It is a sincere pleasure to welcome you to central Pennsylvania and Bucknell University for our annual digital scholarship conference. We began conceptualizing this week’s gathering last fall and are very proud of the results of our efforts: Looking Forward, Looking Back: The Evolution of Digital Scholarship. Now in our fourth year, we’re proud that we’ve organized an event where all who are involved in digital scholarship can participate in rich and meaningful ways. Typically it is unusual to see faculty, administrators, educational technologists, librarians, archivists, graduate and undergraduate students all attending and interacting at the same conference, but at #BUDSC it has become the norm.

We hope that you will experience the next few days as a time to share your research, pedagogy and the experiences you have gained at your home institutions; learn about innovations and advancements developing elsewhere; and participate in the development and growth of this shared intellectual endeavor. More than anything else, it is our hope that each of us will return to our respective institutions having gained friendships, built new partnerships and increased opportunities for collaboration in this exciting field.

None of this would have been possible without the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a number of individuals here at Bucknell who have worked tirelessly over the past many months to bring us together this week:

Conference Committee: Tracy Hower, Brianna Derr, Jill Hallam-Miller, Todd Suomela
Event technology support: George Lincoln, Jeff Campbell, Jesse Greenawalt and Sean McDonough
Events Management: Lindsay Shively
Bucknell Dining: Michelle Kerstetter
Registration: Pamela Noone
Publications, Print & Mail: Kristi Randall

The work of the conference committee was made much easier thanks to the support and guidance from Param Bedi and all of our colleagues in Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship and Research Services.

Again, we are very excited to have you here with us. If at any time during the conference you are in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of the Library & IT team with an orange lanyard. We are so glad that you are here!

Very Best Wishes,

Matthew Gardzina, Conference Chair
Director, Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship

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