In Service?

A Further Provocation on Digital Humanities Research in Libraries

I authored a post for the series, "Make It New?," commissioned by dh+lib to respond to a special issue of the Journal of Library Administration on digital humanities and libraries. In a way, this piece, which explores the diverse and complex histories of "service" and the "service ethic" in librarianship, is a follow-up to my earlier post, "Digital humanities in the library isn't a service". I argue against a stable concept of "traditional library service" and further I argue that "deploying this term as though it had some stable meaning obscures rather than illuminates a long and complex history of information work relevant to this new moment." I'm grateful to the editors of dh+lib for including my piece in the collection.

Read the full piece at dh+lib.