Digital Media & Image Resources

Faculty of Humanities




Digital Media & Image Resources

Digital media and image resources [DMIR]

The DMIR is a facility with a number of useful capabilities and it is managed by the Image Resources Coordinator. The Coordinator is also the SuperAdministrator at Brock for FADIS, the Federated Academic Digital Image System, a resource (and presentation tool) of 170,000 images of works of art available online for use in all of Brock’s classrooms.

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 4:00 pm

Students registered in VISA, STAC or IASC courses (and their instructors) will find in GLN 118 -- resources and equipment that will help them prepare images or media for classroom presentations, academic papers and complete assignments.

What do you want to do?

DO YOU NEED TO SCAN OR COPY IMAGES FOR CLASS?
• Large format scanner (great for books, magazines): max. dimension 12 x 18 in.
• Copystand for very large image capture using a digital camera (great for drawings, flat objects): max. dimension, 18 x 24 in.
• Images are in jpeg format only.

The Image Resources Coordinator will help you capture and prepare images of artworks for classroom presentations or academic papers, or for personal art portfolios, from original documents or printed sources that you supply. You can bring books or publications that contain images that you want to use. The Coordinator will check to see if the image is already digitally available for you on ARTSTOR or FADIS, and if not, and the copying falls within the fair dealing exception (private study, research or criticism) or is otherwise permitted under the Copyright Act, a copy can be made. Please remember that limits to the number of images copied from any one published source (ie. books) or from any one particular artist will be adhered to, because of copyright restrictions. PowerPoint sized images can be created directly and either sent to you via email or saved. Bring a memory stick!

ARE YOU WORKING WITH A DOCUMENT THAT REQUIRES DIGITAL AUDIO / VISUAL EDITING?
The suite features a Dual-core Mac with dual display and running the following programs:
Maya
FinalCut Pro
Adobe Creative Suite

This workstation does not have the latest versions of these programs but a number of interesting projects can be accomplished on this suite since it is linked to the large format scanner. Book time on this suite by contacting the Coordinator.

DOES YOUR INSTRUCTOR USE FADIS IN THE CLASSROOM? DO YOU NEED TO SEE SOMETHING THEY HAVE LEFT FOR YOU FOR REVIEW?
Instructors that use FADIS to teach with in their classes often leave their lecture images for students to review for private study, tests and exams. If you need a refresher on how to view these images the Image Resources Coordinator can show how this is done. Students may also search through FADIS for images . This image bank has a particular strength in Canadian and Contemporary art content.

DO YOU NEED TO BORROW A/V EQUIPMENT IN ORDER TO COMPLETE AN ASSIGNMENT?
The DMIR stores digital still cameras, digital video cameras, audio capture devices, microphones, light kits and all sorts of cabling. Instructors provide instructions on the use of this equipment in the classroom and only students who have had instruction may borrow it.

Download the Loan Policy document HERE.

WHAT IS THE BORROWING POLICY?

1. A/V equipment owned by the department is for the express use of students currently registered for credit in media courses in the Department of Visual Arts. Students should be prepared to show a valid ID card and may be asked to explain their use of the equipment.
2. The media equipment is stored in the DMIR in GLN 118 and loans are facilitated by the Image Resoursed Coordinator. A/V equipment is signed out ONLY during the regular academic year (Sept – Dec; Jan – April). All equipment is returned to this room.
3. Some equipment requires proficiency obtained from a workshop or specific instruction offered by a department instructor. A student may also access the equipment if they demonstrate an acceptable level of competency with it, in the context of a course. For those who are completely familiar with the equipment approval is still necessary. Obtain approval from your instructor and have them contact the Coordinator with this information.
4. There are lectures, performances or workshops during the academic period that may use the A/V equipment from the DMIR. In these cases the department need will override all others.

HOW DO I CHECK IT OUT (AND IN)?

1. Equipment check-in is Monday to Friday, 11 am to 12 noon. Equipment check-out is Monday to Friday, 1 pm to 2 pm. All equipment loans are 24 hours, with the exception of weekend rentals that are picked up on Friday afternoon and returned Monday morning.

2. Exceptions to these times due to personal conflicts with other scheduled events or classes should be arranged well in advance, in person (preferred) or by email with the Coordinator (see below). Instructors may make loans on behalf of their students at other times, such as evenings, but the responsibility remains with the student to comply with the borrowing period allowed.

3. A late fee of $10.00 per day will be charged to students returning equipment more than 1 hour late.

4. Students must notify the Coordinator of any equipment malfunctions upon return.
5. Borrowing privileges can be suspended if any part of this policy is not followed as stated.

DO YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

IMAGE RESOURCES COORDINATOR
Lesley Bell GLN 118
Monday – Friday; 8:30 – 4pm
labell@brocku.ca

 

 

 

 

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