October 20, 2014

Indiana: St. Joseph County Public Library Considering Building Digital Media Lab

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From the South Bend Tribune:

The St. Joseph County Public Library is considering creating a digital media laboratory that would allow patrons to use technology to record and edit music, photos and video, create digital scrapbooks and develop Web podcasts.

The lab would be on the first floor of the Main Library in downtown South Bend and would cost about $100,000, library Director Donald Napoli said.

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Digital media labs are being created at public libraries across the country, including the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne and the Chicago Public Library, Napoli said.

Napoli said he visited the Fort Wayne facility, which includes both a technology lab in the library’s teen area and a larger facility based in a 50-foot climate-controlled trailer just outside the downtown library. The Fort Wayne facility’s equipment includes 3-D printers.

The trailer facility is called the TekVenture Maker Station, a public art and technology laboratory. It was created in partnership with a local nonprofit organization, and includes digital fabricating and rapid prototyping tools, according to the Allen County Public Library’s web site. For more details, see tekventure.org/maker-station.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.