RECOMMENDED: Training Information Professionals in the Digital Humanities

Training Information Professionals in the Digital Humanities: An Analysis of DH Courses in LIS Education,” by Chris Alen Sula (Pratt Institute) and Claudia Berger (Sarah Lawrence College), provides a look at DH courses offered in LIS programs in light of the growth DH has seen since 2014 when it was identified as one of the top trends in academic libraries.

From the abstract:

The digital humanities (DH) remain a growing area of interest among researchers and a locus of new positions within libraries, especially academic libraries, as well as archives, museums, and cultural heritage organizations. In response to this demand, many programs that train information professionals have developed specific curricula around DH. This paper analyzes courses offered within two overlapping contexts: American Library Association (ALA) accredited programs and iSchools. In addition to documenting the scope and extent of DH courses in these settings, we also analyze their contents, relating our findings to previous research, including analysis of job ads and interviews with professionals.

Data was collected from Spring 2020, from institutional course catalogs and program webpages, and syllabi and course descriptions were obtained from 69 percent of the courses identified. Researchers discuss their findings with a focus on course offerings, course descriptions and key concepts, learning outcomes, technologies, and sources.

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This post was produced through a cooperation between Hillary Richardson and Linsey Ford (Editors for the week), and Claudia Berger, Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara, Pamella Lach, John Russell, and Rachel Starry (dh+lib Review Editors).