The DMC is here to help – come visit!

digital production roomNeed to create a video for a class assignment? Narrate a PowerPoint presentation? Record a screen capture using Camtasia? Create a website or online portfolio to help in your job search?

The Digital Media Center is here to help you with all of your digital project needs, from video and audio production and editing to website creation. Stop by the new and improved space on the 2nd floor of Hamersly to check it out!

And don’t forget about the two digital production rooms available for use by all students, faculty, and staff. To book these rooms (HL 221 & HL 222), contact the library Information Desk at libweb@wou.edu or 503-838-8418. First time users, please see DMC staff for an orientation to the equipment. More info on the DMC website: http://www.wou.edu/library/dmc/

Need help? There’s a tutor for that.

Tutoring in the library starts up again this week. Hours and location vary, see “Tutoring Hours”————–>

–>The Writing Center: Sun-Thurs from 7-10pm in Room 116; any course and instruction level.

–>The Math Centervarying times in Room 228; both Math and non-Math courses like statistics.

–>The Science Learning Center: varying times in Room 124; Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science courses.

–>The English Tutoring Center: Mon-Thurs from 7-10pm in Room 228; help for international students with reading, listening to, and/or speaking English.

–>The Digital Media Center: Hours vary by term, on the 2nd floor of the library; technology-related class assignments.

 

Results of last year’s library survey

survey word cloudLast spring, almost 1,000 of you responded to the library’s survey evaluating the use and quality of the our collections, services, and facilities. That’s 584 WOU students, 143 faculty, 128 members of staff, and 100 graduate students. Thank you so much for your participation!

We’ve crunched the numbers and created an executive summary with the results and some info about what we’re going to do with your feedback. It’s available in WOU’s digital repository, Digital Commons@WOU.

Pages 1-3 summarize the survey itself, basic demographics, overall results, improvements made since the survey, and what’s next. Pages 4-7 are single-page reports of results from specific groups: undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff.

Digital Production Rooms Now Available for Booking

HL222 cameras

Want to create a video for a class assignment? Narrate a PowerPoint presentation? Record a screen capture using Camtasia? The library now has two digital production rooms available to all students, faculty, and staff.

To book these rooms (HL 221 & HL 222), contact the library Information Desk at libweb@wou.edu or 503-838-8418. First time users, please see DMC staff for an orientation to the equipment.

For more information about what’s in each room, and tutoring hours when DMC staff will be there to help you, check out the Digital Media Center website: http://www.wou.edu/dmc.

Which should I use? VDI or the Terminal Server?

Need to access your H drive from off campus? Need to use specialized programs such as SAS, SPSS, or Photoshop for a class assignment? You can access all these from almost any computer by using a virtual connection. There are two computing environments to connect to: VDI and the Terminal Server.

VDI has newer versions of the Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite of programs. Some specialized software lives on VDI, while other software is only on the Terminal Server. Decide which option is best suited to your needs with this chart:

VDI vs Terminal server

 

Once you know which one you need to access, follow the corresponding directions below:

VDI instructions

terminal server instructions

Tech Tuesday: Microphones

Are you are working on a video or digital project for a class or student organization? Using a microphone for the voice over, instead of relying on the microphone on your iPhone or video camera, will make a world of difference in the final project.

The library has several different types of microphones that you can check out and that will lend a professional touch to your finished product. Learn more:



Tech Tuesday: tripods

Are you filming something for a class project, your student organization, or just for your own artistic expression? Well, unless you’re going for a Blair Witch Project-style camera shake, you will want a tripod.

The library has both floor stand and tabletop tripods in several different sizes and styles that you can check out! Learn more:



Tech Tuesday: Headsets w/microphones

Have you ever tried to hold your phone against your ear and type at the same time? It is difficult. Talking on speakerphone can solve this, but what if you’re in a public place or your roommate is asleep? That’s where these headsets can really come in handy.

They’re perfect for things like group calls and online classes – any scenario where you might want to talk and type at the same time. Plus, the sound quality is much better than speakerphone. Learn more:

Tech Tuesday: Portable DVD Players

Need to watch a movie for class, but you left your laptop at home? Maybe you don’t have a laptop, or your laptop doesn’t have a DVD player? Whatever the scenario, the library can help. We have portable DVD players that you can check out for up to 4 days and take wherever you’d prefer to watch your movie. Learn more: