About

Hours of Operation

Which part of the Media Commons you would like to use?

Media Editing Space – Our Media Editing workstations have recently been relocated to a semi-enclosed space are available all hours the UGL is open. They can also be reserved here

Loanable Technology – Equipment checkout at the Loanable Technology desk is currently available whenever the UGL is open, contingent upon item availability; You can request an Advance Booking using the method described on the “Loanable Tech” page available here

Video Production Studio – For more information on availability and usage of the Video Production Studio check out the Video Studio page here

Audio Production Studio – The Media Commons Audio Booth is currently available as long as the Lower Level of the UGL is open (note: reservations end 45 minutes prior to UGL closing on Friday and Saturday nights. You can request to use the studio here

Media and Technology Consultations – Consultations are available by appointment. Please email us and we will work with you to schedule a time Monday – Friday between 9 AM and 6 PM.

About

The Media Commons, is located on the north and east side of the upper level of the Undergraduate Library, is a collaborative campus effort that provides students and faculty opportunities to experiment with emerging technologies, with expanded opportunities to learn of best practices in educational technology. In addition to a robust loanable technology program, the Media Commons is a service space that offers faculty, students, and users the ability to create, disseminate, use, and curate digital media. The goal is to meet the need for broad access to media creation tools, information technology training in multimedia hardware and software, and instruction in media literacy.
The Media Commons opened in 2013 and began as a Partnership between The Library and Technology Services, with support from the Library IT student fee program.

Mission

The Media Commons formed in March 2013 to provide faculty, students and staff a space to create digital media projects.

  • For faculty and staff, it is a space to discover effective ways to integrate digital media into their curriculum and to demonstrate to their students the equipment and techniques used by professionals.
  • For students it is a space to facilitate the creation of both basic and advanced projects and to explore creative ideas.

Support is the cornerstone of this endeavor. Technology alone is not enough. The Media Commons provides support and education using either an individual’s media and technology or equipment available through the Media Commons or the Undergraduate Library. Current technology support offered in the Media Commons and video production studio is provided by the combined efforts of Media Commons staff, staff from Technology Services, and other technology partners from around the campus.

An important mission of The Media Commons is to help train and educate those affiliated with the University on techniques and best practices for creating and editing video, as well as the basic usage and implementation of production studios.

Media Commons Staff

Eric Kurt: Media Commons Coordinator

Eric is the Coordinator and first employee for the Media Commons. He helped construct the services and spaces within the Media Commons. His main focus is on strategy as well as outreach and marketing.

Jake Metz: Media Commons Technology Support Specialist

Jake Metz is the Media Commons Technology Support Specialist. He oversees and trains staff for the Media Commons production studios.

Janelle Sander: Loanable Technology Collection Manager

Janelle oversees the day to day operations of the loanable technology collection. She researches and takes suggestions for new equipment to add and trains staff and students in the use of the equipment.

Rebecca McGuire: Visiting Instructional Technology Specialist

Rebecca works in the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, where she is helping to develop an online multimedia leadership training toolkit for librarians around the world. She has filmed training footage in Myanmar, Namibia, and Haiti. She collaborates with the Media Commons on video and blog projects.

Partners and Support Services

Technology Consultant Partners – offer drop in sessions, workshops, consulting or other expertise related to technology and media.
  • Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
  • Ethnography of the University
  • College of Media
  • College of ACES
  • University Library Scholarly Commons