The 10th anniversary of the Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) conference in Austin, Texas kicked off to a great start with a session on Monday morning on “The care and keeping of digital humanities projects: tools and best practices for content management and delivery in the digital humanities.” The session featured Stephanie Bernhardt, Curator for the Visual Resources Library in the Department of History of Art at Ohio State University, and Chelcie Rowell, Digital Initiatives Librarian at Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. Jen Hoyer, Senior Account Manager of Artstor, served as moderator.
Stephanie started the session with a description of OSU’s Strategic Digital Initiatives Working Group, a collaborative effort of librarians, faculty, data specialists, and curators to identify digital project needs and develop a strategy for digital initiatives at OSU. Leading from the group’s work, the Visual Resources Library (VRL) began a strategic partnership with artist and OSU professor Ann Hamilton to document her work and creative process in what has now become the Ann Hamilton Project Archive. Using Artstor Shared Shelf, the VRL has collected more than 1,000 high-resolution images of Ann’s work, including a multimedia installation Ann completed at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC in 2012.
Chelcie then ended the session with a discussion of the new Build.ZSR services that she and other librarians are developing to “foster and sustain scholarly digital projects” at Wake Forest. Build.ZSR, which will roll out in fall 2015, will be a web-based service center–operating parallel to Find.ZSR, Wake Forest’s online library catalog–for connecting the campus community to metadata support, web publishing tutorials, referral to specialists, and ongoing course support for digital project courses. Among the resources Chelcie cited for her work was an article published by none other than NYU DSS’s own Jennifer Vinopal and Monica McCormick on the challenges of providing scalable and sustainable support to digital scholarship in a research library setting.
It will be interesting to track future developments in the projects and services coming out of OSU and Wake Forest as they move forward in their support of digital scholarship. For more information about ER&L and to view the full 2015 program, please visit their website.