Scholarly practices in the humanities and social sciences are rapidly evolving. Scholars are increasingly taking advantage of digital tools, methods, and data, as well as the many new research avenues made available by digital media. This evolution is driving a demand for innovative professional development opportunities for librarians.
The University of Rochester River Campus Libraries received a $100,672 Officer’s Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a pilot Institute for Mid-Career Librarians in the summer of 2015. The Insitutute will advance institutional support for digital humanities by strengthening librarians’ competencies in digital scholarship.
The pilot Institute consists of a three-day residential experience for 20 mid-career librarians, followed by one year of online engagement and support. The instruction team includes four CLIR fellows, supported by University of Rochester librarians and technologists. It is a truly immersive and intensive experience in the digital humanities.
Librarians selected for the Institute will be placed in groups of five and will engage in one of these tracks. Together with the CLIR fellows and supporting librarians and technologists, they will explore a range of issues, tools, data, and methods grounded in that subject area.
After the residential course immersion, each group will meet online monthly to support their mastery of new tools and methods, and share projects and progress. Our goal is to develop each cohort into a self-sustaining, scholarly community of practice.
Librarians selected for the Institute will receive a stipend to offset the cost of travel and housing.