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January 15, 2014

Nora Dimmock honored for leadership in digital humanities

Nora Dimmock
Nora Dimmock

With the rise of digital technology, libraries are beginning to reinvent themselves, reimagining the role of technology in teaching and learning. As director of the Digital Humanities Center, Nora Dimmock, film and media studies librarian, is front and center in that transformation at the University. Her dedication and leadership in digital technology for interdisciplinary studies has earned her the 2013 Messinger Libraries Recognition Award. The annual award, created and funded by Trustee Martin Messinger ’49, includes a $5,000 prize.

Dimmock helped design the libraries’ strategic plan, which created a five-year roadmap for the River Campus Libraries. “We had a chance to look at all of the big trends in higher education and academic librarianship,” Dimmock says. “We put together a plan for transforming our spaces, our collections, and our skill sets to meet the needs of the 21st-century library, and I think that’s really exciting.”

Dimmock arrived at the University in 2001 as a programmer/analyst and was appointed director of the Digital Humanities Center when it was established in 2010. The center’s mission is to facilitate digital access to library materials, provide support for web-based initiatives, and promote digital humanities by serving as a partner for University groups engaged in interdisciplinary scholarship.

As the go-to person for faculty with digital projects or grant proposals in mind, Dimmock has supported the University community in areas of research, grant writing, and curriculum and program development. She has actively contributed to at least four major grant proposals during the past year. More extensive projects include the new digital media studies program, Rettner Hall, and the Seward Family Archive project.

“Nora has been right at the center of so much of the work we’re doing in the digital humanities,” says Thomas DiPiero, dean for humanities and interdisciplinary studies at the University. “She’s not only highly knowledgeable; she’s an unusually creative thinker, and she’s lent her considerable talents to both research and curricular projects. She’s helped a lot of people think through some very complex undertakings.”

Dimmock is frequently invited to speak at conferences and symposia in the area of digital scholarship. She is leading the transition of the Multimedia Center to a Center for Digital Scholarship, building a team of digital technologists.

“Nora has an outstanding record of accomplishments towards the development of a digital scholarship program for the River Campus Libraries and for the River Campus writ large,” says Mary Ann Mavrinac, vice provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of River Campus Libraries. “She cares deeply about the teams with whom she leads and works and about the library.”

Dimmock holds a master of library science degree and a bachelor’s degree in ceramic engineering. She is currently working on a doctorate at the Warner School.

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