Designed on the cutting edge of research and scholarly publishing, the IU Scholars’ Commons supports the journey from curiosity to discovery to publication. Researchers—whether faculty, staff, or students—come first in this space where they will find a powerful academic service hub that offers easy access to experts and technology for every stage of their scholarship.
The workshops, seminars, consultations, and other activities that take place within this space have been carefully developed to inspire discovery and experimentation. Whether researchers are gathering information about intellectual property rights, exploring the latest on digital publishing, or communicating data through visualization, they will find in the Scholars’ Commons the most advanced technology, resources, and expertise to make these and many other processes rewarding and productive parts of their academic work.
Although programming within the space emphasizes graduate student and faculty needs, every student and researcher is welcome to use this space and is certain to appreciate how the design enhances productivity and comfort.
The space itself has been designed to stimulate scholarly conversation, interdisciplinary exchange, and intellectual discovery. With a combination of individual and collaborative workspaces, the Scholars’ Commons adapts to researcher needs and is optimized for technology ranging from laptops and mobile devices to the interactive visualization or IQ wall. The co-location of a digitization lab, lecture hall, collaboration rooms, and exhibition space offers a level of flexibility and service unparalleled on campus and promises to attract scholars whose conversations will spark new insights and generate the energy that comes with intense intellectual work.