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Thursday, October 5 • 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Showcasing Success: Academic Digital Media Work as Scholarship, Creative Expression, Exhibition, and Inspiration

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Students are almost constantly making; writing papers, giving presentations, or editing video, they are creating original work. Typically their audience is limited to classmates, or perhaps their grade-wielding instructor. In academia their work may find a wider audience if it is published in a journal or presented at a conference. If it is multimedia work perhaps it will appear on a YouTube or Vimeo channel. But, very often, their goal is to satisfy the requirements of the class, and an additional serendipitous audience gives the work a little, and mostly unanticipated, life outside of the classroom. But what if the goal of the academic assignment was to create scholarship that seeks a wider audience, that exploits the creative side of the student, that is meant to be on display, meant to inspire?

What began as an experiment in 2014 with English and Film Studies Professor Marsha Gordon from North Carolina State University to see how her film studies graduate students - who had never actually done any film production or editing work - would handle an assignment in which they mined hundreds of hours of public domain footage to create a multi-screen installation has turned into regular projects in all of Professor Gordon’s classes. Students are asked to make ambitious public-facing exhibits that are, entertaining and appropriate for a general audience, but which incorporate in-depth research about specific topics (women in film, the films of Thomas Edison, early Hollywood stars), primary source gathering, interlibrary loan usage, scanning, video editing, audio editing, and, of course, textual analysis (amongst other things). Assigning the projects involves creating workshops and seminars to teach the skills needed to complete them, which creates library power users out of engaged students (and which can be used for wider instruction). Their final products become assets that tell the story of how the library is essential for research and creation, and how important faculty and librarian collaboration is to the future of the classroom. This session will explore the challenges, opportunities, and outcomes of positioning the library as a showcase and indispensible resource for multimedia academic work.

Thursday October 5, 2017 3:15pm - 3:45pm PDT
Doheny CD