The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the seventh profile in a series highlighting digital scholarship support at ARL member libraries. The latest installment in this series features the work of the University of Iowa Libraries.
The University of Iowa (UI) profile presents a brief history of the evolution of digital scholarship support at UI, focusing on the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio, created in 2015 by merging the UI Libraries–operated Digital Research and Publishing department with the campus-operated Digital Studio for Public Arts and Humanities.
This profile describes the current work of the UI Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio—including information about staffing, collaboration, and outreach—and concludes with a discussion of challenges the studio is tackling in the near term. Two established projects are featured in the profile: DIY History, which invites the public to help preserve the past by crowdsourcing transcriptions of digitized material from the UI Libraries special collections, University Archive, and Iowa Women’s Archives; and Coffee Zone, a digital archive of oral histories of coffee pickers, farmers, landowners, women, and teens from the once-thriving area of Puerto Rico known as the coffee zone.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.