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Overview

two people recording a video interviewTake your skills, hobbies and work to the next level in the community’s free cutting-edge technology work space – the Level 2 Tech Center. This area includes a fully-equipped digital art studio, two recording studios, 30 computers and 5 small meeting rooms. Regardless of your skill level, the library has the staff, equipment, software and training to help you level up your tech game.

How you might use the Level 2 Tech Center

Whether you’re a technology newbie, pro or hacker, the friendly and knowledgeable staff in the Level 2 Tech Center will help you take the next step to improve your job skills, art and craft projects, and video and audio recordings. Here are some examples of how different people might use the space and equipment.

Newbie

Walks in not really wanting to touch tech equipment but knowing they need to level up if they’re going to get that dream job. Sets up a Job Help appointment with our crackerjack Business and Careers Team and a Gadget Help appointment with our skilled Tech Team. Comes back because it’s not quite as scary as it seemed at first. Walks out with pro computer skills to add to their resume.

Pro

Wants to try their hand at creating a podcast but doesn’t really know where to start. Sets up an orientation meeting with our Tech Team to learn how to use the recording studio. Takes a few LinkedIn Learning classes on podcasts, makes a plan and starts recording. First podcast done and ready for more. Starts to be known as Podcast Hacker around town (well, maybe just to their friends).

Hacker

Ready to start that Etsy side hustle but doesn’t have the money to buy the design software or the design equipment. Sets up an orientation meeting for the Digital Art Studio with the Tech Team to get independent use of the equipment. Spends much of their free time designing, redesigning and finally 3D printing the cutest, most perfect cat accessory ever. Library Business Team helps them figure out if they’ve got everything set up to do their side hustle as a small business. Accessory sells out in the first week.

What you’ll find in the Level 2 Tech Center

  • people working in the tech centerFully-equipped recording studios for audio and video recording
  • Digital art studio with Macs, Adobe Creative Suite, Cricut, 3D printer, 3D scanner and laminator
  • CoLab rooms for 1-3 people with a conference table, 42″ monitor, webcam, speakers & software
  • Public computers with high speed internet and Microsoft software
Register for equipment/room orientation class to learn to use a recording studio or the digital art studio. Once you’ve learned the basics of how the equipment works, you can schedule time in these spaces to work on whatever you’d like – podcasts, videos, photo editing, graphic design, vinyl lettering or almost anything else you dream up. View upcoming tours and orientation classes. Another great learning tool is LinkedIn Learning, which you can use free with your library card. Tech Center staff will help you find the best courses to help you accomplish your goals.

 

Recording Studios

video recording studio with green screen

Amp up your audio game in one of our recording studios. From podcasts to music recordings, the recording studios have you covered with soundproofing up to 80db. We have built in equipment to easily podcast with up to four guests in an attractive space. Use our Shure mics to run audio through the PreSonus Studio audio interface and access recording software such as GarageBand, Audacity and the Adobe Creative Suite. You will not only sound better than recording in your friend’s basement, your background will look professional in your selfies to promote your newest episode.

Recording Studio B includes a video setup. Oral histories, YouTube demos, video resumes – your creativity is in the driver seat with our built-in Panasonic Lumix G7 cameras, Pearl Mini video production system and video editing software (edit in the Design Studio). You can use our green screen to add your own backgrounds and effects! We have staff available to help you troubleshoot.

Digital Art Studio

Use the latest equipment and software to move your ideas from concept to reality. After an orientation, book time to experiment with our Cricut Explore 3, Ultimaker 3D printer, 3D scanner to digitize your stuff, and Photolam laminator to protect your photos, make games, cards, or even bookmarks.

This digital art studio is the perfect place to work on your artistic hobby, implement your Etsy side hustle or build your portfolio for your next career. With the Level 2 Tech Center tools, training classes (in-person and virtual) and expert library staff, you’ll be ready to move up and accomplish your goals.

CoLab Rooms

CoLab Rooms are excellent for virtual meetings, remote work, video interviews and consultations. These rooms provide a quiet space equipped with technology for one to three people. Each room has a small conference table, 42” monitor with built-in webcam and speakers, and work software such as the Microsoft suite.
You will be able to reserve a CoLab Room up to seven days in advance for up to three hours a day with your library card. We anticipate these rooms will be available in late September when back-ordered equipment arrives.

Youth in the Tech Center

The Level 2 Tech Center is a place for those seeking to work, create and design using the digital tools available. Because of the tools, please be aware of the following guidelines for youth.

Public Computers area 

  • An adult will supervise a child younger than 8 years and must work together on the same computer
  • Public computers may be used by kids 8 years and older, independently

Digital Arts Studio

  • Adults and youth 12 years+ will take an Orientation class prior to use will cover how to use the tools
  • Youth 12 years of age and older may use the studio independently>
  • Youth 8-11 years must be accompanied and supervised by an adult who has completed an orientation class
  • Children younger than 8 years are not eligible to use the studio

CoLab Rooms

  • Adults will supervise a child younger than 8 years and work together in the same room

Recording Studios

  • Youth aged 12 years+ may use the studios independently after orientation class
  • Youth 8-11 years must be accompanied and supervised by an adult who has complete orientation class
  • Children younger than 8 years of age are not eligible to use the studios

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Questions about the tech center?

Contact Todd Smith, Emerging Technologies Librarian. For the past 15 years Todd’s role was helping library staff with technology. Now he’s using that experience to help you. Todd is friendly and practical in his advice. There is always be a staff person with technology training available in the Tech Center who can direct you to the resources you need.