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June 2020 Digital Scholarship Institute

The next ARL Digital Scholarship Institute will be held at the Hyatt Place Champaign on Monday, June 15–Friday, June 19, 2020 and is hosted by the University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The institute will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday and will conclude on Friday at 12:00 p.m.

In evaluating applications, preference will be given to professionals from ARL libraries, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities and to current graduate students in library and information science.

The cost of the institute is $1,500, excluding travel and accommodations. Participants are expected to stay for the entirety of the institute. For more information, visit the event page.

Learning Goals

The learning goals set forth by the ARL DSI are meant to uphold the overarching goal of the ARL Academy, which has been created to “foster the development of an agile, diverse and highly-motivated workforce as well as the inspiring leadership necessary to meet present and future challenges.”

By the end of the institute, participants will:

  1. Describe how digital scholarship fits into higher education and why academic libraries are engaging in digital scholarship
  2. Demonstrate confidence in their ability to engage with digital scholarship projects by developing strategies for advancing their roles as contributors, as partners and/or co-creators in digital scholarship projects
  3. Identify the hallmarks of digital scholarship/critical elements and methodological principles that qualifies scholarly work as digital scholarship
  4. Evaluate different digital scholarship methodologies and tools
  5. Integrate existing skill sets into those needed for digital scholarship
  6. Envision digital scholarship as a collaborative endeavor by identifying individual researchers or local institutional units with whom they feel confident working to continue furthering their knowledge and practice of digital scholarship
  7. Establish an integrated cohort as part of this institute to cultivate ongoing knowledge-sharing, skill-building, and networking during and beyond the institute

The Curriculum

Past institutes have included sessions on topics such as:

  • Project Design
  • Scholarly Editions: Text Encoding and Publishing with TEI
  • Digital Exhibits & Curation
  • GIS and Temporal Mapping
  • Multimodal Publishing
  • Data Visualization
  • Text Mining with HTRC
  • Digital Scholarship Pedagogy & Consultations


Any library professionals at any stage of their career, or graduate students enrolled in a library and information science program with experience working in an academic library, who are looking to develop their digital scholarship skills and increase their agility in the modern research environment, regardless of rank, degree, or years in the field, are eligible to apply. If you are uncertain whether you are eligible, please ask.

Applicants will be asked to commit to the full five days in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, as well as other ongoing opportunities throughout the year. Library directors or deans should indicate their support for ongoing professional development commitment in their letters of recommendation.

Preference will be given to professionals from ARL libraries, HBCUs, Tribal Colleges, or current graduate students. 

The selection committee is composed of members of the Digital Scholarship Institute Admissions Team. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision on admission to the institute and scholarship funding (if applicable) by April 3, 2020.

Tuition Waiver Information

The ARL Digital Scholarship Institute Advisory Group is offering up to five $1,500 scholarships to cover tuition to attend the June 15–19, 2020, Institute. The goal of the tuition waiver is to encourage participation and engagement of library professionals or students enrolled in an MLIS graduate program who might not have the financial resources to attend.

ARL will register recipients for the Institute to cover the $1,500 tuition. Awardees will be responsible for making arrangements for travel and reserving hotel accommodations.

How to Apply

By March 13, 2020, complete the following three steps:

  1. Fill out the online form
  2. Submit a letter of recommendation from your library director or dean. Graduate students may submit a letter from a faculty member or a library/archives professional. The letter should touch on the benefit of the Digital Scholarship Institute to the individual’s professional development and how the individual’s participation will benefit the library.
  3. If applying for a scholarship, please include a brief statement of financial need and estimated travel costs.

If you have any questions about the application process or institute logistics, please contact Sue Baughman, sue@arl.org.