The core mission of the Center for Transformative Scholarship (CTS) at USC is to facilitate, explore, test, and advance the potentials of new media and networked scholarship for scholarly research, analysis, and publication. The CTS is a University-wide resource, hosted by the University Library, the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and the School of Cinematic Arts. CTS is located in two places: at Doheny Memorial Library for administration, seminars, programming, and access to collections and at the Institute for Multimedia Literacy (IML) on West Adams for laboratory workspace, faculty and student workshops, and design and online publication activities.
CTS is committed to working with faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students who seek to realize the emerging scholarly potential of massive online archives, the potential of collaborative environments and tools for analysis and interpretation of those archives, and the potential of new forms of publication via the Internet and other new media. USC has a long record of leadership in these three areas of scholarship. The CTS is designed to provide a more coherent focus to these efforts and offer interested scholars a supportive institutional framework for their projects.
During the 2008-9 inaugural year, the CTS will host a seminar/lecture series on digital archiving, analysis using new media, and digital publication. The CTS will offer an array of opportunities to faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students seeking to develop scholarly projects in the new media,. The CTS is a place for asking questions, creating a sense of community, and achieving actual hands-on support, through the Librarys AIMS program and through the IMLs ongoing workshops. We will facilitate team research communities involving faculty-student-librarian collaboration in research and archival development in accordance with the University and college initiatives in research-based learning. We will also pursue collaborations with major university presses to develop new, sustainable models for digital scholarly publication. We are also seeking major external funding on a number of related initiatives.