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Getting an Earful: The Unexpected Services of a Digital Scholarship Unit

Authors: Coble, Zach
McCormick, Monica
Vinopal, Jennifer
Keywords: digital library, digital libraries, digital scholarship
Issue Date: 6-Nov-2014
Abstract: Interest in digital scholarship has steadily increased at NYU over the past four years, with scholars looking to the Libraries for information, support, and partnership. During this time, the Libraries have taken an iterative, learn-as-we-go approach while simultaneously conducting in-depth research into user needs and service gaps. This resulted in a four-tiered service model which, in Fall 2013, was officially put into practice with the formation of the Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Services unit. When we introduced the four-tiered service model at DLF, November 2011, we predicted that a key function of our unit would be to prioritize which projects get what type of service (standard, customized, etc.). What we didn’t anticipate was the extent to which we would become the nosey switchboard operators of our own organization, listening in on library departmental conversations about their service frustrations, and plugging them into complementary departments or initiatives to address these challenges systemically. These insights are helping us strategically rethink relationships, workflows, and protocols that undergird the organization’s work. To date, the departments most frequently connecting via this developing “party line” are special collections, subject specialists, Data Services, Digital Studio, and Digital Library Technology Services. We will present case studies to illustrate how scholars’ project needs are revealing ways we can integrate diverse services across Libraries and IT, and how this vantage point provides a unique opportunity to address longstanding organizational issues. We will engage the audience through discussion to learn how other institutions approach similar issues providing digital scholarship services.
Rights: Excluding the creative content noted in the last slice in the presentation, this presentation is licensed by the authors under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license (CC BY 3.0)
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