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last updated: 9/12/2013

Scholars' Commons

Located on the first floor of the East Tower of Wells Library, the IU Scholars’ Commons is envisioned as a vibrant, attractive central-campus space dedicated to technologies and services that support in-depth scholarship and scholarly community. Scholars will come to this facility to use cutting-edge technologies, attend seminars and consult with experts on tools, collections and innovative approaches that further their research in the humanities, arts, sciences and social sciences. In addition to a cohesive set of technologies and services, the IU Scholars’ Commons will be a flexible space for building community and sparking interdisciplinary inquiry.


Indiana University has an impressive array of services and technologies that will form the first phase of this project. Currently, these services are scattered around campus, supported by the libraries and other units and centers: e.g., UITS, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, College of Arts and Sciences (including CAHI, CATAPuLT, and the Social Science Research Commons) Data to Insight Center, University Graduate School, and many more. Bringing these services together, physically and/or virtually, will form an excellent support structure for outstanding scholarship across disciplines. 

Initial Services / Technologies / Areas of Expertise

  • Digitization and analysis of text and other media: papers, photos, audio, video, maps (self-service and mediated)
  • Visualization technologies
  • Technologies supporting digital collections
  • Scholarly publishing services
  • Library collections and resources
  • Data management plan and data preservation consultations
  • Metadata standards
  • Intellectual Property and author rights
  • Digital Preservation
  • National/international projects: HathiTrust Research Center; Bamboo, etc.
  • Scholarly research tools: e.g., Bibliographic Management software; web-based open source tools for scholarly work (such as Omeka, WordPress, Microsoft Academic Search,) etc.

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last updated: 9/12/2013