What You Can Do at the Digital Scholarship Centre

By Meredith Bratland

By Meredith Bratland

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Exciting times at UAlberta Libraries! We’ve opened the new Digital Scholarship Centre. Located on the second floor of Cameron Library, the DSC is a bright space that we created to inspire collaboration, interdisciplinary exploration, and the use of digital tools to share research.

It’s hard to describe the full potential of this collaboration space in words… So in true library fashion, I’ve gathered my favourite cats-and-tech illustrations to explain the opportunities with a cheeky visual library vibe.

Here are all the things you can do at the Digital Scholarship Centre:

1) Collaborate!

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Courtesy of artist Cindy Suen.Cindy Suen.

We have gorgeous spaces created to get people talking to each other.

2) Get Your Game On2) Get Your Game On:

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The Nintendo Switch-inspired costumes at the Green and Gold Day parade helped to win theLibraries Team the coveted Green and Gold Cup.

The DSC has a Nintendo Switch and Sony Playstation 4. Game consoles and controllers can be booked for one hour, with the option to extend to two hours per day. Users can bring their own games, or borrow games from Rutherford Library.

I asked, “How does gaming work in an academic environment?” and Academic Library Resident Kate Cawthorn said: “There are many gaming courses on campus and the DSC is prepared with gaming consoles and games to help these students. Not everyone has the resources to have the latest console or games, or the time after leaving campus to spend with a game for study.”

3) Dive into Virtual Reality (VR)

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Courtesy of artist Cindy Suen.Cindy Suen.

The DSC is working on a full VR Studio, but at the moment we have lots of VR gear available (like the HTC Vive Pro).

4) Fabricate Away4) Fabricate Away:

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Courtesy of artist Cindy Suen.Cindy Suen.

There are a bevy of 3D printers, 3D scanners, and cutting, milling, and engraving equipment to experiment with at the DSC.

5) Make your Media5) Make your Media:

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Courtesy of artist Cindy Suen.Cindy Suen.

The DSC has a range of audio recording and production equipment that can be used for creative projects and research, including audio recording equipment, photography and video equipment, and software. What a gold mine of resources to help you share your findings with the world!

6) Visualize, Visualize, Visualize6) Visualize, Visualize, Visualize:

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Courtesy of artist Cindy Suen.Cindy Suen.

Data and information are at an all-time high in society today. How does the modern reader cope with this ever growing collection of large data sets? Data Visualization is the practice of transforming data into easy to comprehend narratives using infographics, interactive web apps, and installations.

Visit the Digital Scholarship Centre website to view all of their services and to book equipment, or stop by in person and talk with the staff!

We can’t wait to see what you create in this space.

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Meredith Bratland — Strategic Communications Manager

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Meredith is the Strategic Communications Manager for the University of Alberta Libraries. She has worked with both public and rural libraries, in addition to academia. She’s passionate about libraries and their role in community engagement.