Let’s make something!

KNOWLEDGELAB is an experimental pilot space for for MAKING and SHARING knowledge

The KnowledgeLab is on the move!

Many of you have asked us and wondered about where the KnowledgeLab is going next year. When Neilson Library closes, the KnowledgeLab will move to Seelye B4. The KnowledgeLab will remain open until Neilson Library closes on May 21, 2017, and re-open in Seelye on July 14.

You can find out more about Neilson closing and the library move here:

We’ll still have all of the great furniture and be continuing our mini-grants program next year.

Stay tuned for move updates and photos once we’re settled in to our new space. You can always email us if you have questions: knowledgelab@smith.edu.

The Neilson Library KnowledgeLab is an experimental pilot space for making knowledge, sharing knowledge, and playing with library futures.

As a campus, we have been engaged in a conversation about the past, present and future of libraries in the context of planning for the New Neilson Library. What does it mean to create and share knowledge with diverse communities, and what role does campus space play in these practices? How can we experiment and play with space in Neilson Library’s final year in its current form, and how can these experiments inform the design of our new library?

We have mini-grants of up to $500 available to students to create projects in Neilson Library spaces.

The KnowledgeLab is an experimental, participatory space for you to engage with these questions during the 2016-17 academic year. We invite proposals for projects by all current Smith students on the themes of knowledge creation, knowledge sharing, and the future of libraries and campus learning spaces, including pop-up installations, events, and more. Find out more on our Propose a Project page. For examples of projects that have taken place as part of the KnowledgeLab, see our Past Projects page.

Calendar of Events

Featured Project

Filmmaking for Social Engagement: A Two Day Residency with Activist and Filmmaker Adams Wood – On Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31, the KnowledgeLab hosted a series of events with award-winning Director Adams Wood on the use of film as a means for social engagement. This event is funded by one of the KnowledgeLab’s mini-grants. Read More

About the KnowledgeLab

KnowledgeLab is interpretive, experiential, and generative in character, offering a range of media and materials for the Smith community to interact with as we design new ways of conceptualizing and engaging with the library and all things related to books, the technology of reading and writing, and the creation of knowledge.

The KnowledgeLab is located on the 2nd Floor, South Side, overlooking the Core of Neilson Library.

KnowledgeLab Team

Sophia Buchanan ’18, sbuchanan@smith.edu
Matt Durand, Hillyer Technical Services/Circulation Associate, mdurand@smith.edu
Reese Julian, Circulation Manager, fjulian@smith.edu
Miriam Neptune, Digital Scholarship Librarian, mneptune@smith.edu
Brendan O’Connell, Instructional Technology Librarian, boconnell@smith.edu
Barbara Polowy, Head of the Hillyer Art Library, bpolowy@smith.edu
Phoebe Weissblum ’18, pweissblum@smith.edu