Take content creation and learning with media to the next level at this exciting, hands-on event, Oct. 4. Participants will have an opportunity to explore virtual reality, audio and video recording during the open house.
York University Libraries’ new Media Creation Lab (MCL) is inviting all members of the University community to a launch and open house event on Oct. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Scott Library Atrium at the Keele Campus.
The event will offer four interactive stations placed throughout the second floor of the Scott Library, where attendees will have the opportunity for hands-on access to audio and video recording equipment and virtual headsets, guided by MCL staff. Formal remarks will be given by Joy Kirchner, dean of Libraries, Carolyn Steele, assistant professor, Department. of Humanities, and Rianka Singh, assistant professor, Department of Communication and Media Studies.
The MCL is a 1700-square-foot lab offering students, faculty, staff, instructors and researchers access to high-end audio and video recording equipment, an audio-visual media creation space, dedicated virtual reality spaces, a sound-isolation audio booth, portable virtual reality headsets, and workstations for hands-on digital media production. It allows users to produce podcasts, virtual reality projects, music recordings, and other creative multimedia outputs.
The lab is part of York University Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Centre which is recognized for its leadership and innovation through equity, sustainability, and responsible citizenship.
“The Media Creation Lab supports consultation services for all students and faculty that coalesces the Libraries’ expertise in digital fluency. This includes content expertise in media creation and digital humanities to open access publishing expertise backed by a suite of publishing infrastructure and tools to enhance assignment production, teaching materials, scholarship, and student work,” said Kirchner. “Our experts are on hand to help our entire community engage with their material in digitally enhanced collaborative spaces.”
The MCL Launch and Open House will offer students the opportunity to explore media creation work for their fall assignments and will provide information about upcoming fall workshops for media creation skills development and related programming. The event is aligned with Digital Inclusion Week, Oct. 3 to 7.
“In alignment with York’s commitment to advancing UN Sustainable Development Goals we want to emphasize the launch of the MCL as one of the ways the Libraries are enhancing the use of enabling technology and promoting the inclusion of all members of the university community with equitable access to spaces, equipment and resources,” said Sarah Coysh, Acting Director, Digital Scholarship Infrastructure for York University Libraries.