Labs & Classrooms

  • Classrooms
    For assistance with classroom equipment email or call Media Services at 413-597-2112 or x2112 on any campus phone.

    Electronic Classrooms

    classroom-lecternMost of our classrooms have a full set of presentation equipment, including:

    • a PC
    • a Mac
    • laptop connections
    • audio system
    • data projector or flat panel

    In addition, many rooms also contain CD/DVD/VHS decks or BluRay players

    In some instances a room may have a projector/flat screen and sound system with no resident computers but HDMI and VGA connections for laptops and other devices.

    Almost all classrooms are now High Definition (HD), are widescreen and support both VGA and HDMI connectors.


    High Definition Classrooms

    Most standard electronic classrooms on campus allow faculty, staff and students to connect high definition (HD) presentation devices with HDMI output and to then display the content from the device in true HD resolution.  Most current devices such as laptops, tablets and cell phones that have HDMI outputs can connect directly to these new systems.  In addition, many of these rooms include one Mac and one Dell computer connected via HDMI for HD presentation.

    Those familiar with our standardized electronic classrooms will find the control panel for the new HD systems familiar.  The new panel includes the square lighted buttons that are found in more than 80 electronic classroom spaces across campus.  Simple on/off buttons for the projector and clearly labelled input selection choices make operating the system straightforward.

    In addition to allowing for HD signals to be displayed, these new systems do include VGA connections that provide inputs for laptops with VGA outputs.

    All dual projection rooms and an increasing number of single projection rooms are now operated through a simple touch screen interface.   For information or training on how to best operate these control surfaces please contact Media Services at

The Center for Educational Technology (CET)

The CET is Williams new facility designed to enhance the relationship between learning and technology. It houses a number of new and exciting facilities and resources, the student help desk, most of the staff of the Instructional Technology group and several from Desktop Systems. By juxtaposing resources for faculty and students with instructional technologists and librarians, the facility provides a new depth of support and collaboration for technology in education.

Read an article on the CET from the Williams website.


The CET is open during regular building hours. Check the library website for details.


26 Hopkins Hall Drive

The CET takes up the south side of the second floor of Sawyer library. Click the image below to see the locations of specific resources & facilities.

CET Floor Plan

AV Edit Rooms

The AV Edit Rooms in the CET each provide a high end video editing suite with surround sound capabilities in sound proofed environment.

Who can use them?
The AV Edit Rooms are available to faculty, staff, and students.

How do I access them?
The keys are available first come/first served at the Circulation desk.

Where are they located?
In the CET, Rooms 272 & 273

How do I get help?
Ask for a Student Media Consultant during their Drop-in Support hours.

General Information about video editing on campus:
Adobe’s Premier Pro, Creative Cloud version, is our go to app for all video editing projects, small to large. Our Adobe licenses agreement allows us to install Premiere on any college owned workstation or laptop, and thus, we have put it on most public computers that OIT installs and manages. This would include all media stations located in the Center for Educational Technology (CET), Jesup 101, Spencer 216 and other locations.

Note for Final Cut Pro users:
We currently offer Final Cut Pro Studio (version 7) on media workstations in the CET but have discontinued active support. We encourage FCP users to transition to Premiere Pro at this time.

Click on the Getting Started with Premiere Pro link below and follow the link for Migrating from FCP 7 to Premiere Pro to access the tutorials that make the switch easy. As FCP Studio becomes increasingly unstable on the newer MAC operating systems we will eventually remove it from all of our OIT supported workstations.

Want to Learn Premiere Pro? Visit the Resource Guide for Getting Started with Premiere Pro.

CET Instruction Room

The CET Instruction Room is a 20-seat classroom equipped with dual-boot mac minis. It provides a space to work with larger groups for training and instruction. When not being used for instruction, the room is available on a first come/first served basis.

Who can use it?
The CET Instruction Room is available to faculty, staff, and students.

How do I access it?
The CET Instruction Room is available whenever the library is open (unlocked). To reserve it for academic purposes, please contact your ITech liaison.

Where is it located?
In the CET, Room 269

How do I get help?
Ask for a Student Media Consultant at the CET Help Desk for immediate help while using the equipment, or contact your ITech liaison for reservations and planning.

CET Service Desk

cet-help-deskFaculty, Staff and Students can drop by for support with basic desktop software, accounts, wireless, email or hardware questions. Desktop Systems staff will use the CET as a support base for office visits and faculty/staff drop-ins on the north side of campus.

