Designing a Digital Incubator at the Claremont Colleges Library
Ashley Sanders, Ph.D., Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Claremont Colleges Library
In less than two years, the Claremont Colleges Library has become the consortial heart of digital humanities and digital scholarship on the Claremont Colleges campus. To further the exciting work already underway, the library is developing two new digital research, teaching, and learning spaces: the Digital Tool Shed (formerly our mono-purpose GIS Lab) and the Digital Research Studio. This project has strengthened the Library’s social capital on campus by including multiple stakeholders in the design phase, listening to expressed wishes and underlying concerns, and synthesizing the feedback into an actionable plan. This presentation will briefly describe the vision and design cycle for the Digital Tool Shed. The Digital Tool Shed is envisioned as an incubator for innovative digital research, teaching, and learning – a space for exploration, practice, engagement, and experiential learning. To refine this vision, the Library planning team partnered with the Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity to conduct interviews with potential users, identify stakeholders’ needs and interests, and craft solutions.