On January 21, the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) celebrated the grand opening of renovations to the Criss Library.
Included in these renovations was the creation of the new UNO Creative Production Lab.
“We are excited to unveil our new spaces, which reflect the library’s commitment to providing opportunities for knowledge creation and engagement with the UNO and Omaha communities,” said Audrey DeFrank, acting dean of the Criss Library.
The UNO Creative Production Lab is a one-stop shop for students and community members to bring their imagination to life. The lab features everything from a 3D printer and 3D laser cutter to top-of-the-line video and audio editing software, as well as a poster-size scanner and printer; graphic design software; and equipment including HD camcorders and wireless microphones.
“The UNO Criss Library is at the forefront of the changing landscape of libraries,” Creative Production Lab Supervisor Jackie Skarda explained. “The Creative Production Lab not only provides a service for existing projects, it spurs the creativity among faculty and students to think of new ways to use technology.”
Also new to the library as part of this three-part renovation is an iClassroom, which features up to 40 MacBook Pros to be used by students during their classes as well as adjustable theater seating for making use of a 120-inch theater screen to show class projects, documentaries or live news events – just to name a few possible uses.
Here's a look at one of the 3D printers: