Coming to ALA? Join us for a half-day preconference, "Deconstructing Digital Scholarship Consultations in the Library."

Chelcie Juliet Rowell
Digital Scholarship Librarian & History Liaison, O'Neill Library, Boston College

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 Deconstructing Digital Scholarship Consultations in the Library

ACRL Digital Scholarship Section Preconference

Friday, June 22, 2018 | 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. | New Orleans, LA

If you're a liaison librarian or functional specialist curious about how to translate your skills and approaches to reference interviews into strategies for consulting on digital scholarship topics, this hands-on preconference is for you!

Learn an overview of the digital scholarship landscape in different emerging topical areas, including research data management, digital humanities, and geospatial data. Delve into breakout sessions featuring hands-on exercises working through different scenarios drawn from the facilitators' personal experiences. All attendees will leave the preconference with a consultation toolkit that you will be able to reference after the preconference has concluded.

Learning Outcomes

Preconference participants will be able to...

  • Articulate how digital scholarship fits into higher education and why academic libraries are engaging in digital scholarship
  • Identify similarities and differences between a traditional reference interview and a digital scholarship consultation
  • Identify expertise you already bring to a digital scholarship consultation (e.g., reference interview skills, knowledge of scholarly communication)
  • Articulate basics of project management, including elements of a project plan
  • Build confidence and self-efficacy as digital scholarship consultants


Andrew Johnson is Assistant Professor and Head of Data and Scholarly Communication Services at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries and Director of the Research Data Management Initiative at the CU Boulder Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship. In these roles, he provides strategic direction for library and campus data services and scholarly communication initiatives. His research interests focus on emerging services and infrastructure for research data management, open access publishing, open science, and related areas.

Alix Keener is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Michigan Library, where she provides teaching and research support for faculty, students, and staff working with or on digital methods. She holds a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information.

Brianna Marshall is the Director of Research Services at the University of California, Riverside Library. She oversees development, implementation, and ongoing programming in support of the scholarly and academic activities of UCR faculty, researchers, and students. She holds Master of Library Science and Master of Information Science degrees from Indiana University.

Chelcie Rowell is the Digital Scholarship Librarian and History Liaison at Boston College Libraries. In this position, Chelcie works closely with BC faculty, students, and library colleagues to imagine, carry out, and sustain digitally inflected research and teaching. She also performs collection development, research consultations, and library instruction on behalf of the History Department. 

Joel B. Thornton is currently the Head of Research & Instruction at the University of Arkansas Libraries. He provides collaborative leadership in liaison services for all campus disciplines and extends partnerships with  campus entities. Prior to joining the University of Arkansas Libraries, Mr. Thornton served as the Strategic Initiatives Coordinator at Texas A&M University.

How to Register

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