The Digital Media Lab (DML) is a free community resource for digital preservation & creativity. The DML is available to all Beebe Library and North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE) cardholders. Patrons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday: 9:30am-12:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am-12:30pm

See “Room Bookings” below to schedule an appointment.

About the DML

Equipment List:

  • Flatbed Scanner - Epson Perfection V600
  • Sheet Fed Scanner - FastFoto FF-680W

Our photo digitization equipment can accommodate the following formats:

  • 35mm film strip
  • 6cm medium format film
  • 35mm slides
  • A4 or US letter size flat document
  • Photos measuring 3.5in to 10in
  • Polaroid photos
  • Panoramic photos up to 36in

Equipment List:

  • AudioTechnica Turntable AT-LP60XBT-USB
  • Sony Boombox CFDS70
  • Emerson DVD & VHS Player ZV427EM5
  • Ocenaudio Audio Editor

Our A/V digitization equipment can accommodate the following formats:

  • LP records (7”, 10”, and 12” vinyl records)
  • Cassette tapes
  • CD-ROMs
  • VHS tapes
  • VHS-C tapes (must use provided adapter)
  • DVDs (DVD-R or DVD-RW)

Equipment List:

  • iMac PC - 21.5” A2116/Intel i7 6-core/3.2GHz/16GB RAM
  • Magic Mouse
  • Magic Keyboard
  • Complete Adobe Suite

Our editing station includes the following Adobe suite applications:

  • Photoshop
  • Acrobat Pro
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Premiere Pro
  • After Effects
  • Lightroom
  • Premiere Rush
  • Adobe XD
  • Adobe Spark
  • Adobe Animate
  • Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Stock
  • Adobe Substance
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Fonts
  • Adobe Aero
  • Adobe InCopy
  • Adobe Fresco
  • Adobe Dimension

Where can I sign up to use the Lab?

To sign up for a 3-hour appointment at the Digital Media Lab, see “Room Bookings” below to schedule an appointment.

Should I attend an orientation beforehand?

Yes, an orientation is required. This 30-minute orientation will be built into your first appointment.

How much can I do in a 3-hour session?

Digitizing video and audio has to be done in real time. If you have a 2 hour tape, it will take two hours to capture, plus additional time to get set up and save your files. 

What computer skills do I need to have?

Basic computer skills are required, such as using a mouse and keyboard.

What formats can I digitize?

  • 35mm film strip
  • 6cm medium format film
  • 35mm slides
  • A4 or US letter size flat document
  • Photos measuring 3.5in to 10in
  • Polaroid photos
  • Panoramic photos up to 36in
  • LP records (7”, 10”, and 12” vinyl records)
  • Cassette tapes
  • CD-ROMs
  • VHS tapes
  • VHS-C tapes (must use provided adapter)
  • DVDs (DVD-R or DVD-R

Can I just drop off my stuff and pick up the digital copy later?

No. We provide the equipment and directions. You do the transfers.

What are my saving options?

If you’re creating digital copies of your material, you may save to the cloud storage of your choice (e.g. Google Drive, Flickr, iCloud). Otherwise, you are responsible for providing your own storage environment. See "What do I need to bring?" below.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring some form of storage (e.g. external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD memory card) to save your files on or remember your login information for your preferred cloud storage platform. 8GB USB drives are sold at the Circulation Desk and we provide an SD card reader if you need one. You may also want to bring headphones, though we can provide some for you if you'd like.

How much storage will I need?

Depending on what you are digitizing and how many items, bringing a hard drive with at least 16GB should be enough. (Keep in mind - there are 1000 MB in 1 GB)

  • ​1 hour of video = 1 GB to 4 GB, depending on quality
  • 1 hour of audio = 400 MB to 620 MB, depending on quality
  • 1 5x7 photograph = 7MB as a JPEG vs. 40MB as a TIF

DML Policies

  • The Digital Media Lab (DML) is reserved by appointment only. 
  • A valid NOBLE library card and photo ID is required.
  • Users must be 18 years of age or older. Patrons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Reservation is limited to two attendees.
  • Orientation to the DML and the equipment being used is required prior to first use of each station (applies to all attendees).
  • Patron is responsible for any and all damage or loss.
  • Patron will check in upon arrival and present a library card and ID.
  • Food and drink are not allowed.
  • The door to the DML should remain closed during the entire appointment.
  • Patrons will not attempt to repair equipment. Notify a librarian if something is not working. 
  • Equipment will not be removed from the DML.
  • Patron is subject to all applicable copyright regulations and to the library’s Internet Access Policy.
  • Patron is solely responsible for loss or corruption of files. The patron will save to a personal storage device or location (e.g., cloud storage, thumb drive, portable hard drive, etc.)  Files automatically delete from DML equipment between uses.

