Located in the northeast corner of the Hesburgh Library first floor, the CDS [Center for Digital Scholarship] was conceived as part of Hesburgh Library’s strategic planning process to improve library resources, Edward H. Arnold University librarian Diane Parr Walker said.
“One of our strategic goals is to expand digital programs and services in support of both research and teaching,” Walker said. “We realized that there currently didn’t seem to be one easy-to-find place on campus where both students and faculty could go to get started with leveraging digital tools and technologies. We thought that the Library could be a natural ‘research hub’ for campus, offering digital library expertise and referral services.”
“Traditional methods of scholarship would require physically looking through many books and publications,” Walker said. “Depending on how thorough you wanted to be, you could spend weeks or months exploring an answer to just one of many questions. With digital tools for text mining and analysis, and the millions of books that have been digitized from libraries around the world by projects like Google Books and the Internet Archive Project, you can search hundreds or thousands of publications very quickly to get that same answer.”
Elliot Visconsi, Chief Academic Digital Officer and Associate Professor of English, said that the CDS will ultimately offer new opportunities to better aid the university’s academic success.
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The Center for Digital Scholarship will:
- create a “hub” for research and scholarship
- make a transformational leap into the future of knowledge generation
- enable students and faculty to consult on emerging methodologies, analyze data and share results in ways previously not thought possible
- empower the Libraries to preserve new forms of scholarly information in perpetuity
- create profound partnerships campus-wide and enhances the teaching, learning, and research process in every academic discipline
- empower the next generation of scientists and scholars to be properly equipped to create new knowledge in a digital environment – and to seek new solutions for a better future
- enable Notre Dame students leave the Academy with the tools they need to make an impact in today’s world