Digital media labs: From concept to funding to management

For Immediate Release
Mon, 12/22/2014


Dan Freeman

eLearning Manager

ALA Publishing

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, Digital Media Labs: From Concept to Funding to Management with Amanda L. Goodman. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.

Enabling community members to create digital content was identified by The Edge Initiative, a national coalition of leading library and local government organizations, as a library technology benchmark. Families share stories with each other and veterans reconnect with their comrades, while teens edit music videos and then upload them to the web: all this and more can happen in the digital media lab (DML), a gathering of equipment with which people create digital content or convert content that is in analog formats. Amanda L. Goodman, researching for an issue of Library Technology Reports, collected detailed planning information on DMLs, both large and small. In this workshop, she will share her advice to help you plan and develop a DML that fits your resources and your community.  

Topics covered will include:

  • tips for winning  Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants;
  • equipment and software options for audio, video, photography, and animation projects;
  • mini-golf tournaments and other unique fundraising ideas;
  • adding value with programming that makes it easy to share knowledge and expertise;
  • setting policy and training staff.

About the Instructor

Amanda L. Goodman is the user experience (UX) librarian at Darien Library, a public library in Connecticut. In this position, she planned and implemented a Digital Media Lab, which she now manages. Author of "The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries: A LITA Guide," she has also written articles for UX Magazine and Library Journal. She cohosts a podcast about UX and libraries called #libux and blogs about her work at A Ghost of Daisies. Find her on Twitter as @godaisies.

Registration for this ALA TechSource Workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates.

ALA TechSource Workshops are designed to give you and your staff the opportunity to participate in a hands-on learning experience that will help you make the best technology decisions for your library.

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