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Media Center and Support Services

Serving the Campus Media Needs of StudentsFaculty and Staff

Located on the ground level of Templeton Hall, Educational Media offers the PTS community a wide variety of media equipment, support services, and facilities. Campus services include audiovisual assistance; audio and video recording services; videoconferencing; webcasting; web streaming; personal consultation on the selection and use of technologies for curricular needs; and production and sales of original campus audio and video resources.

The Media Center features a combination listening/conference room; production studio which is also equipped as a "smart classroom;" soundproof audio narration booth; recording, editing and encoding stations; resource duplication stations; and campus cable TV system with local access channels. During peak class hours of the regular school year, Media also staffs a kiosk on the second floor of Stuart Hall, to facilitate classroom support.

Normal Media Center hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, and 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, except during the summer, when the office closes on Friday at 1:00 pm.

Requesting Services and Equipment:

1. Select your room carefully.  

  • Portable equipment can only be provided when an appropriate room with dedicated equipment is not available.
  • For your convenience, a Room Equipment Chart  is available, reflecting the most current room configurations and available equipment.

2. Reserve the room.

  • Contact the Registrar’s Office at x7820 to see if classrooms are available during hours that classes are normally in session.
  • For other campus spaces, or to schedule rooms when classes are not in session, check for availability using the online Master Calendar/Reservation Request form. Include your request for media support when you reserve your room.

3. Submit your request for support using the online Media Request Form after you receive approval for your room reservation, even for installed equipment. 

4. All equipment use must be arranged through Educational Media. Requests must be made 5 business days in advance of most service dates to guarantee availability and support. Video conferences must be scheduled six weeks or more in advance, depending upon location, availability, and the complexity of the event.

5. If a room with dedicated equipment is not available or appropriate for the needed use, Media will determine if portable equipment can be provided.

6. User Guides and Tutorials are available for many campus classrooms and spaces. Feel free to contact us with any questions, or to arrange for consultations and one-on-one training. Also, check out our FAQ's.

Media Equipment

  • Video projectors
  • Document cameras
  • CD & DVD players
  • Video monitors 
  • Microphones
  • Sound systems
  • Audio recorders, and more

Support Services

  • Media support for the curriculum, special events and projects
  • One-on-one equipment training and consultations
  • Audio and video recording
  • Audio conferencing
  • Video conferencing (with advance notice)
  • Web casting and web streaming of audio and video resources (with advance notice)
  • Coordination of campus cable TV system
  • Local access TV channels, broadcasting campus announcements and selected video resources
  • Production and duplication of audio and video resources
  • Personal consultation on selection and use of technologies for curricular needs
  • Campus media systems set-up, maintenance and design

Facilities

Listening/ Conference Room, a multi-station space designed for:

  • Reviewing resources;
  • Small group project planning;
  • Simple self-service media transfer and duplication, including transfer of audio and VHS cassettes to CDs and DVDs. (Note: individuals must provide their own blank media, and are responsible for observing all applicable copyright laws and fair use guidelines.) 

Production Studio, serving multiple uses:

  • Studio for the creation of original video resources;
  • "Smart classroom" and training center with 20-station internet access; laptop computers; remote-controlled lighting; and presentation capabilities;
  • Audio and videoconference room. 

Audio Narration Booth:

  • Used for professional-grade recordings;
  • Equipped with ISDN lines for remote radio recordings.

FAQ's

Do I have to submit the media request form if I am using installed equipment?

Yes, it’s important to always submit the online Media Request Form to let Educational Media know what equipment is being used, and when. This allows Media Staff to provide portable equipment, should installed equipment be unavailable. It also allows Media to anticipate bulb replacement and future equipment needs.
 
The equipment I need is not in my assigned room, but I notice it’s on a moveable cart in the room next door. No one is using it -- can I just “borrow it?”

No, please do not move equipment from one room to another, as it may be scheduled for use by someone else. If the equipment you need is not available in your room, or not functioning properly, contact Educational Media. Media staff will make every effort to accommodate your media needs.

Where can I get a listing of all the PTS-produced audio and video recordings, or the video resource library? Can I access the database online?

Over the years, Educational Media has produced an extensive library of audio and video resources, with copies of many of these recordings available for purchase from Educational Media, or for loan from the Seminary Libraries. A list of most PTS-produced videos with descriptions is available online, and searchable pdf files listing all audio recordings can be dowloaded for your convenience. (The main audio file is close to 900 pages, and approximately 5.5 MB, so it may take a few minutes to fully download.) Titles may also be searched using the online  Library Catalog. (Note: Since the majority of audio recordings were originally cataloged by speaker name, titles are most easily found if searched by “author,” and then by “sound recordings.”)

How can I review or check out an audio or video resource?

For your convenience and easy access, most audio and video resources are available for loan from the Seminary Libraries. Many PTS produced resources are also available for purchase by individual rquest. Please note that these resources are intended for personal use by those engaged in continuing education or private study. All recordings are subject to the restrictions of Seminary policies; duplicated recordings cannot be resold, nor can they be used for public purposes or in the mass media.

Can the Media Center make audio or video copies of my personal tapes, CDs or DVDs?
No. However, audio, video and CD/DVD self-service duplication equipment is available for use in the Media Center’s Listening/Conference Room. (Note: individuals must provide their own blank media, and are responsible for observing all applicable copyright laws and fair use guidelines. Equipment can duplicate up to 14 copies at a time. For large quantities, users must make other arrangements.)

How to Contact Us

Educational Media
Princeton Theological Seminary
Office G-1 Templeton Hall
P.O. Box 821
Princeton, NJ 08542-0803
 
Phone: (609) 497-7900 / (800) 622-6767 x7900
Fax: (609) 497-7962
Email: media@ptsem.edu