachian Land Ownership Task Force, to examine land ownership patterns within the Appalachian region:

- Katúah: Bioregional Journal of the Southern Appalachians Records, 1980–2013 (later simplified to Katúah Journal) was published from 1983 to 1993. A quarterly publication run by volunteers focused on the bioregion of former Cherokee land in Appalachia:; Exhibit:

Digital Humanities – MakerSpace: Digital Time Capsules October 19, 2017 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Peers and colleagues across campus and from the community worked in Adobe Photoshop to compile digital collages of people, places, and current events that exemplify the styles, sounds, and stories of 2017. The remixed images were collected in a digital archive online and will be unveiled in one year’s time. What will become of Snapchat? What new emojis will emerge? Will Beyoncé continue her reign as Queen Bey?

Preserving and Sharing the Story of the Lincoln Heights Rosenwald School: Digitization Day September 2, 2017 10am–4pm

The Appalachian State University History Department and University Libraries received a National Endowment of the Humanities Common Heritage grant to provide a digitization event for the Lincoln Heights Recreation Corporation. Lincoln Heights is a large Rosenwald school for African Americans in Wilkesboro, NC. Open from 1924–68, Lincoln Heights educated and employed black southerners through the Jim Crow Era and the height of the 20th-century Civil Rights Movement. Since its closure, alumni and community members have been working to preserve and share their story, and have invited members of Appalachian State University’s history department and library to assist that mission.

This one-day event involved digitizing artifacts associated with the school provided by the alumni, and public programming included stories about those artifacts as well as their memories about growing up in the Appalachian Mountains. The documentary entitled Rosenwald was screened, followed by a talk on the Rosenwald school building program to provide national context for this local experience.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Header image: Jack Jeffers, “White Cat c1979 Shenandoah Valley of VA”