Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ Digital Humanities Center and theGraduate School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Center are pleased to announce the opening of Studio@Butler, a new space in Butler Library for collaboration between scholars, educators, librarians, and technologists.
Studio@Butler is designed to support emerging practices in pedagogy and digital scholarship. It is inspired by hacker spaces, maker spaces, meetups, and other arenas of collaborative innovation. The Studio will support digital labs connected to Columbia classes, host training for instructors who are adopting new practices into their teaching, and facilitate collaboration between scholars, librarians, and technologists engaged in digital research projects.
“Studio@Butler is an exciting example of the Libraries’ active engagement with teaching and learning and leadership in supporting digital scholarship at Columbia,” said James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian. “It also represents an important, growing partnership between the Libraries and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.”
Located in 208b Butler Library, Studio@Butler is furnished with moveable tables, chairs, and a projector, and can accommodate up to 40 people. While the Studio offers some means to capture ideas and techniques (white boards, video camera, microphones), users are encouraged to bring their own technology devices. The Studio@Butler website offers a description of upcoming events, along with request forms for Columbia faculty and graduate students interested in scheduling on-demand workshops, researchathons, presentations, evaluations, and more.
Fall semester offerings include: hands-on labs run by pedagogy or research experts; informal gatherings for instructors to collaborate and share information; clinics for scholars interested in leveraging digital applications to build a scholarly reputation; and a range of seminars and workshops centered on pedagogy and research.
“The Graduate School is pleased to support Studio@Butler, which promises to promote innovation across disciplinary boundaries, provide a communal area for graduate students, and facilitate interaction among graduate students, faculty, and librarians,” said Carlos J. Alonso, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor in the Humanities.