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Digital media labs 3-4-14

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Digital media labs 3-4-14

  1. 1. DIGITAL MEDIA LABS @ THE ELA AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY Anne Belden Head, Adult Reference abelden@eapl.org
  2. 2. ELA AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY  Located in Lake Zurich, IL, in the northwest suburbs of Chicago  Serves a population of around 33,000 out of a 70,000 square foot building Circulates over 1 million items per year 
  3. 3. WHY A MEDIA LAB?  Digital Literacy  Democratization  Employment/business support  Community  Creativity  Staying relevant!
  4. 4. EAPL DIGITAL MEDIA LABS  Opened December 14, 2011  2 small suites built out of what was a closet – each with identical equipment and around 10’x10’  Funded with retained earnings  Costs were approx. $67,000, which included a lot of construction. Equipment alone cost around $18,000.
  5. 5. EAPL DIGITAL MEDIA LABS  The Labs were added without additional staff members Managed and checked in and out by the Adult Reference Desk  Use is limited to Ela cardholders ages 12 and up (younger patrons may use the Labs with a parent) 
  6. 6. EAPL DIGITAL MEDIA LABS  Labs may be reserved up to one week in advance  Reservations are taken over the phone, in person, via e-mail, and via instant messaging  Labs may be used up to 3 hours at a time  Help is by appointment only
  7. 7. PATRON USE AND RESPONSE     The Labs were used over 1000 times in their first year This year, we’ve averaged 75-100 uses per month Labs are used by all ages Patron response has been overwhelmingly positive!
  8. 8. “THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER TO HAPPEN IN LAKE ZURICH.”
  9. 9. DIGITAL MEDIA LAB CONTENTS  Mac Pro Computer  Software: iPhoto ‘11  iMovie ‘11  Garage Band ‘11  Adobe Acrobat Pro CS5  Adobe Illustrator CS5  Adobe InDesign CS5  Adobe Photoshop CS5  Adobe Photoshop Elements 12  Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 
  10. 10. DIGITAL MEDIA LAB CONTENTS  Voice microphone (Samson G-Track)  Instrument microphone (Shure SM94)  Recorder-Mixer (M-Audio Fast Track)  Camcorder and filming lights (Panasonic HDC-TM80)  Green screen painted wall
  11. 11. DIGITAL MEDIA LAB CONTENTS  Bose Companion 5-speaker audio system  VHS to DVD converter (Toshiba DVR 670)  Photo/slide/negative Scanner (Epson V600)  Analog/Digital Converter (Canopus ADVC110 )  A security camera!
  12. 12. MEDIA LAB EXTRAS  Midi keyboard  Cassette player to use with the computer to convert audiocassettes to CD or mp3  Portable hard drives (LaCie Rugged 500gb) – the only thing that circulates
  13. 13. MEDIA LAB EXTRAS  Box of cables, adapters, etc.  VHS-C adapter  Firewire 9-pin to 9-pin Cable  Firewire 9-pin to 6-pin Cable  Firewire 9-pin to 4-pin Cable  Micro-USB to USB cable  Mini-USB to USB cable  RCA Audio-Video Cable  iPad/iPhone/iPod dock to USB cable
  14. 14. MOST POPULAR FEATURES  #1 - VHS to DVD  #2 - Scanning Slides  #3 - Creating photo slideshows with iMovie  Runners-up: Editing home movies with iMovie, recording (usually singers) with Garage Band
  15. 15. STAFFING  Many staffing options are possible:  Adding full-time or part-time staff  Expanding  Not the role of part-time staff adding any additional staff  Volunteers
  16. 16. STAFFING  Questions to Ask:  Who will reserve and check the labs in and out?  What hours will help be available?  Will help be on-the-fly, one-on-one by appointment, in the classroom, etc?  How will the lab(s) be kept secure?
  17. 17. HIRING  Look for experience/training in  graphic arts,  video production,  audio production,  or multimedia.  Check out your local art school for possible college majors
  18. 18. NOT HIRING  Check labs in and out at an existing service point  Consider volunteers Consider offering help by appointment  Look for motivated staff and give them time to play and learn in the labs 
  19. 19. HELP RESOURCES  Videos – Subscription services or free:      Lynda.com Atomic Training Adobe TV YouTube Books in the Media Labs
  20. 20. HELP RESOURCES  “Quick Start” instructions (see ours at www.eapl.org/DMLhelp)  Blog Posts
  21. 21. HELP RESOURCES  Library generated training videos  Small group classes in-library Outside classes – Apple store, local community colleges 
  22. 22. PUBLICIZING  Publicizing  Work with the local media if possible  Handouts and signs: old-school, but they have an audience  Exhibit what others have done  Emphasize what they can do or create
  23. 23. PROGRAMMING  Classes  One-On-One Instruction  Small Group Demos in the Labs  Larger classes using a set of 10 Mac Laptops  Contests
  24. 24. PROGRAMMING  Events  General Open Houses  Task-specific Open Houses  Fun photos at events  Teen volunteers
  25. 25. QUESTIONS?  Anne Belden  abelden@eapl.org  www.slideshare.net/abelden  Ela Area Public Library Digital Media Labs  http://www.eapl.org/how-do-i/digital-media-labs-0  http://www.eapl.org/how-do-i/digital-media-lab- assistance

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