The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries a $100,672 grant to fund a pilot program designed to strengthen librarians’ competencies in digital scholarship. The pilot 21st Century Skills: Digital Humanities Institute for Mid-Career Librarians will launch during the summer of 2015 at the University of Rochester.
The pilot institute will provide a three-day residential immersion experience and a yearlong online component for 20 mid-career librarians. Participants will develop proficiency in three core competencies—project management, copyright and fair use, and metadata literacy—while enhancing their technology skills and exploring diverse areas of digital humanities scholarship. University of Rochester (UR) faculty, River Campus Libraries staff, UR Mellon fellows in digital humanities, and CLIR postdoctoral fellows will serve as instructors.
The institute is accepting applications from interested mid-career librarians currently working in academic libraries in the United States and Canada. The application deadline is May 15, 2015.
Program managers will evaluate feedback from the pilot institute to guide the development of an expanded program. The University of Rochester anticipates that the full institute will launch in 2016.
For more information, see the March 11, 2015, University of Rochester news release, “Mellon Grant Helps River Campus Libraries Establish Digital Humanities Institute,” or visit the 21st Century Skills: Digital Humanities Institute for Mid-Career Librarians website.