Thursday, September 25, 2008

Digital Media Lab

This semester, LNDL has officially opened the new Digital Media Lab, located on the library's lower level. This space is open to any and all faculty, students and staff of Loyola College and College of Notre Dame.

The lab is home to ten Dell multimedia PCs and five Power Macs, all with built-in DVD and CD burners. We also have flatbed scanners and other peripherals available for use. Both platforms feature Audacity, as well as Adobe Creative Suite 3, including Flash and Dreamweaver. In addition, the Macs have Final Cut Express, GarageBand and iMovie. The PCs feature Quark XPress and AVS Video Converter. (If you're just looking for a place to do some research and use Microsoft Word, there are computers available throughout the library.)

The Digital Media Lab is staffed by members of the library's Digital Services Department, as well as three work-study students. We aren't necessarily experts in every facet of the software available, but someone will be there to help you figure things out. In addition, we are building a collection of manuals and reference books, and are constantly on the lookout for tutorials and websites to add to our list.

The Digital Media Lab's hours differ from the library's hours. You can either make an appointment, or drop by during our open lab periods. (We strongly recommend that you check the schedule before heading over, as lab hours are subject to change due to class sessions or staff availability.) To make an appointment or check the schedule, click Room Reservations on the library website, then pick the tab for the Digital Lab.

For more information, please see the Digital Media Lab webpage. You can also contact Danielle Whren, the lab manager:, or (410) 617-6872.

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