Introducing the new Digital Media Commons in Snell Library

Information Technology Services announces the opening of the new Digital Media Commons in Snell Library. Supported by Library and IS technology staff, the new Digital Media Commons facility will be integrated with the Library’s existing and enhanced recording studio rooms, providing a comprehensive facility for audio and video creation and multimedia projects. New animation, 3D-modeling, and game-design software will allow users to create and present interactive media-rich content. The facility will have extensive data-analysis capabilities and GIS/mapping and CAD tools that will provide users with the ability to work across disciplinary boundaries to build complex simulation models and explore innovative solutions to real-world problems.

This cutting-edge facility will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will include:

  • Flexible study spaces equipped with plug-in stations for laptop and notebook computers
  • A comprehensive suite of data-analysis, media-editing, and creative software
  • Self-service media conversion capabilities
  • Laptop checkout with high-end software
  • Group workrooms with state-of-the art collaboration and presentation technologies
  • Mac and PC-based computer workstations with dual-monitor displays
  • Walk-in technical support
  • Regularly-held instructional workshops

The Digital Media Commons represents a transformative use of 11,000 square feet of space that had previously housed stacks of library collections since converted to online formats. It was designed by a steering committee comprised of individuals from University Libraries, Information Technology Services, the College of Arts, Media and Design, and Facilities, with input from faculty and students. This new facility addresses an expressed need for greater access to educational technology and additional study spaces on campus, and will provide the Northeastern community with new, innovative opportunities for teaching and learning.

Rehan Khan, Northeastern’s Chief Information Officer, is very excited about the new space. "Northeastern’s new Digital Media Commons enables the exploration and creation of rich digital media for teaching and learning, collaboration and creative scholarship. The Information Technology Services and Library staff will be able to work closely with faculty and students on the use of digital tools such as enhanced audio, video, animation, virtual reality, GIS, architecture and data visualization, and enable collaboration on projects and provide direction to the appropriate resources."

Posted in 2012 September IS Newsletter and tagged .