Lafayette awarded Mellon grant for digital humanities
With a four-year, $700,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Library will help faculty and students engage more intensively with the digital humanities. The grant will support the training of faculty and students in digital humanities methods, fostering collaborative projects, and integrating the digital humanities further into the curriculum.
The Library’s Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) will be especially critical to the project. Since 2005, Eric Luhrs, head of digital scholarship services, has helped the Library become a leader among liberal arts colleges in developing the infrastructure to support digital humanities and the way that it gives scholars in the humanities an opportunity to teach by engaging students in their research. The project will also partly support the recruitment of a geographic information systems and data visualization librarian to assist with faculty and student research.
Project leader Neil McElroy, dean of libraries, said “We are delighted that the Mellon Foundation is supporting our aspiration to advance innovative scholarship in liberal arts colleges, to unify research and teaching, and to share the lessons of our success with the growing international community of digital humanities practitioners.”