The latest installment in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) series highlighting digital scholarship work at ARL member libraries features Virginia Tech.
The Virginia Tech profile, written by ARL director of Scholars and Scholarship, Judy Ruttenberg, presents an overview of digital scholarship support provided by the University Libraries at Virginia Tech. The profile describes staffing, services, funding, partnerships, projects, successes, challenges, and opportunities.
Three projects are spotlighted in the Virginia Tech profile: The Women of Design Project, which digitized 31 manuscript collections from international women architects, creating files and metadata for 126,000+ items; Open Textbooks, a project that makes textbooks freely available online and licensed for redistribution and, in some cases, editing and modification; and Developing Library Cyberinfrastructure Strategy for Big Data Sharing and Reuse, which created a broadly adaptable strategy for managing big data to ensure that future researchers will still be able to access and reuse it.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.