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Michael Phelps is not the only one setting records this year! The Instructional Media Center (IMC) plans to have another record-setting year after shattering usage records in the IMC Multimedia Lab and instruction records during the FY 2008.

More than 13,200 patrons used the IMC Multimedia Lab from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008, according to IMC Coordinator Pattye Archer. The lab features 27 computers with the latest software in web development, desktop publishing, formatting, music composition, video and audio capture and editing, and more.

"Our lab has great equipment, the latest software and affordable printing," Archer said, "but what makes the IMC Multimedia Lab truly unique is the assistance a patron can receive. The lab, which is open approximately 90 hours a week, is staffed with professionals and student assistants who are trained to help patrons who run into trouble while working on projects.

"You can come in and simply use the computers and software, or if you need help we will be here for you," she added.

Archer said the assistance in the lab is meant to be minimal--answering questions when a patron becomes stumped. For those patrons who need intensive training on a piece of software, Archer said workshops and one-on-one consultations are available.

"In addition to the records we broke in the lab last fiscal year, we also broke records for the number of instruction sessions offered," Archer said.

"The IMC taught over 220 workshops--some we scheduled and were open to anyone affiliated with MSU, and others were booked by professors for their classes, department heads for their staff, or research groups.

"We offer workshops on the Adobe Creative Suites as well as Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point and Publisher. We can customize a workshop specific to your needs--which makes the service very useful for professors and office staffs alike," she added.

Archer said more than 2,000 patrons attended the workshops led by the IMC staff--and all are taught at no cost to the patron.

"Instruction is a service the Library offers to the MSU community," she said.

"We want our faculty, staff and students to take advantage of the services we offer--especially as it helps them in their academic pursuits."

In addition to the lab and instruction sessions, the IMC checks out videos, DVDs, music CDs, laptops, cameras, digital camcorders, projectors and more.

To find our more about the IMC and the services offered, visit the website at http://library.msstate.edu/imc or just stop by. The IMC is located on the second floor of Mitchell Memorial Library, next to Access Services and Einstein Bros. Bagels.




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