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W&M Libraries Digital Research Lab

Planning and design of a public research lab in W&M Libraries

Digital Research Lab

The Digital Research Lab* will include a large digital canvas that will enable students and researchers to analyze data of all kinds, and engage the community with visual representations of their research. It will provide a flexible, hands on lab space for faculty to teach students concepts and demonstrate the use of data and visualization across the curriculum, from big data sets for computer science, to core drill samples for geology, to GIS uses for archaeology. It will be located in the busiest, most visible part of our library. Learning will be visible and encourage students from across the college to experiment and drop in. It’s a space that will bring experts to collaborate, and entice the introvert with little exposure. Everyone will be welcome and encouraged to experiment and learn. 

Community Engagement

Faculty Focus groups

Two faculty sessions were held back-to-back on July 27, 2021at  9am  and 11:30am.

Architects, designers and a technology consultant held a facilitated discussion with faculty and administrators  to discuss needs and current challenges with space related to teaching with technology.

Student focus groups with architects & designers September 22, 2021

Two student focus groups were held in back‐to‐back sessions at 11:30 and 12:30 on September 22nd.
Survey: September 15, 2021 to October 10, 2021, 241 responses.
Architects, designers and a technology consultant held a facilitated discussion with students to discuss survey feedback and solicit thoughts and opinions on the planned renovation.