May 15, 2024 | 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. | Heritage Gallery

Title: Beyond the Written Word: Fostering Inclusivity and Expression for Veteran Students with JIVE


  • Kristin Van Diest (she/her), Digital Publishing Librarian, Texas State University
  • Dr. Heriberto Arambula (he/him), Texas State University

Description: In a groundbreaking exploration of academic and digital storytelling, the Journal of Interactive Veteran Experiences (JIVE) unveils a mission that transcends traditional publishing norms.

JIVE, a pioneering space for student veterans at Texas State University, recognizes the power of diverse storytelling modes in fostering healing, understanding, and connection. Our aim is to push the boundaries of scholarly publishing norms by incorporating scholarly writing, creative expression, and digital storytelling with a peer-review structure that meets student veterans where they are. JIVE recognizes the value and intellectual richness of storytelling outside of the traditional journal publishing system and hopes to redefine the landscape of veteran narratives. The interactive media featured in JIVE goes beyond conventional scholarly articles, embracing forms such as artwork, poetry, creative writing, video recording, audio recording, and more.

Through this diverse range of mediums, the journal aims to capture the full spectrum of veteran experiences, providing a platform for expression that aligns with each contributor’s unique preferences and talents. Our commitment to inclusivity strives to bridge the civilian-military gap by presenting narratives in accessible ways for both audiences and creators.

Titled “Beyond the Written Word,” this session aims to showcase the integration of various media formats within the JIVE platform. Attendees will embark on a journey through the process and challenges of creating JIVE: developing theory and policies, garnering campus support, marketing for submissions, supporting students through the submission process, and designing a platform that is large enough to support our vision. Engaging with interactive displays, participants will experience the palpable impact of visual art and the resonance of personal narratives captured in audio and video formats.

Join us in this dynamic session as we push the boundaries of academic storytelling. “Beyond the Written Word” is a testament to the transformative potential of narrative diversity within academia.

Title: What Does It Mean to Publish Digital Scholarship? (And How Do I Do It?): Case Studies in Publishing Services from Columbia Libraries’ Digital Scholarship

Presenter: Michelle Wilson (she/her), Head, Open Scholarship Services, University of Maryland

Description: Sustainability and preservation are (or should be) central to any library publishing program. When we think about preservation from the vantage-point of a Digital Scholarship department, which has traditionally been an incubator of “alternative” scholarly research outputs, we are considering both the research object as a whole (e.g., digital humanities project website), and as its parts (e.g., individual podcast episodes). Any preservation tools and methods we employ must consider both of these project attributes, and different projects require different, tailored solutions. In an established publishing ecosystem built around digital but primarily text-based scholarship such as journals and monographs, it is also necessary to outline a set of standards and practical tactics to provide the a slate of essential publishing services to nontraditional forms of scholarly communication.

Nested within the Digital Scholarship unit, Columbia University Libraries’ publishing program provides education, development support, and publishing services for a range of scholarly forms that have included, over the years, podcasts, digital exhibitions and editions, encyclopedic projects, maps, and other dynamic digital humanities projects. Through longstanding stewardship of this digital scholarship program, the Libraries have come to recognize a set of common challenges for novel forms of digital scholarship and the need to envision how these scholarly products will fit into current systems of dissemination, evaluation, and long-term storage. This presentation will outline the menu of services offered to digital scholarship projects by the Columbia Libraries’ digital publishing program between 2018-2022. It will present the policies, standards, and technological solutions we developed to provide those services to a range of partners, balancing the need to support creativity and novelty in digital scholarship with concerns about sustainability and the ability for these projects to interact with existing systems for managing and promoting scholarship.