Information and Technology

The Scratch Space

Story posted December 20, 2012

The Scratch Space is an exciting newly repurposed multimedia lab, designed to accommodate video and other media projects, and is located in the basement of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, next to the Electronic Classroom (ECR). It differs from other computer labs in that it supports students, faculty, and staff working on a variety of multimedia projects. Computers are equipped with software to support these projects, including: Final Cut Pro X, iMovie 11, Garageband, iDVD, Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Illustrator CS5, Adobe InDesign CS5, and more. Hardware support includes:  video cameras, digital still cameras, DVD duplication, scanning, voice recorders, printers, microphones, and some library equipment including microfilm and microfiche scanner and printers.

This multimedia computer lab re-opened in the Fall of 2012 as The Scratch Space, (it had been located in Coles Tower, 2 South), and is a collaborative effort between Information Technology and the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. It has seating for everyone's needs, including individual computer stations, soft seating, and a large group table equipped with a 50" screen which can be attached to a laptop or iPad for group work.

The Scratch Space

Multimedia SpecialistIn addition, The Scratch Space is staffed with student Multimedia Specialists trained to provide technical and creative guidance as needed. These students have attended media-related trainings and have come into this role due to their love and passion for multimedia. They staff this multimedia lab seven days per week during the semester and can be recognized by their personalized name-badge lanyards and name-signs on the desk. Starting in Spring 2013, Multimedia Specialists will also be holding student trainings in different media-related software.

If you have any questions regarding The Scratch Space or would like consultation about multimedia projects you would like to pursue, please contact Juli Haugen at jhaugen@bowdoin.edu, or at ext. 3509. 

This multimedia computer lab re-opened in the Fall of 2012 as The Scratch Space, and is a collaborative effort between Information Technology and the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.