Text Box: The Multimedia Learning Resource Center (MLRC), on the third floor of the Library, is in the midst of a number of exciting projects this semester.  Established in 1999 for the purpose of providing computer equipment and software in support of the University's curricula and educational programs, the MLRC is expanding its services to include a number of multimedia applications, including video editing.  
The expansion of services in the MLRC is the result of the collaboration with the Learning Network! and its PT3 grant initiatives to purchase equipment and train staff in multimedia production.  Three primary functions have been identified for the new "Media Studio" equipment in the MLRC:
The production of electronic portfolios and other professional products;
The manipulation of digital media, including video, for classroom assignments and initiatives;
The evaluation and use of select educational software.
To this end, two Macintosh G5 computers and two Dell PCs have been purchased and loaded with a variety of multimedia software.  Of special interest should be the ability to perform video editing on either computer platform for any number of user-specified projects.  DV/S VCRs, new scanners and a color printer will also be available, providing a complete set of digital imaging production tools.  Computers will be available to all NEIU students, faculty and staff for multimedia projects on a first-come-first-served basis or may be reserved for a specific two hour time slot.  Computers can also be reserved by faculty for class instruction on using the equipment for classroom projects.
As with all the services currently offered in the MLRC, staff will continue to provide the necessary support for maintaining the new equipment and assisting users.  Look for a rollout date and opening day festivities for these new services in early April.  
In addition to the new services, existing equipment has been upgraded with new, state-of-the-art computers to meet the growing technical demands of students, faculty and staff.   Music faculty and students should see a great improvement in the computers they have been using for music instruction and classroom projects.
Contact Bob Condren, x4495 for any additional information regarding the MLRC's many new services and facilities.