Written by Dr. Ronald Wirtz, Coordinator of User Services
Last academic year, library staff received numerous requests from students for a place where they could practice speeches or PowerPoint presentations before they actually had to deliver them for a grade. We listened, and have provided even more than what was requested!
The new Production and Presentation Workroom on the second floor of the Calvin T. Ryan Library is equipped with a projector, computer, and the usual Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Students can use this workroom individually or in small groups to develop and practice presentations or projects.
It is also possible to go far beyond PowerPoint, however, since the software on the workroom computer includes the latest Adobe e-Learning Suite. The software tools include nine powerful Adobe programs, including:
- Acrobat 9 Pro
- Bridge CS5
- Captivate 5
- Device Central CS5
- Dreamweaver CS5
- Flash Professional CS5
- Photoshop CS5 Extended
- Presenter 7
- Soundbooth CS5
With these Adobe software tools, students can edit video clips and sound files, develop Web pages or entire websites, produce streaming Flash presentations, edit and retouch digital photographs, and much more.
Students should use a high-capacity flash or “thumb” USB drive to transport pre-existing files and to export finished products. The workroom computer can also be used to read and “burn” DVDs or CDs for transport.
To use the Production and Presentation Workroom, please ask to check out the workroom key at the library’s Circulation Desk. The workroom is available in three-hour increments anytime during normal library operating hours.