May 21, 2022

New Article/Case Studies: “Trends in Digital Scholarship Centers”

The following article/case studies was EDUCAUSE Review article was published online today (June 16, 2014)


Trends in Digital Scholarship Centers


Joan K. Lippincott
Associate Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information

Harriette Hemmasi
University Librarian, Brown University

Vivian Lewis
University Librarian, McMaster University



Key Takeaways

  • Experiences gained from existing digital scholarship centers can help uninitiated institutions better launch their own efforts and thereby increase support for the research, teaching, and learning needs of their campus communities.
  • A key attribute that distinguishes digital scholarship centers from more traditional research institutes is that they are service organizations, staffed by individuals with specialized skills who support work in the digital environment.
  • Case studies from Brown University and McMaster University illustrate two approaches to digital scholarship centers as envisioned by different higher education communities, the first approaching maturity and the second still new.

Direct to Full Text Article/Case Studies

Additional Materials

Links to several CNI presentations about digital scholarship centers are included in the EDUCAUSE Review article.

The authors presented at the CNI Fall 2013 Members Meeting in Washington, DC on this topic. Video and slides from the presentation (same title as the article) “Trends in Digital Scholarship Centers” are available here. We’re also embedding the video below.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.