Who is this guy?
will do this
What is a Digital
Benchmark 2: Libraries provide access to relevant digital content and
enable community members to create their own digital content
A hub of creativity
1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation
The Skokie DMLs
FY 10-11 FY 11-12 FY 12-13 FY 13-14 *
DML Uses 1142 1405 1479 1548
Arlington Heights Memorial Library Studio
Pilot Studio Renovation New Studio
Ela Area Library
Two Media Labs &
One Maker Lab
Barrington Area Library
One Kids Lab
• Brooklyn Information Commons
• Darien Library Media Lab
• Tacoma Public Library Storylab
• Chicago Public Library’s YOUmedia
How about building
a digital media lab?
What is needed?
• Best Buy Community Grants
• American Honda Foundation Grants
• Local contributors (especially for kids)
What is your vision for the
Work stations or laptops
Don’t promise quiet
Even these people
What is being done in the spaces?
Mac or Windows?
Low cost or free software
• Gimp – Photo/Graphics
• Paint.net – Photo/Graphics
• Pixelmator (Mac only) –
• iMovie (Mac only) – Video
• iPhoto (Mac only) – Photo
• Garageband (Mac only) –
• Inkscape –
• Scribus – Layout Design
• Synfig – Animation
• Blender – 3D modeling
• Nvu – Web Design
• Audacity – Audio
• Avidemux – Video
• Jahshaja – Video
• Windows Movie Maker Live
(Windows only) - Video
• Open Office – Productivity
• Libre Office – Productivity
• Mainstage (Mac only) –
• Adobe Photoshop/Premiere
• Comic Life
• Adobe Photoshop –
• Adobe Illustrator –
• Adobe InDesign – Layout
• Adobe Dreamweaver – Web
• Adobe Premiere – Video
• Adobe Encore – DVD/Blu Ray
• Adobe After Effects – Post
• Adobe Lightroom -
• Adobe Flash – Animation
• Adobe Muse – Web Design
• Final Cut Pro (Mac Only) –
• Motion (Mac Only) – Post
• Logic Pro (Mac Only) – Audio
• Pro Tools – Audio
• Reason – Audio
• Cubase – Audio
• Roxio Toast - DVD/Blu Ray
• Screenflow - Screencasting
Budget station (graphic design)
• Spare computer or budget Windows machine ($0-$600)
• Epson Perfection V600 ($200)
• Canon Powershot SX160 IS ($200)
• Photoshop Elements ($100)
• GIMP (Free)
• Inkscape (Free)
• Scribus (Free)
• TOTAL = $500-$1100
Midrange Audio Station
• 21” iMac ($1,300)
• M-Audio Fast Track Pro ($220)
• Shure SM57 ($100)
• Audio Technica AT2020 USB Mic ($150)
• M-Audio BX5a Speakers ($300)
• M-Audio Oxygen 61 MIDI Keyboard ($170)
• Logic Pro ($200)
TOTAL = $2440
High-end everything station
• Mac Pro ($4000)
• LED Cinema Display 27” ($1000)
• M-Audio Fast Track Pro ($220)
• Audio Technica AT4040 Mic x2 ($600)
• M-Audio BX5a Speakers ($300)
• M-Audio Oxygen 61 MIDI Keyboard
• Logic Pro X ($200)
• Final Cut X ($300)
• Adobe Creative Suite CS6 Master
TOTAL = $9,390
Classes for staffhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/taguri/
Staff created resources
• Intro to Photoshop
• Advanced Photoshop
• Editing Video with iMovie
• Audio Production with
• Google Earth
• Adobe Lightroom
• Adobe Illustrator
• Green Screen basics
• Adobe Acrobat
• Mac basics
1 on 1 classes
• Mac Basics
• iMovie basics
• VHS/DVD conversion
• Google Earth
• Adobe Premier Pro
• Final Cut X
• Final Cut 7
• Adobe After Effects
Skokie in Motion
Teen Photography Contest
Questions to ask
Patronsseniors, adults, teens, and kids
• Elevator speech
• Keep the place civil
• Listen to the
• Expensive equipment
• Group and 1 to 1
• Teen only times
• Display spaces
• Language choice
• Hanging out vs.
