1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Libraries, Archives and the Digital Humanities

Edited By Isabel Galina Russell, Glen Layne-Worthey Copyright 2025
    544 Pages 55 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Libraries, Archives, and the Digital Humanities covers a wide range of issues encountered in the world’s libraries and archives as they continue to expand their support of, and direct engagement in, DH research and teaching. 

    In addition to topics related to the practice of librarianship, and to libraries and archives as DH-friendly institutions, we address issues of importance to library and archives workers themselves: labour; sustainability; organisation and infrastructure; and focused professional practices that reflect the increasingly important role of librarians and archivists as active research partners. One of the central motifs of this book is that the “two” fields — DH, on the one hand, and the library, archival, and information sciences on the other — are in fact deeply intertwined, productively interdependent, and mutually reinforcing. We place these on an equal footing, considering how they coexist and collaborate in equal partnership.

    This Companion will be of interest to DH practitioners and theorists, especially those who work in libraries and archives, and those who work with them.  Likewise, “non-DH” (or “not-yet-DH”) library and archival administrators, reference and public service librarians, cataloguers, and even those who work primarily with the tangible collections, will find here echoes and implications of the most venerable traditions and practices of our shared profession.

    List of figures

    List of contributors


    Editors’ introduction

    Glen Layne-Worthey, Isabel Galina Russell

    Section 1: Ethical and legal foundations

    1.The Illusion of Everything: Notions of Completeness in National Digital Collections    

    Isabel Galina Russell


    2.Bibliographic Diaspora and Cultural Heritage

    Pablo Avilés


    3.Nimble Tents and Bunkers: The Role of Libraries in Rapid-Response DH        

    Quinn Dombrowski, Alex Gil, Anna Kijas and Carrie Pirmann


    4.Bridging Traditional DH and Archives through Computational Archival Science          

    Richard Marciano, Rosemary Grant, Alexis Hill, Phillip Nicholas, Noah Scheer, Alan Wierdak, Mark Conrad, Ray McCoy, Myeong Lee, Priscilla Robinson


    5.The Cruel Optimism of Infrastructure: a Call to Mend 

    Sarah Potvin, Spencer Keralis, Elizabeth Grumbach      


    6.Infrastructures of Power: Archives as Epistemological Palimpsests      

    James B. Harr   III


    7.Copyright Is the Lock; Non-Expressive Fair Use Is the Key: Research with In-Copyright Texts   

    Glen Layne-Worthey

    Section 2: Collections as data

    8.Getting Back in the Flow: An Outline For a Semi-Automated Digitization Workflow to Improve the Quality of Digital Collections

    Mirjam Cuper  


    9.Archival Collections as Data: A Global View from Japan

    Toru Aoike


    10.Which Collections as Data? Advancing the Use of External Collections for Digital Scholarship

    Kathi Woitas    


    11.Libraries, Archives, and the Born-Digital Humanities

    Paul Gooding   


    12.Hidden Patterns: An Introduction to Text Mining for Libraries

    Silvia Gutierrez

    13.Selling Our Soul (For Total Control)? Linked Open Data and GLAM

    Toby Burrows, Deb Verhoeven, Mike Jones       


    14.Publishing Large Collections of Digitised Printed Material: the National Library of the Netherlands

    Steven Claeyssens

    Section 3: Publishing and other public-facing practices

    15.Digital Publishing for Smaller Libraries: the Case of Quire at Pitts Theology Library   

    Spencer W. Roberts, Elizabeth R.Miller


    16.The First World War Letters of H.J.C. Peirs: A Case Study of the Creation and Growth of a Collaborative, Pedagogy-Driven Digital History Project           

    Amy Lucadamo, R.C. Miessler, Ian Isherwood


    17.Multidisciplinary Research on Family Historians: Framing Current Challenges in Cultural Heritage          

    Henriette Roued, Ann-Sofie Klareld       


    18.Preserving Digital Humanities Projects Using Principles of Digital Longevity

    J. Matthew Huculak, Corey Davis


    19.The Static Advantage: Increased Agility and Sustainability of Static-Web-Driven Development for Digital Humanities Projects    

    Olivia M. Wikle, Devin Becker, Evan Peter Williamson


    20.Integrating Human-Centred Systems Design into Libraries’ Digital Ecosystems          

    Talia Méndez


    21.Development of an IIIF-Compatible Digital Collection and Image Usage Analysis: The Case of the Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive

    Chifumi Nishioki

    Section 4. The profession and the disciplines

    22.Essential Entanglements: Digital Preservation and the Digital Humanities   

    Trevor Owens  


    23.The Information Sciences and the Digital Humanities: Building an Informational Ecosystem       

    Sulema Rodríguez-Roche


    24.Interfacing in the Archive: Making Online Collections Work for and with Digital Humanities Research

    Tracy Stuber, Emily Pugh, Bryce Dwyer, Megan Sallabedra


    25.Interdisciplinarity as the Framework for Transition of Digital to Computational Archive: A Case Study of Digital Curation

    Roxanne Missingham, Ingrid Mason


    26.Towards a Framework for Digital Scholarship for Higher Education  

    John Knox, Theresa Burress     


    27.Archival and Artificial Intelligence: A Framework to Connect Them in Practice          

    Isnardo Reducindo, Gustavo Olague     

    Section 5: DH in organisations


    28.Leveraging and Creating Library Structures to Support Online Exhibitions

    Tess Colwell, Trip Kirkpatrick


    29.Digital Preservation Expertise and Labour Throughout the Project Lifecycle

    Emily Higgs Kopin, Mikala Narlock


    30.Digital Humanities at the Bibliothèque nationale de France: Between Age-Old Objectives and New Uses

    Marie Carlin, Arnaud Laborderie, Antoine Silvestre de Sacy      


    31.A Nation and its Research: the National Library of Israel in Two Worlds

    Tsafra Siew


    32.Archives, Digital Search, and AI Ethics        

    William A. Ingram, Sylvester A. Johnson


    33.Embedding Digital Humanities in the British Library 

    Mia Ridge, Adi Keinan-Schoonbaert, Neil Fitzgerald, Nora McGregor, Rossitza Atanassova, Stella Wisdom




    Isabel Galina Russell is a researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Her main research interests are Digital Humanities, libraries and digital collections and digital preservation. She is a founding member of the RedHD (Red de Humanidades Digitales).

    Glen Layne-Worthey is Associate Director for Research Support Services in the HathiTrust Research Center, based in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences.  Formerly, he was Digital Humanities Librarian at Stanford, 1997-2019.

    Both editors have served in leadership roles in the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO).