About Us

Physical Location: 204 Parks Library

How We Can Help… 

  • Research Support and Consultation
  • Digital Humanities in the Classroom
  • Open Education Resource Creation
  • Digital Scholarship Development

  • Add Your Research in ISU's open access Digital Repository
  • Copyright clearance for published materials
  • Network - finding your peers @ ISU
  • Workshops (for you or your class)
  • Digital Collection Creation
  • Grant Writing Support
  • Training

DSI Mission

The Digital Scholarship & Initiatives Department supports research, teaching, and learning by collaborating with staff, students, and faculty on digital scholarly research from inception to preservation. DSI provides free, open access to digital materials that embody the scholarly, cultural, and creative activities of Iowa State University including the University Library’s rare, unique, and uncommon local cultural heritage collections.


Digital Repository Services Mission

The Iowa State University Digital Repository (ISSN 2572-679X) supports Iowa State's mission to create, apply and share knowledge by providing free and open access to the research and scholarship of Iowa State's faculty, students and staff including historical, inactive publications of the Iowa State Digital Press.

The Iowa State University Digital Repository is managed by the University Library's Digital Scholarship and Initiatives Department. It is supported by the Office of the Vice President of Research. Contact us for self-archiving support and online researcher profiles.


To recognize the biases in our collections and to provide a virtual space for dialogue between our shared cultural heritage and the diversity of experience with a strong emphasis on social justice and the land-grant mission through our work with student, faculty and staff digital scholarship and initiatives.


Student Staff

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Maggi Wolfe

Maggi, a freshman in Architecture started in the Digital Scholarship and Initiatives Department to work on the Tracing Race Project here at the library. She has worked on the Black Student Housing project and after will continue to work in the department. Maggi helps by locating photos within the archives and checking data for accuracy.

Former Student Staff

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Amanda Larsen

Amanda, a graduate student with the Sociology Department, came to the Digital Scholarship and Initiatives Unit after working as Undergraduate Research Assistant with Special Collections & University Archives. In her new role working with Digital Scholarship & Initiatives, Amanda plays an integral role in helping shine a light on the scholarship produced by our researchers on campus, which includes working with the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development to showcase their latest research. She also helps to make historic scholarship more accessible to modern day researchers by preforming OCR clean-up on Iowa State’s first newspaper, The Aurora.
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Lynn Huang

Lynn, a graduate student with the Statistics Department, began her time at the University Library working in the stacks, but has since transitioned to Digital Scholarship & Initiatives. During her time with DSI Lynn has worked on a variety of projects from OCR clean-up, in order to make historical documents more accessible for researchers today, to helping our researchers on campus share advances in everything from swine diseases to crop management techniques. Currently, Lynn is working on formatting and uploading the historic Iowa Farm Science journal, which is of interest to both historians and scientists, alike.
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MyTien Kien

MyTien, a junior in Software Engineering, transitioned to Digital Scholarship and Initiatives from the University Library's circulation department. Her first project was migrating CONTENTdm URLs to ARK links. She is currently learning CSS and HTML on the job as she works on the Blog Transfer Project. In this project, she is moving older posts located on our WordPress DSI Update site to the Drupal Blog module, using code to create the blogs. MyTien has experience in Python and Java, which we hope to utlize in the future. Between projects, MyTien helps with transcribing the Bomb.

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William Rhys Walker

William Rhys Walker (he/they), a graduate student in the History Department, started in the Digital Scholarship and Initiatives Department working on the Tracing Race Project. They had previously worked in the Preservation Department and Stacks as an undergraduate in history. For the Tracing Race Project, he worked on finding archival materials, photographs, as well as photographing the extant structures as part of a class. They will continue to work in the department.