Carmel Clay Public Library opens Digital Media Lab

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By Heather Collins

The Carmel Clay Public Library opened its Digital Media Lab Nov. 17, a type of co-working space with high-tech equipment for library cardholders.

The lab includes 27-inch iMac computers, a WhisperRoom audio recording suite, equipment for podcasting, a 3D printer and software to edit graphics, video and music.

“We’re so excited about this project. It’s been a couple of years in the making at least,” said Beth Jenneman, CCPL communications manager. “To see it open and get off the ground we just hope people will come in and check it out,”

The Digital Media Lab, 23 E. Main St. Suite 100, is about a quarter mile west on Main Street from the library. Jenneman said the library is maxed out on space and could not create the Digital Media Lab on site.

Jenneman said the Digital Media Lab is working as an experiment. CCPL has a two-year lease for the site and will review how the community has uses the space and whether a larger space is needed in the future.

Children 12 years and younger may utilize the Digital Media Lab if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Content created at the Digital Media Lab will be property of the creator. Reservations for the WhisperRoom can be made on the CCPL website, carmel.lib.in.us.

The Digital Media Lab will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and closed Sundays.

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