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Digital Public Scholarship and Institutional Repositories

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Building Southsider: Digital Public Humanities Project at Lehigh University Collaborates with Community Partners to Celebrate Art and Civic Engagement

Mary C. Foltz, James McAdams, and Adam Heidebrink-Bruno (Lehigh University)

In 2016, Lehigh University’s South Side Initiative received a Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative Grant to launch a collaborative website to reflect upon, analyze, and celebrate the vibrant local arts scene on the South Side of Bethlehem, PA.  With a group of undergraduate writers, graduate student managing editors, community partners, and a faculty advisor, our website, Southsider (www.thesouthsider.org), has offered a succession  of articles about film series at our local Arts Cinema, theatrical productions at Touchstone Theatre, visual arts and artists associated with the nonprofit Arts Establishment and other organizations, and musical performances in the live music listening room of Godfrey Daniels. “Building Southsider” will reflect upon the mentorship and training of undergraduate and graduate student reporters as well as collaborations with community partners to produce accessible scholarly reportage that examines how the arts shape our unique civic identity and address the challenges within our communities.

University-Community Engagement:  How Digital Scholarship Can (and Should) Move From the Classroom to the Community
Sabina Deitrick (University of Pittsburgh)

Students at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs have worked to promote the use of digital governance for Pennsylvania’s local communities through Capstone seminars. Building on knowledge from previous years, the Spring 2017 Capstone Seminar on Digital Governance made recommendations to Pennsylvania's State Planning Board, with concrete proposals for state leadership to help local governments, especially smaller communities, incorporate digital applications. The premise of this work is that digital technologies present opportunities for local governments to improve service delivery, and our graduate students in public administration have digital expertise to lend to these communities. Digital scholarship here represents a university-community partnership, as students work with communities to understand how digital tools can help municipalities operate more efficiently, effectively, and equitably.

Collecting qualitative feedback for an institutional repository to help demonstrate value to stakeholders
Daniel G. Kipnis (Thomas Jefferson University)

Librarians love statistics and numbers tell a concrete story, but do not reflect an entire story. To help promote the Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) the Institutional Repository at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, we have made it easy to gather feedback from researchers from around the globe.  We have then taken their feedback and posted it on our homepage. I will describe the workflow on how we have gathered feedback, lessons learned in gathering the feedback, share some feedback and demonstrate how the feedback is shared with stakeholders.


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Dan Heuer

Head of Discovery & Access Services, Bucknell University
Dan began working at the Bertrand Library in 2009 after finishing his M.A. in American Literature from Bucknell University. He also holds a B.S. in geology and has filled all requirements for a B.A. in Spanish from Bucknell. Dan began his library career in interlibrary loan and has... Read More →


Mary C. Foltz

Lehigh University
Mary C. Foltz is an Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University.

Adam Heidebrink-Bruno

Adam Heidebrink-Bruno is an M.A. student at Lehigh University.

Daniel G. Kipnis

Daniel G. Kipnis, MSI, is a Senior Education Librarian and Editor of the Jefferson Digital Commons at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He has worked in Academic Health Science libraries for 18 years and has been the Editor of the Jefferson Digital Commons... Read More →

James McAdams

James McAdams is a Visiting Digital Fellow at the University of South Florida.
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Sabina Deitrick, University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh
Sabina Deitrick, PhD, is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Director of Urban and Regional Analysis program at the University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) at the University of Pittsburgh.  Her research focuses on issues... Read More →

Sunday October 8, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Room 241

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