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Carmel Clay Public Library’s Digital Media lab exceeds expectations in first year

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Digital Media Specialist Lorena Lane helps artist Kay Bae design a website at the Digital Media Lab. (Submitted photo)

By Heather Collins

In only one year, Carmel Clay Public Library’s Digital Media Lab has become a public hot spot.

Patrons of the Carmel Clay Public Library can utilize the lab’s services that include 3-D printing and modeling, photo editing, video editing, music recording and workshops, including Filmmaking 101 led by local filmmaker James Moriarty.

“Libraries are increasingly becoming spaces where content is not just consumed but also created,” said Peter Konshak, IT manager. “We believe that we can play a unique role in helping foster and shape digital creativity in the community by offering services like the Digital Media Lab.”

Konshak said more than 30 people visit the lab each day to work on a multitude of digital projects.

“The Digital Media Lab has attracted a very wide audience of all ages and abilities and we continue to attract new visitors on a daily basis,” Konshak said.

In the past year, the Digital Media Lab has been used to troubleshoot and print 3-D objects for the Carmel TechHounds Robotics competition (including parts for an electric car), as a recording studio for local artist Michelle Quereshi and to create a 1977 Carmel boys basketball state championship commemorative video that was shown at Flix Brewhouse.

Gallery space inside the Digital Media Lab often showcases patrons’ work.

Because of high demand, the Digital Media Lab added a second 3-D printer. The library is undergoing a space study to examine future plans for the growth of the Digital Media Lab.

“We’re extremely pleased with the success in our first year,” Konshak said. “The community response has been outstanding, and we hope to continue to grow as more community members discover the Digital Media Lab.”

The Digital Media Lab, 23 E. Main St., will celebrate its first anniversary from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 11.

For information, visit carmel.lib.in.us/dml.


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