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STORM CLOSURE: Lyons closing @ 5:15pm today

March 13, 2017 - 13:21
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist The University has announced a campus-wide closure at 5:30pm today due to the possibility of inclement weather tonight.

Innis, Mills & Thode Libraries will be closed at 5:30pm today, beginning closing procedures at 5:15pm.

As a result, Lyons will be closed by 5:15pm, starting closing procedures at 5:00pm. ​Any bookings extending beyond that point will be cancelled.

Keep an eye on McMaster Daily News for further updates.

General Requests for 3D Printing On Hold

March 13, 2017 - 11:46
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist Requests for 3D printed items that are not course-related will not be printed at this time.

We have had an unusual amount of course-related print requests submitted this term, and need to prioritize these between now and the end of April. Once we have finished printing all course-related materials, we will resume regular requests that have already been submitted up to this point.

All NEW submissions for items not related to courses will not be printed until the Summer months. Some of the already-submitted items may also end up being printed in the Summer, depending on course-related demand in the coming weeks.

3D Printer Webcam Feed Temporarily Offline

March 8, 2017 - 12:34
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist Our live 3D printer webcam feed is temporarily offline.

​We are working on the problem and hope to get things back up and running soon!

3D Printing @ Lyons - Back Online!

February 15, 2017 - 11:05
~ by Kelly, Library Media Specialist Quick update:

Our PLA filament that we were waiting on has arrived today, so the 3D printing service is back online!

We were only offline for half a day, a minimal delay. Both printers are running and we're back in business. Thanks for your patience, folks!

Clearing up equipment confusion...

February 14, 2017 - 14:21
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist There has been some confusion over the last few weeks about what kind of equipment we have available in the Lyons New Media Centre and what the rules are around usage of said equipment. 

Let's see if we can break it down a bit, shall we? Camera Equipment Yes, we have camera equipment, and there is a big ol' list of the camera stuff you can sign out for 24 hours at a time, as well as another big list of all the camera stuff you could have access to while using the green screen room.

​The 24 hour loan camera equipment needs to be booked at least 24 hours in advance, keeping in mind that booking requests are processed Mon-Fri 9:30am-4:30pm. Any requests submitted in the evening or weekend will be submitted on the next weekday that we are open (so, submit on a Friday evening, it will be processed on the Monday).

The green screen room camera equipment just needs to be booked when you submit the room booking request and can be used for the duration of your green screen booking -- within the green screen room. This equipment does not leave Lyons and should only be used in the green screen room.

What we don't have: *
  • lapel microphones
  • ​camera microphones to loan for 24 hours (we have one, but it can only be used in the green screen room)
  • Go Pros
  • stabilization equipment
  • anything not listed on those two pages listed above​ ​
Audio-Visual Equipment We have a variety of audio-visual equipment ranging from DVD/BluRay players to headphones and condenser mics. Most of the A-V equipment has been installed inside rooms or at different locations within the Centre and cannot be moved. Media players (DVD, BluRay, turntable, cassette player, etc.) are available for use inside our two Edit Studios that can be booked (L415 & L416). Check the A-V equipment list linked to above to see where all such equipment is installed and how to access them.

Some notes:
  • All A-V equipment must be used in Lyons only. These items cannot be taken to other parts of the library, much less campus.
  • Condenser mics and headphones may be requested for use as needed at the Help Desk in Lyons. 
    • Mics are intended to be used in L415 or L416 with a booking.
    • Headphones are intended to be used in L415 or L416, while using in the main area, or while working on media in the main area. Headphones may not be signed out for general use -- please go to the 1st floor Library Services Desk for general-usage headphones. 
What we don't have: * Other Equipment We also have the following additional equipment in Lyons:
  • 5 hanging monitors that you can connect your laptop to (VGA connection only at this time)
    • 4 at booths in the main Centre
    • 1 on the wall in the Consultation Room L418 which can be booked online
    • these monitors are for doing work (especially group-work at the booths or presentation practicing in the consultation room), not for entertainment purposes
  • short-term loan Macbook video adapters/dongles at the Lyons Help Desk
  • gaming equipment for use in our gaming room (XBox 360, XBox One, PS3, PS4, Wii, and gaming PCs), as well as games & controllers for all of these systems
What we don't have:*
  • HDMI cables 
  • power/charging cables for laptops, tablets or cellphones 
    • for tablets or cellphones, have you seen the charging stations on the 1st & 2nd floors in Mills, or on the 1st floors of Innis & Thode?
  • external DVD drives
    • available at Library Services desk on the 1st floor of Innis, Mills or Thode Libraries
  • cassette or digital voice recorders
  • projector screens
these monitors are for doing work (especially group-work at the booths or presentation practicing in the consultation room), not for entertainment purposes Questions? Hopefully this helps you figure out what we have for you to use and what we don't have in the way of various types of equipment. But if there's something missing or you'd like more information that our website doesn't provide, please feel free to email us at media @ mcmaster DOT ca.

