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Lyons (and the Library) closed Monday, May 21

May 18, 2018 - 11:47
The Lyons New Media Centre is closed on Monday, May 21 for Victoria Day.

​See you all on Tuesday! Have a great long weekend!

McMaster 24 Hour Film Challenge Kick-Off at 4pm Today!

May 11, 2018 - 09:11
The McMaster 24 Hour Film Challenge kick-off event happens today @ 4pm in the Hamilton Public Library, Central Library downtown!

If you are planning on participating, don't forget to register at now! We will be accepting registrations up until the start of the event both online and in-person.

Can't make it in-person? Not a problem! Tune into the live stream on the M24 website (linked above), or YouTube ( ). We will also be live-Tweeting ( through the event.

Good luck to all participating teams!

Main room computers unavailable 12:30-3pm Mon, May 14/18

May 9, 2018 - 15:40
Due to a scheduled workshop, the computers in the main room of Lyons will be unavailable from 12:30pm to 3pm on Monday, May 14/18. The computers in the Edit Studios (L415 & L416) will still be available. (Just remember to book them.)

Lyons open short hours Sat, May 12/18

May 9, 2018 - 12:16
This Saturday (May 12) is May@Mac at McMaster University. Traditionally, Lyons New Media Centre has been closed on Saturdays all summer, including the May@Mac open house, but this year is different!

Both because it's May@Mac and because the McMaster 24 Hour Film Challenge runs from Friday, May 11 to Saturday, May 12, Lyons will be open for a few hours, from 11:00am to 3:00pm!

Whether you will be touring the campus for the open house and decide to swing by Mills Library to check things out, or are planning on participating in the Film Challenge and will need to use our computers and software to edit your film, please feel free to pop in!

​The Lyons New Media Centre is located on the 4th floor of Mills Memorial Library on the main campus.

Shorter hours for Lyons begins today

April 26, 2018 - 13:09
~ Kelly, Library Media Specialist Lyons' hours of operation will be shorter starting today.
Here are the hours for the rest of this week:
  • Thursday, April 26 - 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Friday, April 27 - 9:30am - 1:00pm
  • Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29: CLOSED
Starting Monday, April 30, our summer hours begin as follows:
  • Monday - Thursday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Friday: 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Closed weekends
There will be several closures this summer for holidays but notices will be posted closer to those dates.

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.