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Our Center for Innovation is a state-of-the-art space dedicated to learning and creating.

This space takes the library’s mission – empowering citizens through free and public access to knowledge – to the next level by connecting the community to technology and educational resources that may otherwise be out of reach for many. The goal is to exemplify digital literacy and workforce development by offering unprecedented access to a variety of technologies.

Never before have Arkansas citizens had access to this level and range of technology at zero cost. The Center for Innovation provides not only opportunities for the pursuit of artistic endeavors but also allows for technical and job skill-building. At more than 5,000 square feet, the Center for Innovation offers unprecedented public access to technology and courses that run the gamut from workforce simulation and virtual reality to audio/video production & editing. It houses cutting-edge equipment in each of its tailored labs. The space is open to all ages however, those under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

How do I... 

reserve a space?

Click here to reserve a space or simulator in the CFI. Studio and Simulator reservations are held for 30 minutes before being cancelled and made available for walk-in reservations. If you are running late, please call the CFI desk at 479-856-7050 to hold your reservation.

get oriented to use a space?

Three of our spaces require an orientation prior to being able to access them:

- the Audio Studio
- the Video Studio
- the Fabrication & Robotics Lab

These orientations are offered every month and can be found on our events calendar by searching for “orientation.” The orientation for the Fabrication & Robotics Lab is offered online.


CFI Programming
The Center for Innovation offers classes teaching participants about 3D modeling, how to use the heat press to make custom pillowcases, introductory filmmaking classes, and so much more. View all our upcoming events on the events calendar by searching for “CFI.”

Did you know that FPL is hosting a Maker Faire this year?  Click here for more information on NWA Maker Faire and our call for makers.

For a list of resources, links, and tutorials for the Center's classes, suites, and equipment:

 Resources

CFI Events
Fri, Sep 30, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Koenig Family Fabrication and Robotics Lab
Registration is now closed

Sun, Oct 02, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Photography Studio
This event is full

Mon, Oct 03, 9:30am - 11:00am
Koenig Family Fabrication and Robotics Lab
This event is full

Tue, Oct 04, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Video Production Studio
This event is full

Tue, Oct 04, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Center for Innovation

Thu, Oct 06, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Audio Production Studio
This event is full

Audio Production Studio

This space is complete with professionally designed acoustics enhancing a large performance studio, control room, and an isolation room.  A separate Isolated Vocal booth for podcasting and vocal performances adds to the capabilities. Creative software and hardware from Avid and Adobe allow users to mix, edit and refine their creations. The equipment includes:

·      A variety of microphones

·      Avid S4 mixing console

·      Dante based artist headphone mixing system

·      AVID MTRX Base

·      MTRX 8 Channel input/output cards

·      MTRX Dante Expansion Card

·      AVID HD Native Thunderbolt

·      AVID ProTools, Apple Logic, and Adobe Creative Suite software

This studio requires users to attend an orientation class before being granted access to the space. Interested people can find the audio studio orientation classes on our website. This space is intended for users 15 and older unless accompanied by an adult who has attended the orientation. 

Reserve the space

Video Production Studio

This space is equipped with professional-level tools from Blackmagic Designs and Avid: Edit on Demand software.

The equipment includes:

·      Blackmagic 4k Cameras (2)

·      Blackmagic video camera control panel

·      Blackmagic 4k Video Switcher

·      Teleprompters

·      Allen and Heath SQ5 Audio Mixer

·      Lavalier and shotgun Microphones

·      Green Screen

·      Professional lighting grid with ETC EOS software and a variety of lighting fixtures

This studio requires users to attend an orientation class before being granted access to the space. Interested people can find these classes on our website. This space is intended for users 15 and older unless accompanied by an adult who has attended the Video Studio Orientation.
 

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Simulation Lab

This space has been designed as a resource for workforce training, utilizing large equipment simulators to offer the hands-on experience beneficial in learning a new skill. The Crossland Simulation Lab features several opportunities to learn various trades right here in the library. The simulators are professional training tools for ages 13 and up.

The simulator collection includes:

Redbird SD flight simulator

FAA, government-approved, fully enclosed flight simulator. This simulator will allow for the configuration of over 30 different aircraft and allow for real-world instruction and practice opportunities. It is currently set up as the popular, Cessna 172.

