Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Humanities Librarianship in a Digital Age

Instructor: John Russell

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

Digital humanities has become more commonplace for humanities librarians, but librarians tend to think of it as a special form of librarianship that is somewhat distinct from humanities librarianship generally. What if we thought of digital humanities librarianship as humanities librarianship in a digital age? How might this change our thinking about both digital humanities and the humanities in libraries? This course aims to explore librarian practices - especially collection development and instruction - in the context of the digital humanities. We will not engage with digital humanities tools or methods (and this course will assume that participants are already familiar with them), but will consider how these tools and methods effect humanities services in libraries. Participants should have a background in humanities librarianship and knowledge of digital humanities practices. This course also serves as a follow-up to "Introduction to Digital Humanities for Librarians."


  • Articulate an understanding of how digital humanities may change the practice of humanities librarianship.
  • Define digital humanities instructional plans in terms of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy.
  • Rethink collection development to facilitate digital scholarship needs.


  • Week 1: Digital humanities librarianship today
  • Week 2: Building generous humanities collections and services
  • Week 3: Digital humanities instruction
  • Week 4: Humanities librarianship in a digital age
John Russell

John Russell is the Associate Director of the Center for Humanities and Information at Pennsylvania State University. He has been actively involved in digital humanities projects, primarily related to text encoding, and has taught courses and workshops on digital humanities methods, including "Introduction to Digital Humanities for Librarians." Interview with John Russell

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.