Digital Scholarship & Initiatives team (DSI) receives Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) grant

Appalachian State University’s Digital Scholarship & Initiatives team (DSI) has received a Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) grant to fund “Digital Collaborations in Western North Carolina,” a needs assessment project for the development of digital preservation and access programming for communities/groups/organizations in the Western North Carolina (WNC) region.

This grant project will:

  • identify and assess the needs of organizations, small businesses, and/or community groups in the WNC region that lack and would benefit from support, training, and professional development in DSI areas of expertise
  • recommend formats (e.g., in-person workshops, online training resources, etc.) and content areas (e.g., copyright, 3D scanning, etc.) that would best serve the identified groups
  • recommend outreach activities to engage these groups

We Need Your Feedback!

In order to gain a better understanding of the needs and interests of the region, we are seeking information from community members on their professional needs and interests in several areas, including but not limited to:

  • Scanning photographs, documents, or other items
  • Records management, physical or electronic
  • Digital assets management
  • Long-term preservation of physical and/or digital items
  • 3D scanning of physical objects
  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • Creating a digital repository to showcase works/objects online
  • Publishing content online
  • And other related areas

If you work in a WNC organization, non-profit, or small businesses, we’d appreciate 5-7 minutes of your time to complete a 9-question survey that will ask you about your needs and interests in programming and services in the areas listed above. Your answers will remain anonymous. Your IP address will NOT be collected. Your survey feedback is very important to us as it will help inform our development of free programming and services to meet WNC community needs.

Complete the survey

Survey Link 




 To learn more about this project, please contact:

Pam Mitchem
Coordinator, Digital Scholarship & Initiatives
University Libraries
Appalachian State University
(828) 262-7422

Ashlea Green
Metadata Librarian, Digital Scholarship & Initiatives
University Libraries
Appalachian State University
(828) 262-6588

Dea Rice
Digital Projects Librarian, Digital Scholarship & Initiatives
University Libraries
Appalachian State University
(828) 262-6724   

This program is supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-253645-OLS-23).


Published: Nov 14, 2023 12:22pm