REVISION 11/27/12

NU Libraries



In general:


What is the DMC?


 .     At DMC Help desk

·       What is the DMC?

                                               i.     The Digital Media Commons (DMC) is a collaborative learning facility: a media lab and digital creativity center. The DMC includes:

                                             ii.     Support services for both research and technology, including walk-up technical and reference help, 24/7 chat and phone support, workshops, teaching and one-on-one instruction, and more.

                                            iii.     DMC is centered around media types: including video, audio, animation, game design; AutoCAD, GIS, Data analysis, and other creative work.

                                            iv.     Commons serves the whole university community, available 24/7 and encourage collaboration and cross-disciplinary work.


What  are the  DMC hours?

The DMC will be open whenever the Snell Library is open, generally 24/7. Special hours will be posted during intersession and holidays.


Who can use the DMC?

All Northeastern community members may use the space, after using their Husky card to enter the Snell Library building. The workstations are NuNet logon machines, however, so at this time only current students, faculty, and staff will have access to the computers.


Where did the collections go that were in this space?

The library’s print collections that were in this space have been moved to other places throughout Snell, see this page for more information, or contact a librarian for assistance.


Where did the research assistance desk go?

Walk-in research assistance is still available! 


What happened to the DMDS?

The services, equipment, workshops, and staff that were known as the Digital Media Design Studio are all still available as part of the DMC. The space, including the workstations and recording studios, are now known as the DMC Studio.


Where do I check out equipment such as video cameras,digital audio recorders, laptops (etc.)

You check them out at the  DMC Information desk.



Who manages the DMC, is this a Library facility?

The DMC is co-managed by the University Libraries and Information Services, who worked together to develop the DMC in a way that would serve the whole university.


What comes next?

The DMC should serve as a model for future learning and study space development at Northeastern, possibly even in the Snell Library building. This means user feedback is crucial to ongoing development


For students:


What can students do in the DMC?

Students can create projects across various forms of media, including GIS, CAD, statistical analysis, graphic and web design, audio, video, animation, and 3D modeling. With these media capabilities, students will be able to work across disciplines to create digital narratives, such as podcasts, interactive maps, animated videos, and more.


How do I book space to work in a group?

For now, the library’s room booking system is managing the space booking for the DMC.  Students may go to this link to book one of the three group room or the two circles. or ask at the DMC help desk.


For Faculty:


What can instructors do in the DMC?

Faculty and other course instructors can use the DMC to support their assignments at every class level, across all disciplines of the university, to enrich their coursework with media-based projects. 


Can I bring my class to the DMC?

The DMC is not currently available to be used as a classroom space, but you can talk. Faculty wishing to book a  DMC space for a special purpose related to the missions of the DMC and their program, may contact Debra Mandel at or 617-373-4902.  Faculty can schedule digital media instruction in the DMC Studio for their students via myneu.





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