University of British Columbia’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
capitalizes on the confluence of several campus units to supplement library
staffing. Services include writing and research, study skills, multimedia creation,
and course tutoring, as well as labs and offices for the Centre for Teaching and
Academic Group and the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies.
http://www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/
Multimedia
The focus on providing facilities for multimedia production is a recent phenomenon in
ARL libraries, paralleling the rapidly increasing use of these media in faculty instruction
and in student responses to classroom assignments. Specialized facilities in libraries tend
to offer a vast array of equipment and software to use in-house. The software and
equipment platforms supporting multimedia creation often impose a considerable
learning curve that neither faculty nor students can easily master. The most robust, and
therefore successful, multimedia centers are infused with skilled staff, excellent
equipment, and well-considered training and user-support models.
The Weigle Commons multimedia center at the University of Pennsylvania’s
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center is probably the most influential model among
ARL libraries for multimedia programming. The center is run as both production
facility and training space, and it attempts to train both students and faculty in
new forms of multimedia. Center staff have learned that student multimedia
production gets a boost when faculty have insight into technical capacities and
limitations, storyboarding, editing, continuity, logic, etc., so that faculty are better
equipped to assess and grade these new and important forms of expression.
The Digital Media Lab at the University of North Carolina “offers an array
of audio and video editing software and hardware to assist faculty and students
with projects ranging from the integration of bird calls into an online course to
the development of a documentary short film.” Assistance is available via
trained staff.
http://www.lib.unc.edu/house/mrc/pages/mediaLab/
The Faculty Exploratory at the University of Miami exposes faculty to
options for incorporating new media into their course instruction. As an
incentive to encourage faculty to use the program, the library funds new media
teaching fellowships.
http://merrick.library.miami.edu/digitalprojects/digitalprojects.html
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