Emerging technologies have transformed many aspects of traditional scholarship. With the aid of digital tools, researchers can now engage with familiar texts and other primary resources in new and exciting ways, and embark on wholly new modes of digital scholarship and research. Clemson Libraries is well positioned to support researchers as they explore these new modes of digital scholarship. We currently have specialists to support the creation of multimedia works, data management planning and visualization, digital humanities, digital projects and archiving, metadata, and in-house publishing and rights management.
All federally funded research is now required to submit a brief document known as a “data management plan” (DMP) with their grant proposals. The purpose of the DMP is to set out a plan for how research data will be stored, managed, and shared, both for the duration of the project and in the future. Our new Data Management Services group can advise researchers on best practices for handling their data and inform them of their options. Our group consists of librarians and other information professionals that are experts on different subject areas as well as data, preservation, and open access. We work in conjunction with the Office of Research Compliance.
The Digital Humanities librarian maintains an awareness of trends, tools, and projects related to digital humanities in general and will explore opportunities for partnership, especially where technology and digital tools could enhance an otherwise traditional humanities research endeavor. Primarily, the Digital Humanities librarian’s role is to connect researchers with relevant individuals in the Office of Library Technology and elsewhere on campus.
Digital projects is comprised of the digital imaging lab and metadata technician hub. The imaging lab works to digitize archival materials from Clemson and its partners through the use of high-end scanning equipment and cameras. The metadata technicians catalog and describe the materials, ensuring accurate information and provenance. Our goals are to maintain the long term digital preservation of these artifacts and make them freely available and findable online for researchers, educators, and the public.
The Adobe Digital Studio is an open-access learning space dedicated to providing students with digital production skills and the technology to use them. Our mission is to ensure the digital literacy of our students in order to guarantee their success both in the classroom and on the job market. We are staffed by talented interns selected for their dedication to service and interest in fostering an environment where creativity can flourish. Their enthusiasm for creating, educating, and sharing captures perfectly what we hope to achieve.
TigerPrints, our institutional repository supports Clemson researchers in publishing article manuscripts, theses and dissertations, posters, conference proceedings, and other types of scholarship that may not be broadly disseminated. We also support the preservation and distribution of conferences held on campus and serve as a publishing platform through which, Clemson researchers can make their works available to the world.
Librarians are available to teach brief courses to students and faculty on copyright in the face to face and online environments, in addition to one-on-one guidance in fair-use decision making. We also check copyright permissions to assist researchers in making their previously published research more openly available, provide support for negotiating the terms of publication agreements in support of open dissemination, and help researchers apply article-level metrics to track the impact of their work.
A mounting body of evidence suggests that making research openly available online increases the speed at which it is cited and the total number of citations it receives over time. We are available to assist researchers in evaluating the terms of the copyright transfer agreements into which they enter with traditional publishers, finding traditional journals that allow authors to share work openly online, and negotiating their future publication agreements.
We also support authors who wish to explore open access publication models. We are available to assist authors in determining the reputability of open access publishers to avoid predatory publishing practices.