The library is a public entity established by the citizens of Wakefield to meet a range of needs. Behaviors that diminish another person’s ability to use the library are unwelcome. The following behavior standards apply on the premises, including library grounds.

Patrons and staff will treat everyone with civility and respect.

Securely covered beverages and neat food consumption are allowed only in areas of the library where they cannot damage the building, furnishings, and equipment.

Smoking and vapor products are prohibited.

Weapons are prohibited.

The library is a public building. Library staff are not responsible for persons or property.
-Children requiring supervision for safety or behavior should not be left unattended.
-Belongings should not be left unattended.

Disruptive or dangerous behavior, as determined by library staff, is prohibited. Such behavior includes but is not limited to
- Loud or annoying sounds. Phone conversations are restricted to the Avon St. foyer.
- Lack of shoes or shirt
- Strong scents.
- Obstruction of entrances, exits, or aisles.
- Running.
- Animals other than properly leashed and trained service animals.

Improperly removing library materials or property, and the destruction or defacement of the library building, property, or materials is punishable by law. 1

Report disturbing behaviors to a librarian.

Anyone whose behavior is inappropriate is subject to having his/her picture taken for purposes of identification. Any property abandoned or associated with disruptive behavior is subject to confiscation and examination.

This serves as notice. The library need not issue further warnings regarding these behaviors before issuing a No Trespass notice. Librarians have the authority to implement library policies and to determine appropriate standards of conduct. Patrons whose behavior is objectionable will be asked to leave. Minors may be asked to leave until a parent/guardian   has been consulted. Failure to leave immediately, as requested, is regarded as trespassing.

1 MA Gen. Laws ch. 266 §§99A and 100

Adopted by the Board of Library Trustees September 18, 2008; Revised November 25, 2008; November 17, 2021

In response to advances in technology and the changing needs of the community, the Library develops resources and services that meet the cultural, educational, informational, and recreational needs of its diverse community by providing access to electronic information. Electronic databases and networks such as the Internet supplement and sometimes replace traditional printed resources. In addition, electronic search skills are increasingly important to patrons in their various life roles.

The Library does not select the material available on the Internet. The Library is not accountable for the accuracy, content, nature, or quality of information obtained through the Internet, nor does the Library endorse viewpoints presented on the Internet. As with other library materials, the responsibility for determining what is valuable or appropriate lies with the library patron or, in the case of minors, their parents or guardians.

The educational and informational use of electronic resources may take precedence over any recreational use of those same resources when their limited availability requires that the Library ration their use. Otherwise, all Internet resources are provided equally to all patrons. Users are advised to refrain from using these resources for illegal activities. The following prohibitions and caveats apply to both adults and minors:

a. Accessing material that meets the definitions of pornography, most especially child pornography, is prohibited. Minors shall not access material “harmful to minors.” Blatantly offensive visual or text-based materials constitute potential sources of sexual harassment to other patrons and to library staff and will not be tolerated.
b. Attempts to gain unauthorized access to computer systems or otherwise compromise system security (“hacking”) are prohibited.
c. Users are advised to exercise caution in divulging personal information through direct electronic communications, as doing so can compromise personal safety and privacy. Unauthorized disclosure of personal information about a third party is prohibited. The library’s wireless network is not secure and, unless a user is connecting to a web page that employs encryption, information is not protected during transmission.

This policy governs use of the Internet through library telecommunications equipment including the library’s wireless network, regardless of the point of access.

Library staff will intercede when this policy is violated and violators will be asked to leave. Violation of this policy may result in discipline including, but not limited to, loss of access to the computers and, in appropriate cases, exclusion from the library. When and where applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.

Adopted by the Board of Library Trustees May 21, 1998; Revised November 21, 2002, June 16, 2011

The Digital Media Lab is available for up to three hours at a time. A one-time, 30-minute orientation is required for each station.

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