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ARL Digital Scholarship Institute


The ARL Digital Scholarship Institute (DSI) is a five-day, cohort-based opportunity for library professionals and graduate students enrolled in a library and information science program who are new to digital scholarship and would like to develop their skills in an intensive, yet supportive, learner-centered environment. Guided by the principles of community, diversity, impact, openness, and sustainability, the Digital Scholarship Institute foregrounds critical thinking about the content and context of the modern research environment. Participants are trained in a core set of methodologies and tools that provide both a knowledge base and the confidence to work with the cultural changes sweeping through research libraries and higher education today.

The ARL Digital Scholarship Institute is co-sponsored by the following institutions: University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; McMaster University Libraries; University of Minnesota Libraries; New York University Libraries; The Ohio State University Libraries; and UC San Diego Libraries.

Former sponsoring libraries include: Boston College Libraries; University of Indiana Bloomington Libraries; and River Campus Libraries, the University of Rochester.

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

June 2020 Digital Scholarship Institute – Cancelled

The ARL Digital Scholarship Institute scheduled for Monday, June 15–Friday, June 19, 2020 has been cancelled. Plans for an institute in 2021 will be announced later in 2020.


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