Equipment Loan

Preston Library has a variety of equipment available for loan at the front circulation desk, including:

Audio Equipment

  • Marantz Digital Audio Recorder
  • Omnidirectional Microphone
  • Table Mic Stand
  • PA System
  • PC Speakers
  • Speakers

Camera and Video Equipment

  • Digital Video Camcorder
  • Digital Camera
  • Tripod

Projection Equipment

  • Digital Projector
  • Laptop
  • Overhead Projector
  • Screen

Cables and Miscellaneous

  • Extension Cord (Power)
  • USB cable (A-B)
  • USB cable mini
  • Microphone cable (XLR)
  • VGA cable
  • Converter

What Is Media Services?

Mission: The mission of the Media Services Department in Preston Library is to assist VMI cadets and faculty in the educational process by providing media services, support, and training.

Services: Media Services offers a high-end multimedia editing room (click here for instructions on reserving an editing room) with equipment to create media presentations and projects. Other services include the following:

  • Research and recommend media equipment
  • Train cadets and faculty in the use of multimedia software
  • Assist with digital image and video projects
  • Pinnacle, Final Cut Pro, or Premier basic assistance
  • Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, or MS Picture Manage basic assistance
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher) basic assistance for media
  • Angel and Smartclassroom prep for media
  • Audio software basic assistance
  • Dry mount and laminate materials
  • Make transparencies

Media Services will be glad to offer very basic assistance with media in web pages (HTML and Javascript), but it may be best to contact the IT department on more complicated issues.

Canvas and Smartclassroom Training for Faculty:  Media Services offers basic training for faculty on Canvas and Smartclassroom equipment.

Services that require an operator or set-up of equipment are available during regular departmental hours only.  Delivery of equipment must be arranged through the user.

Hours: 0800 to 1630 Monday - Friday with school-year 1900 to *2300 Monday - Thursday (*Fall and Spring term only)

Location: 401 Preston Library (take the left stairwell down one level from the parade ground and Media Services will be straight ahead).

Reservations: Requests for equipment or the assistance of a technician must be made 3 days in advance, by contacting Maj. Michael Brickler, 540-464-7655 or use the Media Equipment Online Checkout Form