The Gelardin New Media Center at the Georgetown University Library supports campus multimedia and innovative technology initiatives. Since 2001, it has loaned out equipment and helped thousands of students, faculty members, and university staff members learn to use digital tools.
To fulfill this mission, center employees themselves need to stay up to speed on technology trends and the latest applications. But as the cost of educating just one employee at an off-site training course regularly exceeded $1,000, administrators were challenged to find an alternative.
The New Media Center needed a cost-effective solution, and administrators wanted it to be more efficient than sending staff off campus for several days at a time. It wasn’t evident then, but the solution they chose would eventually be made available to all Georgetown students, faculty, and staff.