LIBER‘s (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries) Digital Humanities & Digital Cultural Heritage Working Group closes out their “Digital Humanities Reading List” series with a fourth and final post on the role of libraries:
This theme examines a challenging question: what is the role of libraries in digital humanities? Is it to provide advice and guidance, to provide services that support these activities or to be a fully-fledged partner in digital humanities activities?
The answer is as varied as the different types of research libraries, and the literature highlights some of these tensions. It is clear, however, that libraries have a key place within digital humanities because of the collections which they hold. These collections often form the starting point of digital humanities projects and — when it comes to the outputs — libraries have a role in publishing, preserving and making these accessible.
As with earlier installments of this series, we are pleased to note that the latest piece includes our very own 2016 special issue, Digital Humanities In the Library / Of the Library.