New Circulating Media Equipment

Tisch Library has refreshed all of its circulating media equipment, and we are excited to announce that it is now available for checkout! 

We now circulate:

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Three images.  One is a stack of cardboard boxes, the second are individual packages for equipment and the third are equipment cases.

Over the past two years, we've been researching, testing, purchasing, and kitting new media equipment with the goal of expanding and enhancing the technology patrons have access to for engaging in media production. We aim to meet the needs of a range of use cases, from recording an event to deep engagement in digital scholarship projects through focused workshops and courses. 

This process has been a cross departmental effort between Digital Scholarship and Frontline Services with vital support from Library Technical Services and Metadata Services. By having Digital Scholarship and Frontline Services collaboratively take the lead on this service, we merge our skills in customer service with the technical and hands-on expertise of media makers to ensure a great experience for all those using the equipment. A major part of the purchasing process involved re-thinking how we package the equipment. Rather than requiring patrons to check-out items individually (e.g. audio recorder, headphones, SD card reader), we opted to create kits with all the equipment we think you need to have a successful experience in one bag.  

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An assortment of equipment items, including cameras, lenses, batteries and packaging.

There are two ways Tufts ID holders can check out media equipment: at the front circulation desk located on the second level of Tisch library, no reservation required, or by making a request in Jumbosearch. Regardless of how you choose to get equipment, you need to sign the Media Equipment Policy form once per academic year.

You can browse our new media equipment collection on our site under What we have > Equipment or just swing by the front desk of Tisch and ask to see our Equipment Look Book.

We also have two upcoming Unboxing events, one on September 24 and the other on October 8 from 3:00-4:30pm in the Digital Design Studio. Stations with microphones, audio recorders, video cameras, and photo cameras will be set up, and you'll be guided through a series of simple prompts to gain basic familiarity with the gear that’s available for checkout. Space is limited so make sure to register!

If you have questions about our media equipment or recommendations for programming you'd like to see using this gear, don't hesitate to reach out! You can contact Kimberly Forero-Arnias with ideas, feedback or questions!

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illustrations of various pieces of media equipment, arranged in an alternating diagonal pattern, colored rainbow across the image