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Digital Scholarship Services

Digital Scholarship at Emerson College


What is digital scholarship at Emerson College and how can the Iwasaki Library support you and your initiatives? 


Digital Scholarship is defined as any scholarly activity that makes extensive use of one or more of the new possibilities for teaching and research opened up by the unique affordances of digital media. From digital scholarly works, canvas courses, digital projects, digital teaching resources- we partner with you inside and outside the classroom to support digital humanities projects. We use a variety of open access and Emerson-based platforms that are available freely for the Emerson Community such as, Omeka, Wordpress, JSTOR & ArtStor. We also keep up-to-date with emerging technology trends. 

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How can the Iwasaki Library support you?


Step one: Consulting

  • You have a project, creative idea, or any other form of scholarship that you want online but not sure how to start? Set up a meeting with Melissa DiBerardino, Digital Access and Reference Archivist;; to go over options
  • Already have a project or initiative started but not sure where or what to do next? Email to begin your consulting process. 

Step two: Project Management

  • We identify key partners to help. IT, ITG, Grants office? Your project will dictate who we may need to partner with
  • Identify the platform(s) that best suit your Digital Scholarship. The Digital Access and Reference Archivist will assist you in the research and implementation of the final platform, including training if appropriate. 
    • The Digital Access and Reference Archivist does NOT provide curation, inputting, or data creation of your project.

Step three: Maintenance 

  • Evaluation, digital preservation, and outreach


Below are a few examples of projects the library has assisted with as well as ongoing projects. 



The Banjo Project

Collaborating with Professor Marc Fields, we have assisted in archival consulting, metadata management, and digital preservation best of practices. We also continue to assist with grant applications, including the successful National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Projects for the Public grant with additional funding from Mass Humanities and the Popular Culture Association.

Online Exhibits

Collaborations between departments and other partnering institutions allow us to create online exhibits for increased accessibility and discoverability. Below is an example of a physical exhibit within the Iwasaki Library which we converted into an online exhibit as well using Omeka. 

Digital Scholarship in the Classroom