The Digital Scholarship and Curriculum Center (DSCC), established in 2001 with a grant from the Keel Foundation, is located in the Technology Commons on the lower level of Shain Library (room A-29). Find the DSCC's hours listed here. If you need to use the Center at a specific time, or need assistance with your project, contact Michael Dreimiller or Lyndsay Bratton.
The DSCC provides faculty and students with high-end technologies and support to create and edit digital course materials and projects in teaching and research. The DSCC is expanding its scope to include digital scholarship, including organizing, advising, and documenting digital research projects by faculty and students. Digital Scholarship and Visual Resources Librarian Lyndsay Bratton is leading efforts in this area.
The DSCC also supports videoconferencing, live and pre-recorded high-quality video transmission and reception on campus.
The DSCC staff, along with the rest of the Instructional Technology team, also supports the Diane Y. Williams '59 Visualization Wall and the evaluation and use of podcasting, screencasting, wikis, blogs and other emerging technologies to supplement Moodle, the college's learning management system.
The following resources are available:
Graphics computers feature slide scanners, flatbed scanners, scanners with document feeders, a large ledger-size flatbed scanner, and CD and DVD burners. Graphics software installed on these computers includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro, OmniPage, Director, Flash, and Dreamweaver.
Webcams and table microphone/speaker units are available for faculty who incorporate Skype sessions into their curriculum. Equipment for audio and video recording includes digital still cameras, digital video cameras, and digital audio recorders. In addition, a variety of wired and wireless microphones, mixers, headphones, tripods and lights are available.
A variety of computer-based audio and video editing equipment is available. The audio rack includes a turntable, DAT deck, cassette recorder, and a reel-to-reel recorder. Material from any of these sources can be digitized through the Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt interface, edited using Apple Logic Pro X, and then save to a format suitable for upload to Moodle or an online host or burned to CD.
The video rack includes playback and recording devices for a variety of analog and digital formats, including VHS/S-VHS and PAL/SECAM videotapes, laserdiscs, miniDV/DVCAM, and DVDs. Video from these sources can be digitized and edited using iMovie, Apple Final Cut Pro, or Adobe Premier Pro. The video can then be saved and uploaded to Moodle via Kaltura (the video hosting service that the college subscribes to), or burned to DVD or Blu-ray discs. TechSmith Camtasia and Telestream ScreenFlow are available for doing screen capture.
The DSCC is equipped with a mobile Polycom HDX 7000 videoconferencing unit with a 47" LCD display which can be used in the new Dilley Room on the 3rd floor of Shain Library. It operates over an Internet2 network connection which provides enough bandwidth to simultaneously transmit and receive two DVD-quality video streams. If you wish to reserve this unit contact Michael Dreimiller and please provide 10 working days notice to allow time for configuraiton and testing.
Instruction and support on the use of the equipment and technology in the DSCC is provided as needed throughout production. Faculty, academic departments, or student employees working for faculty can be trained and supported in the use of the DSCC facilities.
A student assistant is employed part-time in the DSCC and may be available to work on digitization projects.
The mission of the Connecticut College Digital Scholarship Initiative is to create a physical and relational space that builds bridges between students, faculty, librarians, and the wider community to develop digital projects and make new discoveries visible. This program enables digital scholarship that complements and expands traditional research and presentation methods.
The Digital Scholarship community at Connecticut College is inclusive, interdisciplinary, collaborative, welcoming, and empowering. It values exploration, experimentation, risk-taking, failure, and iteration based on what is learned through this process of discovery, making, and sharing.