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Digital Learning Lab

The Digital Learning Lab offers the space, equipment and software for hobbyists to get creative with video, music and graphic design. It also provides tools to convert and preserve photos, music and video in a digital format. You can shoot and edit videos, scan photos, convert old home videos to DVD and more.

You may not use any of the equipment for illegal or unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted materials or content you have no right to reproduce or distribute.

Who Can Use the Lab?

The Digital Learning Lab is open to all Sunnyvale Library cardholders.

  • If you're under 12, you'll need to have a parent or guardian accompany you.
  • If you have fines over $20, you will not be allowed to use the Lab.
  • You may bring a friend, but the cardholder who reserved the room must be present at all times.

How to Reserve the Lab

  • You can reserve the Digital Learning Lab for four hours at a time during the Lab’s normal hours.
  • You can make reservations up to one week in advance, with a maximum of one reservation per week. New reservations open on Mondays.
  • Make reservations in person at the Library’s Information Desk or over the phone by calling 408-730-7300 and selecting option 6.

How to Check in for the Lab

When it’s time for your Lab reservation, check in at the Information Desk and present your library card to the librarian.

When you check in, you'll be required review and sign the Digital Learning Lab Policies and User Agreement.

We'll hold your reservation for 10 minutes after the scheduled start time.

Note: No food or drink is allowed in the Lab.

What materials should I bring with me to the Lab?

You will need to bring your own external memory devices (e.g., thumb drives), CDs and DVDs. You will need CD-Rs or CD-RWs to burn CDs, and DVD-Rs or DVD-RWs to burn DVDs.

You are responsible for saving your files to your own device. You may not save files to Lab computers. We restart the computers after each use, which will erase all your files.

What hardware and software does the Lab have?

Windows Computer IT-0955

  • Software: Windows 10 Professional, Windows Defender, RollbackRX, Microsoft Office 2010
  • Hardware: VIDBOX Video Conversion for PC, S-Video cable, VHS-C cassette adaptor, Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner

Windows Computer IT-1819

  • Software: Windows 10 Professional, Windows Defender, RollbackRX, Microsoft Office 2010
  • Hardware: Epson FastFoto FF-640 Scanner

HP Sprout

  • Software: Windows 10 Professional, Windows Defender, RollbackRX, Sprout Workspace
  • Hardware: HP Illuminator [DLP Projector and High-Resolution Camera, Adonit Jot Pro stylus

Mac OS Computer

  • Software: Mac OS Sierra 10.12.6, XProtect
  • Hardware: Funai Combination VCR/DVD-R (DVD-RW), VIDBOX Video Conversion for Mac, S-Drive cable, VHS-C cassette adaptor

 

Can I bring my own equipment?

You may not connect your own equipment to Lab equipment, except for external memory devices. You may not rearrange or unplug cables from our setup to accommodate your own equipment.

You may bring your own laptop, tablet, etc., to use over Wi-Fi while you have video rendering or converting on our computers. If your project requires special equipment, speak with a librarian at the Information Desk.

Can I install my own software?

You may not install your own software. You can suggest additional programs to our Digital Learning Lab team. Contact us.

What home video formats can I convert?

We have a VCR for both VHS and VHS C (camcorder) cassette tapes. You can transfer them to either a DVD or to a digital video file on the computer.

How long does it take to convert analog audio or video to a digital format?

Conversions happen in real time, plus additional time for the disc to finalize. A two-hour VHS tape will take over two hours to convert. A 20-minute LP will take over 20 minutes to convert.

Plan your time in the Lab accordingly.

What if I need help?

The Digital Learning Lab is a DIY environment. We encourage you to experiment independently or bring your own expert to assist with projects. Here are some other resources to help you:

  • The Lab offers project guides for common tasks like recording music, scanning photos or converting home videos.
  • Volunteer staff will be available to offer in-depth help with Digital Learning Lab projects by appointment only. See the librarian at the Information Desk.
  • View video tutorials at Lynda.com, or attend one of our Digital Learning Lab orientations.
Last Updated: Feb 5, 2019
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