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Student Multimedia Design Center Opening  

    The formal “Opening” of the Student Multimedia Design Center was held on Tuesday, February 27, 2007.    This state-of-the-art new Student Multimedia Design Center is now open on the lower level of the Morris Library with 6 studios, 2 classrooms, and over 70 multimedia workstations.  Workstations include new dual boot Macintosh computers which can use both Windows and Apple software with clusters of computers throughout an open area providing access to a broad range of multimedia software.

    The Opening included a ribbon cutting and remarks by Provost Daniel Rich, Executive Vice President David Hollowell, May Morris Director of Libraries Susan Brynteson, Vice President for Information Technologies Susan Foster, Director of Information Technologies User Services Leila Lyons, and Assistant Director for Library Public Services Sandra Millard.

    The Student Multimedia Design Center was designed to meet the current and future needs of the increasing number of classes which involve creation of multimedia presentations as a course requirement and use of multimedia to enhance presentation skills.  The multimedia equipment and workstations are available for use by all University of Delaware students, faculty, and staff, who can create and edit multimedia projects for courses and practice presentations.  They may also borrow video cameras, hard drives, light and sound kits, and related equipment to use individually or in collaborative groups.   The Student Multimedia Design Center is one of the largest academic facilities in the country which focuses on multimedia creation.

    Existing library services assisting users with library microforms, maps, copy services, and digitization were incorporated into the new service area.

    The Student Multimedia Design Center is a collaborative service of the University of Delaware Library and Information Technologies with planning of the facilities initiated by Provost Daniel Rich.  The 18-month collaborative planning and implementation process was led by Sandra Millard, Assistant Director for Library Public Services and Leila Lyons, Director of IT User Services, and involved input from a wide variety of faculty and staff.  In addition to Dr. Millard and Ms. Lyons, the Multimedia Planning Group included Shelly McCoy and Bryce Spencer, Library; and Carol Anderer, Jean Neff, Paul Hyde, IT/User Services; and Carroll Shmitt, the UD Facilities Project Manager.  The architect for the facility was Clark Design Group of Elkton, Maryland.  Dozens of faculty were involved in planning and focus groups.

    Provost Daniel Rich commented, "The new Student Multimedia Design Center will help meet the needs of students in every discipline to communicate effectively through multimedia.   This successful collaboration between the Library and Instructional Technologies has created a unique facility that provides a flexible multimedia environment to meet diverse academic needs.  I'm confident that UD students will benefit greatly from the distinctive learning opportunities supported by the new Center.”

    The Student Multimedia Design Center was made possible in part through funding from the Unidel Foundation and the Office of the Provost, and also received support from the State of Delaware.  

    The area encompassing the Student Multimedia Design Center was designed to be a flexible space with movable workstations, rolling chairs, smartboards, white boards, and privacy screens, where students can work in groups, as well as individually.  

    Six video editing studios—some large enough for up to six persons—are equipped with high-end technology to allow the recording and editing of video.  Digital cameras and other equipment are available at the service desk. The studios may also be used to rehearse and record presentations.   Two special studios, a Transfer Studio and a Sound Studio, allow conversion and recording of multimedia sources to other formats and to reload and dub sound.  For example, a user may convert a VHS tape to MiniDV or make a DVD.   Faculty can reserve one of two multimedia classrooms for instruction using multimedia available with workstations for hands-on collaborative multimedia activity.

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