Building and Operating Your Digital Media Lab

Image of digital media devices and iconsLibraries across the country continue to embrace the digital media lab concept by offering a creative space chock full of the latest computer hardware and software and audio, digitizing, graphic design, music, photography, video, web publishing, and other production equipment and resources that patrons use to create and share their own content.

In this roadmap webinar, Jeffrey Fisher of the Fountaindale Public Library shares his how-we-did-(and still do)-it strategies for building and operating a digital media lab. To guide you on your own journey, he’ll address topics including:

  • Tools to build a digital media lab;
  • Promoting and marketing your digital media lab to patrons;
  • Simple ways to troubleshoot issues with your digital media lab; and
  • What’s next? Digital media lab trends.

View this information-packed on-demand webinar presented with Jeffrey’s usual lively style and make your own digital media lab better serve your library community.

This archived webinar was originally presented May 4, 2016.

Running time: 1 hour, 2 minutes


At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will:

  • Have discovered the best resources needed by patrons to create, curate, collaborate, and share their own content;
  • Understand what influences both logistics and daily operations and how to manage them effectively; and
  • Have a clearer idea of programs, promotions, and procedures that better serve your community.

Who Should Attend

This on-demand webinar is intended for public services staff, marketing and communications staff, computer and technology staff, and digital media lab staff. The content is suited for those who already have or are taking steps toward a digital media lab and want the latest information on this important library topic.


Jeffrey P. FisherJeffrey P. Fisher is studio services manager at Studio 300 in the Fountaindale Public Library (Bolingbrook, Ill.), one of the nation's premier digital media labs. In addition, he’s an in-demand audio, video, music, training, and media production pro whose work can be seen and heard on dozens of award-winning corporate, cable, commercial, and indie film projects. He also writes extensively including several published music, audio, and video industry books and numerous articles online and in-print. Fisher also teaches audio and video production and post-production at both DePaul University (Chicago, Ill.) and the College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, Ill.).




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How to Register

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Tech Requirements

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We suggest that groups, especially larger groups, plan ahead to use an LCD/LED projector in the room to project the webinar recording. Groups will also want to have speakers capable of amplifying the webinar audio for the entire room.

Credits or CEUs

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