* Note: The "What we don't have" lists are based on questions we've been asked in the past.

3D printing service ON HOLD until further notice

February 14, 2017 - 13:29
~ by Kelly, Library Media Specialist The 3D printing service is currently ON HOLD as of Tuesday, February 14/17.

We have run out of PLA and it is on back-order.

There is no known ETA as to when we will be back in service.

Please keep this in mind when submitting any requests during this downtime -- there may be significant delays to anything already submitted and not printed, as well as any new requests, as a result of this issue.

Just days away from the M24 Film Fest!

February 6, 2017 - 11:15
~ by Kelly, Library Media Specialist The kick-off event for the McMaster University 24 Hour Film Fest is THIS FRIDAY!! 

What is it? Have a look at our earlier post about the M24 for more information, but basically, participants create a 5-minute film in 24 hours, competing against other teams to potentially win some pretty sweet prizes.

​Interested in participating? Great! Don't forget to register!

Want to participate but don't have a team? You might want to show up at Lyons New Media Centre on Friday, February 10 @ 4pm to see if any of the teams are looking for a few extra hands. You might be able to join in that way.

​See you there!

Media drop-in hours changed this week

January 30, 2017 - 14:22
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist Planning to drop-in to see Carlie for media consultation during her regular hours this week? Great!

But be aware that her schedule has a temporary adjustment this week. Instead of 2-4pm on Thursday, she will be in this Thursday @ 1-3pm.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause! Please note that this change is only for this week​.

Lights! Camera! Action! The M24 is coming!

January 23, 2017 - 18:17
~ by Glenesha, LNMC Student Employee Create a short film in 24 hours! There will be amazing prizes to be won and an unforgettable experience to have!
The McMaster 24 Hour Film Festival has been around since 2012. Hosted by Lyons New Media Centre, the event is where teams of students will enter to compete for prizes. We are calling all aspiring filmmakers and creative minds to participate in the ultimate showdown of video production skills!

The format of the Kick-Off event starts with meeting at Lyons New Media Centre on Friday, February 10th, 2017 @ 4:00pm. You will be given your three key elements (a randomly assigned prop, line of dialogue and location) that you must incorporate into your short video and all other essential instructions for the competition. 
Make sure you are able to attend the Kickoff! (All information and questions you have can be asked there).

After you submit your short video on time, it will be processed and screened at the Awards Gala. You will have your final videos judged and voted by the audience, where winners will be selected based on the incorporation of the key elements and the impact/originality/creativity of the short film. There are amazing prizes to be won for the winners! The Awards Gala/Screening will be on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 at McMaster University campus in Togo Salmon Hall B128.

Also, there will be refreshments to quench your appetite at the Awards Gala. There will be a selection of beverages (non-alcoholic) and Kernels popcorn to satisfy your appetite!

Below are links of some of the past winning films: 2015 Film Festival: First Place: "Food Fight" by Project 439 Second Place & Best Performance Award: "The Bad Apple" by Team Orange Monkey
​Video unavailable Third Place: "Good Buy" by Markle Best Performance Award: "The Thrall Within" by SOL Productions Visit our website to see other winning films @

How Do I Register?

Visit our registration page for details on the price, rules and dates/times.  Some highlights from the last M24:

Question about Blizzard games in Lyons

January 18, 2017 - 17:52
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist We've recently had a few gamers ask about whether or not we were going to install World of Warcraft, Overwatch or Starcraft II on the gaming PCs at Lyons.

The short-short version is, sorry, but we're not.

At one time, we had World of Warcraft and Starcraft II but then a while back, Blizzard/ changed how we access their games with a new game client. In order to install the games, we need an account to tie the licenses to, and frankly, because of that and a few other complications, we've decided it's not something that we can do.

As a fellow Blizzard fan, I do apologize! It breaks my heart that we can't have these games here at Lyons for you. Look at it this way, though: 2 hours in the games room would never be enough for a decent dungeon-run or PvP session! ;)

Hope this answers the questions at least!

