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Beginning fall 2021 the Shuster Lab is the home for a grant-funded pilot, Digital Scholarship / With Purpose, a project dedicated to developing WPI's community of research and inquiry on diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability.

Programs and events for C and D Terms 2022 can be found in the calendar on the project website. 

Located next to the Multimedia Lab on the first floor, the Shuster Lab has 6 workstations with specialized software, plus high-end scanning equipment, and presentation screens. When not scheduled for other activities and events, the lab is open and available for individual and small group learning, practice, and projects involving digital scholarship.

For more information about the Digital Scholarship With Purpose project and programs, please contact Digital Scholarship Outreach and Lab Coordinator Allie Fry, or email gr-dswp@wpi.edu.

The Shuster Lab was made possible through the generosity of Helen Shuster, one of WPI’s most distinguished library directors.

Equipment

The Shuster Lab provides every student and scholar access to a wide range of tools for digital scholarship, including web-based software for visualizing data, manipulating digital data and images, and analyzing digital geographic data; and specialized hardware, including scanning equipment, and hardware for projecting or digitally displaying digital and analog data. In its 700 square foot space, the Shuster Lab offers:

  • 6 Precision 3430 computers with Huion 20" Graphics Drawing Tablet Monitors
  • Specialized software for mapping, image editing, and more
  • Epson 12000XL Graphic Arts Scanner, for large-format scanning up to 12.2" x 17.2"
  • Epson WorkForce DS-6500 Color Document Scanner, with flatbed scanner and document feeder
  • Epson DC-21 Document Camera, with 12x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom (available upon request)
  • Solstice pod for wireless screen sharing
  • Large presentation screens (90" and 72")
  • Touch-down presenter station with wireless keyboard and mouse

Policies and Procedures

  • WPI faculty, staff, and students may reserve the Shuster Lab during all hours the Library is open. Reservations are mediated by library staff and for recurring reservations, please contact gr-digschol@wpi.edu.
  • The Shuster Lab is open to students for individual or small group work when not reserved.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the Shuster Lab. The lab contains high quality, professional equipment that can easily be damaged by any spills or crumbs. Please be courteous of future users of this space and ensure that the equipment will remain in excellent working condition for them.

Services

To support digital scholarship in the Shuster Lab, the Gordon Library offers the following services:

  • Consultations on developing digital projects or integrating digital assignments and projects into syllabi
  • Evaluation of digital scholarship tools based on your teaching and research needs
  • Online training resources for digital scholarship tools and methods
  • Events and programming to build community around digital scholarship and digital humanities at WPI

For additional information on reserving or using the Shuster Lab, or to request support for digital scholarship projects, please contact gr-digschol@wpi.edu.