Student Technology Consultants will be available in the CET, as they are now in OIT, to provide help to students and will work closely with the other Library service desks to provide a highly robust support environment.

End of Semester News

We’re here for you as we close out the semester

As we near the end of the fall semester, OIT would like to showcase some services and support we think are useful, particularly for students during this time of the year.


Contact the CET Support Desk at 413 597 3088 or The CET workspace is a great place for walk-up support or even a place to sit and relax.  Or stop by the CET to talk with a Student Media Consultant (SMC) for questions or help with the creation of audio, video, and print media.  We’re located on the 2nd floor of Sawyer Library.


Helpful Glow support documentation is available at .  Or if you’re stuck and need to talk with someone, contact the CET Support Desk by phone or email or stop by to chat.

ACCESS TO THOUSANDS OF ONLINE VIDEO TUTORIALS provides in-depth instructional videos for a range of technology and business topics. Williams’ Lynda Campus license provides everyone at Williams web-based access to the entire library.




Remember to save your work often, particularly when working with programs that create local files (e.g., Word, PowerPoint). When working in the labs, it’s important to save your work often in “the cloud” (Google Drive). Beyond unlimited storage, Google Drive provides you options like Google Docs or Google Slides that saves your work automatically in real time. Read more about saving your data at


In addition to the computer lab spaces available for campus users in Sawyer, OIT and the Library provides computers & printing services in Jesup and Schow.  Full details are available at


Williams College now provides all students with Microsoft Office 365 (online) and Office 2016 (to download on your Mac or PC).


A collection of technology devices such as digital cameras, audio recording kits, and microphones are available for check-out from the Equipment Loan Center –  In addition, laptops are available for use from the Library check out center.


Williams’ high performance computing cluster is now open to all students at Williams. If you’re interested in access now or in Winter Study, or would like to find out what you can do with hpc at Williams, please visit or contact for more information.


And don’t forget about the Vive virtual reality room, Xbox and Playstation when you need to take a break. Borrow controllers and games from the library circulation desk or bring your own.


Equipment Loaning

For full information and a list of the equipment, visit the Equipment Loan Center Website.

The ELC has a wide variety of digital and analog equipment that’s available for faculty, students and staff to borrow. The coordinator of the ELC can train borrowers how to use the equipment and will assist with planning and managing media-intensive projects. For full information and a list of the equipment, visit the Equipment Loan Center pages.

Who can use it?
The ELC is a resource available to all Williams faculty, staff and students.

Where is it located
In the Center for Educational Technology on the second floor of Sawyer, room 247.

When is it open?
Check the ELC site for the current hours.

How do I get help?
Call the ELC coordinator by email at or by phone at 413-597-4091.

Faculty Collaboration Center

The FCC is a 24-seat facility where faculty, staff, and students can meet for discussions, lectures, collaboration and hands-on development using emerging and academic technolgies. Equipped with central projection and connected break-out stations, and located between the media studio and the CET classroom, it’s an ideal space for groups to work on larger or more involved projects, or instruction around the topic of media development and the studio. Faculty working there will be able to receive professional support for project research and development from OIT staff. OIT will also sponsor public events and workshops designed to disseminate information about faculty projects and to inform the community about new technologies and their potential for enhancing teaching and research in this area.

Who can use it?
The FCC is a resource available to Williams faculty, staff and classes.

Where is it located
In the Center for Educational Technology on the second floor of Sawyer, room 276.

When is it open?
It’s available by reservation during the regular building hours. Reservations can be made on the campus room scheduler.

How do I get help?
Contact Instructional Technology at, or your ITech liaison.


cet-makerspaceThe makerspace has its own site at

The makerspace in the CET is a place to make the digital world real. With a 3D printer, 3D scanner and a variety of software and hardware tools it’s staffed by students who can assist with printing, or help you learn how to develop your own models and projects.

Who can use it?
The makerspace and equipment is available to any member of the Williams community. If you’d like your class to incorporate 3D printing into your course, please contact your ITech liaison in advance so we can schedule the equipment.

How do I access it?
For students that are unfamiliar with the technology, the best way to start a project is to stop by when the room is open and talk to one of the student staff. Faculty and staff can also contact Jonathan Leamon ( with any questions.

Where is it located?
The makerspace is in the CET room 242, on the second floor of Sawyer library

How do I get help?
There are FAQ’s and other help documentation available on the makerspace’s website, or stop by the room when it’s open. You can also contact Jonathan Leamon.

