Digital media lab at Lee Road Library offers public access to production technology

Erica Whitehead, Heights Libraries technical assistant, demonstrates Final Cut Pro video editing software in the new HKIC Digital Media Lab at the Lee Road Library. Photo by Victor Cimperman.

The Lee Road Library’s new Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center (HKIC) opened on June 2, with a new, roomier computer lab, extended Wi-Fi area, and a digital media lab.

Heights Library Digital Media Lab is a one-site production center for audio, video, graphics and photography. The lab expands public access to advanced, costly equipment and software that, according to Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director, "may be out of reach for most individuals, whether they are freelancers, consultants, students, entrepreneurs, or small business owners."

“The purpose of the HKIC is to provide members of our community with access to technology and work spaces that will help them grow professionally, economically, even personally,” stated Levin. “The digital media lab is a big part of that.” For example, patrons can make a video for a new business that includes music, create a sophisticated marketing brochure, or record a podcast. "Patrons are limited only by their imaginations," Levin said.

Production tools now available during regular library hours include:

  • an Apple Mac Pro computer with Adobe Creative Suite 6, Final Cut Pro (video), iLife (iPhoto, iMovie, and Garageband), Aperture 3 (photo), and Logic Pro 9 (music);
  • a Sony HDR-CX220 Video Camera;
  • a Sony PowerShot SD1300 IS Still Camera;
  • M-Audio Axiom 64 musical keyboard;
  • two condenser microphones;
  • an Audio Axiom 61 Midi Controller; 
  • a Bambo tablet; and
  • a sound mixer, in the near future

To reserve the media lab, call 216-932-3600, ext. 251. Use of the media lab is restricted to patrons 18 years and older. Users must present a photo ID and CLEVNET library card to use the room.

Sheryl Banks

Sheryl Banks is the marketing and community relations manager for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.

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