Develop and explore new skills at the Innovation Studio of Technology & Business
Print 3D objects, film, produce original videos and much more at the Innovation Studio of Technology and Business. Whether you’re a pro or just getting started you’ll find tools, guidance and learning opportunities at the Innovation Studio.
The Innovation Studio is open during classes, workshops, and other similar events. The Studio also hosts drop-in sessions twice a week during the hours listed below.
|Tuesdays||12:00 PM - 4:00 PM|
|Thursdays||12:00 PM - 4:00 PM|
Note: Drop-In Sessions are currently held in the 4th floor Heritage Studio while the Innovation Lab is being renovated.
Classes & Workshops
The Innovation Studio hosts drop-in session, workshops, and classes on technology and business-related subjects. Below are some examples of what is offered at the Studio. Visit our calendar for upcoming events.
Drop in to use the library's equipment to explore, learn, and create. Try our resources such as 3D printers, micro-controllers, Photoshop and design software. Drop-in sessions offer the chance to ask questions and follow-up on workshops.
Learn about cameras and photography techniques from professionals. The Innovation Studio offers classes and workshops on a range of topics: from using your camera -- digital or analog -- to editing shots in Photoshop. Past and future programs include:
- "Ask a Pro: Bring Your Camera and Questions"
- "Organizing Your Photographic Life"
- "The Exposure Triangle"
- "Better Portrait Photography"
- "Improving Your Nature Photography"
Video Production & Lighting
Courses and workshops are routinely offered on subjects of filming, lighting, and post production. Past programs include:
- "Operating Cameras, Mics, Lights and Green Screens"
- "How to Produce & Film: Short Films"
- "Tips & Tricks: Hands-on Video Lighting Class"
- "Premiere Pro CC: Four Part Course"
- "YouTube Basics"
Business Workshops & Classes
Targeting entrepreneurs, small business, and local makers, the Innovation Studio offers introductory workshops and full courses to platforms such as Etsy, eBay, YouTube and others.
Equipment & Software
Equipment is available during drop-in sessions and on a limited basis when the Innovation Studio is not being used for a program, class, or by staff.
Two (2) iMacs are available for multimedia post-production (e.g. video editing, audio production, photo editing, etc.) in the Innovation Studio. The iMacs can be switched between Mac OS and Windows.
- OS 10.13 “High Sierra” & Windows 10 Home
- 2.9 GHz Intel Quad-Core i5 | 8 GB RAM
- 21.5” display | 1920-by-1080 resolution
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750m
- SDXC card slot, Four USB 3 ports, Two Thunderbolt ports
NOTE: Innovation Studio iMacs CANNOT be reserved; they are available on a WALK-IN basis. Please see staff to use the iMacs. Additional guidelines are outlined below.
Adobe Creative Cloud Apps
There are more than twenty (20) different apps for digital creation offered by the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Below are some highlights:
- Photoshop (Ps): Image editing and compositing
- Illustrator (Ai): Vector graphics and illustration
- InDesign (Id): Page design and layout for print and digital publishing
- Premiere Pro (Pr): Video Production and editing
- Audition (Au): Audio recording, mixing, and restoration
- After Effects (Ae): Cinematic visual effects and motion graphics
- Lightroom (Lr): Digital photo processing and editing
- Project Felix (Fe): Easy 2-D and 3-D compositing for photo-realistic images
Create 3D models that import directly into Blender, Max, Maya, or any 3D printing software. You can also capture in full color through Matter and Form's custom software.
- Max Height & Diameter Scan: 9.8 x 7"
- Max Weight Scan: 6.6 lbs
- Capture details as small as 0.43mm
- Capture size within ±0.25mm
- Users under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
- No food or drink is permitted in the Studio.
- Studios must be left clean and in the same condition as they were prior to use.
- When using the equipment outside of Drop-In Sessions and classes the library does not provide one-on-one technical assistance.
- Proficiency in using computers, software and recording devices is required.
- Software and equipment problems/issues must be reported to staff immediately.
- Occupancy must not exceed four (30) people.
3D Printing Policies & Limitations
- 3D prints must be submitted to library staff for printing. Please use the online form to submit your request.
- Individuals are limited to eight (8) standard print jobs in a calendar year (January - December).
- The library may make exceptions for educational, business, scientific, or other unique projects that require 3D prints beyond the standard limit. Please indicate that you are interested in such a project when submitting your print request.
- One (1) print can be requested at a time. Once printed another request may be submitted.
- All prints are added to a queue of print jobs and will be printed on a turn-by-turn basis.
- Please note that print jobs for library-related programs may take priority over existing jobs in the print queue.
- All 3D print jobs should be printable within four (4) hours.
- Not all objects/designs can be printed as originally submitted. Upon staff review designs may be modified, including scaling, grouping parts, and/or dividing parts, in order to print within the allotted time and space.
- The maximum dimensions for prints are 6" wide x 6" deep x 18" tall.
- Users are not permitted to create any weapons or any obscene, pornographic, or illegal materials. Staff reserves the right to refuse to print any design.
- Print jobs will be completed within twenty-eight (28) days from submission.
- Staff will contact you in the event of a delay beyond the twenty-eight (28) days.
- Users are responsible for the removal of any support structures needed to print designs.
- Users must pick up completed prints within 30 days of notice. Failure to collect completed prints may result in a loss of printing privileges.
- Prints can be collected at the Main Library during open hours at the 2nd floor Youth Desk (ages 0-18) and 3rd floor Reference Desk (ages 18+).
Using Studio Equipment & Computer
- Files must be saved or exported before the end of the Studio session. It’s recommended to save frequently.
- Users must bring their own large-capacity storage drives, SD cards, etc. to save their work.
- All files saved to the library’s computers will be erased after each session upon restarting the computer.
- Users must bring their own headphones for working with sound, this includes audio for video.
- The computer’s own speakers must be muted.
- Equipment will be inspected as per checklist before and after each session.
Computer Reservation Procedures: Walk-In Only
- Users must complete the Multimedia Studio orientation prior to using the Innovation Studio equipment.
- iMacs and equipment are available on a walk-in basis and cannot be reserved in advance.
- Studio sessions are limited to 2 hours in length.
- Patrons will be required to present photo id (e.g. driver’s license, passport, school ) which will be held by staff for the duration of their session.
Programs, Classes, and Workshops
- Participation in Maker Studio programs may be restricted by age, skill level, and equipment limitations; registration may be required for such programs.
- Please arrive on time to programs.
- Late arrivals may be restricted from participating and registered spots may be given to someone on the waiting list.
- Repeated late arrivals and a repeated failure to notify staff of cancellation in advance may result in a restriction from participating in future programs.