Student-Led Initiatives in Digital Scholarship

I’ve been happy to see a lot of good press about the #BUDSC15 conference that took place on Bucknell campus, Nov. 6-8, 2015. As one of the co-organizers of the event, I hoped that the conference would generate conversations about best practices for teaching and supporting students’ digital scholarship–conversations that actually involved those students working on collaborative digital projects. The conference was unique in that faculty and library staff presented their work in panels alongside student presentations, which did a lot to level out hierarchies that exist in most conferences.

The Digital Library Federation featured a post by one of the student presenters at #BUDSC15, Ian Morse of Lafayette College. The post was impressive and encouraging, as it shows that many of undergraduate students are willing to initiate their own research projects, and that they appreciate forums such as #BUDSC15 in which they receive feedback about and support for their work.