Helping Scholars at the Forefront of Teaching Technology
By April Hathcock and Zach Coble
NYU Libraries recently launched Digital Scholarship Services (DSS), a new service that helps NYU faculty and students incorporate digital scholarship tools and methods into their research and teaching. As digital scholarship in general and digital humanities in particular become more prevalent, DSS helps scholars create cutting-edge research in their fields.
How DSS Supports NYU Students and Faculty
DSS helps faculty and students with everything from repository services, to digital humanities tools and methods, to digital publishing and website creation, and much more. To provide the widest range of services, DSS partners with other departments at Bobst Library—including Data Services, Digital Studio, and Digital Library Technology Services—to assist scholars with their digital project needs.
For example, DSS recently partnered with Data Services to work on a project entitled “The Irish in Greenwich Village in the Post-War Period”. This multi-year, classroom-based endeavor produced an interactive map of locations significant to members of New York City’s Irish community who grew up in the West Village beginning in the late 1940s. DSS worked with Professor Linda Almeida and her students to design an approach that struck the right balance between learning new technologies and discovering insights about the city’s Irish residents.
Digital Humanities Workshops for Students
DSS is currently partnering with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to offer the Polonsky Foundation Graduate Student Workshops in Digital Humanities Tools and Methods. These workshops will be held between April and June, and offer in-depth training opportunities for students interested in learning more about digital humanities.
Registration for these workshops is open to all NYU students, but space is limited (and going fast!). Visit “Spring 2015 Workshops in Digital Humanities for NYU Graduate Students” on the DSS blog for more information. In conjunction with the workshops, DSS will also offer several public lectures (more info at https://wp.nyu.edu/dss/2015/03/12/polonsky-events-2015), which are open to NYU community members and guests.
To find out more about the work DSS is doing, follow their blog or find them on Twitter at @nyu_ds. Or, if you have a digital project in the works and would like support, please schedule a consultation or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.