Skunks in the Library: a Path to Production for Scholarly R&D

  1. author Nowviskie, Bethany, University of Virginia Library, University of Virginia
Published in: Journal of Library Administration, 25 January 2013
ISSN: 0193-0826
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Volume: 53
Issue: 1
Pages: 53 - 66
digital humanities, libraries, administration, skunkworks, research-and-development

Library-based digital humanities “skunkworks” are semi-independent research-and-development labs staffed with librarians who act as scholar-practitioners. The creation of skunkworks labs is an uncommon, yet uncommonly potent, organizational response to new opportunities opened up by digital scholarship. This article describes the Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia Library and asserts a critical role for library-embedded digital centers in forging new paths for knowledge work in the humanities.


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