Updated: Jan. 13, 2021
The Sanford Media Center is open!
Sun – 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Mon- Thurs – 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fri – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat -10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(our operating hours will be limited prior to Jan. 19, 2021)
Seat reservations are not required to use the SMC lab; if asked for a reservation when entering Gorgas, just say you’re going to the Sanford Media Center.
SMC Facilities –
Six workstations are currently available (2 Design, 4 Editing).
The SMC Recording Studio is available for use by students who have already completed studio training (it is not currently possible to provide socially-distanced studio training).
Whisper Booth studios are available to students, faculty, and staff, with a default time-delay between users.
Consultations & Support – We continue to offer remote or in-person consultation for the campus community on multimedia software, projects, and media equipment. Contact us with any questions or to schedule a Zoom meeting.
Spring 2021 Instruction – We are currently scheduling for all supported multimedia. Please use the form on the Tours & Instruction page to request a class session. We understand that this semester will require instructors be flexible and improvisational. We currently offer synchronous instruction in person (location contingent on class size), as well as synchronous and asynchronous instruction via Zoom.
We are happy to assist any instructors who wish to revise their multimedia project lesson plans in response to the limited access to equipment, spaces, computers, etc. caused by COVID’s disruptions to normal campus activity.
Media equipment – Media equipment will be circulating this semester, with a 72-hr embargo on equipment after it is returned. Want to know how to use the equipment, or what equipment to use? Come see us and tell us about your project! Equipment is checked out at the Circulation Desk on Gorgas Floor 2.
Equipment and Software:
Info on software available to you remotely, as well as suggestions for equipment alternatives and project workarounds can be found at our software LibGuide here: guides.lib.ua.edu/SMCApps. Shoot us a question if you have one!
We are providing the SLR training required to check out DSLR cameras and lenses. Visit the Sanford Media Center to complete the training.
More info on the Libraries Spring 2021 Facilities Use Policies can be found here.
Special questions or requests? Contact us.
Jon Ezell, Ph. D., M.L.I.S. – Coordinator of Creative Media and Instructional Design
Scott Barnes – Digital Media Specialist
Shane Miesse – Digital Media Specialist
Use our software to bring your multimedia project to life! We provide support for a variety of digital media software, including the entire Adobe Creative Suite, music production software, and video editing programs.
The Sanford Media Center’s employees have the skills to answer your questions at every step along the way. Our professional staff can also give one on one and small group instruction sessions covering almost any multimedia topic you can think
of. We also have training resources available for our recording studio, lighting equipment, and SLR cameras. Almost anything you can imagine, we can help you create.
We are here to help, whether you’re on your own or working on a team. The SMC can provide resources for small groups, and our public data storage option makes collaboration a breeze.