As the nation faces three concurrent crises (the pandemic, the economic depression, and persistent systemic racial injustice), academic librarians must quickly adapt to new forms of establishing and sustaining collaborations with their faculty. In the context of these massive global forces which have underlined the need for a more robust system of public health, a more equitable economy, and fundamental structural change, we must ask how our work in digital scholarship can support these movements: What role does digital scholarship play in the context of social unrest and/or public health crises? And, what roles and responsibilities do librarians have in amplifying underrepresented voices and experiences using digital tools? In collaboration with the Social Responsibility Round Table, the Digital Scholarship Section will present a panel featuring librarians who have collaborated with researchers as well as with local community organizations to develop digital scholarship projects that engage with current socio-cultural crises.
In addition to describing the nature of their collaborations, invited panelists will focus on specific components of their partnerships: 1) methods they used to identify potential partnerships with researchers or local community groups; 2) how they nurtured the partnership; and 3) things they will do differently the next time they have the opportunity to partner on a digital scholarship project.
Topics this panel may address: >Strategies for librarians to continue developing and extending connections and partnerships between the library and university communities engaged in digital scholarship projects focused on socio-economic crises >Main challenges faced by libraries to support digital scholarship initiatives and partnerships during times of social unrest and steps taken to address them >Best practices for librarians to partner with scholars as well as local community organizations to rapidly support local, national, or global movements through digital scholarship >What panelists would do differently in creating and nurturing future partnerships.
Participants will gain an understanding of the diverse work occurring at a variety of institutions, from liberal arts colleges to R1s, and will develop strategies for identifying and building successful partnerships between librarians, researchers, and local community organizations. Participants will also learn about specific strategies for mobilizing library resources, including human resources and technological resources, in remote environments. Ultimately, by providing a forum to highlight the successes and challenges of deploying library resources in the context of social, health, and economic crises, we hope to identify best practices for how librarians can partner with scholars as well as local community organizations to rapidly support local, national, or global movements through digital scholarship. Best practices identified in the session will be compiled as the seed of a crowd sourced online resource on developing partnerships outside the library for digital scholarship projects.
Attendees will articulate their roles in partnerships between librarians, campus staff and faculty,, or community members, in order to expand the role of marginalized groups in digital scholarship projects.
Attendees will brainstorm to develop strategies for identifying partners and stakeholders in using digital scholarship in order to expand representation and participation of marginalized groups in their own contexts.
Given the stories shared by the panelists, attendees will identify pitfalls and possible solutions related to nurturing digital scholarship partnerships at their own institutions and in their own communities.