New Media Labs Open in PCL, Fine Arts
The University of Texas Libraries announce the opening of two new spaces to meet the technology needs of students, faculty and staff working on multimedia-rich projects.
The Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) and the Fine Arts Library now host Media Labs that feature upgraded technologies used for the creation of audio, video, animation and digital photography, illustration and design.
The addition of new high-end equipment and a variety of software creates a robust production environment providing options for library users that could not be accommodated by standard general use workstations.
Hardware available includes a combined 25 Apple iMac workstations built for intensive graphics processing alongside book, film and slide scanners, viewing and listening stations, and stations for audio and video capture.
The labs provide the latest releases of software design and creativity suites, including Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Adobe Creative Suite, Pro Tools, Autodesk Maya and Adobe Fireworks.
Both labs are open during regular library hours and available to students, faculty and staff on a first-come basis, with limited support available from skilled staff.
The media labs will also serve as testing grounds for technology offerings to be incorporated into an expanded learning commons that has been funded by the university, the Libraries and the College of Liberal Arts, and is being slated for development in the PCL beginning this fall.