By Aziza Jackson
GLEN ELLYN, Ill. — College of DuPage’s (COD) newly expanded Library Media Lab is now open to students, providing them with access to the digital production equipment necessary to remain competitive in the evolving technology-based workforce.
The 1,200-square-foot space features state-of-the-art equipment, including audio recording booths, a video and photography production studio, creative digital workstations, and audio/video recording equipment for use in-house or for check out.
“There is a difference between being a digital consumer and a digital producer. More and more students today are producing, both in the classroom and in their everyday lives,” said Jennifer McIntosh, COD Library Associate Dean, during a recent ribbon-cutting event. “Creating in different modality can be more engaging. By giving students greater access to the necessary tools that help them with class projects, they are better prepared for post-college careers as employers want people with these skills.”
The library’s first media lab opened in 2015 in a significantly smaller space and with limited hours and resources. While the college features a number of program-specific labs, students across multiple disciplines use technology in projects and presentations, increasing the need for access to creative software programs and equipment, said McIntosh.
“We’re providing our students a controlled environment in which they can create video presentations, record voiceovers or craft digital designs with immediate assistance from lab staff,” said McIntosh.
COD Interim President Dr. Brian Caputo applauded McIntosh and her staff for their dedication to student success, citing the ever-evolving nature of technology and its growing presence in higher education.
“It is the mission of College of DuPage to be a center for teaching and learning and we have a passion for student success,” said Caputo. “This is a state-of-the-art facility where you can create a multitude of projects and presentations with excellent support behind it. This space will prepare students well for the future.”