Digital Media Lab
at Skokie Public Library

Opened in September 2009, the Digital Media Lab is located on the 1st floor of the Library and is open to adult (high school and older) Skokie Public Library members. It contains four new Apple desktop computers loaded with software that will enable users to creatively express themselves through digital videos, music, photography, websites, graphic design, podcasts, presentations and other forms of digital media. The room also features two scanners, an electronic keyboard, and a green screen wall. Digital cameras, Flip video camcorders, portable hard drives, tripods, and other items are also available for seven-day checkouts.

What are the rules?
What computers and equipment are available?
What software is available?
Where can I learn more about Macs and the Digital Media Lab?

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What are the rules?

  • The Digital Media Lab is open during normal Library hours, but closes 30 minutes prior to the Library closing.
  • The Digital Media Lab is open to Skokie Public Library card holders and District 219 students who are of high school age and older.
  • All general behavioral guidelines for the Library apply.
  • No food or drinks of any kind are permitted.
  • A maximum of 8 people are allowed at any given time.
  • Users can make 2-hour reservations (with extended time permitted if no one else is waiting) to use a computer by speaking to a staff memberf from the Technology Help Desk in-person or by phone. A security access card will be handed to the user to gain entry to gain entry to the Digital Media Lab. Reservations will be held for 10 minutes after they are scheduled to begin.
  • A security access card will be checked out on the user’s Skokie Public Library account and a photo ID will be kept in the Adult Computer Lab until the security access card is returned. Lost or damaged security access cards will incur a fine of $50. Security access cards have a $5 per day late fee.
  • The individual who checks out the card will be considered the main user and is responsible for any damage or misuse of the equipment, even if a group is working on a project together.
  • The door should be kept closed unless a staff member is present.
  • Priority will be given to users who are working on digital media projects (videos, music, websites, photo editing, scanning). Users who are using the computers for web browsing may be asked to use the other adult internet stations in the Library.
  • Users must save their work on an external memory source (external hard drives are available for checkout and CDs, DVDs, and flash drives are sold at the reference desk).
  • Loans of portable hard drives, digital cameras, Flip video camcorders, and other items will be allowed for users who have a valid Skokie Library card. All checkouts and checkins for this equipment will be handled at the Technology Help Desk. An overdue fine of $5 per day will be added to users' accounts for late items. Users who lose or damage equipment will be charged the replacement cost of the equipment.

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What computers and other equipment are available?

Apple iMac desktops (4)
Photo of Apple iMac desktop

 

Canoscan 8800F color film/negative/photo scanners (1)
Photo of Canoscan 8800F color fim/negative/photo scanner

 

Flip Mino (9) and Ultra HD camcorders (2) - Can be checked out
Photo of Flip Mino HD camcorder

 

Lacie 250G & 500GB rugged portable hard drives (4) - Can be checked out

Photo of Lacie 250G rugged portable hard drive

 

M-Audio Oxygen 61-key USB/MIDI controller keyboard (1) and M-Audio Sustain Pedal (1)
Photo of M-Audio Oxygen 61-key USB/MIDI controller keyboard

 

Bamboo Fun tablet (1)
Photo of Bamboo Fun tablet

 

Canopus ADVC 110 digital video converter (2)
Photo of Canopus ADVC 110 digital video converter

Yeti Pro USB Microphone (2)

Yeti Pro Microphone

Blue Microphones The Pop Universal Pop Filter (4)

Blue Microphones The Pop Universal Pop Filter

Flip Bower Wide Angle Lens (5) - connected to Flip Video Cameras - Can be checked out

Flip Bower Wide Angle Lens (5)

Shure SM57 – microphone (1)

SM 57 Microphone

ProLine MS220 Tripod Boom Microphone Stand (2)

Microphone stand

Live Wire Advantage Standard EXM mic cables (2)

Live Wire Advantage Standard EXM mic cables (2)

 

Nikon Coolpix (8) - Can be checked out

Nikon Coolpix S6100

Portable Green Screen (1) - Can be checked out

Green Screen

Intous5 Touch Large Pen Tablet (1)

Intous5

Ion Audio iPTUSB Portable USB Turntable (1)

Ion Audio iPTUSB Portable USB Turntable (1)

Ion Tape2PC USB Cassette Deck (1)

Ion Tape2PC USB Cassette Deck

GoPro HD HERO2: Outdoor Edition (3) - Can be checked out

gopro camera

G7 pro by iShot mount (4) - Can be checked out

G7 pro by iShot mount

Wacom Cintiq 13HD (1)

 

Wacom Cintiq 13HD (1)

