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The Mississippi State University Libraries will kick off the new year with a new construction project. The Digital Media Center, located on the second floor of Mitchell Memorial Library, will undergo a major change with the addition of a new digital, High Definition (HD) -ready television studio suitable for filming/recording, editing, and producing high quality digital media video projects, as well as a One Button Studio and flexible classroom space / group study space.

Construction is set to begin on Jan. 15 and be completed in April with the new facilities opening in Fall 2019. Library officials said that during this time noise will be unavoidable, and the group study spaces in the construction area will be closed; however, a new study space adjacent to the Digital Media Center opened at the beginning of the Spring semester. No actual services will be interrupted.

"We realize the noise will be a factor," said Stephen Cunetto, Associate Dean for the University Libraries. "We hope everyone will bear with us as we undergo this new and exciting project that will add additional services that will benefit our faculty and staff. We are very excited to be moving forward with this project after several years of planning, and we are grateful to our sponsors.

"We are working with the contractors and all involved to keep the interruptions to a minimum, but we will have to move a number of group study tables to a new study area adjacent to the Digital Media Center to accommodate student needs," Cunetto said. "To make things better for our patrons we will not install the new flooring in the Center until after exams in May."

The construction is part of an ongoing enhancement project of the Digital Media Center funded by MaxxSouth Broadband, the Mississippi State University Office of the Provost, the College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of Communication, the Library and additional donors. Earlier additions to the Digital Media Center included the addition of the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) Mixed Reality Lab, the creation of a Makerspace, and upgraded computers for the multimedia lab.

This new television studio will be used by the Department of Communication's Broadcasting program as its main facility for their broadcasting courses, but it will also be available to all students/faculty with specialized training and staff assistance being required in advance. The studio will provide students and faculty with the facilities, tools and expertise needed to develop high quality videos from concept to production. The addition of video production studios is another example of academic and research libraries providing faculty and students with access to the technology, software, services and expertise being requested by the academic community. Similar facilities can be found at North Carolina State University Libraries, Emory University, University of Illinois, and University of Kansas.

In addition to the television studio, the construction project will include a One Button Studio and small flexible classroom. The three spaces will be located in the back area of the Digital Media Center and will offer numerous benefits to all MSU faculty, staff and students.

The One Button Studio is an automated and simplified video recording studio. The technology provides a space for users to record video and presentations with virtually no learning curve. The One-Button Studio was developed at Penn State as a way of literally clicking one button to begin recording a video. The One Button Studio will be used for recording or practicing presentations, recording lectures, tutorials, auditions, and presenting research.

The third space, a classroom / group study area, will be available for reservations by departments classes or study groups.

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