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Core Principles

The James E. Walker Library and Digital Scholarship Initiatives align with the mission of Middle Tennessee State University, working together as a community of scholars to “generate, preserve, and disseminate knowledge and collaboratively promote excellence through teaching and learning, research, creative activity, and public engagement.”

The core principles of the Digital Scholarship Initiatives are:

  • We believe that the Walker Library and the DSI are critical resources for digital initiatives expertise on campus and in the community.

  • We believe in supporting students and faculty in their pursuit of research, collaboration, and publishing opportunities.

  • We believe that the exchange of ideas, scholarship and knowledge is necessary to support learning, clinical practice, and research, including to stimulate creativity.

  • We believe that the scholarly ecosystem works best when creators retain their copyrights and are given attribution and compensation for their labor.

  • We believe in experimentation and innovation in academic research settings.

  • We work to improve learning outcomes for students by providing opportunities for real-world experiences and mentoring.

  • We believe in the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, and promote these values through our programs and policies.

  • We welcome and give priority to projects that give voice to marginalized individuals and communities; and seek to create partnerships on campus and beyond to help shape the future of inclusive digital initiatives.

  • We work to decrease the cost of higher education and increase publishing opportunities through the production and integration of open content into accessible projects and programs.

  • We believe community matters. Our programs reflect MTSU and the surrounding communities of middle Tennessee.


Sources of Inspiration

LPC Roadmap for Anti-Racist Practice (2021), Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications(C4DISC) Joint Statement of Principles, Flordia State University Libraries Publishing, and University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing Services