Welcome Back, Marquette

Fall 2017 has just begun and the Digital Scholarship Lab is ready as ever to serve the campus community with their digital media and creation needs.

Over the summer our staff has been hard at work. We’ve added a few things that might be new to you or you might have missed near the end of Spring 2017.

First, the DSL now includes a Microsoft Surface Hub, an interactive, all-purpose smart-board. The Surface Hub is a 84" touch screen station where people can video-conference, work on group projects, or draft digital art projects. The Surface Hub space is reservable in 2-hour increments, and accessories (a wireless keyboard and styluses) can be checked out at the Digital Media/Reserves Desk located in the lower level.

The new Microsoft Surface Hub, located in the Digital Scholarship Lab

We’ve also added a DSLR camera to our collection of media equipment available for campus members to check out. The camera is a Canon EOS 80D accompanied by a Canon EFS 18–135mm lens. It can be used for still photography or to shoot videos in 1080/60p. The camera will be available to check out for a 3-day loan period, and will include a padded carrying case or backpack option. Before you can check it out for the first time, you’ll just need to schedule a quick consultation with a member of the DSL staff to go over using the camera and lens, no more than 30 minutes. You can also check out a microphone kit from the DSL for a better quality audio input in your videos. And don’t forget to check out a tripod as well for the best quality results!

Our new and improved Digital Media Editing Room!

Our latest news is that the Digital Media Editing Room was overhauled over the summer, and soundproofing panels were added to help increase the quality of sound recording and editing. The editing room offers two workstations (a Mac and a PC) for the recording and editing of multimedia projects, and they are loaded with a variety of software options including Final Cut 7, Avid, and Adobe CC. Like the Surface Hub, the room is reservable during library service hours.

But don’t forget about our Visualization Station also located in the DSL. At this workstation you can use our large-screen, hi-def Mac to work on a variety of data visualization or multimedia projects. The Visualization Station is also loaded with a Tableau Professional license, and while the unit is first-come, first-serve, Tableau projects do take priority.

Our Visualization Station

As usual, our collection of laptops, cameras, microphones, chargers, and more is available for checkout from the check-out station in the lower-level of the Raynor Library. Laptops (Macbooks and PCs), Mac chargers, iPhone (Lightning and 30-pin) and Android chargers can be checked out for four hours at a time. Our collection of iPads are loaned out for a 1-day period, and a small number are available for a 7-day loan. Our Canon Vixia HF S30 cameras (with 32GB internal memory), tripods, and chargers can be checked out for a 3-day period.

The Digital Media Help Desk in the Digital Scholarship Lab

Of course, we can’t forget to mention our Mac Lab and PC Pod. These workstations are located in the DSL and loaded with just about all the software you could ever need for your multimedia projects, including Adobe CC, Garage Band, and iMovie on our Macs, and Adobe CC, Movie Maker, and Power BI on our PCs. And don’t forget — if you ever have a question about a multimedia project, media equipment, software, or anything, you can ask our Media Tutors during their walk-in hours from 4–8pm Monday through Thursday, or schedule a consultation with a member of the DSL staff. We’re always happy to help you with your media needs!

Just remember that items in the Digital Scholarship Lab equipment collection are first-come first-serve and cannot be renewed online. And they are all subject to late fees, so make sure you return them on time! 2-hour and 4-hour items are $1 per hour overdue, and 1-day, 3-day, and 7-day items are $2 per day overdue. So make sure you keep track of your due date!

As always, questions about equipment or loan policies can be directed to Joe Humer or Elizabeth Gibes, or you can drop by the service desk and ask any of our students or staff-members. You can also call the service desk at (414) 288–7253.

Welcome back, and we can’t wait to see you this semester!