MADLAB

tech . tools . transform

In August of 2017, the DigLibArts staff members Sonia Chaidez and Anne Cong-Huyen, along with Samantha Alfrey (Instruction Librarian, Wardman Library) and Shezad Bruce (Manager, Media and Classroom Services) traveled to the Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship, hosted at Wooster College, to develop a plan for a new technology commons, MADLAB, to be housed in Wardman Library. Over the course of the week, the team worked on space planning, organizational structure, student worker training, assessment, and future plans.

MADLAB Team photo: Sam Alfrey, Anne Cong-Huyen, Shezad Bruce, Sonia Chaidez, and Angel David Nieves
The Whittier College MADLAB team at ILiADS at Wooster College in Wooster, OH. From left to right: Samantha Alfrey (Library), Anne Cong-Huyen (DigLibArts), Shezad Bruce (Classroom and Media Services), Sonia Chaidez (DigLibArts and Library), Angel David Nieves (Yale, Hamilton College)

MADLAB is a an evolution of the technology commons that brings together Media & Classroom Services, Bonnie Bell Wardman Library, and Digital Liberal Arts to provide the campus community an access point that supports the research, scholarship, and technological needs of Whittier College. This collaboration aims to foster a technologically skilled and digitally literate community. To this end, we provide tools, expertise, and consultations for instruction, research, scholarship, and learning. 

In the first year, MADLAB will offer a space that houses a walk-up counter and technology checkout service. Adjacent space will be primarily used as collaborative work and gathering space. 

After the first academic year, MADLAB will complete an assessment of the services offered and determine whether the space and services meet the needs of the campus community. The contributing MADLAB departments will investigate options for building a maker studio, audio booth, digital editing station, and adding additional library instructional space.

Mission Statement

MADLAB is an evolution of the technology commons that brings together Media & Classroom Services with DigLibArts and Wardman Library to provide the campus community an access point that supports the research, scholarship, and technological needs of Whittier College. This collaboration aims to foster a technologically skilled and digitally literate community. To this end, we provide tools, expertise, and consultations for instruction, research, scholarship, and learning.

Services 

  • Circulation of equipment (e.g. laptops, microphones, adapters, cords, etc.)
  • Shared knowledge and expertise in the form of consultants and peer mentors
  • Classroom technology support
  • Workshops and training to build technology skills and enhance digital literacy

MADLAB Liaisons

MADLAB will use a unique liaison system that allows participating departments to contribute expertise and to distribute the workload of supervising and training student workers. Liaisons will commit to donating 1-2 hours of time a week to holding walk-up hours at the MADLAB Bar where they will consult with patrons and work closely with students.

Samantha Alfrey, Library Liaison

Shezad Bruce, MADLAB Manager, Classroom Services Liaison

Sonia Chaidez, DigLibArts Faculty Liaison

Anne Cong-Huyen, DigLibArts Faculty Liaison

Ivan Gutierrez, IT Services Liaison

Contact MADLAB

Phone: 562-464-4545

Email: madlab@whittier.edu