Kids lab programs
• Scratch Animation
• Tech Open Lab
Top 10 things that have surprised us
about running Digital Media Labs
6. Feedback happens. A lot.
7. Balancing Intellectual Freedom while
providing a safe space for creativity can be
difficult. Example: Misogynistic/hateful lyrics
in rap music.
8. Finding a happy medium for ages with
different developmental abilities and content
needs is a challenge.
9. If there's a hidden feature or bug in a
program, a patron will find it.
10. Digitization is HUGE.
Top 10 things that have surprised us
about running Digital Media Labs
1. If a speaker can go up to 110 dB, patrons will
play it that loud.
2. The majority of users seem to be 30 and over.
3. How many people don't even know some of this
technology exists, at least so accessibly.
4. If you build one of these EVERYBODY will want
5. Teenagers like to pick at soundproofing foam
job titlemy history in librarieshow long i have been doing dmlsi am a librarian
talk , break, talk - maybe some small group work if we have tiemmy outlineover view of dmlswhy have dmlsselling dmlssome example dmls that I knowthe ins and outs of building a dmlhardware and softwarestaff trainingpatron trainingdrawing patron groupsthings to think about specifically for kidstop 10 thingssmall group work if we have time
ask themA dml is a place for patrons to create digital contentlike what kind of content?
again, why do you think?
discuss the edge benchmarkssome you may know it better than i dowe are making a place for people to create meaningful content and along with that meaningful skillswill help libraries evaluate and continually improve their public technology services for their communities
these are skills that create jobswho are you hiring? having the ability to create media makes anybody in any position more hirableget people who have not had a chance to work with stuff the ability to do so
have been told that some libraries are nervous about putting people out of businessWe create businesses not hurt themthe kangaroo cut story
getting quality to youtube, soundcloud etc. makes people able to express themselves betterneed the tech. skills
digitization is bighelp people bring out their own historybe a publisher of historygives us the skills to be good at itrecord stories, etc.
brings people togetherwe really have people meeting each other in the space and creating communityit also allows people to create content for online communities which are becoming more and more important
remember the youtube debatespeople need to be able to communicate with oficials and with each otheror even create own adds
Positions the library as a hub of creativity not just a hub of information. Can help creators with all types of stuff and become a center of creativity by doing so.it behooves us to become the center of expressing yourselfas a place to create and publishmoving from warehouse to invention center
Where is thumbkin 34,500 views! Don’t look at Youtube comments!oral historyvideo storytimesgreenscreenpodcasts and more
With village, with other orgs and businesseswith businesses - restaurant working on menustell story about village gov.
my idea of 1, 2nd, 3rd generationskokie is firstdiscussing medium to small public libraries
this is the adult one4 imaceseach with its own kind of mission/software/hardwaresome similarities and some differencesgreen screen (you can see it in the back)
going up but i think we are where we are going to bei do wish it was higher and if we made changes i bet it would be much highervery dependent on projectsscanning
i will be going over what those are laterhere are some statsi find it very interesting that video cameras are goign down and stills are goign up - wonder if people using stills for video as wellthese items do not need to be used in the dml7 day check outsame amount of renewals as other items
we noticed that the 7th and 8th graders would sit and stare in the doorwe got a donation of a mac and bought another to trywe will be adding two morelots of classesthey don;t get a ton of use but with policy changes we think this will change2012: 311 uses2013 (so far): 182 usesTotal DML Cards: 144
a place to hang out and mess around.. loudlyit is actually built, just waiting on the new iMacs to be put outwe will have lots of good, lower end stuff in the space
i love this space!they spent a ton of money, 1.3 million I believea whole floor of the librarybasement - floodingoverhead viewis this too much - i hope not
this is what a patron sees as they get off the elevatorthey have another computer lab for regular computing needsstations that don;t need quiet or privacy (photoshop etc.)
these are their studiosyou don't see the largest onethese are prefabricated nearly soundproof rooms (nothing is soundproof to a band that wants to rock as hard as the who)can be expensivesomething i highly, highly recommend - if i had room at skokie this would be the first thing i bought
outside of meeting roomsthey hold small classespeople working together and need multiple screensetc.
inside these meeting roomsnotice the camera, they can do skype meetings and everythingreally amazinggreat for businesses/distance students
studio areaa and c are the studios and b is the production areai really am not an expert at thsi, if you go this way you need some experts!
