The Bodleian’s new Centre for Digital Scholarship

If you have visited the Weston Library, you may have seen a large room on the first floor, visible from Blackwell Hall and above the public entrance, with “Centre for Digital Scholarship” engraved on the door. We ran a skeleton series of events there last term, and are delighted to announce that it is now up and running.

We are grateful to the committee of the John Fell Fund for the success of our application to establish the Centre for Digital Scholarship, by funding the post of Co-ordinator for the Centre for two years. This role has been taken up by Pip Willcox, who would welcome hearing ideas or enquiries from you about the Centre.

The Centre for Digital Scholarship is one of a number being set up in leading institutions around the world, as you can read in a blog post on EduCause.

The aim of our Centre for Digital Scholarship is to facilitate the transformation of scholarly practice across the University of Oxford, and of engagement with Libraries’ collections, through this multi-disciplinary hub. The Centre’s work will encourage collaborative innovation through digital technologies and methods to support the Libraries‘ and the University’s Digital Strategy. It will support teaching, learning, and research across the University by working with students, professional staff, and academics through a programme of training and seminars; and digitally engaging the public. A large part of the Co-ordinator’s role in the Centre’s early years will be working towards fund-raising to establish and sustain the Centre.

Events and seminars will be publicized through this blog, as well as the Bodleian Libraries’ What’s On page. If you have an idea for an event or training session you would like to see, or help organize, please get in touch!

—Pip Willcox

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