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What is the Digital Projects Lab?

From April through June 2012, the Digital Projects Lab is a pop-up, tech-filled space for people who have the needs and skills – but not the resources – to create digital projects.

This 3 month pilot will allow Library staff to begin to see what systems are most in demand in Arlington, and what kinds of work stations could be most effective for future users.

Weigh-in on the future of the Lab at our Focus Group / Open House on May 9 at 7:00 p.m. - RSVP



Who can use the Lab?

  • The Lab is designed for self-directed intermediate and advanced users
  • The Lab can be used by individuals or groups of up to 8 people (though 8 is a tight fit)
  • By reservation only – no walk-ins at this time
  • At least one user must hold a valid Arlington Public Library Card
  • A parent or guardian must be present if the Lab is used by students younger than high-school age
  • All users must abide by the Digital Projects Lab Guidelines


How do I make a reservation?


How often can I use the Lab?

Individuals and groups may use the Lab for up to 2 hours per day, though your session may be extended if no one is waiting for the next slot.


What is available in the Lab?


Will you offer classes on the programs and equipment in the Lab?

Not at this time – because the Lab is aimed at the intermediate and advanced user, you’ll need to be fluent in the technology.  However, the Lab can also be used for individuals who want to do Self Study.

Staff will be on hand for basic assistance during Lab sessions, and the Lab includes a collection of reference manuals.


Where can I take a class?

  • Arlington Public Schools’ Adult Education offers Photoshop, Dreamweaver, HTML and CSS, and more.
  • Arlington Independent Media (in Clarendon) teaches classes on basic video editing, Final Cut Pro, WordPress and Photoshop, as well as many video production and marketing classes.
  • Northern Virginia Community College offers classes in Design for the Web (incorporating Photoshop, Dreamweaver and HTML), 3D Rendering, Environmental Design and much more (search the Art classes)


Can I make a request for software or hardware to be added?

Absolutely – while we’re probably not going to add anything during the pilot phase of the Digital Projects Lab, your feedback is essential as we develop the Lab to best serve our community. So please consider attending our Open House / Focus Group on May 9, and sharing more of your questions, ideas and thoughts.


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