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University of Toronto Libraries Support Digital Scholarship—First Profile in ARL Series

University of Toronto, Robarts Library, image by Gordon Belray

To highlight efforts to support digital scholarship and to offer insights into the challenges of such iterative and collaborative work, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is publishing a series of profiles of digital scholarship centers at ARL member institutions. The first profile in this series features the University of Toronto Libraries.

Sian Meikle, the director of Information Technology Services at University of Toronto Libraries, explains that there are many forms of support for digital scholarship at the University of Toronto that extend to regional and consortial partners. Information Technology Services (ITS), Scholars Portal, and the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) Digital Scholarship Unit are services provided from within the libraries, complementing the efforts of other units at the university.

The profile of digital scholarship support at the University of Toronto Libraries provides a brief history of the evolution of such support at the university, an overview of the current support provided by the libraries, and Meikle’s perspective on the future for Information Technology Services. The profile also describes and links to three featured projects at Toronto: the Iter Gateway to the Renaissance and Middle Ages, Lexicons of Early Modern English, and the Project for the Study of Dissidence and Samizdat.

To read each of the profiles in this series as they are published throughout the spring and summer, watch the ARL website, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or subscribe to our e-mail news lists or the profiles RSS feed.

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/.

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