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Media Desk in the David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons

The David Kirk Media Center supports the study and teaching of film and digital media, acting, languages, music, and other disciplines. Faculty depend on the Media Center's collections and annually borrow thousands of items for classroom use. Students use

Pictures of different areas in the DSC

Today's Hours

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Media Desk Hours

Quarter Hours - Piloting New Longer Hours: Winter and Spring 2020!

Sunday              10:15am - 11:45pm
Mon-Thurs .       8:15am - 11:45pm
Friday                 8:15am - 7:45pm
Saturday            11:15am - 6:45pm

Intersession Hours

Monday - Friday  1pm - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed

Summer Hours 

Mon - Thurs 1pm-8pm
Friday 1pm-5pm
Sat-Sun Closed

0350 McHenry Library

Podcasting Room

Room with podcasting equipment

Room 0344 is a two to four person podcasting room with acoustic panels. Student, Staff and Faculty are encouraged to check out the equipment to record sessions. The equipment is located at the Media Desk.

4 Blue Yeti USB Microphones 
4 C-1 Behringer Microphones with stands (checks out separately), and includes the XLR cable necessary.
1 PreSonus AudioBox 44vsl (microphones connect to this box)
1 AudioBox Quick Start Guide
1 MacBook Pro with recording software(GarageBand)
1 Macbook Charger
1 Sound Mixer Power CablePreSonus AudioBox 44vsl
1 Sound Mixer External power Supply cable
1 Sound Mixer USB Cable

David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons

The DSC is located on the Ground Floor of McHenry Library. We are committed to:

  • Providing access to hardware and software that enable new modes of knowledge building
  • Creating opportunities for students to integrate digital tools into their learning
  • Building partnerships with UCSC faculty and staff to facilitate digital research and scholarly publication
  • Developing and maintaining spaces that foster experimentation and innovation


Getting Started

Ready to launch a project or experiment with new tools? Start at the DSC


Get Help

Need help? Bring your digital research or assignment questions to the DSC


Viewing and Listening Rooms

Reserve a room online!

You can reserve any of the rooms described below using our Study Rooms page.

Six group viewing rooms
Rooms 0331, 0332, 0334, 0335, 0336, and 0338 support group video study for up to fourteen people. Please click on the link for each room for more information about installed equipment and room capacity.

Seven two-person group listening rooms
Rooms 033903400341, 0342, 03430344, and 0346 support audio study of music.  

Podcasting Room
Room 0344 is a two to 4 person pod casting room with sound proof panels.  Student, Staff and Faclty are encouraged to check out the equipment to record sessions.  The equipment is located at the Media Desk.

Keyboard Room
Room 0333 has a Yamaha P115 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano for music study and practice. It also has Sibelius 5 notation software.

Accessible Technology Room
Room 0337 has hardware and software to assist students with disabilities. Hardware includes computer and scanner. There is a handheld magnifier available for checkout at the Media Desk for use in this room. Current software includes:

  • Freedom Scientific JAWS 18.0
  •  Kurzweil 3000 v.15
  • Dragon Naturallyspeaking 13
  • ZoomText
  • OpenBook 9.0
  • FSReader 3.0

To log in to the Accessible Technology computer station: 
Username: .\drcstudent
Password: Changeme12345

Group Study Room
Room 0351 is a four person group study room. It has a table, chairs, dry erase board, and external LCD monitor with VGA connection.

Large Viewing Room
Room 0345 is a 20 person viewing room with BluRay DVD, surround sound and 52" monitor.

Digital Scholarship Commons VizLab
Room 0349 is designed to facilitate student engagement in digital media through the use of visual technologies. The lab includes a high performance, graphics intensive workstation with available 3D modeling, animation, and Virtual Reality software.

Six open video workstations with 20" LCD HDTVs.

All have DVD players. Some have multi-region DVD players, VHS players, multi-format VHS players, blu-ray, and laserdisc players.