Authored by Amanda DeLong-Carter
The Multimedia Center at Alden Library has added online technology and software guides to their plethora of resources. Located on the second floor, their help desk is staffed with tech gurus ready to assist students hands-on with their media needs. These guides allow for students to learn something as simple as printing or as complicated as Photoshop at their own pace and in whatever environment they choose.
Nedra Plant, library IT specialist, and her team of students have introduced these guides to the Libraries’ website—a project they have worked on for over a year.
“We can’t be here 24/7 [24 hours-a-day/7 days-a-week],” Plant said. “There just seemed to be a need.”
Plant delegated a lot of the guide project to student multimedia specialists Emily Russell and Heaven Herrold. Although Russell graduated in the spring, Herrold still works on updating the guides as the programs evolve. “Adobe and those kind of programs change and update every time the earth turns,” Plant laughed.
The website also includes links to digital copies of full-length books with detailed, advanced advice for those looking to hone existing software skills. The guides, books, and other technology-related FAQs can be accessed by using the search bar on the Libraries’ home page using a keyword like “Final Cut Pro” or a question like, “How do I print?”
Check out some of the guides here or visit the Multimedia Center, open until midnight Sunday through Thursday this fall near Alden’s second floor service desk.