Amanda L. Goodman is the publicity manager at Darien Library, a public library in Connecticut. Prior to this role, she was the user experience librarian there. Goodman's author credits include The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries: A LITA Guide (2014) and the Library Technology Report “Digital Media Labs in Libraries,” and she has written for UX Magazine, Library Journal, and Public Libraries Magazine. Her projects include cofounding LibUX, creating a worldwide map of 3D printers in libraries, and teaching classes on WordPress, UX, and digital signage. She is serving as a LITA Board director-at-large for 2017−2020.
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Families share stories with each other and veterans reconnect with their comrades, while teens edit music videos and then upload them to the web: all this and more can happen in the digital media lab (DML), a gathering of equipment with which people create digital content or convert content that is in analog formats. Enabling community members to create digital content was identified by The Edge Initiative, a national coalition of leading library and local government organizations, as a library technology benchmark. Surveying academic and public libraries in a variety of settings and sharing a range of approaches to creating DMLs, this issue of Library Technology Reports points the way towards meeting that benchmark, showing
- Funding sources and amounts for 16 DML projects in a range of libraries
- Links to sample policies and liability forms
- Information on hardware, software, and websites for sound production, videography, graphic design, and animation
- How to design a DML, addressing considerations such as power, noise prevention, ventilation, lighting, furniture, and more
- Configuration and equipment lists for 8 DMLs, ranging from portable to large libraries
- In-depth profiles of 5 digital media labs compiled from an 11-question survey
Chapter 1 - The Library Context for Digital Media Labs
What is a Digital Media Lab?
Criteria of a DML
DMLs as Whole-Library Efforts
DMLs of Different Sizes
Chapter 2 - Equipment and Software
Tracking Your Project
Converting Analog to Digital
Graphic Design and Animation
Chapter 3 - Training and Policies
Policies and Liability
Questions to Consider
Chapter 4 - Library Digital Media Lab Profiles
Teen Media Lab