January 20, 2022

Northeastern University’s Snell Library is Expanding Digital Media Commons, Will Include 3-D Printing Facility and More

From Northeastern University:

Building on the Dig­ital Media Com­mons’ successful launch last year, North­eastern will expand the cutting-edge work­space to the first floor of Snell Library. The upgrades, which will be com­pleted by the start of the fall semester, are part of a series of devel­op­ments throughout the building. The space will include enhanced technology-focused space to sup­port immer­sive learning and col­lab­o­ra­tion, including a 3-D printing facility, upgraded stu­dios, and next-generation audio/visual infrastructure.


Con­struc­tion is underway on the first floor, where new, modern study spaces will be inte­grated with a revamped Info­Com­mons com­puter lab that will offer more than 170 new work­sta­tions. The uni­ver­sity will also add more than 20 new rooms designed for group study and col­lab­o­ra­tion, as well as more informal study spaces with a range of seating and desk options.


The Dig­ital Media Com­mons, launched last fall on Snell Library’s second floor, fea­tures an inno­v­a­tive media lab and a dig­ital cre­ativity center where stu­dents and fac­ulty can uti­lize a range of tech­nolo­gies, such as new ani­ma­tion, audio and video editing, 3-​​D mod­eling, and game-​​design soft­ware that allows stu­dents to create and present inter­ac­tive media-​​rich con­tent. The facility’s data-​​analysis capa­bil­i­ties and computer-​​aided design tools, fully supported by librar­ians and IS tech­nical experts, pro­vide users with the ability to work across dis­ci­pli­nary boundaries to explore inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to real-​​world problems.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.