Digital media is a hot topic on campus these days. With the available tools and technology, it has never been easier to express ideas and broadly communicate information through media formats, and many departments at Stanford are actively producing and posting media online. The emergence of MOOCs and other forms of online learning that incorporate video and audio are heightening awareness of the many challenges in managing all this media content.
To address these challenges, Stanford Libraries and IT Services have teamed up to form a new Community of Practice, the Stanford Media Group. The group offers a unique opportunity for folks across Stanford with a stake in media to share information, foster best practices, identify common needs, and implement centralized solutions to support the work of the University.
After the kick-off meeting in January, five sub-groups have formed to tackle targeted areas of particular interest to the SMG membership: storage, streaming, archiving, policies, student services, and asset management. Several SUL staff members – from Academic Computing, Digital Library Systems and Services, and University Archives – are actively working to organize and carry out the work of these sub-groups.
The next SMG meeting is March 28, 2-3:30 pm, in Turing Auditorium. All are welcome to attend. More information about the SMG meetings and events can be found on the Community of Practice calendar.