Impact of digitization on scholarship and collecting

Last week there was an announcement that the Folger Library, the Bodleian Library at University of Oxford, and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland (all RLG Partners!) have been awarded one of five transatlantic collaboration grants in the new JISC/NEH Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration Grants. The grant will help create The Shakespeare Quartos Archive, “a freely-accessible, high-resolution digital collection of the 75 pre-1641 quarto editions of Shakespeare’s plays.” This will be a boon to scholarship, indeed.

As materials move online, in both licensed and freely available forms, what will be the impact on scholarship? On teaching and learning practice? On the collecting practices of research libraries? These are questions we are hoping to explore in the third day of our annual meeting (June 4th). This symposium, which we’re calling ” Digitization and the Humanities: Impact on Libraries and Special Collections,” will feature perspectives from scholars on how digital collections are impacting both their research and teaching practice. We’ll also have perspectives from university librarians (Paul Courant, University of Michigan and Robin Adams, Trinity College Dublin) on the potential impact on library collecting practices.

We’re fortunate that Philadelphia-area partners are terrific hosts. The symposium will be held at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and on Tuesday evening (June 3rd), the Philadelphia Museum of Art will host a reception for attendees. It should be a great event and a thought provoking conversation, and we hope you will join us. RLG Partners may register online.

While you’re at it, check out the program for our Annual Meeting. I’ll be blogging more about what we have planned at that event in the near future.