ALA Unit/Subunit: ACRL, ACRL_DSS
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
As more academic institutions expand their Digital Scholarship services, and as the broader research enterprise evolves, the role of the library liaison is changing to include new knowledge and technical skills. New areas might include digital humanities, data, data visualization, geospatial data, makerspaces, 3d modeling, basic electronics, and virtual reality. How can academic libraries continue providing legacy services while growing to meet these new scholarly and pedagogic demands, whether through new hiring paths, redefining liaisonship, or translating digital scholarship support to other areas of academic librarianship? Our invited panel will address how academic libraries may bridge the gap between support for legacy research skills and digital scholarship skills.
This panel discussion will explore how academic librarians can prepare to develop and deliver digital scholarship services to support new modes of research and teaching. We will discuss the types of skills that digital scholarship support needs, and how to acquire those skills in formal and informal ways. Panelists will contemplate best practices for internal collaborations between subject liaisons and functional specialists; explore implications for internal and external communication so that emerging services are legible and make sense to external researchers; and discuss the roles managers and library administrators can play in supporting new research services, whether adapting the liaison model, or moving beyond it.