Digital Scholarship

We are here to help you with your digital projects and research 

Digital scholarship relies on digital technologies and new methods for the creation, dissemination and long term care of scholarly products and their underlying information, code and data. Digital technologies enable the emergence of new approaches to scholarship and utilization of a wide-range of tools that can enhance the development, analysis, assessment, and presentation of text and data. Products include digital media, web sites, archives of scholarly information, digital exhibits, and more.

We provide consultation and support for project development including project planning, digitization, metadata, and collection building. We also offer space, training, and support for creating collections and exhibits in our instance of Omeka. Please come to us with ideas for grants, websites, databases, or other digitally-based projects. You can see examples of our projects here.

Questions to ask yourself when planning a project

  1. What is the purpose of your project?
  2. Who is the audience?
  3. What materials and content do you have? 
  4. Is it already digitized or does it need to be converted?
  5. How will users interact with your content?
  6. Do you have permission to digitize and publish online, this material?
  7. What impact will the project have on teaching and research?

What makes a good digital project? 

  1. It has a clear purpose.
  2. The project will work well in a digital medium.
  3. You know whether you have the rights to digitize and use the content.
  4. You will enhance an existing digital collection, OR
  5. Your content is unique, distinctive, and not available online in any format.
  6. The project has likely to receive high use
  7. Your project has potential for academic use, general education or public benefit.

Submit a project proposal

  1. Submit your project proposal via this form.
  2. For Special Collections Personnel only: use this form.
  3. Digital Scholarship and Initiatives will review your proposal and we will meet with you to assess your project materials and further discuss the project development process.
  4. DSI staff will complete project documentation necessary to move forward your project, including a cost estimate and project brief that details project deliverables.
  5. We will contact you to about the proposal either to accept it or suggest other alternatives for support.

Digital Humanities

See our library guide for information on Digital Humanities.

Free Library Technology Resources

You may be able to start on your own. Check out this great list of resources and software for digital projects.