The CDLA in the Academic Commons
Together with the Library in the Academic Commons, we equip Occidental’s intellectual community with the rapidly evolving tools and methods needed for the pursuit and production of knowledge. From consulting on open access and fair use to supporting undergraduate research, to responsive digital collections, we aim to inspire curricular and scholarly experimentation while sustaining the fundamental principles of a liberal arts education.
Information Literacy in the Digital Age
We recognize students as producers of knowledge within an ecosystem of information production and dissemination. Our educational programing includes everything from traditional bibliographic instruction to visual, computational and quantitative reasoning labs, workshops and courses where students not only critically assess what they find, but become active agents in the ethical sharing of their own insights.
Co-Curricular Learning Events
We collaborate with academic programs across the college to design and support learning events. Whether we are documenting the campus ecosystem, helping NELA residents crunch real estate data to understand neighborhood change, or calling all students, faculty and staff to sing their hearts out, we aim to create unique, co-curricular learning experiences for students.
Explore the Possibilities
Whether you are considering the use of digital storytelling, interactive data visualization, or creating online exhibits of primary sources, we are here to guide you toward a smooth and productive integration of digital resources into your teaching practice.
Are you working on a project that involves a digital platform or tool that is new to you? Do you need collaborators or a sounding board? We can help you start, expand, or identify collaborators and audiences for your digital research projects.
The library’s collections span unique and rare print books, to networked print collections, to millions of digital sources. We can help you navigate the resources and guide students as they make choices about how and where to find information.
Are you looking for the right tool to help you work more productively or to engage students in the classroom? We provide support driven by user needs and experiences.
We collaborate with the Center for Teaching Excellence to offer facilitated faculty learning communities on topics ranging from iPads in the classroom, to open data, to python.
We offer in class workshops for students on library research and resources, the creation and development of web content, and data visualization, to name a few. Students can also find a series of creative and technologically advanced workshops taught by other students in the Critical Making Studio.
Oxy Students can get peer support in almost any academic subject, library research, and media production on the ground floor of the Academic Commons next to the Writing Center.