Information Commons Public Computers
The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons is equipped with PC laptops (for classes) and 15 PC desktops (for general public use). Thirteen of the desktops are "research stations" and two are "design stations" (see below for details). They feature the following software and applications:
Audacity: An open source audio recording and editing program used for creating music and podcasts. For more information on getting started with it, visit the online Audacity Manual.
Celtx: A program for writing works including scripts, plays, and comics, as well as storyboards for video projects. Visit Celtx.com for more information.
Debut: A recording application that can capture the view from your webcam, streaming video, or computer screen. Learn more at the Debut webpage.
GIMP 2: An open source image manipulation program (like Adobe’s Photoshop) used for creating images and retouching photographs. For more information on getting started with it, visit the online GIMP Manual.
VideoPad Video Editor: An application for creating and editing videos for DVD or web. Learn more at the VideoPad webpage.
WavePad Sound Editor: A tool for recording and editing audio projects, including music and podcasts. Learn more at the WavePad webpage.
Windows Live Movie Maker: A video creation and editing application. For more information on getting started with it, visit this tutorial from 7tutorials.com.
Microsoft Office: Microsoft’s productivity suite, including:
- Microsoft Access: A database application. Users can enter, manage, and analyze large sets of data. For more information on getting started with it, visit this tutorial from GCFLearnFree.org.
- Microsoft Excel: A spreadsheet application. Users can enter, sort, and analyze data. For more information on getting started with it, visit this tutorial from GCFLearnFree.org.
- Microsoft PowerPoint: A presentation application. Users can create slideshows that combine text, images, and animations. For more information on getting started with it, visit this tutorial from GCFLearnFree.org.
- Microsoft Publisher: A publishing application. Users can create professional-looking documents such as brochures, calendars, and newsletters. For more information on getting started with it, visit this tutorial from GCFLearnFree.org.
- Microsoft Word: A word processing application. Users can create and format text-based documents such as essays, resumes, and fliers. For more information on getting started with it, visit this tutorial from GCFLearnFree.org.
Open Office: An open source suite of productivity software that is compatible with Microsoft Office products. Learn more at OpenOffice.org.
File Conversion Software
Any Video Converter: An application for converting video content to different formats, including audio files. Learn more about Any Video Converter at its website.
FLV Crunch: An application for converting audio and video files to multiple formats. Learn more at the FLV Crunch webpage.
Handbrake: An open source video converter. For more information, visit the Handbrake manual.
MPEG Streamclip: An tool for playing, converting, and editing video files, including MPEG, MOV, AVI, and MP4. Visit the MPEG Streamclip website for more information.
In addition to all of the above software, the two "PC design" stations also offer the Adobe Creative Suite, a collection of graphic design, video editing, and web development applications from Adobe:
- Photoshop CS5
- Illustrator CS5
- InDesign CS5
- Flash Professional CS5
- Flash Catalyst CS5
- Dreamweaver CS5
- Fireworks CS5
- Bridge CS5
- Media Encoder CS5
- Device Central CS5
- ExtendScript Toolkit CS5
- Extension Manager CS5
- Pixel Bender Toolkit 2 CS5
All PCs offer accessibility options, including a magnification tool and a narrator.
The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons is made possible by a generous $3.25 million grant from the Leon Levy Foundation.
The Leon Levy Foundation, founded in 2004, is a private, not-for-profit foundation created from the estate of Leon Levy, a legendary investor with a longstanding commitment to philanthropy. The Foundation’s overarching goal is to continue the tradition of humanism characteristic of Mr. Levy by supporting scholarship at the highest level, ultimately advancing knowledge and improving the lives of individuals and society at large.
We especially thank Shelby White, Founding Trustee of the Leon Levy Foundation, for her commitment to the enrichment of Central Library.
Additional funding is provided through NYC Connected Communities, a program coordinated by the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.