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New Media room

Can you picture yourself and your friends using this to create presentations?

Picture this…pretty soon you can!

Demonstrations of the newly updated media rooms will be held in the library’s Media Center on Wednesday, August 14, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on Friday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Room 63 in the Media Center underwent upgrades and the addition of other amenities over the summer. It now contains a MediaScape system and an in-room camera/audio system for recording personal presentations.

Media group study room

Three additional rooms in the Media Center also have been outfitted as large-screen group study rooms. During the demonstrations, Michael Lapins, Media Center supervisor, will speak about some of the upcoming changes, such as new equipment loan rules and cables and adaptors for use by students with their mobile devices and Media Center equipment. Michael also will discuss how the Media Center is evolving to serve students’ technical needs.

In case you’ve never visited the Media Center, it’s in the basement of the Library Addition near the Laptop Lounge. While you’re there, take a look at the many movies and CDs you can checkout. The Media Center also loans Nooks and video cameras.

Lucille BallOne of the first television shows I remember watching was I Love Lucy. As I child, I thought Lucy’s madcap adventures working in the chocolate factory and hawking Vitametavegamin were a riot. As an adult, I still enjoy watching the show in reruns, and her movie The Long, Long Trailer is one of the funniest films I’ve ever seen. Over the years, I’ve also gained a far greater appreciation for Lucille Ball as a groundbreaking actress and comedienne and as a businesswoman and television pioneer.

August 6 is Lucille Ball’s birthday. She would have been 100 this year. If you’re interested in learning more about this incredible lady, the SDSU Library has many resources for you to explore. The Media Center has recordings of her television shows and movies, including The Long, Long Trailer. Do yourself a favor: check out some of these recordings and watch this woman act. If laughter is, indeed, the best medicine, you’ll have added at least five years to your life. And if you want to learn more about the woman behind the laughter, I’ve listed some of the books we have about Lucille Ball.

Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead. – Lucille Ball

Media Sources
Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball
Love, Lucy
Lucille: The Life of Lucille Ball