The latest installment in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) series highlighting digital scholarship support at ARL member libraries features the work of the University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries.
The Notre Dame profile, written by ARL visiting program officer Catherine Davidson, presents a brief history of the evolution of digital scholarship support at the university, focusing on the Center for Digital Scholarship. The center was established in 2013 with initial funding from the President’s Circle, an annual initiative directed by university president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, in support of key initiatives and ongoing University of Notre Dame priorities.
This profile describes the current work of the Center for Digital Scholarship, including information about funding, staffing, services, programs, and collaboration. The profile concludes with a brief discussion of how the center is looking to the future. Center staff are looking forward to the launch of the expanded Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship slated for early 2018. Staff are also positioning the Center for Digital Scholarship to be more central within the research life cycle of the university, and consequently they envision a future in which digital scholarship services are seen as an integral and critical part of the academy.
Three projects are featured in the profile: GIS Online Modules, which are designed to help students acquire GIS skills if they cannot take a formal class and to enhance GIS teaching done through the Center for Digital Scholarship; GIS and Community-Based Mapping Projects, which involve Notre Dame students and faculty as well as members of the broader community in collecting data on conditions in several neighborhoods of South Bend, Indiana; and the Catholic Social Teaching and International Human Rights Database, an online tool that will allow the simultaneous searching of Catholic social teaching documents and instruments of international human rights law.
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