Rowan University Libraries Digital Scholarship Center sets out to develop and curate innovative digital scholarship projects, educational resources, and collaborative programs to advance and extend creativity, learning, research, scholarly communication, and teaching at Rowan University. One way we do this is through collaborating with faculty, staff, students, and the broader community to develop and curate unique digital scholarship projects and collections that relate to curriculum, regional history, or Rowan University inspired research. The following is a list of current projects and programs developed by the Rowan University Libraries Digital Scholarship Center.
The Rowan University Public Art Project is an interactive digital scholarship project of all public art on campus. The project was developed by the Rowan University Libraries Digital Scholarship Center in collaboration with University Publications, University Relations, University Planning, and the Rowan University Art Gallery. The project includes photography and descriptions of all of the campus public art, artist biographies, an interactive map, and Library resources related to the artwork, the artists, and public art in general. In developing the Rowan University Public Art Project, our goals included contributing to public awareness of Rowan University’s commitment to creative endeavors, the arts, and the wider community and leveraging the University’s public artwork to influence academic exploration of the interdisciplinary aspects of public art and space. This work has inspired new course projects and has been used in Art Criticism, Experiencing Art, Urban Geography, and Cultural Geography courses. Spring 2020, we will also be integrating the project into an Introduction to Aesthetics course. We envision the project being used within additional courses to explore topics such as creativity, critical thinking, environmental issues, gender and diversity studies, history, placemaking, and writing arts.
The Glassboro Summit Collection is a Rowan University Libraries Digital Scholarship Center project created in collaboration with the Archive and Special Collections, University Publications, and the Glassboro Historical Society. The project includes historical photographs, documents, and oral histories. Its focus is to provide students, historians, and community members online access to primary and secondary resources related to the Glassboro Summit, the 1967 Cold War-era meeting between President Lyndon B. Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin. The collection also includes material related to Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), the Hollybush mansion, and Glassboro local history. The project centralizes and digitally preserves the material for easy access. The collection is intended as an educational resource for K-12 and college courses to inspire new scholarship, learning, and curriculum about the Cold War, diplomacy, the Glassboro Summit, and how the Summit impacted the local community and international politics.
The Glassboro Memory Mapping Project (GMM) is a collaborative digital scholarship project exploring cultural geography, memory, placemaking, and public history of Glassboro, New Jersey. The project is being developed through an innovative partnership between the Rowan University Libraries Digital Scholarship Center, Rowan University's Cultural Geography Honors Course (Jen Kitson, Ph.D.), the Glassboro Historical Society, and the Heritage Glass Museum. Utilizing digital scholarship and historical and cultural geography research methods, and blended and experiential learning techniques, the project is digitizing, curating, and unifying endangered historical material on a publicly accessible digital archive. The project includes historical photographs, video, audio recordings, documents, maps, oral histories, digitized books, and a comprehensive resource list. The project is integrated within Dr. Kitson's Cultural Geography Honors course, where the students explore Glassboro's cultural geography and public history and help research and develop content. Students are also required to develop an interactive web-based project on a Glassboro topic using a cultural geography theme. Student research projects have included: Glassboro's German Prisoner of War Camp, Local Dining and Global Trends, Finding Faith in Glassboro, Making the Invisible Visible: A Queer Glassboro History, Influences of Agriculture, Segregation in Glassboro, Paper Money of the Glass Houses (Labor issues), The Landmark: The 200 Year History of The Franklin House, and several other projects. During the Fall 2019 semester, students developed interactive proposals for Imagined Murals located within Glassboro. Students presented their proposals to members of the Creative Glassboro Commission, City Council, and the Glassboro Historical Society. One of these projects evolved into the student entrepreneurial business, GlassRoots, which was a finalist for the 2019 Idea Challenge. The development of the Glassboro Memory Mapping Project provides students with relevant, real-world experience, including fieldwork, research methods, and writing, interview skills, critical and spatial thinking, creative and design thinking, GIS, metadata, handling archival material, and digital media development. The project also provides summer internship opportunities within the Rowan University Libraries Digital Scholarship Center.
Originally published in 1964, The Glassboro Story has since become an important historical source on the founding and subsequent development of Glassboro, NJ. In this digital format, the book is made publicly available as an educational resource to help students, researchers, and community members learn about the history of Glassboro, NJ. We also hope to spark a deeper connection with Glassboro and to inspire new scholarship and learning within subjects such as Cultural Geography, American Studies, United States History, and Public History.
The Projecting Future Public Art project is a collaborative course project between Professor Jen Kitson (Urban Geography) and the Rowan University Libraries Digital Scholarship Center. The project was initiated within Professor Kitson's Urban Geography course and set out to provide students with an experiential learning opportunity of designing and implementing a research survey. This IRB approved project allowed us to interview students, collect non-identifying demographics and student opinions of Rowan University's public art. The students also explored how projection mapping technology can be used to activate a public space and encourage more engaged survey responses. Over two semesters, students collected approximately 900 surveys and participated in four campus projection mapping events.
Designed by Rowan University Libraries Digital Scholarship Center in collaboration with University Publications, University Media and Public Relations, and the Archive and Special Collections, this interactive story is a digital version of Robert D. Bole’s book Summit at Holly Bush, which was published in 1969 by the Glassboro State College Endowment Fund, Inc. The original hardbound book is available within the Rowan University Campbell Library. The project’s focus is to provide students, historians, and community members access to information related to the Glassboro Summit, including a collection of primary and secondary resources such as photographs, video, audio, and documents. It is intended as an educational resource to develop historical and cultural understanding and to inspire new scholarship and learning about the Cold War, diplomacy, the Glassboro Summit, and how the Summit impacted the local community.
The NJ Watershed Stories
Dr. Marvin Creamer's, The Globe Star Voyage