Day/time: May 8, 2023, 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. EDT

Title: A Model for Diversifying and Expanding Digital Publishing: Brown University Library’s National Endowment for the Humanities Institute


  • Allison Levy, Director, Brown University Digital Publications
  • Cosette Bruhns Alonso, Contemporary Publishing Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Libraries & Penn Press (LPC DEI Committee Member, 2022-2024)
  • Emily Lynell Edwards, Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and Educational Technologist, St. Francis College
  • Warren Harding, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Diversity in Digital Publishing, Brown University
  • Ashley Robertson Preston, Assistant Professor of History, Howard University

Description: This panel presents lessons learned in diversifying and expanding the field of digital publishing from Brown University Library’s National Endowment for the Humanities Institute held in summer 2022, “Born Digital Scholarly Publishing: Resources and Roadmaps.” Centered on inclusivity and accessibility, this first-of-its-kind national training program equipped 15 scholars — 60% from historically Black colleges and universities — with in-depth knowledge of the digital publishing process. Designed for scholars wishing to develop digital publications yet hindered by limited institutional resources and support, the curriculum was taught by librarians, digital humanities scholars, and editors, consolidating the successful path to university press publication formulated by Brown University Digital Publications, a program of distinction based in the University Library’s renowned Center for Digital Scholarship. The full curriculum, including recordings of all faculty presentations, has been made openly accessible via a resource-rich website that provides a continuous and active web presence for the institute, thereby expanding the voices, perspectives, and visions represented in digital publishing far beyond the summer cohort. This crucial re-prioritization of how and for whom the practice and production of digital scholarship is taught will have a profound impact on current and future generations of scholars. Reflecting on the institute’s broader impact, both in diversifying the field of library publishing and expanding resources for producing digital publications, members from the facilitating team and cohort participants will speak to how they are implementing lessons learned from the institute at their own institutions.