Digital Inception: Building a digital scholarship/humanities curriculum as a subject librarian

Wednesday, 4/22/2020
  • 2:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM (Pacific)

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Digital scholarship is gaining momentum in academia. What started as a humanities movement is now present in most disciplines. Introducing digital scholarship to students can benefit them in multiple ways: it helps them interact with new trends in scholarship, appeals to different kinds of learners, helps them develop new and emerging literacies, and gives them the opportunity to be creative.

The library is an ideal partner for introducing digital scholarship into the university classroom. Besides offering access to information, libraries are well-versed in scholarly communication and new technologies. While many university libraries are now creating digital scholarship librarian positions and/or centers, this is not an option for all libraries. Furthermore, even if these positions are created, they are not always able to keep up with the demand or they focus on researchers rather than students. But why not subject librarians?

Subject librarians are perfectly poised to fill this void. They are familiar with their subjects, have access to the faculty, and are knowledgeable in the types of assignments students complete.

This 90-minute presentation will guide attendees in building a digital scholarship curriculum from a subject librarian position. It will explore how to identify opportunities, reach out to faculty, and advertise your services. It will also showcase activities, lesson plans, and free tools for digital publication, data mining, text analysis, mapping, etc.

Finally, the presentation will include a section on finding training opportunities and strategies to support colleagues and create capacity in your institutions.

Learning Outcomes

Learning objectives for this program include:
  • Unlocking your potential as digital scholarship instructors
  • Amass a set of activities and tools to be used in the teaching of digital scholarship
  • Identify opportunities for professional development and growth in digital scholarship
Program Outline:
  • What is digital scholarship/humanities? (5 min)
  • The power of the subject/liaison/instruction librarian (10 min)
  • Free/inexpensive tools and activity ideas (lesson plans, etc.) (40 min)
  • Reaching out to faculty (includes activity) (10 min)
  • Training opportunities (10 min)
  • Q & A (15 min)

Who Should Attend

This course is geared toward Liaison/Subject/Instruction librarians or any librarian for whom DS/DH is not their main role.


Marcela Isuster

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Marcela Isuster works as Education and Humanities librarian at McGill University. She has implemented several digital scholarship/humanities projects in her classes using a variety of technologies (e.g. Scalar, mapping, text analysis, social media data-mining, etc.). She has also organized "Crowdsourcing Social Justice", a one-day event filled with workshops, lectures, and collaborative activities to promote equality. She has presented on her experiences at IASSIST, OLA, and WILU. 



  • LITA Member: $45
  • Non-Member: $105
  • Group: $196

Zoom login information will be sent to registrants  just prior to the start date.


How to Register

Register Online  page arranged by session date (login required)


Mail or fax form to ALA Registration

OR call 1-800-545-2433

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Can't attend the live event? No problem! Register and you'll receive a link to the recording.


Tech Requirements

Live, synchronous lectures require attendee participation via internet audio. Attendees will need a high-speed internet connection (preferably wired) and a headset or speakers. We recommend attendees use headsets connected to their computers during webinars.All attendees are muted but can use the built-in chat function to communicate with presenters. The use of computer speakers with a microphone is not recommended, as this can cause echoes.The recommended browser is Mozilla Firefox, although other current browsers should also work.

Please contact us at at least 10 days in advance if you require an accommodation.


For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration:  call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5, or email

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact LITA.