25th June 2019: Planning & Developing Digital and Open Scholarship Services

CONUL Training & Development Group/ CONUL Research Group

Course Code:  CONUL T&D 2019:05

Date:  Tuesday, 25th of June, 2019

Host Library:    DCU/RCSI

Course Location:
Royal College of Surgeons, College Hall & Board Room, 123 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2


This one-day workshop provides an opportunity to start learning how to build a roadmap for Library driven institutional digital scholarship services.

Libraries and Universities struggle to use a shared language for digital scholarship, therefore it is useful to think of digital scholarship as an umbrella term; used to define a set of functions and services that enable newer forms of scholarship in universities and other research institutions. This is often within the digital arena and can encompass: library-focused research support, open access, digital repositories, digital exhibitions, project management, digital publishing, metadata, impact, discovery, digital preservation, identifiers, copyright, data management, and research metrics.

Given the diverse needs any campus, combined with constantly evolving modes of scholarship, it can be challenging for Libraries and Universities to plan and develop strategies that deliver effective services with broad impact.

This workshop will initially focus on the Irish digital scholarship landscape by firstly highlighting results of a survey on Irish Digital Scholarship services and supports, read the report and findings. The current state of play in various CONUL Libraries will be briefly presented followed by a keynote from Laurents Sesink, Head of the Centre for Digital Scholarship, Leiden University.

The workshop will feature four, 45 minute breakout workshops, followed by a plenary/reporting back session. Participants will be able to select two of the breakout workshops to attend. The four breakout workshops are:

  • Group 1: Planning and strategy; defining goals. Facilitated by Kirsty Lingstad, Head of Digital Library and Depute Director of Library and University Collections, University of Edinburgh
  • Group 2: Building relationships and partnerships. Facilitated by Sally Chambers; Digital Humanities Research Coordinator, Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities
  • Group 3: Funding and how to make a business case. Facilitated by Laurents Sesink; Head of the Centre for Digital Scholarship, Leiden University
  • Group 4: Service models and staffing (including space and types of centres). Facilitated by Lars Kjaer; Information Specialist at Copenhagen University Library and Manager of [HUMlab]

The day will end with a panel discussion of various questions submitted from the audience. The panel will comprise the breakout workshop facilitators and Irish representatives. The day will close with a sum-up and next steps outlined.

As this event is taking place in the historic surroundings of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, there will be an optional tour of the building from 16.15 – 17.00

Cost:   €120