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Oct-15-2012

Created Content In the Digital Media Lab: The No Spill Kangaroo Cup video

10-year-old Lily Born set out to design a cup that her grandfather (who has Parkinson’s disease) could use without spilling. After working with her dad (entrepreneur Joe Born) on a design, and creating many prototypes at local art space Bughouse Studio, she came up with the Kangaroo Cup, a stackable, easy-to-grab coffee mug.

The Borns turned to crowdfunding website Indiegogo to help bring the Kangaroo Cup to production. (Want a Kangaroo Cup of your own? Pitch in here.) They created a video  to promote the Cup in the Digital Media Lab using iMovie. The whole process took a couple of days, importing audio, using voice overs, and several other techniques.

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According to Joe Born, “The media center was important in this project. This was practically a hobby but our material was good enough that it moved people.  The media center was important in making that happen.”

Whether you’re creating a video to get your Indiegogo or Kickstarter off the ground, producing a song, or designing artwork to promote your business, the Digital Media Lab can be a useful tool for making your ambitions come alive. How can we help make your project happen?

Posted under Created Content, Digital Media Lab
Oct-5-2012

Library Tech Talk – Episode 13

Mick, Toby and newcomer Brad discuss the library blog redesign, new things they have learned, listener submitted questions, the Overdrive app for the Nook, and the potential demise of Feedburner.

[podcast]http://traffic.libsyn.com/skokielibrary/Library_Tech_Talk_-_Episode_13_-_10-5-12.mp3 [/podcast]

If the embedded player isn’t working please use this link.

Posted under Digital Media Lab, Featured, Podcasts
Oct-4-2012

Created Content in the Digital Media Lab: Sheldon Solvey’s Photos

Sheldon Solvey has been coming in the Digital Media Lab for weeks to digitize his 35mm slides. Here are few photos taken by him from his time in Japan and a wonderful slice of life images from here in the States. You can see additional images on the wall outside of the Digital Media Lab.

If you are interested in submitting some content please let us know!

Posted under Created Content, Digital Media Lab, Featured
Sep-18-2012

Created Content in the Digital Media Lab: Siyun Deng

Siyun Deng is making some amazing graphic art using Adobe Illustrator in the Digital Media Lab.  She designed these pieces for a class she was taking at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Stop by the DML to check out the poster versions of the art work below.

If you have created video, audio, graphic art or anything else in the DML and would like to have it featured online or in person please let me know. If you are interested in what learning Adobe Illustrator we can help!

Posted under Created Content, Design, Digital Media Lab, Featured
Sep-11-2012

Library Tech Talk – Episode 12

In this Library Tech Talk episode Mick and Toby answer questions they received from listeners, talk about what they have learned since last time, they review everything happening on the 2nd floor including the new study room booking system, and preview upcoming technology classes.

[podcast]http://traffic.libsyn.com/skokielibrary/Library_Tech_Talk_-_Episode_12_-_9.11.12.mp3 [/podcast]

If the embedded player isn’t working please use this link.

Posted under Digital Media Lab, Featured, Podcasts
Sep-7-2012

FindSounds

Findsounds is very interesting website to find various audio that can be used in your productions.  Want a blackbird song in the background of your music, they have 32 versions, want a lion’s roar for the opening of your movie, no problem they have 113.

This can prove to be an invaluable resource for anybody interested in audio for video or audio production.

 

Posted under Digital Media Lab, Featured, Music, Video
Aug-14-2012

Library Tech Talk – Episode 11

In this episode Mick and Toby discuss something new they have learned, all the changes to the Computer Commons on the 2nd floor of the Library, created content in the Digital Media Labs, and green screens.

[podcast]http://traffic.libsyn.com/skokielibrary/Library_Tech_Talk_-_Episode_11_-_8-14-12.mp3 [/podcast]

If the embedded player isn’t working please use this link.

Posted under Digital Media Lab, Featured, Podcasts
Jul-26-2012

Library Tech. Talk – Episode 10

In this episode Toby and Mick discuss created content in the Digital Media Lab and the new Library App.

Links from this episode: The Night Ministry Podcast, Allan’s photography, and flower photos.

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If the embedded player isn’t working please use this link.

 

Posted under Digital Media Lab, Featured, Podcasts
Jul-24-2012

Here an app, there an app…

Download the Skokie Public Library mobile app!What are your favorite apps?

That’s a question we explored on Wednesday, July 11th, as the Library played host to an App Party. Part of the Skokie Chamber of Commerce’s “Lunch ‘n Learn” series, attendees shared their favorite apps in a free-wheeling discussion facilitated by Karen Sanders of Sanders IT Consulting.

Stalwarts like Dropbox, Evernote, and SoundHound all made the discussion, but there were a few other apps that are definitely worth investigating. Here’s a sampling.

  • ScannerPro: A portable document scanner with OCR. Use your camera to digitize documents.
  • Dragon Dictation: A tool for converting speech to text.
  • Voxer: Use your phone as a walkie-talkie, or leave quick voice notes to people in your network.
  • Promptware Plus: Software to turn your iPad or smartphone into a teleprompter. A great resource for keeping you on-script as you record web video.
  • Skokie Public Library: We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention this convenient way to access everything on your library account.

Here’s the complete list (in PDF format) of all the apps suggested by the group.

What are your go-to apps? Please share in the comments.

Posted under Created Content, Digital Media Lab, Mobile, Technology
Jul-24-2012

New Check-Out Times for Cameras, MP3 Recorders, and Tripods

Because of demand, we are extending the check-out duration of the Flip video cameras, Nikon Coolpix still cameras, Cannon Powershot still cameras, tripods, and MP3 recorders to 7 days.  The portable hard drives already have a 7 day limit.  Happy media creation!

Posted under Digital Media Lab, Equipment, Featured