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Robertson Media Center to hold open house Sept. 17

By Melissa Norris

The U.Va. Library will host a grand opening of the Timothy B. and Lisa Nelson Robertson Media Center in Clemons Library Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. U.Va. President John T. Casteen III, University Librarian Karin Wittenborg, and Timothy and Lisa Nelson Robertson will speak at the opening of the new state-of-the-art media center. The University community and public are invited to tour the center, located on the third floor, during an open house from 2 to 4 p.m.

Offering a full array of analog and digital media collections and services since this summer, the Robertson Media Center provides expertise, equipment and resources for the use and development of media materials in instruction and research. Users of the center will find a trained staff ready to assist with questions or to check out materials from the libraryıs growing collection of audio, video and CD-based media, Wittenborg said. The center features tinted windows, directed lighting, small-group viewing rooms, full-sized classrooms and carrels designed exclusively for video viewing and studying various forms of media.

Faculty can check out videos for seven days; they circulate for three days to staff and students. Videos can be put on reserve by calling the reservations office at 924-7409.

Also located in the center is the Digital Media Lab, which combines the services of the Information Technology and Communication's (ITC) New Media Center and the library's Digital Media Center. The lab offers a range of digital media services, including slide and flatbed scanning, digital audio/video capture and editing, desktop publishing, technical instruction and more. The Robertson Media Center was made possible through a $1.2 million gift from Timothy Robertson, a 1977 University alumnus and member of the Board of Visitors, and his wife, Lisa, of Virginia Beach. Timothy Robertson is manager of Bay Shore Enterprises and former president and chief executive officer of International Family Entertainment. Their gift also endows the Robertson Chair in Media Studies, to which professor Johanna Drucker, a visual- and printing-arts scholar and critic as well as avant-garde artist and creative writer, has been appointed after a national search. Under her direction, a new program in Media Studies will also be housed in the center. U.Va. Facilities Management Design Group, with chief architect Eugenio Schettini, designed the center and Facilities Planning and Construction oversaw construction.

Robertson Media Center Director Rick Provine points out that more faculty are incorporating the use of new media into their instruction and that media literacy and the study of media are increasingly a part of daily life and scholarship. "By integrating all of our media operations into one centralized location, we can offer more and better services to our users," he said. For information, call 924-7474.

Robertson Media Center hours

Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Fri. 8 a.m. - midnight

Sat. 9 a.m. - midnight Sun. 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Digital Media Lab hours

Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sat.-Sun. noon-6 p.m.


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