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This webinar explores the new wave of creative spaces appearing in public libraries all over the United States and explain why libraries have an essential role to play in digital media creation. Toby Greenwalt and Mick Jacobsen from the Skokie (Ill.) Public Library share their insights on how to sell the concept of a Digital Media Lab to library administration, set up a space that fits any budget, and offer programs and services that maintain public interest over time. If you build it, they will come!
Digital Media Labs are specialized creative spaces devoted to the creation of multimedia content. Offering a range of hardware and software tools for video, audio and graphic design, these spaces position libraries as incubators for creativity and archives for user-generated content.
This archived webinar was originally presented January 25, 2012.
About the Authors
R. Toby Greenwalt is virtual services coordinator, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library. Mikael "Mick" Jacobsen is supervisor of Adult Computer Labs and librarian, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library.
The Public Library Association (PLA) is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.