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The McMaster 24 Hour Film Challenge is Coming!

March 19, 2018 - 12:32
Yep, that's right! The M24 is back, baby! 

Keep an eye on the McMaster 24 Hour Fillm Challenge website for updates, especially for when team registration will open.

​Are you excited? We are!

Booking system now available off-campus!

March 7, 2018 - 18:03
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist The Lyons new booking system is now available off-campus! Sorry about the delay but thank you to UTS and Library IT for helping get this all sorted out! now available to McMaster users!

March 6, 2018 - 16:23
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist For those of you missing access in Lyons, it is time to rejoice!

This amazing service has been brought back to you -- campus-wide! All McMaster students, faculty and staff have full access to now!

Read the full story at the McMaster Daily News site, or pop over to UTS' portal page to learn about the service, and access Lynda today!

Problem accessing booking system off campus

March 6, 2018 - 10:53
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist Please note that we have had reports of individuals being unable to access our new booking system from off campus. We are aware of the situation and have contacted UTS about the problem. They have reassured us that off-campus access should be available after 4am tomorrow morning.

In the meantime, you are still able to access the system while on campus, while using a computer in the library or your own mobile device via wi-fi (confirmed by a student yesterday that they were able to pull the system up on their phone yesterday afternoon while using the campus wi-fi).

​Sorry for the inconvenience!

Fortnite unavailable until further notice

March 5, 2018 - 17:26
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist Until further notice, Fortnite is not available for gameplay on the Lyons gaming PCs. We have not yet removed the software at this time, because we have hopes to rectify the problem at some point -- but we cannot do so at this moment in time. When it is available again (or if we have to remove it because we cannot get it working), we will post to let our gamers know. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Lyons New Booking System is LIVE

March 5, 2018 - 13:51
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist As of this morning, the Lyons New Media Centre has rolled out its new booking system. All you need is your MacID and password to login to the new system, then just start booking things like you normally would.

The big change in the new system is the ability to reserve bookings for camera equipment through this system. Prior to this, a Google form had been filled out and there was no calendar available to see what was available versus not available. With this new system, each camera, tripod and even the portable green screen can be seen in a calendar type of view and reserved easily.

The procedure remains the same, however -- until you receive that confirmation email from Lyons staff telling you the camera equipment is booked, it is not booked. Please note that the system adds a 30 minute buffer on the start and another one at the end of camera equipment bookings to allow time to check the camera equipment, charge batteries, etc. 

The gaming stations, edit studios and the newly renamed presentation practice space (formerly the consultation room) can be booked in the same fashion, but the bookings for these are automatic, just like the old system.

Please note that when you go into Schedule > Bookings on the site, the navigation is along the top, not the left side. The left box is for filtering your results. The navigation to change from the room schedule to, say, the gaming schedule, is handled with a drop-down menu to the right of the schedule title (see the image above).

​Don't forget to fill out the handy-dandy (and very short) survey about the new system!

Audio Recording Booth is NOW OPEN!

March 1, 2018 - 16:33
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist Yes, that's correct... the audio recording booth at Lyons is NOW OPEN.

The booth includes:
  • a computer equipped with Audacity and Adobe Audition
  • RODE microphone & filter, with adjustable arm
  • audio interface
  • high stool
  • music stand with light for script/music
  • headphones (available at the Help Desk)

You can book the audio recording booth online, but don't forget to check out the policy/procedures page too. Happy recording!

Mid-Term Break Hours for Lyons

February 15, 2018 - 09:30
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist Just a quick note to share our changing hours for the mid-term break that start this Saturday:
Saturday, February 17 - Monday, February 19: Closed
Tuesday, February 20 - Friday, February 23:
 9:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday, February 24: Closed
Sunday, February 25: Regular hours resume

CFMU's Sixty Seconds with Rhonda Moore (Lyons Manager)

February 14, 2018 - 15:04
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist Recently, CFMU caught up with Rhonda Moore, manager of the Lyons New Media Centre, for their latest installment of "Sixty Seconds". Check it out!

