Interactive Technology Spaces (MLIB 252-254)

What are Interactive Technology Spaces?

Interactive Technology Spaces currently consist of two connected rooms:

The Collaborative Technology Space (MLIB 252) features a large Aquos Board smart screen for group brainstorming sessions (including virtual “whiteboard” software), project planning, presentation preparations, to name just a few potential uses. Plug in your own portable flash or hard drive to take your work with you.

The Creative Media Space (MLIB 254) features a PC with the full Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection, allowing for a wide range of video, audio, and photo/graphics editing. Tutorials and online courses are available (free to CSU, Chico students) to watch on Lynda.com—view the tutorial on one monitor while experimenting with the software on a provided second monitor. While the room is not soundproofed, it is outfitted with a studio quality microphone and monitor headphones so you can experiment with creating podcasts or other voice recordings.  Use the attached webcam to participate in video interviews or conferences via Skype. You can even capture and edit the work on your screen using Camtasia. 

COMING SOON—The Presentation Practice Space (MLIB 253) will be a small mock classroom, outfitted with the same equipment and software as some of our campus’ smart classrooms.  Become familiar with the equipment before you take the stage in the classroom, record yourself while speaking with the ceiling mounted microphone and video camera, then see and hear what your audience will by playing back the video (or burn to your own disc). 

Where are the Interactive Technology Spaces?

The Interactive Technology Spaces are located on the 2nd Floor of Meriam Library in rooms 252 & 254, near the beginning of the Bound Periodicals collection. Currently both rooms are reserved together but when the Presentation Practice Space opens in Fall 2015 the three rooms will be reserved individually.

Who can reserve one of the Interactive Technology Spaces?

Only CSU, Chico students with a mail.csuchico.edu or csuchico.edu email address and a valid Student ID may reserve one of the spaces. The student who reserves the room must be present. Rooms can be used by individuals or small groups of less than six.

Reservation Policy


In order to reserve a room you must be a current CSU, Chico student with a @mail.csuchico.edu or @csuchico.edu email address.

Please make sure you have your student ID with you.  The student who reserves the room must be present or the reservation will be forfeited.

Rooms can be used by individuals or small groups of less than six.

Rooms are available in 50 minute blocks, with a maximum of three reservations per day per student.

If you do not arrive within 10 minutes after your reservation time, your reservation may be cancelled and the room made available to other students.

Students who do not show up and fail to cancel may be prohibited from future reservations.

How do you reserve an Interactive Technology Space?

Go to the Interactive Technology Spaces Reservation page: http://libcal.csuchico.edu/booking/interactive

On any computer with internet or a data phone, follow these directions:

Go to the Library ReSEARCH Station: www.csuchico.edu/library

Under About the Library, click on Study & Creative Spaces, then click on Interactive Technology Spaces Reservations.

Click on the desired time block (Note, you can book up to three 50 minute time periods per day).

Click on the Continue tab.

Enter the required "Booking Details" and click "Submit my booking". (Note, only @mail.csuchico.edu and @csuchico.edu emails will be accepted for room reservations).

You will receive an email from alerts@libcal.com.

How many hours per day can I reserve a room?

Rooms are available in 50 minute blocks, with a maximum of three reservations per day per student.

Do I need a reservation or can I use a room if it’s available?

You always need a reservation to use the rooms.  However, if the rooms are available you may make a reservation on the spot and immediately use the rooms.  If the rooms are reserved but nobody arrives within 10 minutes, library staff may cancel the existing reservation and assist you in reserving the room. 

How do I get into the rooms?

A library student employee will meet you at the rooms and let you in.

Can I arrive late to my reservation?

Please be prompt.  No-shows (10 minutes after reservation time) may have their reservation cancelled and the room given to another student.

How do I cancel a reservation, and what happens if I forget to cancel?

To cancel a reservation request, use the "cancel this booking visit" link in your confirmation email. If you fail to cancel your reservation you may be prohibited from making future reservations.

Are food and beverages allowed in the rooms?

Please use your best judgment and avoid any greasy foods or items that may leave a lingering odor.  Beverages should be in a spill-proof container and kept away from equipment. 

What software and equipment are available in the Creative Media Space?

Hardware:
Two 24” Ultrasharp monitors
Webcam
Headset with microphone
Blue Yeti Pro microphone and studio monitor headphone (for experimentation only—room is not soundproofed)
Wacom tablet (essential tool for design applications)

Software:

Adobe Creative Suite 6
:
Adobe Acrobat: creates PDF files from a host of other file formats, allows some editing to be done; can create PDF forms from other file formats
Adobe Bridge: asset management, preview a multitude of file types
After Effects: setting graphics in motion and adding effects, great for text animations and video effects
Adobe Audition: sound editing and mixing
Dreamweaver: web design and web development
Encore: DVD burning software, includes creating DVD menus
Fireworks: image editor for the web
Flash Builder: Design tool for applications using java
Flash: web development and animations
Illustrator: drawing program (logos, illustrations, etc.)
InDesign: page layout program, great for multiple page documents (newspapers, magazines, brochures, newsletters, etc.)
Photoshop: image editor
Prelude: Video mark up for editing
Premiere Pro: video editor
SpeedGrade: Color correction software for video editing

Other Software:
AutoDesk AutoCAD: 2D and 3D compter aided design and drafting
AutoDesk Maya: 3D graphics and applications
Audacity: Audio recording and editing software
Camtasia: Screen recorder and video editor
Skype: Face to face internet communication
Microsoft Office 2013

Learn more about all of the above software by visiting Lynda.com (free to CSU, Chico students).  View online courses and tutorials on one monitor while experimenting with the software on a provided second monitor.


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