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Dr. Richard Urban joins the Office of Digital Research and Scholarship as first Faculty in Residence

Monday, September 26, 2016

The FSU Libraries’ Office of Digital Research and Scholarship (DRS) is proud to announce Dr. Richard Urban, assistant professor in the FSU School of Information (iSchool), will join the office as a Faculty in Residence, the first in a promising model of collaborative research.

"The Office of Digital Research and Scholarship is making important contributions to scholarly communications and innovative library services. I am extremely honored to be helping DRS pioneer this new approach to collaborative research that will strengthen ties between libraries and the FSU iSchool," said Dr. Urban.

As a pilot program, the Faculty in Residence (FiR) concept is designed to allow both the faculty member and DRS to pursue a mutual research project that contributes to DRS’s research agenda. The FiR will also dedicate some time to serve as a consultant in ongoing digital projects, offer several workshops or lectures on their research and expertise, and explore grant funding opportunities with the librarians and archivists working in related areas. DRS will provide time, space, and an active, collaborative environment. The expected outcome of the program is a publication co-authored by the faculty member and digital scholarship specialists they interact with.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with Dr. Urban on this experiment,” said Micah Vandegrift, Director of Digital Scholarship at FSU Libraries. “His work in metadata, digital cultural heritage, and user experience will be invaluable to several initiatives and projects we are developing in DRS.”

DRS functions as the research and development arm for University Libraries, and focuses work around four research areas: digital literacy, new modes of scholarly production, open praxis, and infrastructure for technology-inflected scholarship. DRS hopes to continue and expand the Faculty in Residence program in the near future.

The iSchool is home to nationally ranked programs in Information Technology and Library & Information Sciences.

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