January 18, 2022

Yale University Library Receives $3 Million Grant For Digital Humanities Lab, STEAM Education Initiative to Launch

From the Yale Daily News:

Yale University Library has received a $3 million award from the Goizueta Foundation to launch a Digital Humanities Laboratory in Sterling Memorial Library.

The award, which the Library received in late November and announced mid-December, will fund the lab’s facilities and new equipment, such as a small lab of computers, specialized software such as a technology that identifies the language of scanned text, Geospatial Information Systems and digitization equipment to turn out-of-copyright books into digital texts for research purposes. But the new equipment is “secondary” to the increased collaboration among expert faculty from various fields which the new space will foster, said Peter Leonard, librarian for digital humanities research.

Of the $3 million, 20 percent will go toward equipment and facilities while another 25 percent will go toward hiring three new librarians. Other substantial parts of the award will go toward funding scholarly projects.

“We will have an assortment of people who can answer questions and can help you find out where to go on campus to get the right answers,” Leonard said. “But what we really hope to build is a nexus, an essential meeting place for a continually shifting mix of projects that go anywhere from an idea that a graduate student wants to try out all the way up to full-fledged big projects.”

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Yale University Library has received a $3 million award from The Goizueta Foundation to inaugurate a comprehensive initiative in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education at Yale by launching a Digital Humanities Laboratory to be located in Sterling Memorial Library (SML).

In keeping with the interdisciplinary vision inspired by STEAM, the laboratory will provide expertise, equipment, and facilities for faculty and students across a wide range of subjects. A portion of the award will also establish an endowment fund to support STEAM education at Yale.

STEAM embodies the idea of amplifying the strengths of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by combining them with the creativity, visual acuity, and aesthetics drawn from the arts. The Goizueta Foundation’s significant contribution to the STEAM educational enterprise will build on a strong tradition of innovation in teaching and learning across disciplines at Yale and will greatly advance the integration of science, technology, and the humanities in education and research, said University Librarian Susan Gibbons.

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