Study Room Information

Study Room Usage Policy

(Library Rooms 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.

Room 196 may be reserved for up to four-hour blocks of time, but only for school project media enhanced production/editing/rehearsal/collaboration sessions only. Request this at the circulation desk. Please use this privilege wisely and advise library staff if you are unable to make your reserved time. Reserved rooms that have not been checked out within 15 minutes of their start time will become available for use by other requesting students. [This is a pilot program for the remainder of the 12/13 academic year.]

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.

Suggested Room Use

Group Collaboration

Have a small group project? Share and discuss your ideas on the big screen.

Core tools:

  • 42" video monitor
  • SMART Board

Live Remote Learning Collaboration

Do you need to work remotely with fellow students? Connect with our collaboration tools to get the project done.

Core tools:

  • 42" Video Monitor
  • Microphones
  • Articulate Studio (PC)
  • Webcam

Media Production and Presentation Enhancement

Reservations are accepted for room #196.

Use our media production software to create your course project or add some pizzazz to your presentation.

Core tools:

  • 42" Video Monitor
  • SMART Board
  • Microphones
  • WolfCam
  • Adobe Captivate
  • Adobe Premiere Elements
  • Windows Live Movie Maker (PC)
  • Garage Band (Mac)
  • iMovie (Mac)
  • Articulate Studio (PC)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint

Presentation Rehearsal

Polish up your presentation to make sure you are at your best.

Core tools:

  • 42" Video Monitor
  • SMART Board
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • WolfCam

Viewing Instructional Media

Watch, review, and discuss course materials in preparing for a class project or test.

Core tools:

  • 42" Video Monitor
  • Microsoft PowerPoint

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.

Laptops

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

Microphones

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

Snowball Mic

This tabletop USB microphone is ideal for capturing conversations in a group setting.
Support

Lavalier

This news-caster style 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.
SMART Board Basics
SMART Board Tools

Webcam

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

Whiteboard

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.
Support

Software

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.

Adobe Acrobat Pro

Adobe Acrobat Pro brings users the ability to create and edit PDF files.
Support

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.
Captivate Basics
Captivate Support

Adobe Premiere Elements

Adobe Premiere Elements is powerful and user-friendly video editing software.
Getting Started

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.
Support

GarageBand (Mac)

This music studio software enables user to learn how to play an instrument, write music, or record their own songs.
Support

iMovie (Mac)

This video editing software makes it easy to create, edit, and enhance movies.
Support

Skype

This video calling and messaging software is installed on study room laptops. You must have a Skype account to use this program.

Start Skype

Windows Live Movie Maker (PC)

Windows Live Movie Maker is a simplified video editing tool. Start here if you're new to media production.
Support

 

SMART Board setup


The following explains how to connect a laptop to the Smart Board monitors in the library study rooms. Please note that configurations may vary by laptop.

1. While the computer is off, plug in the VGA cable from the monitor to the laptop.



2. Plug in the USB cable from the monitor to the laptop. This will enable the touch screen and Smart Board capabilities of the monitor.

3. Turn on the laptop.

4. Point the remote at the monitor and press the Power On button.



5. If the image on the laptop does not appear on the monitor, press the VGA button on the remote.