this is what it will look likethat is family reunion and they are fil,ing something,inside they are runnign the cameras, greens screen, lights etc.
so this is what you can do if you ahve something like that
studio aa place for graphic designand video designalso scanningHardwareiMac Epson Perfection V600 Flatbed ScannerPlustek Optic Film & Slide 7600 ScannerWacom TabletSony MDR-7506 Headphones SoftwareAdobe Creative Suite 6.0 Design Standard Final Cut XiLife '11 iWork '09 Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsersHandbrakeSilverfast 8EpsonScanScreenflow Lynda.com
studio bvery similar to a but duel monitors for which is good for video productionand very nice speakers/headphoneHardwareMac ProDual Dell Ultrasharp 24" Widescreen MonitorsEpson Perfection V600 Flatbed ScannerM-Audio BX5a Studio MonitorsSony MDR-7506 Stereo Headphones SoftwareFinal Cut XAdobe Creative Suite 5.0 Master CollectioniLife '11 iWork '09 Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsersHandbrakeLynda.com
turntable, cassette deck for digitizationaudio interfacehigher end audio production softwarekind of for post production for audioHardwareiMac - 27"IONaudio USB Cassette Tape DeckNumark USB TurntableM-Audio BX5a Studio MonitorsM-Audio Fast Track audio interfaceSony MDR-7506 Stereo Headphones SoftwareLogic ProIzotope RXToontrack EZ DrummerMicrosoft Office 2011iLife '11 iWork '09 Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsersHandbrakeLynda.com
the studioa larger room for video, camera and audio productiondifferent backdropsrecording boothalll kinds of great stuffHardwareiMac - 27" Studio Lights with Softening Umbrellas (x5)AlienBee 800 Studio FlashAlienBee 400 Studio Flash (x2)M-Audio BX5a Studio MonitorsCalumet 12' Background SupportGreen, Black & White backdropsPreSonus MSR Monitor StationPreSonusFireStudio ProjectM-Audio Axiom 51 MIDI KeyboardYamaha DTX500K Electronic DrumsetAudio Technica AT4033/CL CondensorMic (x2)4x6 Isolation VocalBoothSony MDR-7506 Stereo HeadphonesSoftwareLogic ProToontrackEZDrummerSmart MusiciLife '11 (iMovie, GarageBand, iTunes)iWork '09 (Pages, Numbers, Keynote)Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsersHandbrake
Studio entryvhsdidigtationcan take a long time so people can do it and goHardwareMac Mini -Toshiba VHS/DVD Conversion UnitCanopus Analog/Digital Converter SoftwareiLife '11 iWork '09 Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsersHandbrake
you can see the trend herethink they did better than we diddon;t have fountaindale stats as they have had so much growing paingo over stats
Cord management!Scanning station
Blue screen to green screen – also notice the floor – this is important, don’t want to cut off legskind of 3rd or even 4th generationsmaller library but well fundedthey are building multiple media labs and a maker spacethey arleady have one and has proven popular enough to create moreby the way, don’t use a blue screen - people tend to wear blue
they are also putting a kids labsomething to think about as you build yoru space, are they going to be combined or what?
all over the placehave you seen any interesting ones?
ok, now you have seen some and i have hopefully convinced you that they are worthwhile lets talk about building one
our grant - member initiative grantsusanhildreth - director of imls said they would seriously consider people askign for dml grants even though the program is doneof course locals are the most likely to help - but like us you are next to a huge city who sucks up alot of the local cash
What is your idealHow would patrons use the spaceWhat outcomesIf you were imagining one – what would it look like, feel, sound, Get a team together!
Production, post production?Videos, digitization, animation, photos, music, etc.Do we need everything?
Discuss how we do it How others do itDifferent management tracks – ela count everything, fountiandale check everything out, us have the space
Now you start to think of the spaceAmbienceCulture of the spaceLightingPower/dataWorkspacesColorsCombined or separate rooms?
Photography qualityIt gets pretty hot!
