China and Inner Asia

Organized Panel Session

3 - Opportunities and Concerns: Collaborations between Scholars and Librarians in the Digital Era

Friday, March 23
12:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: Roosevelt Room 1, Exhibit Level

Digital humanities have undeniably enriched scholarly research by preserving materials and providing easier access to them. However, scholars have raised concerns about the shift toward digitization. Can valuable insights in the humanities be gained by using the kinds of quantitative research methods prompted by wider availability of digital research materials? For librarians, the paramount question is, what are the opportunities beyond digitization? Can librarians be more creative, developing original resources to support scholarship and teaching, instead of only collecting materials and digitizing them?

To answer such questions, our paper explores a successful oral history digital humanities project developed by the University of Pittsburgh’s East Asian Library. This project offers a strong example of connection-building between librarians and faculty, and of expanding collections and services to support research and teaching in an innovative way. The paper offers possibilities for librarians and scholars to face the challenges of this digital era together. We hope to inspire discussion about other avenues for collaboration.

Cecile Sun

University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Tianni Wang

University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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