The Libraries’ initiative

California College of the Arts (CCA) Libraries support new forms of scholarship and pedagogy arising from increased access to new technologies, data, and digitized archives. The aim of the Libraries' digital scholarship initiative is to meet the needs of faculty and students working in this space, with the goal of fostering a rich, collaborative environment for the exchange of ideas, tools, and projects.

2015-2016 Library/Faculty Collaborations

Online pedagogy exhibit based on Leslie Townsend's African Art course, created in Twine.

Instruction on Evernote, an online note-taking tool, for Alex Nah and Basak Altan's Industrial Design senior thesis students, for field research.

Reception and digital exhibit of Faith Adiele'sDigital storytelling course, with embedded support of Twine and Scalar.

Embedded support of Twine and Scalar for Kathy Zarur's Visual Studies Thesis students, and accompanying digital exhibit.

Digital Scholarship Services

  • Faculty Consultations
    • Research (e.g., digital archives, data sets, etc.)
    • Digital-tool instruction
    • Project development
    • Project management
  • Course support
    • one-time
    • Embedded librarian (for the duration of a course)
    • Multi-semester project support
  • Digital Imaging
  • Digital Archiving and Preservation
  • Faculty workshops
  • Digital exhibits and events in the Libraries
  • Online showcase for digital scholarship projects

How to Get Started

Contact Lisa Conrad, Digital Scholarship Librarian,
Phone: 510-594-3733
Instagram: ccalibraries
Twitter: @ccalibraries


Digital tools support

(An evolving list)

Airtable icon Artstor Evernote Google Scalar TwineTwine VoiceThread

Examples of Faculty & Program Initiatives


Meander public artwork image
Meander at CHS Field in St. Paul, Minnesota. Courtesy Futures North.
Platforms: Augmented Histories of Space poster
MAAD Digital Craft Program image
Digital Craft Lab student work critique, 2015-16 academic year

Meander is a commissioned permanent public artwork for CHS Field, a new baseball stadium designed by Snow Kreilich Architects in the Lowertown neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota. It consists of fifteen digitally enhanced sculptural pillars, each capped with glass lanterns containing controllable RGB LED lights. An exploration in data spatialization, Meander’s pillars illustrate over two hundred years of historical information about the changing geometry of the Mississippi River, which runs a couple blocks from the site.”

Platforms: Augmented Histories of Space (January 2016), sponsored by the CCA Architecture / Experimental History Project, explored an “array of new digital tools for uncovering the history of buildings and cities.”

MAAD Digital Craft program, and Digital Craft Lab, “...explores the reciprocity and synergy between bits and atoms, the digital and the physical, digital code and material logic. Digital Craft thrives at the intersection of creative and technical domains whose boundaries are elastic, continuously evolving, and highly experimental.”

Humanities & Sciences

Open Collaboration Lab Webpage screenshot

Fine Arts

2016 Digital Tools Final Critique-Haynes2016

“The Open Collaboration Lab is a hub for the study and practice of collaboration as it pertains to procedural art and algorithmic processes at California College of the Arts. This project emerges out of CCA’s Science and Math area of the Critical Studies program and extends divisional learning outcomes around problem solving, quantitative reasoning and evidence based learning across the college.”

Digital tools 3D, a course in which “students dive into a semester-long digital environment, investigating new ways to create physical sculptural forms by layering together a variety of digital tools.”

Contact: Lisa Conrad, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Phone: 510-594-3733