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Tuesday, June 5 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Digital Media Commons Lite: establishing a student digital media commons & lab on a slim budget

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Developing new service models for student learning in spaces not dedicated for the purpose is a perennial challenge for academic libraries. Continued funding declines complicate the problem. Low staffing, heavy workloads, and a general lack of time may seem to prevent the development of new and innovative services. Indeed, the allure of a fully-fledged and highly resourced digital media commons probably seems out of reach for libraries that are considering which major services, or databases to cut. We suggest focusing on progress and scaffolding success to help you get closer to creating that commons or lab and to providing the kinds of learning spaces you'd like your students to have. Even in times when budgets are tight, it is still possible to gather resources, interest, and support from colleagues and realign them with an overarching strategic goal.
The result for MU Libraries is ongoing as we constantly re-imagine existing spaces and build on incremental progress to create useful and relevant services for students and staff. In this presentation, we will highlight the importance of iterative goal setting as we talk about our journey from a recording space for library instruction material to what we have now: a digital media commons and a lab that serves as a production space for librarian projects and a learning and project space for students.


Alora Bauer

E-Learning Graduate Assistant, University of Missouri
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Navadeep Khanal

Head of Teaching and Learning, University of Missouri
At our presentation we will be talking about why a Digital Media and Innovation Lab is a must have for Academic Libraries.The Digital Media and Innovation Lab (DMiL) in Ellis Library at the University of Missouri is available to students for class or personal projects. Students can... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Metal Room