Tools of Scholarship


Support student and faculty access to and experimentation with new and innovative tools of scholarship.


Instruction, Training & Outreach:

  • Make training and instruction available for complex tools; focus on methods, not tool-specific; incorporate curriculum mapping to address teaching/learning needs.
  • Offer Library staff training opportunities to learn and use tools
  • Need campus catalog of available training opportunities working with other units to avoid duplication; develop effective outreach/marketing methods to reach researchers;
  • Involve/train staff and identify ways for them to find out about and express interest in training/using;

Spaces & technology:

  • Support easy access to digitization tools and digitized content in formats that scholars can integrate readily into their research
  • Need Library spaces that invite scholars as well as Library staff to experiment –hands-on; classroom; seminar; maker-space; community gathering space (do Scholarly Commons, Media Commons, GLID2 support these uses?)

Stakeholders (Groups):

  • AC—division coordinators and subject liaisons
  • Digital scholarship centers & related functions: Scholarly Commons / Media Commons / GLID2 / RDS / SC&P /
  • Savvy Research Workshop series (RIS & SC)
  • Staff training & development
  • Library IT
  • Tech Services (a.k.a. academic computing)
  • IPRH, NCSA, CITL, Design Center

Hiring Plan Impact:

  • Immediate (0-1 yrs.): Data Visualization Specialist (Grainger/COE on hold)
  • Near term (2-5yrs.): re-allocate internally or hire specialists with needed expertise (e.g., data visualization, statistics, big data analytics)
  • Partner with other campus units on these hires to ensure no duplication of effort.


Adjacencies with other Topical Areas:

  • Support Research Groups
  • Organizational Culture
  • Research Data Services
  • Discovery
  • Scholarly Communications
  • Experts
  • Outreach
  • Education & Training