Digital Media Lab: Crafting Spaces to Support Innovation

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Cara Barker, Research and Instruction Services Librarian (Creator)
Scottie Kapel, Scholarly Communication Librarian (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Abstract: As technology permeates learning and instruction, academic libraries have an opportunity to reimagine services to meet the needs of their communities in novel and meaningful ways. In this session, you will learn how our library conceived and implemented a digital media lab after determining that our campus lacked spaces and support for students and faculty to create digital content outside of the classroom setting. The digital media lab is supported by a dedicated staff member, open to the entire campus community, and situated around sound-isolating booths designed for recording and editing. The service model encourages our community to become comfortable learning new technologies, to master the use of communication tools, and to be proficient communicators in an interconnected world. In this session we will discuss the development of the space and its service model, the myriad possibilities for utilizing the equipment, and our work with campus partners in the planning and implementation phases of this project.

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Language: English
Date: 2020
Digital media lab, academic libraries

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