Limestone College’s Director of the Library Lizah Ismail and Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Justin Bailey attended the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research Workshop in Washington, DC, September 7-9.
Ismail and Bailey participated in a poster presentation entitled “Student Agency and Voice.” The session was part of the workshop’s focus on teaching and learning with digital collections. Ismail and Bailey presented on the progress Limestone has made with its Undergraduate Student Collections in Shared Shelf.
The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) announced in 2015 the selection of 42 member colleges and universities that comprised the Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research.
Limestone College was one of only four schools from South Carolina selected to take part in the $2.2 million project. The other Palmetto State colleges picked were Coker, Presbyterian, and Wofford.
“The Consortium and the showcasing of quality student and faculty works in the Shared Shelf digital platform provide the opportunity for both students and faculty to share their work beyond our Limestone campus in an online environment,” Ismail said.
Through the use of a cloud-based uniform digital platform known as Shared Shelf, Consortium members are able to increase their capacities to store, preserve, and catalogue collections of digital images, documents, audio and video files, and other types of materials while streamlining administrative capabilities.
Consortium members have been able to improve teaching and learning and enhance faculty and student/faculty research on their own campuses by making lesser known or hidden collections searchable and accessible.
Limestone has focused on digitizing and archiving student research and creative works including conference papers, poster sessions, studio art works, creative writing projects, and oral histories.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provided the funding for the project.