Digital Scholarship

Our Mission

Digital Scholarship in the Haverford Libraries supports and promotes hybrid scholarship that integrates digital tools and methods with traditional scholarly inquiry and research in a liberal arts context. The scholarly question remains at the center of this work, which is informed and aided by technology in new and exciting ways. Digital Scholarship incorporates the use of digital tools to create new methods of inquiry in the production of knowledge across disciplines, and encourages the use of technology to present scholarship in interactive and multimodal ways. 

The close reading of original texts that remains an important part of scholarly research can now be supplemented by new techniques like data visualization, textual encoding and analysis, and mapping to ask new questions of existing materials. Haverford DS supports the use of these tools and techniques to help faculty in their approaches to research and classroom pedagogy, and to support students in their development as researchers and critical thinkers. The engagement of undergraduate students in this work is also a critical means toward creating a digitally literate student body.

The work of digital scholarship often includes the provision of new pathways for access and the engagement of new audiences. It also requires close collaboration between faculty, students, librarians, and technical staff.  As part of a commitment to Open Access and collaboration with the wider scholarly community, Haverford DS encourages the use open source tools, open metadata, and shared data sets and texts when possible, with particular attention paid to questions of preservation and accessibility.

Become a Digital Scholarship Fellow

We are pleased to announce the pilot year of the Digital Scholarship Fellows Program, offered by the Libraries' Digital Scholarship Group, the Writing Center, the Center for Career and Professional Advising, and the Office of Academic Resources.

The organizing committee is now soliciting applications from rising sophomores and juniors who plan to be on campus during the entirety of the 2014/2015 academic year to take part in a year-long, collaborative fellowship. Participation in the fellowship does not require any experience with particular tools or methods and students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.   Fellows should expect to meet for two hours, twice per month, with occasional extra meetings scheduled as needed and agreed on by the fellows.


Support for all things digital

If you're interested in using digital tools to enhance scholarship, we can help!

Have an idea but don’t know how to get started?

Whether you’re looking to create maps, a blog, a digital exhibit, a collection of digital documents, images, or other objects, or to publish to the web, we can help. We provide training, expertise, and other resources to help you plan, develop, and complete your project.

Want to incorporate digital humanities or scholarship into a course?

We’ll help you develop individual or group assignments, work with you and your students to provide the right level of support, and make sure that the technological experience works in service of your teaching goals.

Need technical help?

We provide access to digitization/scanning equipment, help with metadata, and consult on issues of copyright and fair use. We help maintain common standards for your digitized material to ensure interoperability and the future-friendliness of your data. We also help identify the most appropriate storage and management systems for your collection.

Want to learn more about a specific tool?

We provide expertise and training for a variety of digital tools. If you’re not sure which tool is right for your project, we can help you explore options and make an informed decision. We provide support for tools like Wordpress, Omeka, and Drupal, GIS software, data visualization with Tableau Public, and more.

Looking for resources or funding beyond the Haverford community?

Let us help connect you with expertise around the Tricollege and beyond. We can also help you find and secure funding for your project.

Need somewhere to host a project?

We offer web hosting and other site maintenance services, while giving you full access to your content. From simple websites, blogs, exhibits, and databases to complex and robust digital projects, your content is safe and available to your audience whether it's the Haverford community, Tricollege, or the world.

Upcoming Events

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Digital Scholarship @HaverfordCollege (.iba, .pdf), is a collection of interviews in the form of an iBook. These conversations were prompted by digital scholarship projects led by Haverford faculty and staff: Professors Shannon Mudd, Richard Freedman, Bret Mulligan, Assistant Director of Tri-co DH Jen Rajchel, and DS librarians Laurie Allen and Mike Zarafonetis. Authored by Shahzeen Nasim.