Madison Area Technical College Libraries multimedia and group study spaces allow students who are working on creating or editing multimedia projects for academic purposes to use additional hardware and software beyond the standard Madison College computer lab configuration, and provide a collaborative workspace for small group study, projects and presentations. For example:
Rooms and equipment are reserved and scheduled through the Madison College Libraries online group study room booking system.
Students should schedule an appointment in advance for assistance with getting started on a multimedia project using the library equipment and software. Contact us to schedule an appointment. Drop-in assistance is generally not available. Library staff are unable to offer in-depth instruction on applications or create a project for you, but can offer general advice and help you get started. Remember to bring your prepared script, project plan, storyboard, and any supporting materials such as images, cameras, video, and storage media. Additional help resources.
Madison College and the Madison College Libraries are not responsible for any lost or damaged files. Files may be saved temporarily to the hard drive of a computer while you are working on them, but should be backed up and saved often to other storage media such as a USB drive, external hard drive, or DVD. Remember that media files can be very large and that saving the files or burning a DVD can take a long time and a lot of storage space. All students are responsible for backing up and saving their own work to their own media.
Multimedia equipment is for use by students in the library only. Most equipment is available as closed-reserves from the library circulation and reserves desk. See our multimedia equipment page for more information.
Any recording involving audio will require a room reservation as well so that other library patrons are not disturbed and so you don't record a lot of background noise.
Keep in mind that multimedia projects take a lot of time, so please plan accordingly.
Multimedia rooms are frequently in use, so you should book a room ahead of time.
Be sure to bring your prepared script, your student ID card (OneCard), and any other equipment you may need such as a camera, power adapters, and cables. We have some USB and firewire cables for student use in the library, but we can't assure that we have every cable a student might need to work with their personal camera or laptop.
There are 4 rooms available in the Truax Library which can be reserved by students. The rooms accommodate 4-6 persons maximum.
You can check availability, get more information and reserve a study room online from our libraries' web page. Ask for assistance at the Truax Library Help Desk.
Students may book a room up to 2 weeks in advance.
Each student may book up to 2 hours per day in 30 minute timeslots but may not exceed 4 hours per week.
If you need to reserve any equipment for multimedia use, call the Truax Library at (608)246-6640.
To book more than 30 minutes at a time, you will have to click multiple time slot.