RESOURCE: Institutionalizing Digital Scholarship

Dan Cohen (Northeastern University) has shared a summary of his recent digital scholarship presentation at Brown University on his personal blog.

In “Institutionalizing Digital Scholarship (or Anything Else New in a Large Organization),” Cohen introduces the “three critical elements of institutionalization” as presented in his talk: routinizing, normalizing, and depersonalizing. Drawing from his experience at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University, the Digital Public Library of America, and Northeastern University Library, Cohen notes that “what at first seems like a dreary administrative matter is actually at the heart of real and lasting change.”

As indicated in the subtitle, Cohen has crafted his discussion to apply not only to digital scholarship initiatives, but to any “innovative” practices emerging within large organizations (such as libraries!).

dh+lib Review

​This post was produced through a cooperation between Rosalind Bucy, Theresa Burress, Nathalie Chardon, Kristina De Voe, Elizabeth Gibes, Desirae Zingarelli-Sweet (Editors-at-large for the week), Roxanne Shirazi (Editor for the week), and Caitlin Christian-Lamb, Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara, Sarah Melton, and Patrick Williams (dh+lib Review Editors).