Established in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (CLAHS), Athenaeum is a suite of spaces and services in Virginia Tech’s Newman Library. Athenaeum is dedicated to cultivating the digital research skills of undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty in the liberal arts and human sciences through collaborative, hands-on experience pursuing digital research projects.
The space includes a modular classroom, a collaborative boardroom, and a media studio (Media Den). Throughout the semester classes and events are held in the classroom, please see the calendar below for the current schedule. The space is managed by the Digital Humanities (DH) Coordinator in the Library, Christopher Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Classroom is a modular space that supports class sizes up to 36 as well as a range of events and activities for up to 54 people. The Classroom is set up for courses with a digital lab component, conferences, seminars, workshops, rehearsals, idea incubation, hackathons, researchathons, tech meet-ups, or whatever else you can imagine. The space includes tables and whiteboards on wheels, 7 large modular screens with speakers, digital projection, 4 wireless microphones, and a stocked laptop cart.
The Boardroom is designed for small-scale, active collaboration for up to 11 participants. The space is an open resource, lightly scheduled, but otherwise freely available to the community for agile digital engagement, dynamic problem-solving, consultation, and teleconferencing.
The Media Den is a purpose-built, managed, and intentionally isolated media studio designed for dynamic digital capture of all manner of oral histories, personal narratives, spoken facts, and tall tales. The Media Den is supported and scheduled for use by the DH Coordinator. Use of the equipment requires a short orientation training session with the DH Coordinator, which is scheduled multiple times throughout the semester (or adequate documentation of similar A/V equipment training).
Athenaeum staff will work with the Advisory Committee, CLAHS faculty, and other campus partners to schedule classes, activities, and events that showcase the Classroom and DH throughout the semester. We will aspire to balance these events between hands-on, experiential activities and a more traditional, speaker/seminar series of recognized local, regional, national, and international DH practitioners.