Enriching the liberal arts through media and storytelling
DocLab brings the tools of audiovisual media and documentary storytelling into the Skidmore
curriculum and the local community. Led by media professionals and staffed by a handpicked
team of undergraduates with key media competencies and specialties, DocLab emphasizes
that learning to use cutting-edge media, storytelling, and documentary tools can be
collaborative, peer supported, hands-on and project-based.
We invite members of the local community as well as all Skidmore staff, students and faculty to build their toolkits here, whether by learning a new software package from scratch, brushing up on preexisting skills or getting feedback on work already under way. DocLab offers instructional workshops, staffed open hours and
consultations. We partner with Skidmore faculty, programs and offices, as well as
community organizations, to embed media-rich experiences and assignments and to transform
content from across the disciplines into compelling and creative stories.
DocLab is headquartered on the main floor of Scribner Library, in Lib 113, where we maintain a state-of-the-art Mac Pro computer lab, classroom/meeting area, sound recording booth and modular virtual reality setup as well as an annex in Filene (“the Attic”), focused on long-term projects and workshopping exhibit-based storytelling.
Host your workshop, bring your class for a meeting, get some advice or work on a project.
SPACE: LIB 113 and the Attic
Lib 113 has two separate meeting areas, as well as audio and video production items for use in MDOCS and Project VIS workshops, courses and activities.
- Lib 113 A: A conference area with a large screen and computer podium (Mac Mini)
- Lib 113 B: A computer-aided worksace and worskhop area with a podium/projector, 12 MacPro computers, a large format flatbed scanner and black-and-white laser printer. For computer software, click here.
- Lib 113 recording booth: A small recording booth for voiceovers and editing.
MDOCS Attic (Filene, second floor) hosts small archival projects, provides workspace to test out exhibit design (including use of portable exhibit cases) and has a recording area for individual and small group recording sessions. Access to Filene Attic may be requested by emailing email@example.com with details about the project, including dates use is requested.
Archival Storytelling in the Attic
- Audo/visual equipment: Most of MDOCS' production equipment is managed by Media Services in the basement of the Library. A limited number of audio/walking tour headsets, audio recorders, Digital SLR cameras and relevant support materials are housed in the Lab. These are used primarily for classes and workshops. If you would like to use any of the equipment in a class, or for other documentary and media work, please consult with Jesse O'Connell, MDOCS program coordinator.
- Exhibition and Display: MDOCS offers portable display cases as well as frames and supports for individuals and classes working in exhibition, as well as one permanent floor case in Scribner Library. For multimedia display, there are a small number of monitors with stands for streaming media and mini-iPads with wall mounts.
Student assistants staff Lib 113 for around 30 hours each week during the semester. Student assistants offer individual/group support and workshops. Skills supported and presented in workshops include introductions to:
- basic audio recording and interviewing;
- video recording and editing; and
- poster design and web design.
Schedule Lib 113: In addition, the lab is open to faculty, staff and students with individual or group assignments on an as-needed basis. To schedule an event in this space, please place a request in the EMS scheduling system (Skidmore user login required; VPN if scheduling from off-campus).
While Lib 113 is not an open-access area, it is a campus resource whose mission is to support work across the curriculum and as possible the cocurriculum.
We welcome your proposals to host informal gatherings, screenings and discussions and workshops, and we will do our best to accommodate and create non–credit-bearing experiences to help you advance your work!
What can you do? Who will you meet in Lib 113? Check out some activities from Fall '14!