Partnering in knowledge production: Roles for librarians in the digital humanities

Emilia Bell, Mary Anne Kennan

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This purpose of this paper is to review literature from the Digital Humanities (DH), academic librarianship, and critical librarianship, focusing on potential roles for Australian academic librarians in the DH. After defining DH and its relationship with academic librarianship, the difference between service and collaborative models are discussed. This includes how service models characterise current perceptions of DH librarians’ roles. Findings of this review indicate that there are, indeed, roles for librarians in the DH that can contribute to scholarly partnerships. These roles build on the shared values of librarianship and the humanities and are related to the critical and theoretical foundations of the DH. Critical librarianship provides a framework for roles that can contribute to knowledge production, not just to service provision. This framework can also work towards increasing representation and accessibility in DH scholarship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-176
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of the Australian Library and Information Association
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


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