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Introduction to Digital Scholarship at Walker Library

Digital scholarship is scholarship that is enhanced by the design of digital projects, incorporation of digital tools, collaboration among digital partners, and dissemination through digital platforms. Digital scholarship is changing the nature of how research is conducted, produced, and shared.

Digital Scholarship Initiatives, an extension of the mission of the Walker Library as an active partner in the scholarly communication process, supports the educational mission of the university by providing access to information. Walker Library has invested resources to establish the necessary and supportive infrastructure used in the creation and dissemination of digital resources.

Digital Scholarship Initiatives began at Walker Library several years ago as a way to build out the library’s collections digitally. More recently, other initiatives have been added including JEWLScholar; Journal Hosting services; the creation of a collaborative Digital Partners group; and a Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) dedicated to faculty and advanced students who enhance research by using digital tools, collaborating on digital projects, and disseminating research through digital platforms.

To learn more about the interdisciplinary goals and mission of the Digital Scholarship Lab, read our Criteria for Digital Scholarship. To review some of our internal publications, such as the annual digital scholarship center assessment (referred to as Digital Scholarship Initiatives Highlights), or our institutional repository documentation (submission instructions, deposit license agreement, and author guidelines), review our Digital Scholarship Initiatives Publications.

Digital Collections and Partners

Our digital collections document diverse elements of the history of Middle Tennessee State University, Rutherford County, and the state. They have been developed by the James E. Walker Library in collaboration with a variety of partners.

On-campus partners include the Albert Gore Research Center, the Center for Cedar Glade Studies , the Center for Historic Preservation, the Center of Popular Music, and the Public History program of the Department of History.

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Off-campus partners include the Arts Center of Cannon County, Rutherford County Historical Society, Rutherford County Archive, Vanderbilt University and others, including private donors of key materials.

Digital Initiatives Faculty:

Ken Middleton, Professor and Digital Projects Librarian

A. Miller, Associate Professor and Digital Scholarship Librarian

Other Digital Programs Team Members:

Karen Reed, Associate Professor and Education Librarian

Denise Quintel, Assistant Professor and Discovery Service Librarian

Robert Wilson, Assistant Professor and Systems Librarian

Amy York, Associate Professor and Instructional Technology Support Librarian