Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship

The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship, showing many computer workstations for performing digital scholarship tasks.
View through doors to the FC Collaboration Commons with desks and chairs
Students working at desks in the Freedman Center Collaboration Comons

The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship is partially maintained by an endowment established by Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman.

Located on the first floor of Kelvin Smith Library, the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship is a llarge, open, workspace featuring dozens of state-of-the-art equipment, diverse hardware, and cutting edge software to harness the power of modern technology and academic creativity Everyone on campus (including visitors) is welcome in the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship. In the Freedman Center, students, faculty, and staff will find and be able to use a wide variety of technology (flatbed, film, slide, microfilm scanners, a Wacom illustration tablet, audio recording equipment, self-service video recording equipment, and audio and visual viewing stations)  and software (e.g., Adobe Creative Cloud Suite on all computers, ArcGIS and more)  to be creative and inquisitive. Some equipment (cameras, GoPros, etc.) can be checked out from the KSL Service Desk. The Freedman Center Collaboration Commons, which is just next to the Center is an open area with comfortable stations and seating for individual or group work.  The Collaboration Commons can also be reserved for events and large meetings.

We encourage independent, self-directed exploration of the Freedman Center, but we’d also like you to know that extensive support, consultation, and learning opportunities are available to you when you reach out to the Level-One Staff, a Research and Engagement Librarian, or a Digital Scholarship Team member listed below.  Any of the Library’s Access, Research, and Engagement Services Staff on KSL's level-one can begin a conversation about your research idea and refer you to the next best expert for your particular needs. Research Engagement Librarians and Digital Scholarship Librarians are available to schedule one-one-one time with you to learn more about your research questions so that we can help you use the best resource or technology we have to best suite the needs of your research and creative work. When you need to learn more about the equipment and software in the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship, we highly recommend that you schedule time with one of these Digital Scholarship Team experts at

  • Digital Scholarship Partner, David Beales (Python, Text Analysis, data visualization)
  • Creative New Media Officer, Jared Bendis (digitizing all forms of media, AR and VR)
  • Scholarly Communication & Copyright Librarian, Karen Caputo (copyright, open access, and institutional repository consultation and education)
  • Research and Data Specialist, Ben Gorham (ArcGIS mapping, photogrammetry, research data management advice, Freedman Fellowship Coordinator)
  • Team Leader, Jen Green ( strategic planning and initiatives for the team and the Center, digital scholarship project, program, outreach and events consultations)

The FC contains many spaces suitable to a variety of academic and research needs:

The Research Floor

During normal KSL hours, a collection of powerful research workstations (Windows) loaded with specialized software are available for interested users. Patrons may reserve a specialized computing station that best suits their research or digital project needs. Upon reservation, the specialized computing stations will be self-service, and online tutorials will instruct new and experienced patrons on how to use equipment (e.g., scanners) and software (e.g., ArcGIS) connected with each station. The Digital Scholarship Team is available by appointment to consult with you and answer questions about how to use the Freedman Center's digital scholarship equipment, tools, and software. Whether you need to run statistical analyses, generate maps, digitize A/V materials, and much more, the Research Floor has the right tools for the job.

Collaboration Commons

The Collaboration Commons is an open area for individual or group work. Tables and chairs are moveable and digital displays are available to accommodate collaborative work and group presentations. This space may also be reserved for events, scheduled presentations, and meetings.  Please request a reservation on the KLS Room Reservation system.


Floor Plan

Plan of the Freedman Center showing layout and workstations.