(October 2015) As humanities scholars are paying more and more attention to the utilization of technologies in their research, the field of digital humanities has started to build momentum as an emerging area of research. As a result, librarians must also evaluate the role of academic libraries in supporting digital humanities, addressing questions such as what approaches to take and how to provide the support. Recent surveys conducted by various organizations in the United States indicate growing activity in the digital humanities across small colleges and large universities, with increasing collaboration between scholars and libraries. Such collaboration may also involve international partnerships, particularly in Europe and East Asia. These trends provide a timely opportunity for academic libraries across all continents to assess their potential for developing further collaboration.
The chapter “An Assessment of Readiness for Supporting Digital Humanities in Hong Kong Academic Libraries: Evaluating the Potential for Program Development and International Collaborations”, written by Hong Kong Baptist University scholars Rebekah Shun Han Wong and Haipeng Li, will examine past and current digital humanities efforts led by academic libraries in Hong Kong to assess the state of digital humanities across Hong Kong universities. A survey administered specifically to member institutions of the University Grants Committee (UGC) in Hong Kong examined the level of engagement in digital humanities, support structure at their institutions, and partnership opportunities between libraries and scholars. The findings of this environmental scan will be used to evaluate the potential for a digital humanities collaboration program model for Hong Kong and, by extension, Chinese and Taiwanese universities, identifying cultural implications and the impact on digital humanities in the region.
This chapter is featured in the IGI Global title Supporting Digital Humanities for Knowledge Acquisition in Modern Libraries, a premier reference source that aims to stand at the forefront of this emerging discipline, targeting an audience of researchers and academicians, with a special focus on the role of libraries and library staff. Amidst the collection of chapters on crucial issues surrounding the digital humanities, “An Assessment of Readiness for Supporting Digital Humanities in Hong Kong Academic Libraries” is being featured for open access through the month of October 2015. Click here to download the free chapter: http://www.igi-global.com/free-content/132353.
IGI Global is hosting its own survey as well, focusing on technological innovation and development in the library. How does your library stay up-to-date with evolving technology? Share your experience here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/library_technology_innovation.