Coming to Lyons very soon: audio recording booth!

February 14, 2018 - 14:16
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist You may have heard through the grapevine that Lyons was getting its very own audio recording booth... well, the rumours are right!

However, it's not quite ready just yet. But soon! We are looking to make it available for booking requests as of the end of the month of February. Watch for further news and details as they unfold! When it is available, we will post about it here, on social media, and it will be added to our bookings page.

New Game Available: Fortnite!

February 9, 2018 - 13:17
~ by Kelly, Library Media Specialist After receiving several requests for this game, we have installed the game Fortnite on both of our gaming PCs here in Lyons New Media Centre. 

Gamers will need to set up their own accounts, but can access the game via the Epic Games Launcher located on the desktop.


Console Gaming Available Again in Lyons!

February 5, 2018 - 12:30
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist After a long wait, console gaming is once again available in the Lyons New Media Centre! 

All consoles have been combined into one gaming station. Now you can play on the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, XBox 360, XBox One or the Wii, all on the same station! You only have to change the input on the TV if switching from one of the PS or XBox consoles (HDMI) to the Wii (AV) or back. A remote will be checked out to any individual or group who has the gaming station booked for ease of switching back and forth between the various consoles. Instructions are available at the gaming station.

You can once again book Gaming Console #1 online up to two weeks in advance, and the bookings are still 2 hours per group per day.
Thanks to everyone for their patience while construction occurred in this room, rendering the console gaming inoperable for a time.

Lyons-created tutorials, how-tos & demos available online

January 12, 2018 - 11:02
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist As you may know, the Lyons New Media Centre team is available to help you with a variety of media-related issues. But we also have resources available to you 24/7 on our website!

Visit our Tutorials & How-Tos page to access a wide variety of tutorials, how-tos and demonstrations on some of the following topics:

  • How to record podcasts (Audacity & Reaper)
  • How to use our various cameras
  • Close-cropping a person from a photo (Photoshop)
  • Editing green screen out of a video (Premiere Pro)
  • and more!

These tutorials have been created by our team to be very specific to software and equipment available to you in the Lyons New Media Centre. And we're working on more!

Don't see something covered? Please feel free to make a suggestion at the Help Desk or email us using our contact form.

Lyons' hours for December, into January

December 6, 2017 - 18:30
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist Our hours for the coming weeks will remain the same until the week of December 18th. Here are the hours from that point onward into January 2018:

Monday, December 18 - Wednesday, December 20:  9:30am-9:30pm (regular hours)
Thursday, December 21: 9:30am-5:30pm (adjusted hours)
Friday, December 22 - Monday, January 1/18: CLOSED
Tuesday, January 2 - Wednesday, January 3:​ Shortened hours - check Library Hours page for updates as we get closer to the holidays
Thursday, January 4:​ Regular hours resume

Console gaming unavailable until further notice

December 6, 2017 - 16:57
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist Until further notice, console gaming will be unavailable for booking and playing in Lyons New Media Centre due to construction in the room.

Please note that PC gaming is still available for booking/playing, but please be aware that there may be some noise in the area due to said construction.

​Sorry for the inconvenience.

New Requests for Course-Related 3D Print Jobs Might Not Get Printed

November 29, 2017 - 11:41
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist It's that time of year again. Crunch time. Everyone's frantically finishing up last-minute assignments and projects.

This is no different for anyone requesting 3D print jobs for their courses.

At this point, we cannot guarantee that anything submitted from today (Nov 29) onward will get printed in time for class deadlines/end of term.

Please keep in mind:

  • we are limited to printing within our hours of operation only
  • we make no guarantees as to when 3D print requests will be completed
  • it's a free service, so you kind of "get what you get when you get it"
  • we are not a 3D printing lab where this is all we deal with in our day (we only have two desktop 3D printers)

We're sorry that we will not be able to print everyone's requested print jobs, nor necessarily on time, but we will do our best to accommodate as many of them as possible. If you're really stuck, we would suggest going to a paid service such as McMaster 3D Printing.