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Libraries and Digital Humanities

Librarians will be familiar with some of the challenges facing digital humanities researchers. The metadata within the datasets is often incomplete and inconsistent. Rough OCR and non-standard spelling make analyzing datasets difficult. And, humanists are not traditionally trained in computer programming so they have a lot to learn when undertaking a digital project.

Libraries are taking on the challenge of digital humanities along with scholars. Librarians are filling new roles as data librarians. Libraries are offering a variety of services including storage and preservation of data, tools for creating digital projects, and expertise in analytical research methods. As digital humanities continues to emerge we are sure to see libraries developing more innovative services for students and researchers. This active engagement ensures librarians will have an important role in supporting digital humanities.

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