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The Humanities in a Digital Age (HDA) initiative is a collaborative endeavor between the College of the Liberal Arts and the University Libraries at the Pennsylvania State University to enrich and promote rigorous cross-disciplinary humanities scholarship and research at a time when writing, reading, teaching, and research are being transformed by digital technologies.

The HDA initiative will enhance the research and public profiles of humanities faculty in the College and the University Libraries, open new opportunities for high caliber graduate placements in the humanities, and enrich the undergraduate experience by providing undergraduate students access to and support for cutting-edge humanities research. The University Libraries will use this initiative to help plan and implement new services to support digitally enriched scholarship by graduate students and faculty in a wider range of fields.

Recognizing that the most innovative scholarship in the digital humanities is collaborative, the HDA will be structured to enable robust collaboration between the College of the Liberal Arts and the University Libraries. Librarians and Digital Humanities Research Designers will partner with humanities faculty to identify and discover ways to use technology to enrich existing faculty research projects in the humanities and to explore and create new forms of digital humanities scholarship.

We are happy to announce that in the next few weeks, the College of the Liberal Arts and the University Libraries will be posting a jointly funded position for the first of these Digital Humanities Research Designers.  We will post more information about that position here when it is available.

Although the HDA initiative is designed to enhance the individual research projects of faculty and graduate student scholars, we aim to develop a community of researchers who together can work towards the goals of the HDA. To that end, we have created this blog to continue the process of cultivating a community of humanities scholars working on the Humanities in a Digital Age project. We invite faculty, graduate students and librarians interested in the project to contribute with comments and, if you are interested, by becoming a co-author of the blog itself.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher P. Long
Associate Dean, College of the Liberal Arts
@cplong

Mike Furlough
Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communications, University Libraries

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