Frequently Asked Questions
What is digital scholarship? What is unique about Bucknell’s approach?
Digital Scholarship at Bucknell is defined as any scholarly activity that makes extensive use of one or more of the new possibilities for teaching, learning and research opened up by the unique affordances of digital tools and methods. These include, but are not limited to, new forms of collaboration, new forms of publication, and new methods for visualizing and analyzing data.
Bucknell’s Digital Scholarship Initiative is based on a unique research model for liberal arts colleges: one that is centered in the library, rather than in individual academic departments. By taking on the challenge of adopting a science research model for Bucknell’s Mellon-funded internal grants, we have generated truly interdisciplinary results for students and faculty. In addition, many of our faculty research projects allow for and support undergraduate research which often finds its way back to the classroom.
How do I start a digital scholarship project?
In you are interested in starting a digital scholarship project we encourage you to contact a member of Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship or Research Services to schedule a meeting to discuss your project, future needs, and how Library and IT can best partner with you.
How do you determine which projects you support?
Depending on the type or project you propose, your project proposal may be reviewed by one or more groups. Smaller projects are usually reviewed by L&IT staff while larger projects may be reviewed by the Faculty Development Committee (FDC), and/or the Committee on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Detailed flowchart of how projects/course requests are approved
What resources are available to faculty other than consulting from Library & IT?
Library & IT offers a variety of grant programs that include faculty stipends, student stipends, and student assistant micro-grants. In addition, your digital scholarship project may call upon the resources and staff of the Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library, and the professional staff in Information Technology.
Where does funding come from for digital scholarship at Bucknell?
Funding for digital scholarship comes from Library and Information Technology’s annual operating budget. Some grants and projects in the Humanities and Social Sciences have received support from a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
What are some common digital scholarship tools/software?
The DiRT Directory is a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. DiRT makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software.
What workshops have you run?
Please visit our workshops page.
What are your upcoming events?
Visit the DSC Schedule for current information about upcoming events.
How do I keep informed about digital scholarship efforts at Bucknell?
Bucknell faculty and staff interested in digital scholarship efforts at Bucknell are encouraged to join our digital scholarship listserv. Although the listserv is primarily a way for DP&S staff to share information about upcoming events and initiatives that are of interest to the Bucknell community, members are welcome to post directly to the listserv with ideas, questions and items to share.
Who can I contact for advice, support, and/or guidance?