Take a moment to read the following position and consider the argument and its implications for the CCL:

Framing digital humanities in libraries as a service to be provided and consequently centering the focus of the discussion on faculty members or others outside the library seem likely to stall rather than foster libraries engagement with digital humanities….Better, I think, for libraries to support space and resources for interesting, possibly risky DH projects and to think of “technology transfer” as the key service to develop…Enabling anyone in the library who wants to “do DH” to be involved and to have at least some way for librarians, library staff, and GAs to start pursuing their own DH ideas will be a more productive starting point.[1]

I would like to think very carefully about the position stated above and its implications. Of course, the challenges to doing what Munoz suggests come immediately to mind, but let’s take some time to think creatively about potential solutions and the impacts that various courses of action might have.

  1. What challenges does the CCL face as it seeks to support and actively participate in the design and development of digital scholarship?
  2. Now, take a moment or two to consider how the CCL might overcome these hurdles. No idea is too crazy. Think big and bold. What would it take?
  3. Finally, is it worth it to invest time and energy in this direction? Does it serve our mission? If not, what should our resources be invested in instead? What are the benefits and costs, not just for the library and librarians, but also for our students and faculty?

[1] Trevor Munoz. (2012) “Digital Humanities in the Library isn’t a Service.” Retrieved from https://gist.github.com/3415438.