​For the Horde!

Lyons closed early Thursday, closed Friday

December 20, 2016 - 17:23
Please be aware that Lyons New Media Centre will be closed early on Thursday and closed Friday of this week. Our hours for the remaining weeks of the year are:
  • Wednesday, December 21: 9:30am - 9:30pm
  • Thursday, December 22: 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Friday, December 23 - Sunday, January 1/17: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 2 - Tuesday, January 3: 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Regular hours resume on Wednesday, January 4/17
Please be aware that while you will still be able to submit 3D print requests between December 23 and January 1, print requests will not actually be processed during that time.

All prints submitted during that time will be processed in sequential order in the new year.

All backdrops are now available

December 6, 2016 - 17:29
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist Finally! The backdrops (white, black & green) are all back up and functioning in the green screen room / media classroom! It was a major endeavour that took several stages to complete. We appreciate your patience while repairs happened!

Celebrating the holidays

December 6, 2016 - 16:13
~ Fatima, LNMC Student Employee During December, it’s hard not to be met with sparkling lights and decorations commemorating that Christmas day is slowly approaching. You may hear people wishing others a ‘Happy Holidays!’ to include the many celebrations that occur in December but did you know about the many other holidays celebrated during this month?

December 8th – Bodhi Day (Buddhism)
Bodhi Day is a Buddhist Holiday that occurs on the 8th day of the 12th lunar month which honours the day that Buddha, Siddhartha Guatama, experienced enlightenment. Traditions on this day may vary among different sects of Buddhism but services commemorate it as a day of remembrance and meditation. On this day, individuals may decorate their homes or a ficus tree with lights, eat milk-rice and recite percepts.

December 12th-14th – Mawlid al Nabi (Islam)
Mawlid al Nabi is an Islamic holiday celebrated on the 12th day of Rabi’ al-awwal, the 3rd month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It is to celebrate the birthday of prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H). The celebration of the Holy Prophet marks a day of praying, gift exchanging and recitation of poetry that may go from Dec 12th-14th.

December 21st – Yule/Winter Solstice (Wiccan/Pagan)
Yule is commemorated by Wiccans and Pagans on the day of Winter Solstice which marks the rebirth of the sun. It is symbolic of the shortest day, when there is the least amount of daylight and marks the increase in hours of daylight until the Summer Solstice. Individuals gather to spend time with family and friends, exchange gifts and honour the sun on this day.

December 25th-January 1st – Hanukkah (Jewish)
The eight day festival of light is a Jewish celebration to remember the rededication of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Hanukkah starts on the 25th of Kislev (on the Jewish calendar) which occurs around the same time as December so it varies every year. On each of the eight nights, individuals light a candle in a special menorah called a “hanukkiyah” using a special ninth candle called the “shammash”. During the lighting, a special blessing to thank God is sad and a Jewish hymn is often sung afterwards. During this time, individuals may also gather as family to celebrate and give gifts to one another.

December 26th-January 1st – Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday and was created to honour the values of ancient African cultures and inspire African Americans. Kwanzaa lasts for 7 days, each day honouring one of the 7 different principles of Kwanzaa which are believed to be key to building strong communities and families. The 7 principles are umoja, kujichagulia, ujima, ujamaa, nia, kuumba and Imani. To look further into their meanings, you can read more at On Dec 31st, families gather for the great feast of Karamu.

Whether you celebrate a holiday during December or not, we hope you have a wonderful December and a relaxing holiday break!

End of term course-related 3D printing cut-off

December 6, 2016 - 11:47
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist If you were hoping to 3D print something for a course this term and haven't done so already, you may have left it a little too late, we're afraid. We now have enough course-related 3D print jobs to keep us busy until the last day of classes and are not accepting any further requests for courses this term (unless you're okay with having them printed after tomorrow).

The point of no return for the term has been reached, folks! Sorry!

Suggestion for next term: make sure you're giving us at least 2 weeks prior to when you need your print job, as the end of term always gets busy with 3D printing and we cannot do next-day turn-arounds for these requests. 

All regular print jobs will resume ASAP.

No drop-in media consultation service this week

December 6, 2016 - 11:07
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist Carlie, our drop-in media consultant, will not be in the Centre this week. 

Never fear! She will return next week to offer her services Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 2-4pm.

​Sorry for any inconvenience!