In this session we learn about Digital Scholarship activities led by the libraries at Florida International University and University of South Florida.
Florida International University Libraries have been serving its students and faculty in GIS and Visualization since 1998. In recent years, the Library-based GIS Center, joined by the Digital Collection Center, has expanded its service to digital scholarship for all STEM fields and the humanities. A newly-established Digital Scholar Studio consists not only of state-of-the-art laboratories but also a robust cloud computing environment, advanced digitization equipment, data caption and acquisition tools (e.g. 3D and LiDAR Scanners, Drone, VR cameras, etc.) and a wide variety of supporting software. This presentation will cover a brief history of the development of the library's GIS Center, Digital Collection Center, and Digital Scholar Studio, their teaching, research and service activities, and a showcase of research and student projects that have sprouted out of the fertile soil of these resources.
Barbara Lewis from University of South Florida Libraries describes different online applications that can be employed to deliver engaging and well-researched online exhibits, digital stories, and presentations that inspire the imagination of the creator and the viewer. She reviews several tools (i.e., Omeka, Scalar, Story Maps, Tiki-Toki, Sway, Spark) used to build different versions of the same exhibit and how these contrasting versions illustrate to faculty and students how the same content can be presented in a variety of ways. The presentation concludes with specific examples of how these tools were used to transform traditional paper-based assignments into multimedia web-based projects, developed in collaboration with faculty, and to provide digital/media literacy instruction.