[Humanist] 22.501 librarians & team-research in the digital humanities?

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 501.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 14:14:20 +0000
        From: Claire Warwick <c.warwick at ucl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Librarians and DH

This is especially for all of you who work in the library sector. We'd 
be very grateful if you are able to take part in our survey, the results 
of which will be compared to the earlier survey we carried out on DH teams.

Thanks in advance,



Dear Librarian / Digital Librarian / Researcher,

Collaboration and research teams are increasingly becoming the norm 
within the academic research environment, especially within the 
Humanities Computing/Digital Humanities (HC) environment. The research 
projects in this area need a variety of skills and expertise to 
accomplish their goals. At present, there are several national and 
international projects as well as numerous ones at the local level with 
many others in development. Despite this extensive use of research 
terms, there are few protocols in place to prepare individuals to work 
as part of a team. To address this gap, a team of researchers is 
undertaking work to identify effective work patterns and intra-team 
relationships and recommend supports for existing and future teams. The 
first step towards this goal is to learn more about how research teams 
function within this environment.

Recently we surveyed the HC community, and we discovered that libraries 
and librarians are consistent participants in the research done by HC 
teams. Therefore we now seek your help. We are distributing a 
questionnaire to the library community in order to learn more about your 
experiences and knowledge of research teams. The survey is posted until 
20^th Febrary, and can be accessed via 

Your input will help us understand the nature of team research, 
especially within Humanities and Library environments, and it will help 
us develop supports and research preparation tools to maximize the 
likelihood of success by minimizing the associated challenges of team 

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Richard Cunningham

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Richard Cunningham   
 Director, Acadia Media Centre
Acadia University, Canada

_Richard.cunningham at acadiau.ca_ _

Lynne Siemens
Assistant Professor
University of Victoria, Canada

_siemensl at uvic.ca_

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