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Student Instructional Media Production Center, NSCC Library   Tags: digital content, educational resources, library resources, media tools, simpc, student resources  

This guide presents resources for college students who are using multimedia tools and online resources to create presentations, write research papers, or are working independently to improve their technology and research skills.
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SIMPC Contact Information

Operating Hours 

The SIMPC is closed March 20 - April 1. We will re-open April 1, 2013 with the following open hours:

  • Tuesday 11 AM – 4 PM
  • Wednesday 11 AM – 4 PM
  • Thursday 11 AM – 3 PM
  • Closed Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday


Phone: 206-934-0070

 Online Reservations Calendar

Find out when the Collaboration Studio & other resources are already booked by reading the online calendar. Please note: you must come to the SIMPC in person to make reservations.

Library Resources

North Seattle Community College Library Home Page

North Seattle Community College Library Introductory Video

Seattle Community Colleges Online Library Catalog

Academic Databases: Academic journal articles, periodicals, art database, and more

LibGuide:  NSCC Academic Databases

North Seattle Community College Home Page


Other NSCC Library Media Resources 

 Multi-Region DVDs / PAL format video playback: Room 2136, a language learning lab, (NSCC Library, first floor) has a multi-region DVD player. You must reserve this room in order to watch DVDs; please go to the Library Reference Desk to do so. 

Flip cameras and digital audio recorders: these are available for 3-day checkout at the NSCC Library Reference Desk. The SIMPC has other video and digital cameras, as well as tripods, available for checkout.


    NSCC Computer Labs

    If the SIMPC is closed, try the NSCC Open Computer Lab instead.

    Open Computer Lab (IB 3303) is located in the Instructional Building, NW corner, 3rd floor. The Open Computer Lab is your best place to start with computer-related problems.  For NetID-related problems, be prepared to show picture ID and SID number.

    Student Computer Lab Equipment

    IB 3303 Open Lab

    • 43 PC computers
    • 5 iMAC computers
    • Black and white only laser printing
    • USB flash drive connectivity, CD/DVD RW drives, please note: no floppy drives
    • 2 Flatbed image scanners
    • Copier - 10¢ per copy

    About the SIMPC

    Students working in Collaboration Studio

    Canon Vixia HD camcorder

    digital camera

    Scanner in use

    The Student Instructional Media Production Center (SIMPC) is on the upper floor of the North Seattle Community College Library.  We offer multimedia equipment resources for use in-house or for checkout. You must abide by the use and lending policy to check out camera & audio equipment. You are responsible for the replacement cost of all checked items in case of loss, damage, or theft. Please read the policy carefully.


    • Create and rehearse PowerPoint presentations; use the interactive SMARTBoard 
    • Create posters; color printing (linked to Paper Cut account) available up to 11" x 17 " inch size (paper provided)
    • Scan and/or edit digital images
    • Collaborate with classmates on academic projects and presentations
    • Record & edit digital video 
    • Basic audio recording
    • Check out digital cameras & tripods for academic projects
    • Obtain research help and/or help finding royalty-free images or other content

    Please come to the SIMPC in person to reserve the Collaboration Studio or video editing room;  read our online calendar to find out which days and times are already booked.


    The SIMPC provides students with access to media resources and basic instruction enabling them to incorporate audiovisual and print media into their course assignments, presentations, and portfolios.

    Facility Resources

     Software and Equipment Resources

     What software is available in the SIMPC? What kind of audio and video equipment is available at the SIMPC    and the NSCC Library? Visit the following link for details, or continue to explore this LibGuide.

     Video Editing Suite
    Due to limited resources, the SIMPC is unable to provide storage space on our hard drives. Please be prepared to back up your project on your student server space, or on some form of removable media.

    One iMac with the following graphic design, image editing, and video editing software:

    • Adobe Premiere (professional video editing)
    • Final Cut Express HD (video editing)
    • iMovie HD (video editing)
    • Adobe Encore (DVD authoring tool)
    • Adobe Bridge (links the parts of the Adobe Creative Suite together, batch file rename and other utilities)
    • Garage Band (music recording and track mixing)
    • Adobe Soundbooth (digital audio editor)
    • Adobe Illustrator (vector graphics editor; save in formats such as EPS, PDF, WMF, SVG, or VML)
    • Adobe Photoshop (image editing program)
    • Flash (motion graphics for the web or multimedia presentations)
    • Adobe AfterEffects (animation, visual effects)

    Poster Making 

    Use the work table in the SIMPC to create posters for a class presentation. The SIMPC has some supplies and tools available: spray glue, masking tape, paper cutter, rulers, etc. The SIMPC has only a small amount of materials such  as poster board and colored paper. You may purchase art supplies (colored pens, poster board, foam board, etc.) in the NSCC Bookstore.



    All members of the NSCC community are expected to adhere to the provisions of United States Copyright Law and to take responsibility for copyright compliance.  Please do not use copyrighted images, music, or video clips in the posters, presentations, or podcasts, or videos that you make for school assignments. Copyright protects text, images, audio, and video that are available online. The copyright mark may not be visible, but these items are still protected under law.  Please see the SIMPC Copyright Page for information about copyright compliance.  Learn more  about copyright law from the United States Copyright Office

    If you're looking for information about alternative content sources (royalty free or available with permission under the Creative Commons license), please visit our Content Resources page.

    SIMPC Blog 

    Please visit the SIMPC blog for occasional tech tips, news about our hours of operation, and changes to services.


    Copyright? What's Copyright?

    Information about Copyright and Fair Use


    Printing Information

    The Library recognizes that students need to print documents in the course of completing their academic work. However, to control the increasing costs of printing supplies and to conserve our valuable natural resources by discouraging unnecessary and wasteful printing, the Library will charge a fee for printing.

    The SIMPC computers are linked to one HP Color LaserJet 5550dn color printer. Duplex printing is not available; you must remove each sheet and turn it over if you would like to print on both sides.  All pages printed are charged to your PaperCut account.  Wireless printing is not available; you must log in with a NSCC NetID on one of the Windows computers.  The fee per page is subject to change. Please read this page for changes to NSCC printing policies.

    There are a couple of limitations when printing with PaperCut:

    • You can only print 20 pages at a time, so if your file is 40 pages, you will need to break up your print job and print 1- 20 then 21-40.
    • You will not be able to print duplicates, unless you wait about 90 seconds in between print jobs, or you can rename your file as many times as you need copies.

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