 Reserve

 

Truck Simulator

(EF-Truck NG Simulator System) 

This innovative system incorporates a 3-axis motion base, actual OEM truck cab components including the steering column, wheel and hand controls, shifter, pedals, and air-ride seat, as well as a specialized multi-speed transmission that simulates the most popular transmissions used today, and much more. This simulator can be configured into various types of large trucks and transmissions.

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CAT (Caterpillar) Hydraulic Excavator

The CAT simulator comes complete with a built-in curriculum that walks users through the operating procedures. This simulation training includes multiple machine applications built with Cat expert operators to teach the same techniques as found on real-world worksites.

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Forklift simulator

The Sit-Down CB Forklift-Simulator features actual OEM controls to ensure consistency when transitioning to real-world applications. The Virtual Reality headset that runs the simulator provides realistic sights and sounds that immerse the user in the forklift operations.

Reserve


Car Simulator 

The car simulator allows users to practice driving on a variety of street conditions, including a foggy night or a snowy day. It records drives and allows playback, perfect for instructor feedback. This driving simulator was donated by Friends of Fayetteville Public Library.

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**Please note that the simulators are not toys. 

Virtual Reality Studio

This studio is out of this world…or maybe you will just feel like it is with the immersive experience of the Oculus Quest 2 and HTC Vive VR systems. Take some time to explore the virtual world through one of the various applications and games included with our systems. Per manufacturer recommendations, VR is not suitable for users under 13. 

This space can be reserved for up to 2 hours per session.


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Photography Studio

This studio includes all the tools needed for both amateur and professional photographers alike. The studio features various tools, including:

·      Canon R-series digital cameras

·      Various lighting options

·      A selection of backdrops

·      A table-top lightbox

·      Tripods

·      Light meters

·      And more!

Reserve

Fabrication & Robotics Lab

The fabrication lab houses tools that inspire creativity and creation. The robotics lab will bring technology to life, offering the space, tools, and expertise to build robots and learn how to program them using various coding languages. The tools in this space include:

·      Epilog Zing 24, 40-watt laser cutter and engraver

·      Fusion 3 F410 3D printer

·      Phrozen Sonic Mini 4k Resin 3D printer

·      Snap Maker 3-in-1

·      Swing Away Heat Press

·      Arduinos

·      And more!

This lab requires users to watch an orientation video and pass a quiz before being granted access to the space.

Reservations coming soon!

Computer Collaboration Space  

The lab contains 12 Apple iMacs complete with Adobe Creative Cloud, AVID ProTools and Media Composer software. The Adobe Suite is designed for graphic design, video editing, web development, 3D design, photo editing, and more!

Currently available software:

Adobe Creative Cloud Suite

  • Adobe Acrobat DC
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Animate
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Character Animator
  • Adobe Dimension
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Illustrator


  • Adobe InCopy
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Lightroom CC
  • Adobe Lightroom Classic
  • Adobe Media Encoder
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe Rush
  • Adobe XD
     

Other editing tools

  • DaVinci Resolve
  • Blender
  • Audacity
  • Garage Band
  • iMovie
  • Inkscape

Items marked with an asterisk * require the user to provide their own account to use.

Avid Tools

  • Avid Media Composer
  • Pro Tools
  • Avid Nexis

Microsoft Office/Mac equivalents

  • Microsoft Excel / Numbers
  • Microsoft OneNote / Notes
  • Microsoft PowerPoint / Keynote
  • Microsoft Word / Pages

3D Design/Print & Laser tools

  • Autodesk Fusion 360
  • Chitubox
  • Preform
  • Slic3r
  • SnapMaker Luban
  • EpilogApp
     

Programming/Robotics

  • Arduino
  • Unity *
  • VEXCode IQ
  • VEXCode V5
  • Visual Studio

Editing Suite

The editing suite is a space designed to perfect your video and audio creations. This suite has an iMac for audio and video editing, an AVID DNXIO for importing and exporting your media, and Genelec speakers for audio monitoring.

 

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Podcasting Booth 

This room is perfect for one-two people working on recording vocals. With a high-quality microphone and a Sound Device Audio Recorder/Mixer, users will find their recordings to be of high quality with tools that are designed for everyone to use. Welcome packet is already in the Whisper Room and most users should find the instructions helpful in getting started and recording.

 

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