CFP: Library DH (a dh+lib Special issue) 1

Librarians have a long history with the digital humanities. And yet, here we are: four years after the first meeting of the ACRL Digital Humanities Interest Group, three years after digital humanities in libraries was framed as an “emerging trend” in a special issue of the Journal of Library Administration, two years after ACRL crowned it a “top trend,” one year after the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations formally recognized a library-oriented special interest group. The formerly-scarce literature on digital humanities and librarianship is now checkered with special issues, edited volumes, and articles, and it’s no longer rare to find (or hire) Digital Humanities or Digital Scholarship Librarians. As our professional field progresses from nascent to established, has our scholarship kept pace with our concerns? dh+lib is seeking new works that examine the intersection of digital humanities and librarianship (writ large) for inclusion in a special issue to be published in July 2016.

Keeping with the experimental spirit of our project we invite submissions that complicate existing narratives and pose big questions to the field. Where are we, and where might we be going? Who are “we”? dh+lib is looking to feature provocative ideas about the state of dh/libraries and get a sense of what our community thinks are the issues at stake in the dh/library world. New voices and submissions from grad students or junior scholars are especially encouraged. Perspectives from outside the U.S. are particularly welcome.

Submissions may take the form of short essays (between 750 and 1500 words long) or responses in other media that are of comparable length. Possible topics include:

  • What’s in a name: digital humanities or digital scholarship or digital libraries or digital archives?
  • How is LIS education approaching digital humanities? How should it?
  • How are the digital humanities incorporating LIS areas of research and inquiry? Are they?
  • Digital humanities, digital pedagogy, and library instruction: where do they intersect?
  • Have the digital humanities prompted librarians to think differently about issues of access, inclusion, or ethics in digital libraries?
  • Whose voices are missing from digital humanities & libraries discussions?
  • How have librarians from all over the library organization (technical services, reference, special collections) been involved in the digital humanities? How might they be?
  • How have challenges with time, resources, and/or expertise affected digital humanities activities in libraries?
  • Is there a labor problem in digital humanities?

Please send your proposals in the form of a 250-word abstract and a brief biographical statement to the Editors at by April 18, 2016.

dh+lib Editors

Caitlin Christian-Lamb, Zach Coble, Thomas Padilla, Caro Pinto, Sarah Potvin, John Russell, Roxanne Shirazi, and Patrick Williams.

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