Media & Design Center: For Instructors

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Multimedia & Digital Literacy Instruction Services

Consulting and Instruction Sessions

Designing a new course and want to add a media component? Need help incorporating media assignments into a class you’re already teaching? We’re here to help. Media & Design Center staff members can assist you in developing assignments to target specific digital and media literacies as well as provide instruction to your students on how to use a host of digital media production and editing software. Some examples:
  • 2-3 minute visual essay
  • Short documentary
  • Public Service Announcements
  • Anatomy of Scene / quick film analysis
  • Political Campaign Ads
  • TEDish talks
  • Conducting an interview
  • Podcast
  • Film Synthesis or Trailer


To schedule an assignment consult, please email Winifred (

To schedule a production instruction session, please complete the Production Instruction Form or email with your requested date and time and an alternate, along with a sentence or two on the students’ prospective assignment (video, audio, image editing, etc).


Do you or any of the students in your class have accommodation needs we should take into account when planning and teaching the library session? If yes, please describe how we can best accommodate those needs, ideally with 5 business days’ notice before the session.

Booking Films for Your Class

Scheduling Our Materials

Faculty and teaching assistants may check out non-circulating materials for classroom use. A maximum of ten (10) items can be checked to a single person at any given time. The Media & Design Center requires 24-hour advance notice to guarantee that materials, if available, will be ready for pick up at the scheduled time. Given availability, extensions on classroom use may be granted.

Book Our Films

Get Films from Duke, NC State or NC Central

We have an agreement with the Triangle Research Library Network:  you may borrow films from NC State, Duke or NC Central through the Media & Design Center. Please email your request to the MDC at least 3-5 business days in advance. Contact Katelyn Ander directly if you have any questions.

Materials from Other Universities

Instructors may borrow materials from other universities through the Interlibrary Loan department. For more information, please visit their site. Materials from other universities may require three weeks to allow for processing and shipping and may also require a fee, for which your department is responsible.

Copyright Considerations

  • Our Scholarly Communications Office provides guidance and other assistance on issues including copyright.
  • The Center for Media & Social Impact at American University’s School of Communication published a “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education” to help educators using media literacy concepts and techniques to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use.
  • Stanford University has a great page with information on fair use & copyright guidelines and policies.

Screening Rooms


Rooms 205 and 207 in the Undergraduate Library are available for class viewings bookable through the Media & Design Center. Reservations for the rooms can be made by course instructors in advance in person or online. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to the requested screening time. • Note that food and beverages of any kind are not permitted in the screening rooms. • The instructor or a TA is required to accompany the class for the entire screening. The instructor must be present for the room to be opened.

Room Setup

Room 205 seats 50 students; Room 207 seats 30; • All rooms support DVD, Blu-Ray, and MDC-owned VHS. • Smart classroom technology with instructor podium and touchscreen • Laptop connection • Surround sound audio

Room Policies

Please note, food and drinks are not permitted in the screening rooms. The instructor or a TA is required to accompany the class for the entire screening. The room will only be opened when an instructor is present. More info on our screening rooms.

Book Our Rooms


MDC Items

At the request of an instructor, the Media & Design Center can place any of its items on reserve for their class. These items will be available to students during the MDC hours of operation. The instructor for whom the item is on reserve may schedule it for class use for up to 7 days. Other instructors are allowed to schedule these items for class use, but the entire transaction (pick up, class use, and return) must take place on the same day.

Personal Copies

Instructors may also place their own materials on reserve at the Media & Design Center. Please be aware that the MDC is not responsible for the damage or loss of personal copies. Instructors may check out their personal copies at anytime during the MDC hours of operation without a time limit. We require that the item be checked out to the instructor, so we can keep track of its location. Please ask for a supervisor when you come by to check out a personal item.

Putting Items on Reserve

We require two business days for materials to be processed and placed in the reserves collection. There are two ways to place items on reserve at the MDC:
  • Come by the MDC and fill out a yellow Media & Design Center Reserve Materials List and drop off any personal copies.
  • Email us at with a list of the MDC items that you would like to place on reserve.

If there are other people who will also need full access to these reserve items, you will need to either include their names on the list or in the email.

Please note that materials from other libraries cannot be placed on reserve. This includes any items requested through Interlibrary Loan and items directly checked out through other libraries. Videos and DVDs rented from services like Netflix cannot be placed on reserve.

Taking Items off of Reserve

At the end of the semester, if we do not receive renewal requests for reserves, then all reserve items, MDC and personal copies, will be taken off of reserve. Professors will be emailed when their personal materials are available to be picked up. Instructors may also request that their items be taken off of reserve at any point during the semester.

Contact Us

Winifred Fordham Metz, Media Librarian and Head of the MDC

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