The Culture of Digital Scholarship in Academic Libraries. Robin Chin Roemer and Verletta Kern, eds. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2019. 240p. Paper, $71.99 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1897-5). LC 2019943587.

Kris Joseph


The culture of an institution is often seen as an emergent property: something that arises naturally from the interactions of policies, processes, communications, and organizational behaviors. Robin Chin Roemer and Verletta Kern have embraced this idea as the editors of The Culture of Digital Scholarship in Academic Libraries, whose 10 chapters serve collectively as an extended reflective case study of the digital scholarship practices of the University of Washington (UW). The book brings readers into UW’s “shared institutional workspace” (xiv), generating a dialogue among the needs of the library’s user community, the evolving relationship between academic libraries and their parent organizations, and the volume’s 13 authors.

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