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CNI Podcast: Gary Strong on Creating a Research Commons for Digital Scholarship at UCLA

A major feature of transformed space in the renovation of the UCLA Research Library will be a Research Commons for digital scholarship. Partnering with the Center for Digital Humanities, the Library will be installing a laboratory for digital cultural heritage with high-end technology to accommodate interactive and creative use of technology and digital collections of the Library. In this interview, University Librarian Gary Strong discusses the philosophy behind the partnership, and plans for the space in relation to the whole research library. He also talks about what skillset makes a good fit when recruiting a new digital librarian. The commons and laboratory will allow for broad interaction with students and the creation of new scholarship which can be stored by the digital library and shared more broadly through the media distribution system that is planned for the building. You can see some snapshots of the new construction over at Gary's blog.

This interview is provided courtesy of CNI and was recorded at their 2010 Fall Membership Meeting.  The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is an organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity.  You can learn more about CNI at their web site,


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Running time: 17m 7s
File size: 6.86 MB

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