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RIT Libraries seeks to serve the RIT community by hosting regular events in the realm of digital scholarship. These events seek to engage participants and offer opportunities for community members to mingle, learn, and grow. 

21st Century Scholarship: 

RIT Libraries hosts an annual 21st Century Scholarship event that celebrates all forms of digital scholarship and brings together speakers and participants from the region.


DHSS Workshops: 

DHSS (Digital Humanities & Social Sciences) workshops are open to all members of the RIT community. These workshops help attendees learn tools and techniques to transform their research and share their work publicly. Previous topics include: 

To view upcoming workshop offerings, check the RIT Libraries event calendar or contact Rebekah Walker. View the Digital Humanities page for more information on classroom and instruction support related to digital technologies. 


Open Access Week:

Open Access Week is a global event that promotes the use of openly available materials in scholarship and research. Held annually in October, Open Access Week is an opportunity to celebrate the free and unmitigated access to information everywhere. Learn more about Open Access Week on their website

Previous Open Access Week events at RIT Libraries include: 

  • Open Access Coffee Break
  • Open Access Fair
  • Test Your Open Access Knowledge



21st Century Scholarship Events: 

RIT Libraries hosts an annual 21st Century Scholarship event that celebrates all forms of digital scholarship and brings together speakers and participants from the region. See information about previous topics and speakers below. 

2021: Intro to Open Educaitonal Resources and Examples from the Field

October 27, 2021 | Watch on YouTube (1:21:53) 

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are an increasingly popular topic across college and universities. Learn more about what they are and how other institutions are using them in this virtual discussion with Mark McBride, Library Senior Strategist at SUNY System Administration and the co-founder of the Open Education Research Lab at the University at Buffalo, followed by a moderated Q&A. 

Moderator: Kaitlin Stack Whitney, Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts, RIT

Speaker: Mark McBride, Library Senior Strategist, SUNY Systems Administration 

Mark McBride, PhD. (he, him) is an experienced library administrator, currently the Senior Library Strategist from the SUNY System Administration, where here oversees the Office of Library Information Services (OLIS). Part of his portfolio includes SUNY OER Services, where the focus is providing accessible and affordable learning materials to students and faculty. Over the last 5 years, the OER Services has helped to save SUNY students nearly $70 million in traditional textbook costs, while also contributing to the expansion of faculty development programming across the SUNY System.

McBride is co-founder and outreach coordinator of the Open Education Research Lab at the University at Buffalo and is a leading voice on open educational resources (OERs) in SUNY and around the country. McBride has served on the OER advisory council for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and on the advisory body for LibreText. His research focuses on the experiences of college instructors who implement/adopt OER, is committed to exploring the implications of open access and open science on the broader research enterprise and on the information sciences.

2020: Race and Gender in Scholarship

October 30, 2020 | Watch on YouTube (1:19:06)

Join us for a panel discussion on the disparities of race and gender in scholarly publishing. Speakers will address their work creating and editing journals; collaboratively building training resources tailored to different audiences in the scholarly publishing community; and administering equitable research efforts in a STEM-focused college. 

Moderator: Laverne McQuiller-Williams, Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts, RIT


Jocelyn Dawson - Project leader, Toolkits in Equity & Journals Marketing Manager, Duke University Press

  • In support of necessary change, the Toolkits for Equity project leaders are working to create three toolkits to provide resources for allies; for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; and for organizations. These toolkits provide a common framework for analysis, a shared vocabulary, and best practices to address racial disparities specific to the scholarly publishing community.

Rebecca Sumner, Assistant Dean for Research, College of Engineering Technology, RIT 

  • Dean Sumner will present on gender and research in the College of Engineering Technology on how to support female faculty in building their research.  

Seretha D Williams - Editor of Third Stone Journal on Afro-Futurism & Professor of English and Women's & Gender Studies, Augusta University. 

  • Third Stone Journal is devoted to Afrofuturism and other modes of the Black Fantastic. It is a starting place for a necessary conversation on literature, art, music, digital content, popular culture, and more that seeks to inject activism by advocating for the removal of obstacles that have habitually stifled and/or silenced people of African descent, their imagination, and things produced as a result.


2019: Recognizing Digital Dissemination

October 4, 2019 | Watch on YouTube (1:24:15)

Digital forms of dissemination have allowed scholarship to evolve beyond traditional journal articles and conference papers and offered scholars new opportunities to share their research publicly. However, methods of acknowledging these alternative outputs have not evolved at the same rate, sometimes making recognition an issue. Join us for a panel discussion exploring different scholarly outputs, including data curation, game development, and interactive publications. Bring your own ideas or approaches to the conversation as we explore and identify what the future of digital scholarship may look like. 

Moderator: Emily Sherwood, Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab (University of Rochester)


  • Matthew Gold, Associate Professor of English and Digital Humanities (CUNY) - "Manifold Scholarship"
  • Stephen Jacobs, Professor, School of Interactive Games and Media, GCCIS (RIT) - "Wandering through Digital Humanities" 
  • Wendy Kozlowski, Data Curation Specialist (Cornell) - "Data Publishing"


2018: Selecting & Assessing Publishers

September 21, 2018 | Watch on YouTube (1:25:00)

Panel discussion about how to choose the right avenue to disseminate your research and how to avoid predatory publishers. 

Moderator: Bonnie Swoger, Associate Director (RIT Libraries)


  • Ilka Datig, Head of Outreach and Instruction (Nazareth College) - discusses warning signs among publishers and things to avoid
  • Amanda Page, Open Publishing/Collections Librarian (Syracuse University) - discusses quality and Open Access publishing
  • Margaret H. Kearney, Professor, Vice Provost & University Dean of Graduate Studies (University of Rochester) - "Which Journal is the Best Home for my Paper? An Editor's Perspective"
  • Jim DelRosso, Associate Librarian and Digital Projects Coordinator (Cornell) -  addresses his role as repository manager and analyzing publisher policies and contracts