Ask Our Experts

Making an Appointment

If you’re working on a project, at any stage—from nascent idea to nearly final draft—we would be happy to consult and give you advice.
Experts who work in the space are available to consult on any of the following:

  • Project Management
  • Metadata
  • GIS
  • Extended Reality (VR/AR)
  • Immersive Visualization
  • Research Data Management
  • Programming (especially in Python)
  • Web Development
  • Data Visualization
  • Digital Preservation
  • And more!
Image of an MSU Librarian working with a class of students in the 360 degree visualization cylinder in the Digital Scholarship Lab.

Email us at or fill out a consultation request to make an appointment with an expert.

We’ll get back to you and match you up with someone who’s best equipped to consult on your project. If you’re not sure what you need yet, that’s okay too—just tell us what you know and we can help get you started.

Bringing in a Class

Talk to us about bringing your class to the Digital Scholarship Lab! A field trip to the lab makes sense if your class:

  • Is doing a digital project
  • Is using digital scholarship software
  • Would benefit from talking with a digital scholarship expert
  • Is working with VR, AR, or immersive visualization

If you’d like to bring your class to the lab, fill out our consultation form.

Online and Hybrid Instruction Collaboration

We are happy to work with classes in person, virtually, or on a hybrid model, but we also know many classes will be online or will otherwise want to limit in person time.

The technologies mentioned below are generally appropriate for online, asynchronous instruction, though in some cases participants may struggle to complete this work on lower-powered computers. Each of these technologies have varyingly accessible interfaces; please be sure to consider this in your planning.

Immersive Visualization


ThingLink is a tool for creating annotated tours of spaces, overlaying media content onto 360 photography. We have seat licenses to deploy across campus. Please contact us to learn more about using this tool in your work.

Digital Storytelling Incorporating Media

ESRI Storymaps

ESRI Storymaps is a useful tool for creating web pages that pull together video maps, photos, and other content. You can read about how to get started, obtaining a site license, and more information here, in our guide to ESRI Storymaps.

Knightlab Suite

Other tools that may fit your class’ learning objectives include the Knightlab suite of free web applications, such as Storymap JS and Timeline JS.

We also have experience leading classes through exercises in creating digital collections, websites, and more.

Data Analysis and Representation

SAGE Data Research Methods

One resource offered through the library is SAGE Data Research Methods product, which has lessons, practice data sets, and more.

We also have guides on teaching with textual analysis, data analysis, and visualization using