Design and Digital Scholarship Spaces - Using Library Spaces

The library has a variety of spaces to support emerging needs of patrons for collaborative, technology-rich spaces for teaching and research. These include spaces for media creation and editing. They also include spaces for digital scholarship activities including visualization, digital publication, data management, geographic information systems (GIS), text and data mining, and other similar activities in the digital humanities, digital social sciences, and e-science. All of the spaces mentioned below have specialized hardware and software and are designed to support collaboration necessary for complicated projects.

IDEA Lab

The Grainger Engineering Library IDEA Lab provides space and technology for faculty/student collaboration, innovation, and entrepreneurship and supports a wide range of digital scholarship activities, such as design learning, informatics, visualization, and data analytics.

  • Visualization wall
  • Informatics lab
  • Presentation spaces
  • 3D print lab
  • Innovator design rooms
  • Virtual reality lounge

Media Commons

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. Spaces include:

  • Video production studio
  • Audio production studio
  • Loanable technology

Scholarly Commons

The  is a technology enriched space for faculty, researchers, and graduate students to pursue research and receive expert copyright, data, digital humanities, digitization, scholarly communications, and usability consultation. Scholarly Commons services are supported by experts in the Scholarly Commons, subject specialists at the University Library, and partners throughout campus.

The Scholarly Commons is a technology enriched space for faculty, researchers, and graduate students to pursue research and receive expert copyright, data, digital humanities, digitization, scholarly communications, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and usability consultation services.

Tools and services available at the Scholarly Commons include:

  • Hardware – Dual monitor PCs, Macs, Lenovo Thinkpad Laptops, automatic sheet fed scanner, overhead book scanner, and Morae Observer workstation synced with the Usability Lab.
  • Software – Includes R, Stata, SAS, Oxygen XML Editor, and others.
  • Consultation services
  • Usability testing work station