Monday, February 11, 2013

Make space for Makerspace workshops this semester @Lane_Library!

What is makerspace?
A makerspace “is a community-operated physical space where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialize and/or collaborate.” (from Wikipedia)
What’s up with open source software? What is it?
Open source means that no one owns the software, it has been developed through shared authorship; that is, anyone can add to the software and has access to its programming code, therefore the resource is free. It is also usable by anyone—that means you, your uncle, your super intelligent parrot that knows how to operate a computer, etc.
The ultimate outcome of this software is that it allows you to create digital media and save money with what is essentially a FREE version of Photoshop, Endnote, Garage Band, or other program equivalents which you would normally have to pay hundreds for.
To help you better acquaint yourself with some of these resources, Lane Library will be offering classes throughout the 2013 spring semester. Some of the things this software allows you to do includes: organize your online sources, edit images, record podcasts, create and edit movies, archive and organize images, create tutorials, and design better presentations in an interactive new format.

Check out the dates and times below, as well as a description of what features the software has to offer. Two classes are offered and if you can't make one time, hopefully the other will fit your schedule. Both classes cover the same material and you need only to attend one:

Classes on Monday, February 4th @ 4:00 & Tuesday 5th @ 12:00 (Waitkus Lab)

Zotero is a web browser add-on that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources by collecting them into a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library.

*Information from and available at

Classes on February Mon. 11th @ 4:00 & Tue. 12th @ 12:00 (Waitkus Lab)

“Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:
Record live audio.
Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
Change the speed or pitch of a recording.”

*Information from and available at

Classes on February Mon. 18th @ 4:00 & Tue. 19th @ 12:00 (Waitkus Lab)

Gimp is an image manipulation program used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. It’s basically like a free version of Photoshop.

*Information from and available at



Classes on Monday, February 25th @ 4:00 & Tuesday 26th @ 12:00 (Waitkus Lab)

Avidemux is a free video editing program, designed for simple cutting, filtering, and encoding tasks. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities.

*Information from and available at Avidemux

Classes on Monday, March 4th @ 4:00 & Tue. 5th @ 12:00 (Waitkus Lab)

“Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Its “five-minute setup” makes launching an online exhibition as easy as launching a blog.”

*Information from and available at
Classes on Monday, March 18th @ 4:00 & Tuesday 19th @ 12:00 (Waitkus Lab)

Prezi is an innovative online program that allows you to make presentations with visual landscaping that isn’t in slide form like Powerpoint. Instead, Prezi is more like a drafting table that allows you to move in every direction. This presentation program is easy to learn and allows for an infinite number of design appearances.
*Information available at

Classes on Monday, April 1st @ 4:00 & Tuesday 2nd @ 12:00 (Waitkus Lab)

While we all know what Wikipedia is, actually creating a page or editing some of the information on a page isn’t obvious. As a free encyclopedia, Wikipedia is constantly being edited and added to by its users and has approximately “100,000 active contributors.” This class will focus on the process behind how information is added to Wikipedia pages.
*Information from and available at
Classes on Tuesday, April 9th @ noon & Wednesday 10nd @ 4:00 (Waitkus Lab)

This resource allows you to capture screenshots while you work through something on your computer. Or, you can use it to make tutorials which can be recorded and viewed later. This tool is especially helpful for walking someone through a process or illustrating how to do something on the computer.

*Information from and available at

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