Facilities

Fall 2020 Semester Operations

Operations look different this semester as the university continues to follow safety protocols. The most notable difference is that the SMS is open by appointment only for access to its specialized equipment. It also has reduced hours for the semester.

Click the links below for more information about each specialty station in the SMS, or click the "schedule" link next to a station name to reserve a time slot.

Please note that the SMS is adhering to the Flashes Safe Seven principles and the protocols established by the university in response to the Coronavirus. Users who arrive and have forgotten their face mask will be directed to the disposable mask station in the library lobby. Those with medical exemptions should have already made arrangements - either through SAS as a student, or through HR as faculty/staff/visitor - prior to their arrival.


About the SMS

Photo of the Student Multimedia Studio workstationsThe SMS is open to all currently enrolled Kent State students for free. In the SMS students can work on any variety of multimedia projects - from recording audio to editing video, 3D modeling, creating PowerPoint presentations, working in Photoshop, and much more. Follow the left-hand navigation for additional information about the equipment and software that are available to students in the studio.

Equipment

  • 4 general Windows multimedia computers
  • 4 general multimedia iMacs
  • 6 8.5x11" flatbed scanners, with ability to digitize film
  • 2 11x17" flatbed scanners, with ability to digitize film
  • 2 Windows and 1 Mac video editing suites in reservable rooms
  • 1 audio recording booth equipped with an iMac
  • 1 video conferencing suite, equipped with an iMac
  • 1 Windows video capture station, capable of digitizing:
    • DVD
    • VHS
    • mini-DV
  • 1 Windows audio capture station, capable of digitizing:
    • audio cassette tapes
    • vinyl records
  • large-format document and object capturing (uses a digital camera to take photos of items too large for scanning)
  • 1 iMac workstation for ASL (American Sign Language) recording
  • External Blu-ray DVD burner
  • External card reader for SD, microSD, MMC, etc.
  • 3D printers (visit the 3D Printing libguide for details)
  • Leap Motion Controller
  • 3D pen tools
  • Tabletop photo studio kit (for photographing small objects)

Camcorder checkout

Looking to borrow a video camera? This service is available through the Circulation Desk and managed by Circulation Services. For more information, visit Circulation's Camcorder and Accessories Information page.

Software

For the list of software that's available on the various University Library workstations (including the SMS), visit the Library Workstations libguide.

Printing

Printing from the SMS computers is available for the general multimedia stations only to the library's public print stations.

  • Color laser printing: 14 cents per 8 1/2" x 11" sheet
  • Black & white laser printing: 7 cents per 8 1/2" x 11" sheet
  • There is one main print station on the first floor
  • The SMS also offers 3D printing to KSU students for free. Visit the 3D Printing Libguide for details