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Digital Humanities Lab Procedures

DH LabAccess is currently available by reservation. On the day of the appointment, the lab key may be checked out at the Alexander Circulation Desk. The requester must be present at reserved times; this person is either a faculty member, an SAS graduate student, a librarian, a staff member of the Scholarly Communication Center, or another member of the Rutgers DH community.

Being in the role of requester means that you agree to the following:

  • The requester is present for the lab use;
  • At the end of the session, lights are turned off and the lab door is locked.

Other frequently asked questions

Q: Where is it?

A: Alexander Library, Scholarly Communication Center, Room 406-407 (fourth floor), 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ.

Q: When is it available?

A: Until card swipe access is installed, the lab is available by reservation during the hours of the Scholarly Communication Center: M-Th, 9:00 am - 11:00 pm; F, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm (semester hours). There’s a calendar of reserved times and open lab hours to consult.

Q: Who can use it?

A: Anyone with a current Rutgers affiliation interested in doing digital research. Practically speaking, this includes Rutgers undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff. Undergraduate students must be supervised by a faculty or graduate student requester. This person makes sure that the door is closed and locked when done.

Q: What’s available there?

A: Five iMac computers, connected to a network-attached storage (NAS) device and wired to the Internet. Wifi and outlets for plugging in personal devices. Conference table and chairs. Two whiteboards. Software for multimedia editing and creation, network visualization, geospatial analysis, text markup, web scraping and more. As of July 2016, a portable projector may be checked out along with the key at the Alexander Circulation Desk. Note the other SCC facilities available on the same floor.

Q: Who works there?  

A: The DH lab does not have full-time staff. The digital humanities librarian (Francesca Giannetti, francesca.giannetti [at] rutgers.edu) can assist with project consultations and basic training in many digital humanities methods and applications. Other librarians, archivists and technicians with expertise in IT, digitization, copyright and licensing, digital preservation, metadata, digital exhibits, multimedia editing and creation may be consulted on an ad hoc basis. 

Q: What do people do in the lab?

A: The space is useful for initial consultations, project work, research group meetings, and smaller lectures, workshops, and classes. The lab has a capacity of 18 that can be expanded to 25 as needed.

Q: Is there any online help for the self-starter? 

A: We’ve put together a curated list of tutorials (created by prominent DHers) for some of the specialized software available in the lab at http://libguides.rutgers.edu/dh-lab. There’s also a digital humanities research guide at http://libguides.rutgers.edu/digital_humanities that provides an excellent orientation to the field. 

Q: How can I reserve it?

A: Go to www.libraries.rutgers.edu/digital-humanities-lab or dh.rutgers.edu/lab/ (the information is the same) and click on DH Lab Reservation Form. Card swipe access will soon be installed on the door, simplifying access to the space. For now, a key checkout system has been implemented, allowing confirmed users to open the lab at the scheduled times.

Q: How can I provide feedback?

A: We want to ensure that the DH Lab is a productive environment for all digital humanists on campus. To that end, please feel free to share comments, suggest improvements, or report difficulties to us at dhlab [at] rulmail.rutgers.edu or directly to Francesca at francesca.giannetti [at] rutgers.edu.