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Scholars’ Collaborative: Library will confer on your digital projects

If your research or teaching incorporates new modes of digital scholarship, the UT Libraries can help. Faculty and students can get expert guidance and help with digital tools through the Libraries’ new service, the Scholars’ Collaborative.

Our librarians have expertise in many aspects of digital scholarship, including digital media, geographic information systems, research data management, and the digital humanities. Librarians are available to confer on the best software, tools, and methods for digital projects — or refer researchers to campus experts.

Interior Design professor Liz Teston partnered with the Scholars’ Collaborative on her Knoxville Oral Histories project, which explores Knoxville’s architecture through memories of Market Square. She wanted to showcase her work online, follow best practices for file preservation, and increase visibility of her research. Librarian Ashley Maynor assisted with website design and with preparation of digital objects and metadata to enhance discovery of the project. The two are currently working together to add interactive data maps to the website.

Our librarians’ expertise with digital scholarship and data can help UT scholars, artists, and innovators create and share their work and demonstrate its value to the university and beyond. Faculty may confer with members of the Scholars’ Collaborative to prepare a data management plan for grant-funded research, find a discipline-specific repository to preserve and publish scholarly work, or demonstrate the impact of scholarly work through traditional citation-based measures or alternative impact metrics.

Members of the Scholars’ Collaborative also offer workshops and classroom instruction on digital tools and best practices in digital scholarship. Training videos on new research trends and recommended digital tools are in the works.

Visit library.utk.edu/scholar to learn more about the Scholars’ Collaborative or to request a consultation, workshop, or classroom instruction. Meet members of the Scholars’ Collaborative at library.utk.edu/scholar/about. Or introduce yourself at scholarsco@nullutk.edu.

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