Q | Another DH related institute? What is unique about ILiADS?
IliADS is project-based and team-based; it offers an opportunity for focused support of a specific project–your project–as you work alongside your colleagues and support specialists. Furthermore, ILiADS gives institute participants an opportunity to explore questions about digital scholarship together after the workshop week has ended. You know that feeling at the end of a conference, when you’re tired but energized? ILiADS will give you something to do with that energy.
Q | There are two ways to participate? How do I choose which is right for me?
Don’t choose and just do both! Seriously, though, the short answers are: (1) if you’re working at an LAC, you’re working on a team-based digital project (or if you have a team-based digital project in mind), and you’d like bring the team together for a week of concentrated, supported work on the project, then you want ILiADS Institute Week. Or (2), you want to join a community of digital liberal arts scholar-pedagogue-pratictioners for a weekend of panel discussions and keynotes that will be peppered with opportunities to collect smaller communities of interest, then you probably want ILiADS Conference Weekend.
Participating in both, though, is not just an option; it is encouraged. Please see the details to help you decide or contact the ILiADS team for more details. You may also have a look at some of the organizing committee members and contact any of whom you know.
Q |If I want to participate in ILiADS Institute Week, how developed should my project be?
Any stage! No, really. This is a real virtue of ILiADS: because your project is the focus of the institute, you’ll be tackling challenges specific to your level of entry, whatever that may be. What’s more, because we have the two-tiered entry into the institute, you’ll be able to foster fledgling ideas and shape more fully-formed ideas before you arrive.
Q | If I just want to participate in ILiADS Conference Weekend, do I need to submit a proposal?
Nope. If you want to participate in Conference Weekend you’ll just need to register once registration is open. Until registration opens, though, you are encouraged to sign up for updates about registration and the Institute.
Q | What is the ideal composition of project team?
The right team has the right specialists on it, so that the folks who should be doing a specific kind of work, are doing that work. That said, we’re interested in teams that have at least 1. a faculty member, 2. a librarian and/or technologist, and (optionally), 3. a student.
Q | Wait, I thought you said projects could be at any stage of development. What if I have an idea that I’ve been kicking around, but I don’t yet have a team?
Not to worry. First, have you been kicking this around with anyone else? Over coffee or before a staff meeting? Have you been talking about the ideas with your librarians and educational technologists? A team might be hiding in plain sight and just needs the name to make it official. Secondly, and most importantly, the ILiADS Project Development Consultants will be there to guide you from the current state of the project (or idea) toward a proper proposal, and this includes team building where necessary.
Q | Will there be project support after the institute?
There will be no formal support provided for projects developed as part of the ILiADS Institute, but participants are encouraged to develop peer networks that foster community support. Like with any institute or conference, you’ll leave with fresh connections and informal support structures to help guide your project along for continued success.