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Why is it so hard to find digital humanities projects? While digital humanities librarians emphasize their crucial role in producing DH work as partners in developing, sustaining, and preserving digital resources, scant attention is paid to the library’s role in resource description and discovery, their contribution to disciplinary formation that goes beyond technology stacks and campus service models. This chapter explores the implications of the producer/creator model of digital humanities librarianship and imagines alternatives in which the problem of DH discovery is understood as a broader issue for academic libraries curating open access digital scholarship. By attending to the discovery and use of digital humanities projects, libraries can approach these larger questions outside of a vendor–client relationship and collaboratively pave the way to integrate experimental forms of scholarship within existing library discovery systems.


This chapter was originally published in The Bloomsbury Handbook to the Digital Humanities, edited by James O'Sullivan.

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