Video Editing Software in the Digital Media Studio

Whether you’re interested in film, need a video for class, or simply want to edit some footage for a personal project, the Digital Media Studio has the software you need to get started! For video editing software, we have Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, and iMovie.

Adobe Premiere Pro is a leading video editing app used by professionals and novices alike. It is available on both the PC and Mac computers in the Digital Media Studio. Final Cut Pro is specifically designed for Macs and is also a professional software. If the tools offered by these two programs is at all intimidating, we also have iMovie on both Macs which is more beginner friendly but can be used to make an awesome video project.
If you need help using video editing software, check out these tutorials or request tutoring when you book a seat in the Digital Media Studio. What will you create?

Adobe Photoshop and GIMP in the Digital Media Studio

Have you wanted to use Photoshop for your school projects or personal projects, but don’t want to pay for the monthly subscription? You can use Photoshop on campus in the Digital Media Studio on one of our Macs or PCs. Adobe Photoshop is one of the most well-known software for photo editing and graphic design. It has a variety of tools and features that can help bring an idea to life.

To get started, all you have to do is book a seat. Additionally, you can get help with using Photoshop by requesting to meet with the Student Technology Consultant or a member of the Library Technology Team, or by checking out these tutorials.

Have you heard of GIMP? GIMP is a free photo editing software that has very similar features to Photoshop. You can download GIMP for free online, but we also have it downloaded on the computers in the Digital Media Studio if you want to try it out, compare it to Photoshop, or use it for your creative projects.

The Digital Media Studio exists to help you make your ideas a reality. Have you used the Digital Media Studio to create a multimedia project before? We would love to display student work in the library! Send us your submissions at

Microphones in the Library

Listen up! Are you interested in creating podcasts, voice-overs, or other recording projects? At the circulation desk you can check out our Blue Yeti Microphone for 3 days! It is a stationary, high-quality microphone that connects via USB to your computer or laptop. Find a quiet space for a crisp, clear sound. If you need a space to record, you can reserve a seat in the Digital Media Studio, and if you don’t have the software you need to edit your recording, you can use software in the studio, such as Audacity or Audition CC 2018.

Want more recording options besides a stationary microphone? We also have wireless, clip-on microphones that can be loaned to you. Bring your NOVACard to the circulation desk to get started!  For a complete list of available technology at the Annandale Campus Library, visit Annandale’s Library Equipment and Technology Guide.

Banned Book Week

From September 22-28 we celebrated Banned Book Week, an annual event which commemorates our freedom to read. A banned book is a book which has been censored for its content. This causes a book to be removed from public schools, libraries, or bookstore shelves. Here at the Annandale Campus Library, we think readers have the right to interpret and judge a book for themselves, and celebrate our freedom to do so.

Students were surprised to see the books that at some point in their publication have been banned. At the library, we held an informal survey to see which of the banned books had been read by our students. The graph below shows how many students have read each of the selected titles.

Events like this remind us of how important our freedoms are, and helps us remember not to take them for granted. Even if a book has an element deemed controversial or deviant, we should be allowed to read them. Ideas were meant to be shared.
Which book surprised you most to see on the banned book list? If you want to read a banned book, you should consider joining NOVAReads! Banned Books is a category for this year’s reading contest, so feel free to start with one of the books on this list! To sign up for NOVAReads, visit and join with your myNOVA username and password.

Cameras Available in the Library

Are you interested in photography? At the library, your academic success is our first priority, and for some, academic success includes a wide variety of creative projects! That’s why we have cameras that can be loaned to you for free with your NOVACard! Whether you need some quality photos for class, or want to try your hand at photography, you can come to the circulation desk and try out one of our DSLR cameras.

We have Canon Rebel T5i and T6i, Nikon D7200, a Sony CyberShot, as well as a variety of digital cameras and camcorders. In addition, we have tripods and memory card readers available. The cameras are available for a 3-day loan. For more information on technology available in the library, visit