* The Digital Media Labs are currently unavailable due to COVID-19 *
Digital Media Lab Assistance
There are a variety of resources available to assist you in our Digital Media Labs.
Books and Quick Start Guides
Each lab has a core collection of reference books on software products available for in-lab use only. Each lab also has a binder with simple Quick Start Guides for most of the software and hardware products.
The Quick Start Guides are now available online! The guides are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader:
- Cassette to CD or mp3 Quick Start Guide
- Convert a PDF to a Word document using Adobe Acrobat Pro
- Copying a CD or DVD Quick Start guide
- DVD and CD creation with Roxio Toast Quick Start Guide
- Film and Photo Scanner Quick Start Guide
- GarageBand Quick Start Guide
- iMovie Quick Start Guide
- iMovie - Using a Green Screen Effect Quick Start Guide
- iMovie - Saving a Work in Progress Quick Start Guide
- Mac Photos Quick Start Guide
- Macs for PC Users Quick Start Guide
- Photoshop - Change a Background Quick Start Guide
- VHS to DVD Dubbing Quick Start Guide - Also, watch our new VHS to DVD video here.
- VHS to Computer Quick Start Guide
Online Training Videos
Lynda.com - The library has a subscription to Lynda.com, which has over 20,000 training videos on over 300 topics with exercise files included. The entire Adobe Creative Suite and all the iLife applications are covered. Please remember to log out when you are finished.
New! Ela Library-created VHS to DVD video:
Digital Media Lab Help Appointments
Ela cardholders only can make an appointment to receive basic assistance on specific tasks from a librarian in a Digital Media Lab. Appointments are made for up to one hour and are available Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm. Due to time and staff constraints, the number of appointments per patron may be limited. Request an appointment in person at the Adult Reference Desk, by telephone at (847) 438-3433 x502, or by filling out this form.
Digital Media Lab Help - Outside the Library
Apple Store Workshops: Apple retail stores periodically give free workshops on a variety of topics applicable to the Digital Media Labs, including Getting Started with a Mac, Garage Band, iMovie, and iPhoto.
College of Lake County: The College of Lake County offers continuing education classes on many of the Adobe products found in the Digital Media Labs, including Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. They offer classes both online and in-person.