For our facility, the Media Commons is partnering up with the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences in 20 Hosler Building. Its a smaller room, with cinder block walls and tall windows, not the most suitable environment for a full on video studio. But it did get me thinking…maybe it doesn't make sense to have a full video studio…maybe this is an opportunity to create something totally different and satisfy a need that otherwise would go unresolved.
My first thoughts were to investigate the types of projects being worked on in EMS and the technology that would inspire both faculty and students. Luckily for me, my husband happens to be in the College of EMS and had lots of ideas for me. Especially in the area of mapping (his option is GIS),….and that's when the light bulb went off.
I came across a post from my friend and colleague, Hannah Inzko this morning about our Media Commons facilities. Hannah has been with the MC since before the beginning — she was a leader in the creation of its predecessor, Studio 204. What I want to point out here is how impressive it is when people step outside their own preconceived notions of what a service or offering has been to think critically about what it could become.