Study Rooms

The library has five small group study rooms for use by Cardinal Stritch students only. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis and have a four-hour time limit.


The key to the room must be returned to the circulation desk and be checked in if you leave the library. You will also need to remove your personal items when leaving the room.

Study Room Usage Policy

(Library Rooms 192, 193, 194, 195, 196)

These rooms are available to current Stritch students on a first-come, first-served basis. Request a key at the circulation desk.

Use is guaranteed for up to four hours, after that access must be ceded to other requesting patrons or at the request of library staff. Leaving the room for extended periods of time is not advised and may cause the loss of your occupancy rights. Keep the room key with you in the library, but leave it at the circulation desk if you need to leave the library. This privilege is for brief trips (less than 15 minutes) only. Staff are authorized to make the room available to others if this requirement is exceeded.


These rooms have workstations assigned that are installed with media production software. Patrons requiring the use of these multimedia workstations are given priority. The workstations can be checked out at the circulation desk. Other equipment that might assist your media projects is available for checkout to these study rooms. Patrons who are not using the specialized multimedia software may be asked to move to other study rooms or the general computing and study areas.


You must comply with all university computer use policies. You must provide your own digital media for storage. Do not save your work on library issued computers. The library cannot ensure the retention of your data after your use.


You should know how to use the equipment and software available. Usage guides are available at the circulation desk and on the library website. Library Commons User Support Services & Library staff will help you with your basic questions about hardware/software operation, but we will not plan, organize, produce, edit, or distribute your multimedia projects. You must always log off the workstation when you are finished using it and return it to a staff person at the circulation desk.


White boards must be used with appropriate dry erase markers provided at the circulation desk. Do not use permanent markers on white boards.

Equipment

Video Monitor

Use this large display to augment your laptop, view instructional videos or online lectures, practice a presentation for class, test your media project for class, or connect live with your study group.

Headphones and Earbuds

Students that need to turn up the volume can check out headphones or purchase earbuds at the circulation desk. The Koss headphones offer great sound quality and are only available for use in the library, while the earbuds can be purchased for $1 and are yours to keep.

Microphones

External microphones are available to improve the sound quality of the audio for your course media production.

Snowball Microphone
This tabletop USB microphone is ideal for capturing conversations in a group setting.
Lavalier MIcrophone
This microphone clips to clothing, and its low-profile design assures minimum visibility. It can be plugged into a video camera or a computer.

SMART Board

SMART Boards provide the opportunity for a more visual and engaging experience. Unlike a normal SMART Board, this is an overlay on the 42" Video Monitor that provides touchscreen capabilities.

Webcam

This LogicPro 9000 high definition camera with built-in microphone and autofocus is a great tool for presentation recording or video conferencing.

WolfCam

WolfCams are Kodak PlayTouch video cameras that have a simple touchscreen interface. The WolfCams easily connect to a computer with a built-in USB arm for transferring and saving your videos and pictures.

Laptops for checkout

These machines can only be used within the library study rooms.

  • Lenovo ThinkPad T520 with Windows 7
  • MacBook Pro with Mac OS X Lion

Storing your work

Don't forget to plan for where you are going to store your personal project outside of the library laptops. Files are cleared from the loaner laptops upon their return to the library. If you do not store your work externally, it will be lost.

Software

The following software is installed on the study room laptops.

Adobe Acrobat Pro
Adobe Acrobat Pro brings users the ability to create and edit PDF files.
Adobe Captivate
Captivate allows users to create interactive e-learning content, which may include screencasts, quizzes, and other features, brought together for a more well-rounded learning experience.
Adobe Premiere Elements
Adobe Premiere Elements is powerful and user-friendly video editing software.
Articulate Studio (PC)
This course-authoring suite includes Presenter '09, Quizmaker '09, Engage '09, and Video Encoder '09. These tools allow users to create courses, quizzes, and interactive content.
GarageBand (Mac)
This music studio software enables user to learn how to play an instrument, write music, or record their own songs.
iMovie (Mac)
This video editing software makes it easy to create, edit, and enhance movies.
Skype
This video calling and messaging software is installed on study room laptops. You must have a Skype account to use this program.
Windows Live Movie Maker (PC)
Windows Live Movie Maker is a simplified video editing tool. Start here if you're new to media production.