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How to Use the Audiovisual Center





The Audiovisual Center, established in 1978, is a special facility for the faculty, staff, and students of Bethlehem University. The Center is located in the lower level of Bethlehem University Library and forms part of a larger unit the "Media Services Center". It offers a wide range of audiovisual, production, and support services to the academic community. The collection consists primarily of non-book materials and equipment to support the instructional programs.


 I.  A.V. Materials
The Audiovisual Center collects the following materials:

 1. Audiotape:
A ribbon of acetate or polyester upon which is recorded speech or music. They generally come in the following formats cassettes (1/8 in.).

 2. CD-ROM Disc (Compact Disc-Read Only Memory):
A 4.72-inch disc on which laser has recorded speech,  music,   photographs, films or computer programs in digital format which  can be accessed very quickly.

 3. Overhead transparency:
An image on a transparent film which can be viewed directly by transmitted light or through a projector.

 4. Slides:
Photographic transparencies on a small plate or a small plate film arranged for projection.

 5. Videotape:
Magnetic tape to record images and sounds.

The A.V. materials can be identified, retrieved, and accessed by using the Online Card Catalog (OPAC).

II. A.V. Equipment:

The A.V. equipment includes the following:

1. Camcorder:
Still/ video digital camera with digital zoom used for electronic motion picture acquisition.

2. Monitor:
A receiver used to view the picture being picked up by a video cassette player.

3. Opaque projector:
A projector that can enlarge information from paper, pages from a book or nontransparent materials by reflecting light off the material rather than transmitting light through it.

4. Overhead projector:
A projector that accepts transparent sheets and projects the information prepared on them onto a screen.

5. Slide projector:
Transmits the image from a slide onto a screen or similar surface for viewing.

6. Audio cassette recorder:
Device on which sounds are recorded or from which magnetically recorded sounds are heard as a magnetic tape passes through the mechanism.

7. Videocassette recorder:
A device that records and plays back visual images and sound as magnetic tape in a sealed container, passes by the record or playback head in the machine.

8. LCD projector (Liquid Crystal Display/Digital Light Processing)
A device for projecting Data/Video images on a screen.

9. DVD Player/ Recorder (Digital Video Disc):
A device for playing, recording DVD Discs. DVD Disc is an optical disc technology. The DVD Disc holds 4.7 Gigabyte of information on one/two of its sides, or enough for a 133-minute movie. With two layers on each of its two sides, it will hold up to 17 gigabytes of video, audio, or other information.

10. Laptop:
A small mobile computer.

11. Microphones:
Converts sound into electrical signal.

12. Digital Audio Recorder (Mini Disc MD):
A data storage device to store audio in a digitalized format.

A.V. Services:

The AVC provides a variety of services:

Reserve Shelf:
Faculty place listening or viewing assignments on Reserve for their classes. These materials are kept in the AVC and are arranged by course number. 

Graphic Design:
The AVC has the basic facilities to produce some graphic materials.

Instructional & Reference Services:
Orientation tours, instructional sessions, and workshops are conducted by the AVC for new faculty and students. AVC staff members also assist users in finding information and materials.

Playback Service:
The AVC provides equipment for playback of many different audiovisual formats including CD-ROMS, DVDs, videocassettes, slides, audiotapes, pictures, and transparencies.
A playback rooms (L3/L4) are available and equipped to display a variety of nonprinting formats. It accommodates 35-40 people. This room may be reserved by faculty members and students when a media program is an integral part of a class presentation.

Video Conference Facility rooms (L3 / Furno):
Two rooms equipped with equipment to have a face to face meeting in another place in the world. L3 room, located in the lower level of the library, has a computer with LCD projector, Smartboard, DVD/ video player, Cameras, 3D microphone, Sound System and Plasma screen with possibility to record the conference and present any video/audio either analog or digital format on the Smartboard. Furno Hall, located in the Millennium building, has a Laptop computer, LCD projector, DVD/Video players, Sound System, Microphones and a Camera.

Digital Video Editing:
The AV has a small lab to develop/ edit/ capture any video / audio clips for a seminar/ report use.

Recording/Duplication Services:
The AVC may record special lectures in audio or video format. Duplication service provides single or multiple copies of pre-recorded programs. These services are restricted to faculty members only.

CD-ROM / DVD Service:
The AVC is equipped with CD-ROM / DVD players and a small collection of CD-ROM / DVD titles that are available for teachers and students.

Scanning Service:
Any student can scan any photo or text for his/her seminars or reports.

University ID Cards:
The AVC staff can print the university ID Cards.

Sound System Studio:
The AVC has the facility to record any interviews using a mixer connected to a computer.

Borrowing Privileges:

Faculty, staff and students may borrow audiovisual materials and equipment and use them either in the AVC or on campus.
Reservations for equipment and playback rooms (L1/L3/L4) should be made 3 days in advance of the date of use. They may be made by filling out the A.V. reservation form available in the AVC.

Loan Periods:

Students    can   borrow    certain   pieces     of AV equipment and materials only for the day with the presentation of a valid library card. All items must be used in Room L2 in the AVC or on campus. They should be returned not later than 3:30 p.m.

AVC Hours:

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


No Drinking, Eating or Smoking is allowed. 


This Series is Dedicated To: 

Br. Anton de Roeper, FSC
Vice Chancellor (1987-1993)

For his strong support to the Library as reflected in his statement: "I remain convinced that the frequency of student access to the library facilities is a very good indicator of the quality of intellectual work undertaken  in  the  University. In  the   academic sphere this is my chief preoccupation".

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