Sally Chambers, Digital Humanities Research Coordinator at Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities, Ghent University and Project Coordinator at KBR, Royal Library of Belgium, has been appointed by the General Assembly as Director for DARIAH.
In its latest meeting, the consortium’s General Assembly approved the nomination proposed by the DARIAH ERIC Board of Directors Selection Committee. The Chair of the General Assembly, Chris de Loof, speaks about a new milestone for DARIAH ERIC. “Between all those exceptional candidates, the General Assembly has made an excellent choice for the future of DARIAH. DARIAH is with Sally in good hands”, Chris concluded.
“I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to contribute to DARIAH as part of the Board of Directors” said Chambers. “This is a crucial period for future-proofing DARIAH’s role in the sustainable delivery of services and data infrastructure for arts and humanities researchers in the context of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)”.
As a passionate digital librarian coordinating digital humanities research, Chambers has a deep, internal knowledge of DARIAH. Over the years, she has served as Secretary General of the DARIAH Coordination Office, as National Coordinator for Belgium and as Chair of the National Coordinator’s Committee as well as member of the DARIAH Senior Management Team. This specific background gives her an exceptional perspective on how DARIAH functions and what its challenges are, both in terms of pursuing concrete scholarly and broader strategic agendas.
Chambers has a strong international profile at the intersection of digital cultural heritage and digital humanities, with over 15 years of professional experience in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. She was educated in the UK and holds a BA in Literature with Psychology, an MA in Cultural Studies and a postgraduate qualification in Information Services Management. Her areas of scholarly expertise include digital (digitised and born-digital) cultural heritage, collections as data and GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) Labs.
Sally Chambers will succeed Frank Fischer, who stepped down in late December 2021 after a 5-year term of office.
According to its statutes, DARIAH ERIC has three part-time directors. Together they are responsible for the day-to-day operations of DARIAH. They consult the Senior Management Team and are supported by the DARIAH-EU Coordination Office. Sally Chambers will take on the new role from March 1st, 2022.