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Media Lab: About the Lab

The College of DuPage Library Media Lab provides space, resources, services, and expertise to support students in creative uses of multimedia technology. Students can design, create, and share digital audio, video, and images.

We help COD students build digital literacy skills for class assignments and for personal growth through workshops, and small group or 1-on-1 assistance. Located on the lower floor of the Library, students can drop in to work on projects or check out equipment, or reserve space ahead of time.

Learn more about the Media Lab by exploring the links to the right, visiting us in person, or calling us at (630) 942-3085.

Policies

Media Lab Workspaces

  • The Media Lab is to be used for the creation of digital content. Priority is given to students completing work for COD classes.
  • Media Lab workstations are available for 3-hours at time, and can be reserved in advance by current COD students.
  • The Media Lab offers several workstation configurations, each designed to suit the requirements of different types of projects. If you don’t know what workstation is best for your project, Media Lab staff can help match your needs with our resources. Media Lab staff may also adjust your reservation to make sure all of our users have access to the most appropriate resources for their project.
  • Workstations must be checked out with a valid COD Library card which will be kept while you use the Media Lab.
  • Capacity limits for workspaces:
    • Imaging Stations & Sound Booth: 2 users at a time
    • Audio/Video Editing Suite & Studio: 4 users at a time
  • No food or drinks are allowed in Sound Booth, Editing Suite, or Studio. The Library food policy applies in all other workspaces.
  • Headphones must be used at imaging stations. Volume must be kept at reasonable levels in all spaces so as not to disturb other users, at the discretion of Media Lab staff.
  • Please report any equipment or software problems to Media Lab staff.
  • Use of cell phones and loud conversations are not allowed in the Media Lab.

Using Media Lab Equipment

  • Cameras, audio recording devices, and other equipment can be checked out by students for up to two days at a time.
  • All equipment needs to be reserved online before checkout.
  • You must be a currently enrolled COD student to check out equipment.
  • There is a $10 per day late fee for equipment not returned by the due date. All Media Lab equipment must be returned to the Media Lab. Do not return any equipment to Circulation or in any book drops.
  • Some equipment can only be checked out for 3 hours at a time and must remain in the Library.
  • Students are expected to use Media Lab computers and peripherals in a professional and responsible manner. Users who damage or lose lab equipment will be charged for repair or replacement costs.

Saving Your Work

You are responsible for saving your own work. Have an external memory or cloud storage device ready before starting a project. Library staff are not responsible for lost data or files. Media Lab computers will erase all local files when they are shut down or restarted.

Printing

The Media Lab has a Canon PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet Printer for high-quality color printing. Purchase of prints is deducted from student’s SmartPrint account. Students must ensure adequate funds have been added to their SmartPrint account prior to printing. Purchase of prints is nonrefundable.

Cost:
8.5”x11” for $1  ·  13”x19” for $2

The Media Lab uses Cannon Photo Paper Pro Luster.

Support

Media Lab staff will provide support for installed software and hardware. Staff will also do their best to support additional web-based services and technologies.

Your Librarian

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Daniel McCallum
Contact:
SRC 2030B
(630) 942-2392
Website
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  • URL: https://library.cod.edu/lab
  • Last Updated: Jan 22, 2020 12:43 PM
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