Paul Mills: Fountaindale Library to open new digital studio

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 2:18 p.m. CDT

Studio 300, Fountaindale Public Library’s new digital creation space, is set to open in early March and we are very excited about it.

Studio 300 will be a place where you will be able to work with images, video, sound and music to make something special for your family, your business, your church or just for yourself. We will have the latest and greatest tools and software available to tell your story.

Studio 300 will offer six sound-recording studios of differing sizes, two video recording studios with a shared control room, three group collaboration rooms with high-tech equipment for working together, and 18 iMacs with the best software for creating and editing digital content. There will also be equipment available for in-library use and equipment that you will be able to check out as well.

Most importantly, there will be knowledgeable and friendly staff members available to answer any of your questions. The concept of our Studio 300 space is that it will be a do-it-yourself lab, and our staffers will be there to help you figure out how to build what you want to make. Studio services manager Jeffrey Fisher brings more than 20 years of audio visual experience to Studio 300, and he is building a great team to help you in our studio.

I have been asked why a library is building a creative space like Studio 300. Aren’t we all about books?

My answer is that libraries are more than just a source of information. We are a place where people come to learn and to create something new from what they have learned.

In the past, the creation tools may have been paper and pen or even typewriters. More recently. that has meant computers with Microsoft Office and similar software. Studio 300 will now provide the latest tools and expertise so our patrons can continue to build and create things important to them with the resources offered by the library.

Please be sure to watch our website, www.fountaindale.org, for more information about Studio 300. We look forward to seeing you there in March.

Paul Mills is executive director of the Fountaindale Public Library District, which serves Bolingbrook

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