Libraries and Digital Humanities Downunder

Ms Ingrid Mason1

1AARNet, Sydney, Australia,


This lightning talk will debate a single question:

Why does Australia need to foster the development of regional communities of practice and participate in international communities of practice, linking the digital humanities researchers and library practitioners, as part of research infrastructure capability development and library support for data intensive humanities and arts research?  

This proposed lightning talk is relevant to this year’s conference because the 2016 NCRIS Roadmap outlines, in section 1.4 Skills and Career Development, that “There are two elements to successfully utilising world-leading infrastructure.  The first is training and development of both facility managers and technical staff… The second element is the skill level of researchers.”

As a guide to the reader:

dh+lib is a community of “librarians, archivists, Library & Information Science graduate students, and information specialists” [1] in the US keen to contribute to the conversation about digital humanities and libraries.  The online platform for this community of practice of academic librarians emerged out of an Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) “digital humanities” special interest group [2].   The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO) is an international network of digital humanities organisations, and the Libraries and Digital Humanities SIG is a ADHO special interest group to “foster collaboration and communication among librarians and other scholars doing digital humanities work.” [3]


  1. About dh+lib. Available from:, accessed 19 June 2017
  2. ACRL Digital Humanities Interest Group. Available from:, accessed 19 June 2017
  3. ADHO SIGS. Available from:, accessed 19 June 2017


Ingrid Mason, Deployment Strategist with AARNet, provides support for engagement and the uptake of the national research and education network (NREN) and services with AARNet members across the research, cultural and collections sectors. Ingrid has worked on several NCRIS programs: Australian National Data Service, National eResearch Collaborative Tools and Resources, and Research Data Services.

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