A Greenhouse Takes Root in the Library

Greetings and welcome to the Greenhouse Studios blog! We are currently settling into the newly renovated 1st floor of UConn’s Homer D. Babbidge Library, and we are thrilled to be in our new space. The glass walls echo the setting of an actual greenhouse, and the brightly lit room inspires our ideation, creativity, and collaborative processes. Many thanks to the University and our Library colleagues for this purpose-built research space and the ongoing support of our work. Setting up the space has been a continuous team effort. After iterating furniture layouts, relocating from our startup space on the 3rd floor, and configuring our project rooms, the Greenhouse Studios is nearly complete. Graduate Research Assistant River Soma, an MFA candidate at the School of Fine Arts (SFA), is leading the effort to make the space a source of visual inspiration. She is currently painting a floor-to-ceiling mural across a section of glass wall to showcase the design process model we’re applying to the production of scholarly research and communications. We’re documenting River’s process and look forward to unveiling the final result!

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We’re hiring a Greenhouse Studios Mellon Fellow!

Greenhouse Studios is growing, and we’re looking for a creative, collaboration-minded project leader with proven organizational skills and a terminal degree in the humanities or social sciences, fine arts, or library and information science to join us. The new Greenhouse Studios Mellon Fellow will collaborate with our interdisciplinary project teams to conceive and develop technical approaches and design solutions to support innovative, multimodal scholarly works. As part of a major Mellon Foundation-funded initiative to redefine scholarly communication in the digital age, the Fellow will be expected to bring energy to the work of managing projects while learning new technologies and new strategies for facilitating collaboration. The appointment term of the position is two years, with a targeted start date of October 2017. It is a great launchpad for someone who wants to build a portfolio of high-quality work over which they can show real ownership and which they can take as they move on to the next stages of their career.

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We’re hiring!

Greenhouse Studios is growing, and we’re looking for an energetic, creative maker to join us as a core member of the Greenhouse Studios staff. The new Design Technologist will collaborate with Greenhouse Studios’ interdisciplinary project teams to conceive and develop technical approaches and design solutions to support innovative, multi-modal scholarly works. This is a two year, grant funded position, part of a major Mellon Foundation-funded initiative to redefine scholarly communication in the digital age. Energy, open-mindedness, a willingness to learn new technologies, a proven track record of collaboration, and excellence in one or more creative or technical disciplines is more important than knowledge of any particular technology or skill. We want someone to do great work of any sort, not adequate work of a particular sort. This is a great job for someone who wants to build a portfolio of high-quality work over which they can show real ownership and which they can take as they move on to bigger and better things.

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Greenhouse Studios’ First Projects Grapple with The Limits of Text

Greenhouse Studios, a new research unit at the University of Connecticut, is beginning implementation of a collaboration-first approach for the creation and communication of scholarship thanks to a $789,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This award is theGreenhouse Studios Logo first of its kind at UConn and part of the Mellon Foundation’s Scholarly Communications program, a multi-pronged effort to accelerate the evolution of scholarly practice and academic publishing to meet the opportunities and challenges of the digital age. Greenhouse Studios is a joint effort of the University Library, School of Fine Arts, and the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, with each contributing resources and personnel to advance scholarly communications research. “Greenhouse Studios represents the kind of bold commitment to interdisciplinary research that our academic plan identified as central to solving the problems of the 21st century and to cementing UConn’s place as a driver of innovation and excellence within the State of Connecticut and around the world,” says Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeremy Teitelbaum.

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