Don’t build it next to the storytime room!Letting audio outLetting audio inhvac
The place will get noisy, hard to stop it
You may bec shocked who you will inspire in the communityAnd staff
Bring in expertsWe cannot know everything! Especially if you are building a space – audio is very, very difficult!Also experts in software can help get you off the ground - protools storyDon’t let them oversell you!
stuff to have in your space, we have discussed it a little but this will get more in to the nitty gritty
Good to know what is being done in dmls – learn from usDigitization is hugeVideo makingAudio production
Try to keep circulating stuff under $400
Story about record playerHeadphones important
our experimental areaseeing if we can get more musicians, hasn;t really worked as well as we hopedcanopus is populardigitization takes time!
tripods are bigwhat to do about flip cameras…good question, keep them or notNeed to think about storage spaceLooking in to a candy case sort of thing
Mention that you want to upgrade the RAM as much as possible or at least up to 16gbs. Also wired mice better than wireless if possible (hate throwing away all the batteries or losing them). Also go with 27 inch if you can.
Mostly a non-issue. Try to treat it just as we would anything else. Nothing special about our stuff.we have had a little on the ciruclating thingsnothing really in the dml itselfwe have a camera in the spacemaybe batteries go missing
Adobe cclike a databaseyou may not want to go hog wild like thisthe cinema display an mac pro are cool but really you could go with a imacgetting a couple mics is good for multi
one of the biggest questions i gethow do you train staff
lynda.com is greatatomic is finei use lynda.com for all my own training
Mac store and local community colleges
this is the video bootcamptraining for all full time and select part time public services classalso need to incorporate media creation in to everything we doharmonica example
Youtube is amazingAdobe and apple have online training as wellthink about contributing yourself
ok, now you need to teach the peopleyou have to understand that you cannot be an expert on everythingEla library does not help, only by appointment
you have seen these before right?lynda.com works as a kiosk and only in the library which is annoying
blogsscreencastshandouts videosblogs.skokielibrary.info/medialabquick start guides attached to stuff
go over each classthese classes tend to be 30-40 minutes discussion and then the rest hands-onlead to 1 to 1 classes often
we find this to be the best way to train patronshave to walk the fine line between doing it for them though108 classes this calendar year – however if we had a fulltime dml person I think this number would easily double or triplealso you definitely need the right staff
having a space like the dml helps open new horizonsyou can do all kinds of programming stuffsome you may already be doing but having a media lab will help bring it home and democratize it
our film festivalSkokie in motion – 1-5 minute videos, opened it up to the whole area (something you could consider, working together) – showed in our auditorium that seats a little over 200 on movie screen – did not allow youtube submissions as I was afraid the internet would fail me, as it always does at crunch timehad 21 movies submitteddid it in our auditoriumcan offer to see their movie on the big screen in front 60-70 other people!planning on holding it again the next year
this took place right after we opened the spaceys was doing a scooby doo puzzle hunt and one of the things was in front of green screensent all the families an image
caldedcott winner displaytook pictures with their favorite bookthis must be a librarian, don;t know her thoughset up a mobile (our circulating) green screen in the lobby for opening night
we already have many concerts but dml creators in this caseneed expertise and ability to stay open past 9pm
skokie in motion was a contest but we have done others
we have a ydmlhave found that kids need something to do, so we create contests and they can post their work
this makes a lot of sensewe were doing it before but now we can offer cameras and software and even training
you can see that alot of this overlaps contest, leads to exhbit etc.
on our blog we have created contenta good way to make people feel goodpush their stuff to a larger audiencethe library is known as “good force” and having us display their work creates happy people!\tell the story of valerie
not actually doing this yet but just a matter of timecontentpro or another archiving item will work I hopeann arbor doing stuff like this
describe what we are doing with postersobviously music won’t work for thisgreat for historical slidesthey get the posters for free when we are done
I am no lawyer, but I discussed with some… we are not liable for what people create – like copy machines – remixing is fine! We have a form for people to fill out if they want to publish with us.
Adding full-time or part-time staffNot adding any additional staffExpanding the role of staff
Will help be on-the-fly, one-on-one by appointment, in the classroom, etc.?Who will reserve and check the labs in and out?What hours will help be available?What form of help?How will the lab(s) be kept secure?
when hiring what to look forthis includes librarianyou need to start thinking about producers and teachers as well as just librarianshow important is the mls?
has worked out ok but not greattell geri’s story
“Lure” them in with conversion, then get fancier Make sure help is available, preferably a real person1 to 1 classes and group classesIf you have a senior liaison, train themKeeping the place civil
can’t torrent RAM and hardwareTeen only times – they often want to use inappropriate language