Digital Union Changes

This notice about the Digital Union came out this week:

The Office of Distance Education & eLearning, which is responsible for the design and oversight of labs and experimental classrooms across campus, will be closing the original Eighteenth Avenue Library (former SEL) location on May 3rd, 2013, and will spend the summer completing new collaborative lab spaces slated to open this fall.

The Digital Union began its expansion in 2012 with a new 26 seat location in 171a Hagerty Hall. The number and capacity of new media creation spaces around the core of campus will continue to grow with the opening of a second Digital Union in 145  Stillman Hall and a third location, through a partnership with the Health Sciences Library, in Prior Hall this fall.

“The Digital Union is an important space at Ohio State for student collaboration, multimedia production, faculty consultation, and more. While we will miss our original location in the Eighteenth Avenue Library, we are excited to more than quadruple the available seats in our experimental labs this fall, adding more recording, production and learning spaces and more expert support for these services,” said Associate Vice President for Distance Education and eLearning, Michael Hofherr.

The Digital Union’s Whisper Room recording studio will be relocated from the Eighteenth Avenue library to the new space in Prior Hall, with a second video studio, audio booth, and video conferencing space slated to open in Denney Hall this fall.  These three new spaces opening in the coming academic year will bring the total number of Digital Union labs across campus to four, with discussions taking place now about additional growth in OSU’s stem corridor in 2014.

For more information, please contact Liv Gjestvang at gjestvang.1 or (614) 247-6457.

Our pals in the Digital Media Collective

We met on Tuesday, 11/13 with our colleagues who have been meeting as the Digital Media Collective to discuss how the groups can collaborate and how we can avoid duplicate effort.  The discussion reinforced the concern that digital humanities initiatives on campus lack coordination and sustainability.   The DMC is glad to work with us to realize more cooperative effort.  Here’s a link to their wiki: