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Digital Humanities at Edmon Low Library: Resources

Digital Humanities Resources in the OSU Libraries

The Edmon Low Library has been working for the last few years to build capacity for digital humanities research, both through the creation of collaborative, technology-based work spaces and through professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. The Edmon Low Creative Studios opened in August 2015 with a focus on making technology available to all OSU patrons. This is the one place on campus where media labs, 3D printers, and loanable technology are available to any OSU student, faculty, or staff member regardless of department or college affiliation. These studios make it possible for faculty to assign digital humanities projects to their classes, knowing that students will be able to access the hardware, software, and expertise needed. The space includes Mac and Windows studios with enhanced audio mixing capabilities, a recording and presentation space with a green screen, and a 3D printing studio.

The McCasland Foundation Data Visualization Studio is also found in the Creative Studios and features a Microsoft Surface table linked to a wall-mounted touchscreen. This is a space for collaborative research among student and/or faculty groups, and it provides the software and hardware necessary to do comparative visualization of data, which is important in many subfields of the digital humanities. The library’s Maps and Spatial Data Services Librarian, Kevin Dyke, has expertise in this area and is available to consult with faculty and classes on various means of data visualization, including GIS (Geographic Information Systems). Virtual reality (or VR) has also become an important new tool for digital humanists and other researchers, and the library used donor funding to support the installation of VR capabilities in three spaces (two in the Creative Studios and one in the Architecture Library).

 

Edmon Low Creative Studios

Media Labs -- Mac and Windows workstations (some with audio equipment, including keyboards and mixers) and software for multimedia production including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro, Blender, Camtasia, DVD Architect Pro, 3DVision Photo Viewer,  and Audacity.

Presentation Recording Studio – Includes a podium with keyboard, mouse, and camera controllers, a wall-mounted SmartBoard, a Green Screen backdrop (retractable), and front and rear facing conference cameras. The studio has video and audio recording capabilities, and there are also consultation hours scheduled weekly for students or faculty to work with presentation coaches.

Tech to Go –Available tech for checkout includes digital audio recorders, camcorders, Go Pros, digital cameras, microphones and stand mics, and mobile LED projectors, as well as a range of telescopes.

3D printers – A constantly evolving selection of printers is available for use by anyone with an OSU ID.

McCasland Foundation Data Visualization Studio – Microsoft Surface table, linked wall-mounted 70” touchscreen, and a variety of data visualization software (including ArcGIS), specialized multi-touch screen interfaces, and access to web-based software interfaces.

Virtual Reality (VR) spaces -- Two VR rooms with HTC Vive equipment and a third room with a flight simulator.

 

Digital Humanities Internship

In late 2017, the OSU Library hired its first digital humanities intern, Lydia Perez. Throughout the course of her internship, she experimented with an array of DH tools and commented on her blog about their utility for the range of projects she completed. These posts provide an idea of how easy some of this software was to learn and to work with as well as giving readers a better idea of what tools are best suited to different tasks. Since 2018, Claire Ringer has served as the DH Intern for the Edmon Low Library.