When this blog launched in 2012, the Libraries, the university, and the broader digital scholarship environment were very different. The blog filled a need for a collaborative space for faculty and staff from across the Libraries to talk about the work they were doing to create and support digital scholarship, and – I hope – raised awareness of the opportunities and challenges in this area. It was one of the first group blogs in the Libraries, and was, I believe, the only one that regularly published content from different departments and divisions.
In the years since, the Libraries has developed a thriving program of support for digital scholarship, based in the Research Commons. This program encompasses numerous partners from in- and outside the Libraries, and covers areas from copyright to data management to digital humanities. The Research Commons has also become an essential partner for Publishing and Repository Services, this blog’s ‘home’ department. The big questions the blog was created to explore – namely, what is digital scholarship and what should libraries be doing to support it – have, of course, not been answered conclusively. The questions themselves, however, have shifted as the Libraries has started doing more and more work in this area. At this point, conversations on the topic are more likely to start with questions like, “What are we doing to support digital scholarship?” and move on to, “How can we continue to improve and evolve our digital scholarship program?” I am thrilled to say that the Research Commons blog has stepped handily into the breach, and provides a great place to explore these and other related questions, and Publishing and Repository Services has begun contributing to the discussion there.
After four years, it is time to put the Digital Scholarship blog to bed. The blog site itself will remain live, so that the content published on it can be found and used, but we will no longer be publishing new posts. Thank you to everyone who has followed or contributed to the site over the last four years – your attention and work helped build the strong digital scholarship program that exists in the Libraries today. If you are interested in following its continued development, sign up to follow the Research Commons blog.