The Orange County Public Library unveiled a groundbreaking high-tech learning and job-training center on the second floor of the downtown Orlando location. The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity opened to the public with a ribbon-cutting at noon Saturday with a variety of community tech and creative sponsors showing interacting with the crowd.
The 26,000-square-foot center, which takes up about half of the downtown library’s second floor, includes a recording studio, sound booths, film studio with green screen, simulators, and a fabrication lab with 3-D printers. Most of the features are free to Orange County library cardholders, and an orientation session is required to access the center. (Those outside the Orange County library system, such as residents of Winter Park and Maitland, will be charged a small fee.)
Audio Production Studio – Record your music or vocal session in a professional-grade audio studio or sound booth. Access audio editing software in individual editing bays. This space wasn’t totally complete, since it still need to be acoustically treated.
Video Production Studio – Our contemporary studio is the ideal place for your next video production or to edit your short film in the editing bays. Think green screen, mics, cameras, and software to develop your own YouTube show.
Photography Studio – Select from a variety of backdrops for your still photography. Use photo editing software to get that picture perfect finish.
Fab Lab – Explore, innovate and create in hands-on classes on 3D printing, electronics, basic engineering, computer programming, robotics and so much more. Expect to see special classes offer in this room throughout the year by FamiLab and other groups in Orlando.
Simulations – Explore the worlds of flight, construction and driver education by attending one of our classes and using one of the interactive simulators.
Creative Workspace – The creative workspace in the Center is outfitted with furniture and technology that make it the ideal place to work on your next creative project with your small group. Reserve a Wireless Multi-Display Unit equipped with wireless presentation technology that will make presenting anything on your wireless device a breeze.
Interactive Media Wall – Interact with lively digital displays and storyboard projects on a 12′ x 8′ display wall. Advanced reservation required.
Classroom – Stay up-to-date with emerging technology in this collaborative learning classroom. Attend hands-on classes in Adobe Master Collection, HTML5, Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, and so much more.
Conference Room – Reserve the conference room for web-conferencing and business meetings.
Tech Central – Be informed and stay connected. Attend interactive Tech Talks and presentations in a contemporary presentation space.
The Orlando tech community was out in full force supporting this event and showing off some of the amazing things already happening in the community.
For more information on the Melrose Center: http://tic.ocls.info/