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Digital Scholarship Centre

Scott Library, Room 205 (behind the Learning Commons area)

The Digital Scholarship Centre brings together Library expertise in the areas of scholarly publishing, digitization, metadata, digital collections, digital scholarship, research metrics, data management, data curation, preservation, repositories, digital cultures and pedagogy, eLearning, and Open Educational Resources.

The Digital Scholarship Centre hosts workshops, panel discussions, and lectures related to the issues and practices surrounding digital scholarship, scholarly communications, and digital tools.


Thinking through a grant application? Looking to start a journal? Book a meeting to tap into library expertise at the Digital Scholarship Centre. Contact a librarian/archivist at to book a consultation.

Digital Scholarship and Digital Humanities

The Libraries offer expertise in supporting a variety of research activities and techniques in the areas of Digital Scholarship and Digital Humanities, including text analysis, data visualization and social media analysis. Visit the Digital Scholarship and Digital Humanities guide to learn more.

Digital Authoring and Exhibits

York University Libraries make use of several open source software platforms to support digital authorship and to showcase digital exhibits. Contact to book a consultation.

Digitization best practices and facilities

The Libraries are actively engaged in the preservation of their archival holdings, including the digitization of textual materials, photographic prints and negatives, sound recordings and video. We are happy to share our experiences, lessons learned, and professional expertise. The Digital Scholarship Centre maintains several flat bed scanners that are available to community members by appointment and contingent on training and orientation on copyright and other rights responsibilities.

Contact a librarian/archivist at to discuss digitization

Supported Digital Infrastructure

The Digital Scholarship Centre invests in the ongoing hosting and maintenance of the following open-source digital platforms which further the creation, discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge. Come by during drop-in hours or book a consultation to learn more.

The hosting of digital platforms is governed by agreements. Contact a librarian/archivist at to discuss digital infrastructure.

Scholarly Publishing and Open Access Support

Libraries interact directly with publishers and the broader scholarly publishing community and have much to convey in terms of discovery and dissemination strategies for research.

Making one’s publications accessible is a function of a number of factors, including addressing barriers to access (open access publishing), considering copyright, leveraging technological infrastructure to maximize visibility, and publishing in venues that are recognized and visible to one’s target readership. The section below addresses these areas, integrating how the infrastructure described above advances strategies for navigating the landscape.

Need help with making your research open access? Contact us at

Research Metrics

Research in the area of Librarianship overlaps heavily with the interrogation of bibliometric tools and methodologies and the exploration of new and pluralist means of evaluating the impact of scholarship, often called "alt-metrics".

Have questions about research metrics? Contact us at

Research Data Management

Research data management concerns the organization of data, from its entry to the research cycle through to the dissemination and archiving of valuable results. Whether you’re thinking through a small research project, writing a proposal or applying for a grant, drafting a plan is prudent and can help mitigate liability. The Libraries bring much to the table in this area, from helping researchers find and cite data to hosting data preservation platforms, to advising on data description and metadata standards for optimizing discovery.

Need research data management support? Contact us at