Research & Scholarship

Advance scholarly productivity and communication through our services and expertise.

BeakersThe Libraries provides services and expertise to strengthen current and emerging research and scholarship practices at UW. We advance research, scholarship and clinical care through the creation, dissemination, transformation, preservation, and exchange of new and existing knowledge in partnership with scholars and researchers.

Focus Areas

  • Provide expertise and support for data management and digital scholarship
    We support data discovery and management through an array of online tools, services, and staff expertise. We partner with other campus organizations to support and facilitate digital scholarship activities.
    • Actively support all aspects of the research process
      We partner with faculty and students at the University to support not only discovery of and access to our collections, but we also aid in the management of scholarship and making accessible the exceptional work accomplished.
    • Advocate for sustainable alternative publishing models
      We are invested in making UW-produced scholarly content freely available, including direct financial support for open access publishing, and providing open access institutional repositories such as ResearchWorks Archive.


    What is it?Description
      Data Repository development and implementation

        We plan to to develop, implement and manage a data repository using the open source framework of Fedora and Hydra. Libraries ITS will provide software configuration, development and system administration for the repository platform. This is a three-year pilot to more accurately identify cost of management and interest in a data repository at UW.

          Open Educational Resources (OER) Task Force
            The Libraries is interested in working with campus partners to expand awareness of open educational resources, and in particular, open textbooks. The OER committee is charged with reviewing the existing Open Textbook initiatives, considering approaches to raising awareness among faculty, librarians and allied staff, recommending a course of action (workshops, colloquia, pilot program, etc.), and proposing a budget to supported the recommended course of action
              Digital Scholarship Task Group
                The Digital Scholarship Task Group is charged with reviewing the vision laid out by the Digital Humanities Planning Committee and identifying practical ways of implementing this vision. The primary project for this group is the creation of a Digital Scholarship (DS) website that will serve as a virtual concierge service for DS scholars around the University.
                Leadership and Service for Ex Libris Alma/Primo SILS Products (Also part of Collections & Access, Teaching & Learning, Engagement & Community) Libraries' staff regularly serve on consortial, national, and international groups to collaboratively develop and refine the Ex Libris Alma/Primo products to better support patron and user services.  Having a usable, functional, and optimized staff interface - Alma - is vital to providing a quality user experience. Similarly Primo, as a significant entry point to Libraries' services, is critical to meeting the research and scholarship needs of our users.