Hapi Mini Drum: C Major (1) - Can be checked out

hapi drum

Bliptronic 5000 LED Synthesizer (2) - Can be checked out

Bliptronic 5000

 

Canon PowerShot digital cameras (7) - Can be checked out

Canon Powershot Camera

Bose Companion 2 multimedia speaker systems (2)
Photo of Bose Companion 2 multimedia speaker system

 

Blue Yeti microphones (2)

Photo of Blue Yeti microphones

 

Sony tripods - standard size (5) - Can be checked out
Photo of Sony tripod - standard size

 

Flip tripod - miniature size (1) - Can be checked out
Photo of Flip tripod - miniature size

 

M-Audio Fast Track USB (2)

Photo of M-Audio Fast Track USB

 

 

 

Zoom H2 Handy MP3 Recorder (2) - Can be checked out

 

H2 MP3 Handy Recorder

Seagate FreeAgnet GoGlex portable hard drive (2) - Can be checked out

Seagate FreeAgnet GoGlex portable hard drive (5)

Simmons Electric Drum Set SDMP1 (1)

Drum Set

Washburn Electric Guitar RX-22 (1)

Guitar

Shure SM58 microphone (1)

SM58 Microphone

 

Audio Technica CP8201 (1)

CP8201

PF2 pop filter (1)

PF2 pop filter (1)

Capta Tripod Mount Phone Stand (2) - Can be checked out

Capta

Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Headphones (2)

Beyerdynamic Custom One Headphones

OWC Nercury Pro External Blu-ray Burner (1)

Blu-ray burner

Logitech ClearChat Pro USB Headset (1)

Logitech ClearChat Pro USB Headset

 

Epson Perfection V750-M Pro Scanner (1)

Epson Perfection V750-M Pro Scanner (1)

 

Jumbie Jam Steel Drum (1) - Can be checked out

Jumbie Jam Steel Drum

GoPro Accessory Kit (1) - Can be checked out

GoPro Kit

 

Nessie Microphone (2) - Can be checked out

Nessie Microphone

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What software is available?

  • Mac OS X v.10.8 (Mountain Lion)
  • iLife '11
    • iMovie
    • iPhoto
    • Garage Band (plus Garage Band Jam Packs)
    • iWeb
  • iTunes
  • iWork 09
    • Pages
    • Numbers
    • Keynote
  • Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection
    • Photoshop Extended
    • Illustrator
    • InDesign
    • Acrobat X Pro
    • Flash Professional
    • Flash Builder
    • Dreamweaver
    • Fireworks
    • Premiere Pro
    • After Effects
    • Audition
    • Speedgrade
    • Prelude
    • Encore
    • Bridge
    • Media Encoder
  • Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium
    • InDesign
    • Photoshop Extended
    • Illustrator
    • Flash Professional
    • Dreamweaver
    • Fireworks
    • Acrobat X Pro
    • Bridge
    • Media Encoder
  • Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium
    • Premiere Pro
    • After Effects
    • Photoshop Extended
    • Audition
    • Flash Professional
    • Illustrator
    • Speedgrade
    • Encore
    • Prelude
    • Bridge
    • Media Encoder
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 (on all terminals)
  • Final Cut Studio
    • Final Cut Pro 7
    • Motion 4
    • Soundtrack Pro 3
    • Color 1.5
    • Compressor 3.5
    • DVD Studio Pro 4
  • Final Cut X
  • Anime Studio Debut
  • Audodesk Sketchbook Express
  • Blender 3D
  • Burn
  • EZVinyl Converter
  • Firefox
  • Google Earth
  • Handbrake
  • iBooks Author
  • Logic Pro 9
  • Apple Mainstage
  • Manga Studio EX4
  • MP Navigator
  • MPlayerX
  • Nik Color Efex
  • Printfolio
  • ReplicatorG
  • Roxio Toast 11 Titanium
  • Safari
  • Scratch 2.0
  • Screenflow
  • SkeinForge
  • Thousands of stock photos  and videos
  • VuScan
  • Xcode

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Where can I learn more about Macs and the Digital Media Lab?

To learn more about using Macs and the computers and software in the Digital Media Lab, you can:

  • Complete our online form to request a group workshop or one-on-one tutorial with a Library technology assistant.
  • Visit the Digital Media Lab website to keep abreast of new additions, find custom tutorials, and to view or listen to content created by Library patrons.
  • Read eBooks on computers and technology using the Library’s Safari Books Online database.
  • View video tutorials on Lynda.com and Atomic Training.

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Visit the Digital Media Lab blog for the latest news and tips!

 

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