Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New Book: Digital Scholarship / Edited by Marta Mestrovic Deyrup

Digital Scholarship / Edited by Marta Mestrovic Deyrup

ISBN 978-0-7890-3688-9 / Hardback / Routledge / 12-12-2008 / 166 pp. / $ 95

Routledge Studies in Library and Information Science

About the Book
Collecting important original essays by librarians and archivists – all of whom are actively engaged in building digital collections – Digital Scholarship details both challenges and proven solutions in establishing, maintaining, and servicing digital scholarship in the humanities. This volume further explores the ways in which the humanities have benefited from the ability to digitize text and page images of historic documents, mine large corpuses of texts and other forms of records, and assemble widely dispersed cultural objects into common repositories for comparison and analysis--making new research questions and methods possible for the first time.

The ten notable scholars included in Digital Scholarship offer a balanced view of the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to digitization, reporting both progress and problems, examining new business models, new forms of partnerships, and the new technologies and resources that make many more library and archival services available. Librarians and library staff everywhere will find Digital Scholarship an essential text for the modern library and an illuminating resource for anyone looking to understand the changing face of research in the electronic age.

Table of Contents

Preface / Christine Borgman
1. A Universal Humanities Digital Library: Pipe Dream or Prospective Future? / Shawn Martin
2. The Russian Doll Effect: Making the Most of Your Digital Assets / James Bradley 3. The Lives of Others: Editing Electronic Editions of Correspondence / Susan Schreibman
4. The Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System Online / Margaret E. Hale, Richard Lessage and Bradley L. Schaffner
5. The Hemeroteca Digital of the National Library of Spain / Elena Garcia-Puentes and Lola Rodriguez
6. GIS Technology as an Alternative Way of Access to Historical Knowledge / Albina Moscicka
7. Toward Enduring Global Access to Catholic Research Resources / Ruth Bogan, Diane Maher, Edward D. Starkey and Jennifer A. Younger
8. Digital Partners: Collaborating to Build Digital Resources / John B. Straw
9. Illuminating the Manuscript Leaves: Digitization Promotes Scholarship and Outreach / Delinda Stephens Buie, Rachel I. Howard and Amy Hanaford Purcell
10. I Can See the Light: Using Web-based Exhibits to Enhance Interactive Archival Scholarship / Suzan Alteri and Daniel Golodner


  • Suzan A. Alteri, MLIS (Wayne State University) is the Social Sciences Librarian I at Purdy/Kresge Library, Wayne State University. Suzan Alteri was previously the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library.
  • Jim Bradley, MIS (Indiana University, Bloomington), is Head of Metadata and Digital Initiatives, Alexander M. Bracken Library, Ball State University. Jim Bradley was formerly Structured Text Specialist, American Theological Library Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Ruth Bogan, MLS (Dominican University), is the Technical Services Librarian at the S. Mary Joseph Cunningham Library, Georgian Court University.
  • Christine L. Borgman PhD (Stanford University; MLS, University of Pittsburgh) is Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author, most recently, of Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (MIT Press, 2007).
  • Delinda Stephens Buie, MLS (University of Kentucky) is Professor and Curator of Rare Books, Special Collections, William F. Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville.
  • Dolores Rodríguez Fuentes, BA (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) is Head of of the Serials Collection Management Service of the National Library of Spain, Madrid.
  • Daniel D. Golodner, MLIS (Wayne State University) is the American Federation of Teachers Archivist (Archivist III) at the Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University.
  • Margaret E. Hale, MSLIS (Simmons College, Boston, MA), is the Librarian for Collections Digitization at the Harvard College Library, Widener Library, Harvard University.
  • Rachel I. Howard, MLIS (University of Washington) is Assistant Professor and Digital Initiatives Librarian, William F. Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville.
  • Elena García-Puente Lillo, BA (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) is Head of the Serials Bibliographic Control Service of the National Library of Spain, Madrid.
  • Richard Lesage, MTh (Centre Sèvres - Facultés jésuites de Paris, France), MSLIS (Simmons College, Boston, MA), is the Digital Projects Librarian at the Harvard College Library, Widener Library, Harvard University.
  • Diane Maher, MA (San Diego State University), MLS (University of California – Los Angeles), is the University Archivist at the Copley Library, University of San Diego.
  • Shawn Martin, MA (College of William and Mary) is Text Creation Partnership Project Librarian, Shapiro Library, University of Michigan. Shawn was previously digitization specialist at the Ohio Historical Society and currently serves as executive director of the American Association for History and Computing.
  • Albina Moscicka, PhD (Institute of Geodesdy and Cartography) is a tutor in the Department of Cartography, Institute of Geodesy and Cartography, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Amy Hanaford Purcell, BA (University of Kentucky) is Associate Curator, Special Collections, William F. Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville.
  • Alla Makeeva-Roylance is an award-winning librarian and a freelance translator of Polish and Russian. Her primary areas of interest are history and literature, and her translations have been published in the USA and Poland.
  • Bradley L. Schaffner, MA, MLS (Indiana University, Bloomington), is head of the Slavic Division of Widener Library of the Harvard College Library, Slavic Division, Widener Library, Harvard University.
  • Susan Schreibman, PhD (University College, Dublin, Ireland) is Assistant Dean, Head of Digital Collections and Research, McKeldin Library, University of Maryland.
  • Edward D. Starkey, MA (University of Dayton), MSLS (University of Kentucky), is the University Librarian at the Copley Library, University of San Diego.
  • John B. Straw, MLS (Indiana University), is Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, Indiana.
  • Jennifer A. Younger, MALS, PhD (University of Wisconsin – Madison), is the Edward H. Arnold Director of University Libraries at the University Libraries, University of Notre Dame.


Marta Mestrovic Deyrup is Associate Professor/Catalog Coordinator at Seton Hall University Libraries. She has written and lectured extensively on scholarly communication and digital library projects. Marta received her PhD from Columbia University and MLS from Rutgers University.

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Eva Fonda said...

Converting written documents into digitized text is one of the most ingenious ideas to preserve books and other literary pieces. It ensures that future generations will be able to learn and appreciate the works of brilliant authors who lived way before their time. I am personally hoping that this book delivers its promises and consequently, expands our archives.
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Craig said...

Agree with what Eve Fiona has said, but the field of digitisation has moved quite considerably in recent years from simply the delivery of texts to their analysis, re-use, mash-up, and other computational analysis that can be made once all this information becomes 'data'.