Working groups

LIBER Digital Humanities & Digital Cultural Heritage Working Group


The Digital Humanities & Digital Culture Heritage Working Group operates as part of LIBER’s Strategic Direction on Digital Skills & Services, which in turn is one of the key pillars of our 2018-2022 Strategy.

The Working Group’s main activities are to identify and to share the library services for supporting digital humanities, and to establish key prerequisites in order to enable libraries and librarians for the related tasks. We are doing this by establishing teams, which are focused on various aspects of the knowledge network. The teams, and their topics, are as follows:

  • Team 1 – Pro(vi)ding Expertise. Chaired by Caleb Derven (University of Limerick, Eire).
  • Team 2 – Relationships with the Research Community. Chaired by Liam O’Dwyer (Dublin City University, Eire).
  • Team 3 – Impact of Digital Humanities Activities in Libraries. Chaired by Kirsty Lingstadt (University of Edinburgh, Scotland) and Merisa Martinez (KU Leuven, Belgium).
  • Team 4 – Digital Collections. Chaired by Marian Lefferts (CERL) and Lotte Wilms (KB, Netherlands).


Working Group Structure

Working Group members are split into Core Members and Team Members. The Core Members coordinate the activities of the Working Group. They are the:

  • Two chairs;
  • DARIAH liaison;
  • Representatives of the subject teams;
  • LIBER office representative.

Team members are members of the Working Group who contribute and belong to one of the subject teams. Each subject team nominates one colleague as a chair, who becomes a core member of the group. The team chair can also be chair of the working group. Members can join any, or all, teams they are interested in by indicating their interest on this spreadsheet.


Relationship to European Research Infrastructures

There is a very active digital humanities community throughout Europe. Researchers work together across borders and find each other in European research infrastructures such as DARIAH and CLARIN. This is therefore the natural place to liaise with the scientific community and to ensure libraries are the ideal research partner within their domain.

The Working Group will actively engage with other European networks working in this field.


Join our group

Are you interested in humanities and cultural heritage, and how we can support research librarians in acquiring the training to digitalise it? We need your energy!

Contact us

Priority 1

An open mailing list to share best and worst practices in the form of short reports and blog posts from members. Sign Up;

Priority 2

The FAQs will be for librarians and will focus on Digital Scholarship. The Tip Sheets will list easy online tutorials where librarians can educate themselves on relevant topics. All input will be collected in this Zotero group;

Priority 3

A report outlining the state of Digital Scholarship in European research libraries. The Europe’s Digital Humanities Landscape: A Study From LIBER’s Digital Humanities & Digital Cultural Heritage Working Group report is available on Zenodo;

Priority 4

One Workshop was held at LIBER 2017 and another will be planned, focusing on experiences with Digital Scholarship in libraries;

Priority 5

COST Action Proposal (resources and time permitting).