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Digital Scholarship at the University of Louisville

UofL Digital Media Suite

The Digital Media Suite is a specialized computer lab that focuses on the design, creation, and production of digital media video, sound, or image. The DMS also provides access to recording equipment and tutoring support. The DMS is open to all students, faculty, and staff of the University working on academic projects.

The Digital Media Suite first opened in 2008 as a collaboration between the University Libraries, REACH, and the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. It opened with 4 Mac workstations and 3 cameras for checkout.

Technology and Equipment

11 Windows and 5 Mac workstations are available. All workstations have the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, SnagIt, Panopto Recorder, and Audacity installed.

Other software installed include PyWare 3D, ProTools, Blender, QGIS 3, and more.

Studios

The DMS supports multimedia creation in two main studios: an audio studio and a video studio.

These studios provide high quality recording and production equipment along with support by student workers.

One Button Studio

The DMS also provides self-service video creation using a studio modeled after the Penn State One Button Studio.

Increasing Usage

In the past four years, usage of the DMS has increased by more than 91%. In the 2018-2019 academic year, more than 1700 students received instruction on media assignments and over 2900 people worked in the DMS.

On average, students, faculty, and staff spend over 3500 hours each year learning, recording, and producing media in the Digital Media Suite.

Digital Scholarship at the University of Louisville

To support the many faculty engaging in digital humanities work at UofL, the Commonwealth Center for Humanities and Society showcases projects.

These projects include work with classes, the community, and faculty from other institutions.

Support by the University Libraries

The UofL University Libraries provide diverse support for faculty conducting digital scholarship research and teaching.

In the Spring of 2019, UofL hosted a two day workshop for the Digital Humanities Research Institute. As part of a larger initiative started by the CUNY Graduate Center, the DHRI connects scholars from across institutions to learn and explore technologies and their role in humanities research.

In the Spring of 2019, the Delphi Center launched a series of Faculty Learning Communities (FLC). One of these FLCs focused on Digital Humanities and Digital Scholarship.

This FLC was co-facilitated by Dr. Lara Kelland, then professor of History, and Jason Zahrndt, Digital Media Consultant for the Delphi Center.

The goals of this FLC included connecting and supporting faculty in their exploration of digital humanities projects. Over the course of the FLC, trainings were provided for WordPress publishing, ArcGIS, and Python.

One project developed during this FLC was the Lost Louisville StoryMap project by Terri Holtze, Head of Web Services for the University Libraries at UofL.
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