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Checking Out Emerson Film/TV Gear Just Got Easier

The Equipment Distribution Center (EDC) has a new home, and this one is bigger, more efficient, and better able to serve students and faculty working on audio, video, film, and digital productions.

With the two-year, top-to-bottom renovation of the Little Building on the horizon, the Television, Radio, and Film Department’s EDC had to move out. Over the summer, it relocated to 80 Avery Street, just around the corner from campus and across the street from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

The new location is 50 percent larger than its Little Building digs, and that means more space to improve the way they do things, said Television, Radio, and Film (TRF) Associate Director Tim MacArthur.

“The EDC staff is excited to implement new workflow efficiencies, made possible by an increased footprint and a new approach to service excellence,” MacArthur said.

The Avery Street space allows TRF to better meet the expanding program and equipment needs of the Visual and Media Arts and Journalism departments, said TRF Director Jane Pikor.

In addition, the new location will house a recently expanded quality control department for TRF, as well as a technical services department within EDC.

“Our goal is always to provide the highest level of service possible to our faculty and students,” Pikor said.

Users of the EDC should have a better check-in/check-out experience, thanks to on-site repair services; two demonstration rooms in the lower level where users can learn how equipment works before they check it out; and a streamlined, two-level check-out system. Small equipment will be checked out on the street level, while larger pieces can be accessed, and tried out, on the lower level, Pikor said.

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