The Sharon A. Fordham Multimedia Lab is composed of two spaces – the Lab Classroom, adjacent to the Media Center on the second floor of the Douglass Library, and the Fordham Commons, located in the opposite corner of the same floor.
The Fordham Commons has 13 workstations available at all building hours. The 16 workstations in the classroom are available when classes are not in session. All workstations are intended for the creation and manipulation of multimedia projects by members of the Rutgers University Community including students, faculty, administrators and staff.
Recognizing that the lab is a shared resource for the Rutgers community, and that working with digital multimedia materials requires extraordinary computing and time resources, there are two special restrictions:
- Users working on projects must provide their own storage medium, e.g. an external hard drive, to save and preserve their project.
- Absolutely no food or drink is allowed while working with these special multimedia workstations. Capped water bottles only.
Please see our list of hardware and software resources.
A Thank You to Sharon A. Fordham
The Libraries and the University community are indebted to Sharon A. Fordham, DC´75 for making our shared vision of the library of the 21st century come true. Information technology and media are offering new ways to transform how research is done and how students learn and work. In this transformative process, libraries are no longer just archives of what’s been created, but places where creation takes place, the results preserved, and then subsequently built upon — a real collaborative research and learning environment.
While our imagination for this lab started with music and the performing arts media intensive disciplines themselves — Sharon encouraged us to think more broadly, as multimedia will affect every discipline and all forms of research and learning into the future.
The result of our collaboration is a wonderful space where that transformation takes place every day a place where faculty and students use multimedia to conceptualize and create new works. Sharon has helped make that happen, and the Rutgers community is grateful that she chose her alma mater as the place to turn a vision into reality.