Friday, September 12, 2008

What is the Digital Arts Lab?

The Digital Arts Lab is YOUR place for digital art creation, information and education.

Elizabeth Martinez (Library Director of Salinas Public Library) first introduced the idea of creating a Digital Arts Lab to the Salinas City Council November 11, 2007. Funding for the Digital Arts Lab came through the Rally Salinas fund, as part of the interior renovation of the John Steinbeck Library. The Irvine Foundation also donated $25,000 to purchase computers and equipment for the lab.

The Digital Arts Lab Team would like to recognize the people who participated in Rally Salinas, Elizabeth Martinez and the Irvine Foundation for making the Digital Arts Lab a reality. Thank You!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

What software is available?

We have the following NEW multimedia creation software:

• Photoshop Extended
• Fireworks
• Adobe Illustrator
• Adobe Flash Professional
• Dreamweaver
• Adobe InDesign

• Final Cut Studio
• Soundtrack Pro
• Final Cut Express

• Garageband
• iDVD
• iMovie
• iPhoto
• iWeb

What computers are in the Digital Arts Lab?

We have the following NEW Mac computers:

• 20-inch
• 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
• 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM - 2x2GB
• 320GB Serial ATA Drive

• 13-inch
• 2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
• Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
• 4GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM - 2X2GB

• One 16x SuperDrive
• Two 3.2GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon (8-core)
• 500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
• ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB (Two dual-link DVI)
• Apple Cinema HD Display (23" flat panel)

What can be done at the Digital Arts Lab?

This lab is designed for creating digital media-enhanced art projects. Currently, our equipment and software can help you CREATE the following digital masterpieces…

• Photos and Images
• Videos and Slideshows
• Music and Soundtracks
• And MORE...

Come down to the Digital Arts Lab and SEE for yourself!

Where is the Digital Arts Lab?

The Digital Arts Lab is at the John Steinbeck Library located in downtown Salinas, California (As seen from the sky).

Digital Arts Lab
John Steinbeck Library
350 Lincoln Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

What are the RULES for using the lab?

  1. Computers are for digital projects NOT for surfing the Internet.
  2. Save your work on an external memory source.
  3. No food or drinks in the lab.
  4. Keep the lab neat and clean.
  5. No cell phones – take calls outside.
  6. Time limits will be in effect if people are waiting to access a work station.
  7. Leave computers on when you’re done.
  8. If a computer is not working, ask the library staff for help.
  9. Respect others. If your actions infringe upon the rights of others you will be asked to leave.