The Center for Digital Scholarship: Preserving the past and preparing for the future

UntitledThe online, digital environment is changing the way scholars communicate, access scholarly resources, and share the products of their research. In recent years, the University Library’s program of digital scholarship has grown so much that we were prompted to formalize our efforts by creating the IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship.

The Center for Digital Scholarship can help faculty, staff, and students navigate this fast-changing environment. The Center will enable faculty to share articles, data, images, learning objects, posters, presentations and working papers with students. In addition, it can be used as a means of engaging students in primary research and knowledge creation.

Much like the library itself, the Center will benefit community members as well as IUPUI faculty, staff and students. The Center functions as an important bridge through which we co-create collections with community organizations, providing access and preserving the stories of many of Central Indiana’s leading cultural institutions.

Engagement with the Indianapolis and Indiana community is one of the core principles of IUPUI, and a significant point in the current draft of the IUPUI Strategic Plan. While the library has been engaging with the community through digital collection creation for over 12 years (the majority of our historical digital collections are physically owned by other cultural heritage institutions, including libraries, historical societies, and community organizations), the Center offers an additional connection to our community partners.

We have the technology and expertise to digitize and provide access to historic collections that would otherwise be accessible only to those able to visit the cultural heritage institutions. We are making Indianapolis history visible to the world. We are also creating trusting relationships in the community that have proved fruitful for ventures outside of digitization.

The Center for Digital Scholarship represents the next chapter in the library’s enduring commitment to technology. We encourage you to take advantage of the Center and all of the resources it has to offer.

IUPUI University Library launches Center for Digital Scholarship for Open Access Week

In celebration of the sixth annual Open Access Week, IUPUI University Library has announced the opening of the Center for Digital Scholarship.

The center works to provide open access to IUPUI scholarship, research data and the cultural heritage of our communities. With Kristi L. Palmer as director, the center disseminates unique scholarship, data and artifacts created by IUPUI faculty, students, staff and community partners; advocates for the rights of authors, fair use and open access to information and publications; implements best practices for the creation, description, preservation, sharing and reuse of digital collections; and provides digital scholarship consultations and literacy services.

Located in Room 1115 on the first floor of the library, the Center for Digital Scholarship is open for services and questions related to open access. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Recent open access collaborations with IUPUI scholars and Indiana community organizations include:

  • Advances in Social Works: A peer-reviewed, open access journal — one of seven journals hosted on Open Journal Systems at IUPUI.
  • Faculty Grants: Supporting the digitization and online organization of open access collections related to faculty scholarship.
  • Indianapolis Recorder: Open access to over 5,000 issues and 106 years of African American history in a community newspaper.
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Collection: Open access to over 14,000 historic images dating back to 1909.
  • IUPUI DataWorks: A new open access data repository for preserving and sharing IUPUI digital research data.
  • IUPUI Open Access Publishing Fund: A pilot fund of $47,000 to underwrite reasonable publication charges for articles published in fee-based, peer-reviewed, open access journals.
  • IUPUI ScholarWorks: An open access repository of over 3,000 articles, reports, posters, dissertations and theses by IUPUI faculty and students.
  • Neighborhood of Saturdays: A unique digital humanities collaboration providing open access to over 500 images and artifacts from a multiethnic neighborhood on the near south side of Indianapolis.

The Center for Digital Scholarship will also host a special open house in November for the campus and the community to learn more about its work. The event will take place from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, on the ground floor of the University Library.

Open Access Week

The International Open Access Week, Oct. 21 to 27, is a global event in its sixth year. Open Access Week is a time for the academic community to share the potential benefits of open access, the practice of providing free and unrestricted access via the Internet to peer-reviewed scholarly research, and help integrate the practice in scholarship and research. To learn how you can claim the benefits of open access for your research at IUPUI, visit the IUPUI University Library.