Ribbon cutting for library renovations reveals higly anticipated Creative Production Lab

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Photos by Evan Ludes/ The Gateway  Chancellor John Christenson assists with cutting the ribbon to unveil the Creative Production Lab, one of several improvements to Criss Library.
Photos by Evan Ludes/ The Gateway
Chancellor John Christenson assists with cutting the ribbon to unveil the Creative Production Lab, one of several improvements to Criss Library.

By Ashley Quintela, Contributor

University of Nebraska at Omaha students can kiss boring research methods goodbye. On Jan. 21, Chancellor John Christensen, Archives and Special Collections director Amy Schindler and head of Art History Katie Bishop cut the ribbon to the new Creative Production Lab.

The lab includes a 120-inch screen, 3D Printers, iMacs that have all of the software to create multimedia, a whisper room, a green screen, HD production and surround sound.

“The possibilities are endless,” Defrank said. “If you have spent anytime on the campus recently you know that UNO is a university on the move.”

Thanks to the project, which be-gan last August, UNO students will now have a choice to spice up their research projects and papers with the utilities that are available in the lab.

“The lab will be really helpful for when I do researches for psychology,” freshman Taylor Delaney said.

Though the lab is full of new and inventive ways to present a project, it will soon be full of students. No reservations are needed so get in when you can.

“Get in there ahead of time,” Bishop said. “Midterms and end of semester are busy so get your projects done early.”

As part of the research services unit, Bishop helps students with research.

“I promote the research production lab to my classes so when English faculty and art faculty want to do digital projects they ask me how we can do it, I say ‘We have this new great production lab and you can do video editing, you can do green screen and image editing,’” Bishop said.

Production officials hope the lab will help students gain knowledge when it comes to using technology.

“I think a lot of faculty are doing multimodal projects so projects where it combines writing, image, video, this will really facilitate that where before students may not have know-how to use a video camera or how to use the editing or their computers at home didn’t work or the computers in the regular lab weren’t high tech enough,” Bishop said. “This will really give them aspace to excel in the projects.”

The excitement doesn’t stop with these renovations as UNO faculty has plans for the future.
“One thing we are particularly interested in is starting a digital humanities project on campus where students in lieu of writing a traditional research paper will create multimedia presentations and websites to present their research,” Defrank said.
Though big ideas are in the works, students are just appreciative of what they have and look forward to working with such advanced materials.
“I think the lab will make it more entertaining and enjoyable to learn the material,” Delaney said.
Faculty and staff are proud to be apart of a university with limitless opportunity.
“It’s no stretch by any means to say UNO has world class facilities,” acting Dean of the Library Audrey Defrank said.

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