The Hancock School Public Library is thrilled to announce the opening of a new media lab for the school district’s students and residents. Funding awarded from the Hancock Schools Foundation aided in the purchasing of a 3D printer, podcast recording equipment, a green screen kit and digital camcorder, analog conversion equipment and more.
The new analog conversion equipment allows users to convert photographs, slides, negatives, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, and vinyl records into digital files. Sometimes referred to as a memory station, this type of equipment can help preserve home videos, original photographic prints, music albums on vinyl and more.
“We are excited to be able to provide these media tools for both students and public patrons,” said Boni Ashburn, library manager. “From a do-it-yourself opportunity to digitally convert, preserve and share memories, to the fast-evolving fields of video creation, podcasting and 3D-printing, we cover a lot of bases within the one room. We can’t wait to see how people use it!”
The media lab’s podcasting station is powered by an Apple iMac, and includes a pair of desk-mounted microphones and recording software. A new book on how to start a podcast is also available for library users.
The room comes equipped with new tables and chairs that can easily be moved around to accommodate groups of different sizes. A wall mounted flat-screen TV is available for media lab users to connect laptops or tablets for presentations or collaborative projects.
To reserve use of the media lab, contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 906-487-5925 ext. 8005. Visit the library online at hancock.pldl.org or our Facebook page to learn more about library services and resources for Hancock students and residents.