The Dig­ital Schol­ar­ship Com­mons, which opened ear­lier this semester at Snell Library, serves as a “one-​​stop-​​shop” for fac­ulty and doc­toral stu­dents to access a range of high-​​level ser­vices for dig­ital schol­ar­ship, teaching, and research.

At the multi-​​dimensional resource center, fac­ulty and doc­toral stu­dents can con­sult with library per­sonnel and experts in tech­nology and learning sci­ence to dis­cover and share best prac­tices for teaching and learning and for using the latest tech­nology, hard­ware, and soft­ware to enhance their research projects and instruc­tion. It also serves as a col­lab­o­ra­tive space where they can meet with other fac­ulty mem­bers across dis­ci­plines, and hold work­shops and meet­ings with students.

The DSC, located on the library’s second floor, is directly con­nected to sev­eral key campus resources: the library’s Dig­ital Schol­ar­ship Group, a research group respon­sible for devel­oping and sup­porting cutting-​​edge infra­struc­ture for dig­ital schol­ar­ship; Aca­d­emic Tech­nology Ser­vices, a unit of Infor­ma­tion Tech­nology Ser­vices that con­sults, sup­ports, and helps fac­ulty iden­tify and imple­ment tech­no­log­ical solu­tions for their teaching and research activ­i­ties and goals; and the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research, which takes a multi-​​faceted, research-​​based approach to help fac­ulty and admin­is­tra­tors pro­vide the North­eastern com­mu­nity with oppor­tu­ni­ties for lasting learning.

Fac­ulty tours of the space began this month.

The Dig­ital Schol­ar­ship Com­mons was cre­ated to syn­the­size the resources and ser­vices all these groups pro­vide,” said Julia Flan­ders, head of the Dig­ital Schol­ar­ship Group and a Pro­fessor of the Prac­tice in the Depart­ment of Eng­lish.

For instance, a fac­ulty member may come with ques­tions about using GIS map­ping soft­ware or dig­ital pub­lishing tools. That person could take advan­tage the Dig­ital Schol­ar­ship Group office hours and also meet with a learning sci­en­tist at the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research to dis­cuss ways in which this tech­nology could be used as a learning oppor­tu­nity for stu­dents both in and out of the classroom.

The DSC offers our fac­ulty and stu­dents incred­ible oppor­tu­ni­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tive schol­ar­ship and research. This is the first time there has been a space like this on campus, ” said Stephanie Trow­bridge, asso­ciate director for Aca­d­emic Tech­nology Services.

The fac­ulty will make this into what­ever they need it for,” added Cigdem Talgar, director of the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research. “It’s a great oppor­tu­nity to problem solve and get to the root of what­ever tech­nology, research, and teaching chal­lenges they’re facing, and it’s also a meeting space that allows for intel­lec­tual, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary discourse.”

The Digital Scholarship Commons, which opened earlier this semester at Snell Library, serves as a dedicated meeting space for faculty and doctoral students to access a range of high-level services for digital scholarship, teaching, and research. Photo by Mariah Tauger.

The Dig­ital Schol­ar­ship Com­mons, which opened ear­lier this semester at Snell Library, serves as a ded­i­cated meeting space for fac­ulty and doc­toral stu­dents to access a range of high-​​level ser­vices for dig­ital schol­ar­ship, teaching, and research. Photo by Mariah Tauger.

The DSC is cur­rently open Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., though extended hours are coming soon. Users must swipe their Husky card to enter.

The space fea­tures a variety of work­spaces and tech­nology ser­vices.  At one end, there is a com­puter lab for small groups to meet and work; at the other, two inter­ac­tive work­spaces allow mul­tiple users to plug in their lap­tops and take turns accessing a high-​​definition screen. The space also fea­tures sleek com­puter bars, a con­fer­ence table, and sev­eral cozy spaces with col­orful couches and chairs for small-​​group meetings.

The DSC’s com­ple­tion con­cludes the final phase of the Dig­ital Media Com­mons’ expan­sion. Over the past two years, Snell Library in gen­eral and the Dig­ital Media Com­mons in par­tic­ular have under­gone a sig­nif­i­cant trans­for­ma­tion to pro­vide greater access to edu­ca­tional tech­nology, enhance study space, and create inno­v­a­tive oppor­tu­ni­ties for teaching and learning. The ren­o­va­tions include adding col­lab­o­ra­tive work­rooms, audio and video recording stu­dios, new fur­ni­ture, 3-​​D printing, revamped com­puter labs, and other tech­nology resources.

The DMC is a media lab and dig­ital cre­ativity center where stu­dents and fac­ulty can uti­lize a range of tech­nolo­gies, including new ani­ma­tion, audio and visual editing, and game design software.

Alicia Peaker, project manager for the Women's Writer Project, works inside the new Digital Scholarship Commons. Photo by Mariah Tauger.

Alicia Peaker, project man­ager for the Women’s Writer Project, works inside the new Dig­ital Schol­ar­ship Com­mons. Photo by Mariah Tauger.