June 14, 2021

Build Your Own Digital Media Lab

A digital media lab is a space designed for patrons to have access to software and hardware to create digital media—such as videos, music, podcasts, images, ebooks, websites, animation, and more.

Making Space for Creativity

The Barrington Area Library, IL, is relatively small in size but that hasn’t stopped it from developing a one-computer digital media lab of its own.

In 2009, library staff began dreaming of how to help patrons create and communicate using various platforms and tools. In 2010, this dream took form but not in the way it was expected. The idea evolved from providing one basic Apple computer in youth services to converting a study room into an all-ages media lab. It has been used 493 times since November 2010.