We continue to have many discussions in the Libraries at OSU about ways in which librarians can engage with scholars during various phrases of their work. The idea of engaging with various parts of the scholarly process–whether through bringing original source materials or data to the attention of faculty, assisting them with specialized tools that make the scholarly process more efficient, helping them connect with other scholars as a way of deepening collaboration, or showcasing the results of their work on library-sponsored web sites or in physical exhibits -engaged librarians find opportunities to offer their knowledge of collections, archives, exhibits (physical or virtual), software tools, and self-publishing opportunities to faculty (and more advanced students as well).
However, engaged librarians will refine this basic pattern of interaction with faculty (and students) through more finely attuned attention to scholarly methods that employ digital technologies. They will offer assistance (with other experts) in specialized software tools for geospatial and textual analysis, in order to understand patterns of meaning across space and time; they will build virtual spaces (blogs, portals) which allow collaboration among scholars and sharing of emerging research ideas; they will participate in virtual communities of practice and virtual research environments, offering suggestions about data sources and options for data mining; they will promote awareness of rights issues involved in repurposing digital objects found on the Web; and they will make scholars aware of specialized disciplinary and interdisciplinary repositories of digital materials. The touchstone is competence with research methods made possible by digital technologies and information resources. More generally, it is the construction of a collaborative landscape of scholarly method and practice, specialized techniques, appropriate software tools, and curated content that marks a *programmatic approach* to digital scholarship for engaged librarians. When a programmatic approach to supporting digital scholarship develops, individual librarians become more expert with the entire lifecycle of research and the tools and resources that support it, and are proactive in collaborating with colleagues within and beyond the library in creating a suite of services that match the needs of a faculty member working on a grant proposal, a group of faculty mentoring a student research team involved in a service learning project in the local community, or an interdisciplinary collaborative conducting geolocation studies of historical sites across a region. “Engagement” can take many forms, but in supporting digital scholarship, it is always seeking to expand beyond the known collection, artifact, or practice into an accelerated, more integrated set of services.