John Cotton Dana Library
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
185 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
For On-Campus Enhanced Classroom Information:
Office of Academic Scheduling: 973/353-5706
Media Services is a unit of the Rutgers University Libraries offering diverse moving image (videotape, DVD) collections and select audio collections to students, faculty, and staff on all Rutgers campuses. The unit offers individual, group and class viewing facilities, instructional presentation facilities within the Library, and provides the Newark campus with select audio visual equipment. The unit houses a Digital Media Lab used for scanning and digital preservation of documents and photos and special projects. An evolving array of services are being developed to make valuable informational resources available in digital formats for research and classroom use.
Media Services Staff
Krista White, Department Head
Bonnie Paz, Library Assistant
Mark Papianni, AV Technical Coordinator
Hours and Directions
Spring 2016 Semester
For hours relating to holidays etc. please see the Dana Library hours in the listings at the main Hours and Directions page.
Faculty may place Rutgers media materials on reserve for their classes to view in-house for specific time periods each semester.
ENHANCED (SMART) CLASSROOMS ON CAMPUS ARE NOT SCHEDULED BY DANA MEDIA SERVICES.
ENHANCED CLASSROOM SCHEDULING AND TRAINING INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED AT:
Office of Academic Scheduling: 973-353-5706
The Dana Room
The Dana Room is a versatile smart classroom space that accommodates various usage requests. For classes, it can be set up with or without tables for large screen viewing of films or presentations. For receptions or special events as an in-house theatre for musical performances, the Dana Room seats 118 (chairs only) and 55 with tables and chairs. Standing room capacity is 166. There is a grand concert piano in the Dana room that was made available through the generosity of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office.
Reservations must be made by faculty or an authorized representative at least a week in advance. Space is available on a first come first serve basis and subject to administrative approval. Media related use has priority. Videotaping of events in the Dana Room must be arranged and approved in advance.
The adjoining exhibition gallery that runs through most of the media complex offers the opportunity to display visual and textual materials, artwork, and other media in a way that encourages and facilitates learning and that serves to reinforce the importance of the jazz/media complex as an intellectually exciting and vital community space.
Recent exhibitions have included several New Jersey Book Arts exhibits and the Public Administration Department’s Soviet Political Poster Art exhibit. The gallery has also been a showcase for the display of many unique paintings and works of established artists from diverse communities and cultures.
Those interested in exhibit space should contact: Ann Watkins (firstname.lastname@example.org). Exhibits are approved by the Arts Advisory Committee and the Administrative Office.
The Seminar Room
The Seminar Room (215) is located on the 2nd floor of the library. It designed for groups of 10-20 around a conference table offering a personalized class atmosphere with the ability to show DVD and VHS media materials on a 32” monitor.
Reservations must be made by faculty or an authorized representative at least a week in advance. Space is available on a first come first serve basis and subject to administrative approval. Media related use has priority. Videotaping of events in the Seminar Room must be arranged and approved in advance.
Special Collections Room
The Special Collections Room is located on the 4th floor of the library. Primarily used by library administration for meetings, video conferences and interviews, this nostalgic space displays a collection of rare books and several musical instrument artifacts. The room seats 10 comfortably around a historic conference table that was used to sign the resolution which officially ended the hostilities between the United States and Germany in World War I.
Reservations must be made by faculty or an authorized representative at least a week in advance. Space is available on a first come first serve basis and subject to administrative approval. Media related use has priority. Videotaping of events in the Special Collections Room must be arranged and approved in advance.
All Rutgers University students, faculty, and staff with valid IDs (and NJIT faculty teaching Rutgers classes) can borrow Rutgers media materials that ARE NOT ON RESERVE or BOOKED for a CLASS.
CDs, audio cassettes, discs, and tapes circulate to faculty, staff and graduate students for 14 days; CDs also circulate to undergraduates for 3 days. Videos and DVDs circulate to faculty, staff, and graduate students for 3 days; Music Library DVDs also circulate to undergraduates for 3 days. 16 and 8mm films do not circulate; they are available only with special permission. Slides, film loops, filmstrips, and AV kits circulate to faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduates for 14 days.
Scheduled DVDs /Videos may be picked up and returned to Media Services or the Circulation Desk. Videos must be scheduled and picked up Mon-Fri between 9am-5:00pm. No videos will be charged out after 5:00pm or on weekends, unless special provisions have been made.
All Reserve items must be used in the Dana Library.
Faculty may borrow a reserve item for a 4 hour period.
See: Dana Media Center Reserve Request Form
Rutgers alumni, Council for Higher Education in Newark (CHEN) participants and holders of valid County of Essex Libraries Reciprocal, Borrowing & Lending Program (ReBL) cards must use all materials in the library.