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Lyons computer workstations - ONLY for making media

September 20, 2017 - 14:21
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist This is a gentle reminder that the computer workstations in Lyons are for making media. That includes things such as:
  • editing videos / audio tracks
  • recording podcasts
  • touching up photos
  • creating posters
  • designing websites
  • laying out pamphlets
  • etc.

It's important to remember that Lyons only has 14 computers (including the 2 in the edit studios) for a campus that now boasts a population of nearly 40,000 people. These computers have very specialized software, such as the Adobe Creative Cloud (you know, like Photoshop, In Design, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, etc.), which is only available to everyone on the campus at Lyons.

If you're in need of a desk to do math homework, might we suggest having a look at some of the Library's great offerings in study spaces?

​If you are working in a group, maybe consider booking a group study room!

And if you're looking for a place to hook up your laptop, Lyons actually has a laptop bar at the far end of the Centre (along the windows), but Mills also hosts a Laptop Friendly Room on the 3rd floor. And of course, many of the soft seating areas in Lyons have drop-down power cables that hang from the ceiling that you are more than welcome to sit at and plug in! We also have four group-work booths that can be used with a laptop -- you can even connect your laptop to the hanging monitors there! (Ask at the Help Desk for any adapters -- we're working on getting VGA to HDMI! We promise!)

If you need to type an essay or use any kind of word processing software, the computers on the 2nd floor have you covered.

So, you are welcome to use your laptops at the soft-seating or booths in Lyons, and you can use these ares to chat with friends, do math homework, etc. and then if you're making media, please feel free to use the computers. But be aware if the computer workstations are not being used as intended, you may be asked to move to another location. We have to keep these free for those who need the special software, after all.

Thanks for your understanding!

No Access to Lynda.com

September 11, 2017 - 12:59
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist It appears that we no longer have access to Lynda.com at Lyons right now. We're currently looking into our options and are working on a solution, but at this point in time, Lynda.com is not available at Lyons. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Welcome back!

September 7, 2017 - 16:18
~ by Kelly, Library Media Specialist The Lyons New Media Centre staff team would like to take a moment to welcome all newcomers to McMaster University, but to also welcome back all those returning after having the summer off.

We hope your summer has been a fantastic one! 

We're back to our regular Fall hours starting Monday, September 11:

  • Mon - Thurs @ 9:30am - 9:30pm
  • Friday @ 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Saturday @ 10:30am - 5:30pm
  • Sunday @ 12:00pm (noon) - 8:00pm

Hope to see you soon!

New gaming room hours for the Fall starting in September

August 25, 2017 - 15:18
~ Kelly, Library Media SpecialistStarting in September, the gaming room will have new hours of operation:
  • Monday - Thursday: 9:30am - 6pm
  • Friday: 9:30am - 5pm
  • Weekends & evenings: closed to general use
Academic use permitted outside of these hours with Lyons Manager's approval. If you need to use the gaming room outside of these hours (during Lyons hours of operation), for academic purposes, please contact Rhonda Moore (contact info available on main website).

Lyons Closed Sept 1-4

August 25, 2017 - 15:15
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist Lyons will be closed on Friday, September 1st for a staff training day and will remain closed for the remainder of the Labour Day weekend, including Monday, September 4.

We will reopen on Tuesday, September 5th, once classes start.

Lyons closed Aug 30 @ 11:30-1:30 for staff lunch

August 25, 2017 - 15:13
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist Be advised that Lyons will be closed on Wednesday, August 30 @ 11:30am - 1:30pm for a staff lunch. We will be open in the morning prior to this, and will reopen by 1:30pm that afternoon.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Student Work Program positions still available at Lyons!

August 21, 2017 - 10:53
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist That's right! Lyons New Media Centre is hiring for their student employee team for the Fall 2017 and there are still positions open!

Do you have a strong multimedia background? Do you have approval for Work Study? Then awesome! Check out Mosaic's "Career Opportunities" (search for: "Student Work Program") for the full job posting and for application submission. 

Applications are needed ASAP because the start date is Friday, September 1st. 
  1. Login to Mosaic
  2. Go to "Career Opportunities"
  3. Select "Student Work Program"
  4. Search for Lyons or 15285.
  5. Apply!

Not sure about whether or not you're qualified? Check out the information on SFAS's website to be certain you qualify for a Work Program job.

Don't have a multimedia background? That's okay! The Library is hiring in multiple departments. Check out the postings!

Lyons is Hiring for the Fall!

August 10, 2017 - 14:11
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist That's right! Lyons New Media Centre is hiring for their student employee team for the Fall 2017!

Do you have a strong multimedia background? Do you have approval for Work Study? Then awesome! Check out Mosaic's "Career Opportunities" (search for: "Student Work Program") for the full job posting and for application submission. 

Applications are needed ASAP because interviews will be happening the week of August 21st, which is not too far from now.

Not sure about whether or not you're qualified? Check out the information on SFAS's website to be certain you qualify for a Work Program job.

Don't have a multimedia background? That's okay! The Library is hiring in multiple departments. Check out the postings!

Our video wall got a facelift!

July 4, 2017 - 18:03
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist For nearly seven years, Lyons's biggest feature was its 9-TV video wall. It was impressive and it got a lot of heavy use throughout the year on a daily basis, as well as during events.

But as with all things, it was starting to age and needed a bit of a facelift.

Nearly two weeks ago, the monitors were removed, revealing a large rectangular hole in the wall where they once resided. It was a strange sight that the full time staff hadn't seen since they first moved into Lyons back in the spring of 2010.

Then, just last week, the custom-built white screen with black border was hung over the gaping hole, covering it completely and very much looking like it was meant to be here since the beginning of Lyons. The companion piece was actually installed first: a state-of-the-art short-throw laser projector. Once the installation and setup was complete, we all gathered around the newly renovated and installed video wall in awe. The colours "pop". The text is really crisp and easy to read. And there are no bevels from nine monitors interrupting the display.

We were informed that we are the first in Canada to have this brand new Epson projector and custom screen. But that's so "us", isn't it? We were the first of our kind of centre in a library in Canada. And we're the first to have this new setup for a video wall. And we're pretty darned proud of it. 

​Stop by if you're in the neighbourhood and have a peek!

Want to get your artwork or photography up on the new video wall? We'd love to showcase it for you! Go to our Video Wall Policies page, fill out the form, and we'll see what we can do.

Reminder: main room computers unavailable tomorrow (July 5)

July 4, 2017 - 17:57
~ by Kelly, Library Media Specialist This is just a quick reminder that the computers in the main room of Lyons will be largely unavailable tomorrow, July 5 @ 9:30am-11am, as well as 1-3pm. We're hosting a couple of camps this summer and one of them will be utilizing the machines at these times.

Please remember that if you have a media editing need during those times of the day tomorrow, that the two Edit Studios are still available for booking (limit: 2 hours per group per day).