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The Digital Tool Shed is Real!

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Honnold-Mudd Library: Digital Tool Shed

What is the Digital Tool Shed?

It will be a renovated space in the former GIS Lab of the Claremont Colleges Library whose mission is

to serve as an incubator for innovative digital research, teaching, and learning. It will be a space for exploration, practice, engagement, and experiential learning for individuals, groups, and classes.

The newly renovated “Digital Tool Shed” will support Digital Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM through hardware, software, workshops, and one-on-one consultations.

This project has been a long time in the making, and it’s finally coming to fruition! This is my first large project as a project manager, and, as they say, I’m learning to swim by being thrown into the deep end. (NB: I would not recommend the literal application of that adage!)

For anyone embarking on a similar project, check out this simple video of the steps I took when I began designing this space. Working with several teams of people to research the wants, needs, desires, and fears of each group of stakeholders was an invaluable piece of the work and gave the Claremont Colleges Library a chance to do some advance marketing an education around the changes this renovation would bring to the library.

For the curious, here’s a quick snapshot of what will be included in the Digital Tool Shed:

DTS-Software DTS-Hardware

Additional posts will describe this process – from identifying the hardware needs – to choosing a vendor for the data visualization wall, as well as hiring and training graduate students and building a program to support existing and yet-to-be-determined needs on the campuses. If I am brave enough, I may even share lessons learned as a new manager of staff. Stay tuned!

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