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 and intellectual property.

New from the Dark Archive

by Adam Sheffield

Today, nearly everyone around the world has access to various forms of media and information just a few clicks away. The digital age has compressed practically everything we want to know into tiny byte-sized bits. Before the digital age, not all forms of media were so easy to swallow.

By Adam Sheffield

Appalachian State University’s Digital Scholarship & Initiatives (DSI) team is gearing up to help a couple of Appalachian communities digitize private images, and other documents. On August 20, members from DSI and University Documentary Film Services will travel to Dulatown, NC and on September 3 to Wilkesboro, NC equipped with laptops, flatbed scanners, and digital cameras ready to capture memories.


Preserving and Sharing the Story of the Lincoln Heights Rosenwald School: Digitization Day Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Appalachian State University History Department and University Libraries has 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 at the Lincoln Heights School 374 Lincoln Heights Rd, Wilkesboro, NC 28697 on Saturday September 2, 2017 10am–4pm will involve digitizing artifacts associated with the school provided by the alumni, and public programming will include stories about those artifacts as well as their memories about growing up in the Appalachian Mountains. We will also screen the documentary Rosenwald, and follow it with a talk on the Rosenwald school building program to provide national context for this local experience.

Preserving and Sharing the Story of the Lincoln Heights Rosenwald School has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 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”