Sustaining DH Centers Panel

Jason Battles, University of Georgia, Madeleine Casad, Vanderbilt University, Gina Costello, Louisiana State University, Holly Mercer, University of Kentucky, Jean Phillips, Florida State University, Thomas C. Wilson, University of Alabama

Amidst myriad budgetary challenges, why should universities develop and support digital humanities and digital scholarship programs? What sets DH centers apart from other programs and services that perhaps have a more easily evaluated overall impact? This panel of leaders overseeing digital humanities and digital scholarship efforts at five different universities will discuss the evolution of and current stages of their individual programs; how they demonstrate value and impact as related to interdisciplinary research and pedagogy; various strategies for seeking partners, advocates, and external support; and how their DH programs fit within the libraries’ and universities’ strategic plans.