The Shuster Lab for Digital Scholarship is a space for individual and small group learning, practice, and projects involving digital scholarship. Located next to the Multimedia Lab on the Gordon Library’s first floor, the Shuster Lab is an open, active space that provides every student and scholar with access to a wide range of tools for digital scholarship. The Shuster Lab was made possible through the generosity of Helen Shuster, one of WPI’s most distinguished library directors.

Equipment

students using computers in the Shuster LabThe Shuster Lab provides every student and scholar access to a wide range of tools for digital scholarship, including 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:

  • 12 PC workstations in small group configurations
  • 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
  • Large-screen monitors for Solstice wireless screen sharing
  • Large presentation screens (90" and 72")
  • Touch-down presenter station with wireless keyboard and mouse

Policies and Procedures

  • WPI faculty and staff may reserve the Shuster Lab during all hours the Library is open. Reservations for the Shuster Lab are limited to events, classes, and project work related to digital scholarship only. Reservations are mediated by library staff and for recurring reservations, please contact 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
  • Training in digital scholarship tools and methods, through workshop series, in-class instruction, online resources, and one-on-one sessions
  • 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 digschol@wpi.edu.