* The Digital Media Labs are currently unavailable due to COVID-19 *
Digital Media Labs
The Ela Area Public Library has two digital media labs available for use by registered cardholders on the second floor. The purpose of the digital media labs is to provide Library patrons with a space to use various digital media technologies that support their educational, professional, and personal goals. The labs contain the following equipment and software:
- Mac Pro Desktop Computer
- Voice microphone
- Instrument Microphone
- Video Camcorder
- VHS Player with DVD Recorder
- Digital video converter
- Film/photo scanner
- Adobe Acrobat Pro (PDF creator)
- Adobe Illustrator (Advanced vector graphics viewer/editor)
- Adobe InDesign (Advanced desktop publisher)
- Adobe Photoshop (Advanced photo viewer/editor)
- Adobe Photoshop Elements (Intermediate photo viewer/editor)
- Adobe Premiere Pro (Advanced video editing application)
- DVD Player (Movie playback application)
- GarageBand (Beginner’s audio recording/editing application)
- Roxio Toast (CD and DVD burning application)
- iMovie (Beginner’s video editing application)
- iPhoto (Beginner’s photo viewer/editor)
The Digital Media Labs are available to registered cardholders ages 12 and up in good standing. Cardholders 11 and under must have a parent accompany them in the lab at all times. For the complete Digital Media Lab usage policy, click here. Users of the Digital Media Labs are also subject to the Library's behavior and technology use policies.
The Digital Media Labs are available for three hours at a time. However, Library patrons may stay longer if there is no demand for the labs at the end of their three hour time slot. Groups of up to three people may use a lab.
Ela cardholders can reserve a lab up to one week in advance in person at the second floor Reference desk or by telephone at (847) 438-3433 x502. Non-Ela cardholders may use the digital media labs on a walk-in basis only if they are not already being used.
Digital Media Lab Accessories
The library has several additional items to assist you in the Digital Media Labs. You can request these items at the Adult Reference Desk:
- 32-note mini musical keyboard
- Firewire 9-pin to 9-pin Cable
- Firewire 9-pin to 6-pin Cable
- Firewire 9-pin to 4-pin Cable
- iPad/iPhone/iPod dock to USB cable
- Mini-USB to USB cable
- RCA Audio Video Cable
- Slide and Negative Holder for the scanner
- VHS-C Adapter
- Audiocassette Player (can be used with the computer to convert cassettes to CD or mp3)
Note: there is also a Micro-USB to USB cable in each room, attached to the camcorder tripod.
Do you need to save your Media Lab files while you are working on a big project? We have added 2 Mac-Formatted external hard drives to our Media Lab accessories. These can be checked out for one week, with one renewal allowed. The hard drives are checked out and returned to the Reference desk on the second floor.
Digital Media Lab Assistance
Do you need assistance with the software or hardware in one of our labs? Click here to learn about the resources that are available.