Digital Scholarship & Initiatives

About DSI

Digital Scholarship and Initiatives (DSI) engages and collaborates with library partners, campus, and 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, DSI is committed to representing and reflecting the unique experiences and perspectives of all people, partners, and the community. We enhance student learning and encourage faculty research, primarily by providing access to and information about new methods of digital scholarship and lending support in the areas of copyright, fair use, and intellectual property.

Our Services

Map from the Who Owns Appalachia? digital exhibit

Digital Scholarship

  • Project planning and consulting for building digital collections & exhibits
  • Training & support for building collections in Omeka

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3d rendering of an instrument

Digital Preservation & Access

  • Digitization of analog materials, including audiovisual material
  • Long-term data preservation for digital materials

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U.S. copyright register

Copyright, Fair Use, & IP

  • Rights and responsibilities when using copyrighted material
  • Intellectual property rights for authors

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Scholarly Communications

  • Open Access and Open Journals
  • Scholarly publishing
  • NC DOCKS Institutional Repository

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Our Team

Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 351

Contact Pam about: Management of DSI team staff and activities, project management, outreach, consulting, and training

Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 336

Contact Jonathan about: Omeka development projects, programming, site/database development and administration

Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 335

Contact Agnes about: Intellectual property, copyright, scholarly publishing

Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 337A

Contact Ashlea about: Metadata standards and policies, creation, remediation, enrichment and coordination with internal and external partners such as the Digital Public Library of America and the NC Digital Heritage Center

Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 334

Contact Matt about: Curation and preservation of digital objects

Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 362

Contact Dea about: Digital project management, consulting, outreach

Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 355B

Contact Adam about: Analog to digital conversion of documents, still and moving images, and audio formats

"Ibex" illustration from Beulah Campbell Collection

Digital Collections

DSI supports many digital collections at Appalachian State University and contributes materials to digital collections outside the university such as Digital NC.

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  • DSI Wins NDSA Organizational Excellence Award

    The Appalachian State University Libraries’ Digital Scholarship and Initiatives team received the 2021 National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Organization Excellence Award, which “recognizes those organizations providing significant support, guidance, advocacy, or leadership for the digital preservation community.” NDSA is an international consortium of member organizations committed to the long-term preservation of digital information.

  • Open Access logo

    Open Journals @ Appalachian

    In 2020, Scholarly Communications launched a new program to help faculty and researchers publish open access academic journals at Appalachian State University. 

  • RECAPP 2020, Sep. 14-18, 2020

    Research and Creative Activity at Appalachian

    The Office of Research, The Office of Student Research, and University Libraries are excited to virtually host the second annual Research and Creative Activity at Appalachian event during the week of September 14 - 18, 2020.