The Appalachian State University Libraries’ Digital Scholarship and Initiatives team received the 2021 National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Organization Excellence Award, which “recognizes those organizations providing significant support, guidance, advocacy, or leadership for the digital preservation community.” NDSA is an international consortium of member organizations committed to the long-term preservation of digital information. Former recipients of this award include the National Archives.
Appalachian State University’s Digital Scholarship and Initiatives (DSI) team engages and collaborates with library partners, campus, and the community to support new scholarship and digital collections. DSI provides and sustains innovative digital tools and publishing platforms for content delivery, discovery, analysis, data curation, and preservation. We enhance student learning and encourage faculty research, primarily by providing access to and information about new methods of digital scholarship and lending support in the areas of copyright, fair use, and intellectual property. Additionally, DSI is committed to representing and reflecting the unique experiences and perspectives of all people, partners, and the community through our collaborative work documenting the Appalachian region’s historically underrepresented populations. Some examples of DSI’s collaborations include the Lincoln Heights, Appalachian Consortium Press, and Katuah projects.