If you’re a liaison librarian or functional specialist curious about how to translate your skills and approaches to reference interviews into strategies for consulting on digital scholarship topics, this hands-on preconference is for you! Learn an overview of the digital scholarship landscape in different emerging topical areas, including research data management, digital humanities, and geospatial data. Delve into breakout sessions featuring hands-on exercises working through different scenarios drawn from the facilitators’ personal experiences. All attendees will leave the preconference with a consultation toolkit to reference after the preconference has concluded.

Learning Outcomes

Preconference participants will be able to…

  • Articulate how digital scholarship fits into higher education and why academic libraries are engaging in digital scholarship
  • Identify similarities and differences between a traditional reference interview and a digital scholarship consultation
  • Identify expertise you already bring to a digital scholarship consultation (e.g., reference interview skills, knowledge of scholarly communication)
  • Articulate basics of project management, including elements of a project plan
  • Build confidence and self-efficacy as digital scholarship consultants

Who Should Attend

This preconference is ideally suited for both functional specialists (including digital scholarship, digital humanities, data, and metadata librarians) and subject specialists in liaison librarian roles. Anyone from the library who is drawn into digital scholarship consultation activities would benefit from this hands-on preconference.


Andrew Johnson is Assistant Professor and Head of Data and Scholarly Communication Services at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) Libraries and Director of the Research Data Management Initiative at the CU Boulder Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship. In these roles, he provides strategic direction for library and campus data services and scholarly communication initiatives. His research interests focus on emerging services and infrastructure for research data management, open access publishing, open science, and related areas. You can contact him by email at Andrew.M.Johnson@colorado.edu.

Alix Keener is Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Michigan Library, where she provides teaching and research support for faculty, students, and staff working with or on digital methods. She holds a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information. You can contact her by email at alixkee@umich.edu or on Twitter, where she is @alix_rae.

Brianna Marshall is Director of Research Services at the University of California, Riverside Library. She oversees development, implementation, and ongoing programming in support of the scholarly and academic activities of UCR faculty, researchers, and students. She holds Master of Library Science and Master of Information Science degrees from Indiana University. You can contact her by email at brianna.marshall@ucr.edu or on Twitter, where she is @notsosternlib.

Chelcie Juliet Rowell is Digital Scholarship Librarian and History Liaison at Boston College Libraries. She works closely with Boston College faculty, students, and library colleagues to imagine, carry out, and sustain digitally inflected research and teaching. She also performs collection development, reference consultations, and library instruction on behalf of the History Department. You can contact her by email at chelcie.rowell@bc.edu or on Twitter, where she is @ararebit.

Joel B. Thornton is Head of Research & Instruction at the University of Arkansas Libraries. He provides collaborative leadership in liaison services for all campus disciplines and extends partnerships with campus entities. Prior to joining the University of Arkansas Libraries, Mr. Thornton served as the Strategic Initiatives Coordinator at Texas A&M University. You can contact him by email at jbt012@uark.edu.


How to register

Want to register for the preconference at the same time that you register for the conference? Submit your registration for both from the registration page on the 2018 ALA Annual Conference website. The preconference code is ACR2.

Want to add this event to an existing registration? Visit your dashboard link, which can be found in your confirmation email. If you need additional assistance or cannot locate your confirmation, please call CompuSystems at 866-513-0760 or email alaregistration@compusystems.com.

Registration fees

  • $225 - ACRL member
  • $255 - ALA member
  • $295 - Nonmember

Questions about registration? Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org.