Music Composition

The Music Composition room is Sawyer 274.

What is it?
The room is equipped with a computer workstation with hardware and software for audio manipulation, synthesis, and sequencing. The software includes Studio One, ProTools, Komplete, Max, Ableton Live, and WaveLab Elements.

Who can use it?
Faculty, staff, and students can use the room from 9 to 5 during weekdays, or during Sawyer Library hours once they receive training.

There is a piano in there, can I just play piano?
No, the piano is a midi device without speakers. It sends data to the computer. With some training, you can learn to route the signals from the piano keyboard to software where sounds can be assigned to the notes and that output can be routed to the speakers or headphones. It is not as simple as turning it on and playing.

How do I access it?
Reserve the space in EMS once it becomes available. Allow 24 hours advance notice for support.

How do I get help?
Request help from Trevor Murphy. Several student workers who are trained as Student Media Consultants will also be able to support the space.

Open Work Spaces

There are two “open” areas of the CET, each space offering 12 dual boot MAC/PC media production workstations, scanners and video capture equipment.

  • The Central “U” (CET 241) is located to your right as you come off the stairway down from Circulation and Reference
  • The Media Corridor is located straight ahead from the top of the of stairway coming up from the Forum level.

Who can use it?
Open Work Spaces are available to faculty, staff, and students.

How do I access it?
Available by whenever the library is open, no reservations required.

How do I get help?
The CET Service Desk (staffed by Student Technology Consultants) is to your right as you enter the Central U and provides students with walk-in support for basic computing needs/problems. Media production support is also available from Student Media Consultants during these posted times.

Project Rooms

The Project Rooms in the CET provide an array of technology enhanced environments to suit faculty & student needs for small group collaboration and scholarship. Details below on the individual room configurations including rooms set up for gaming, media viewing, collaboration and brainstorming.

Who can use them?

The Project Rooms are available to faculty, staff, and students.

How do I access them?

Project Rooms are available whenever the library is open (unlocked), reservable through EMS, hour to hour or via iTech staff, day to day.

Where are they located?

In the CET, Rooms 220, 221, 245, 246, 264, 265, 266 & 271

How do I get help?

Ask for a Student Media Consultant during their Drop-in support shifts (at CET Service Desk).

Room Numbers Description
220 & 221 Single table seating for 5 with large flat screen panel projection capabilities.
245 & 246 Single table seating for 4 with large flat screen panel projection capabilities. Close proximity to iTech staff for faculty collaborative work & project meetings.
264 GAME ON! Large flat panel screen with XBOX and PlayStation consoles. Borrow controllers and games from the library circulation desk or bring your own.
265 Workstation for single or double use and camera copy stand production station.
266 The Brainstorm Room – Two walls of whiteboard and an interactive projection system to maximize your brainstorming potential.
271 The Screening Room – Six comfy chairs, large panel flat screen and surround sound system for your viewing needs.

Student Media Consultants

Student Media Consultants (SMCs) help Williams College community members with the creation of audio, video, and print media in the new Sawyer Library (2nd level CET area). SMCs develop their media production skills through active learning and training. SMCs also partner with Integrating Digital Literacies (IDL) courses by assisting students tasked with assignments that have a technology component.

SMCs are generally available when classes are in session from 10am to 12pm Monday through Friday, 2pm to 5pm Sunday through Friday, and 7pm to 10pm Sunday through Thursday. For Current Hours.

Studio 275

tricast-green-screenStudio 275 is a fully functioning recording facility for video, audio and music recording. Amenities include a three camera video studio complete with lighting, blue/green screen and live editing capabilities, lightboard technology for complex diagram instruction and audio isolation booth for voice recording/narration.

Studio 275 is located in the “Production Zone” area of the CET, level 2 of the new Sawyer Library.

Advance reservation is required for using Studio 275 and scheduling preference is given to curricular projects. Please fill out this form to begin your request.

Follow these links for more information on Studio 275 technology:


Video Conference Room

The Video Conference room is a 20-seat conference room with high-definition teleconferencing equipment allowing room-to-room communication with similarly equipped facilities at remote locations.

Who can use it?
The video conferencing room will be available to faculty, staff, and students.

How do I access it?
The room is available by reservation only. We recommend making reservations two weeks in advance. It can be used with the assistance of an operator, or with advance training. Call Media Services at x2112.

Where is it located?
The facility is in Stetson room #308, on the entrance level of Sawyer Library.

How do I get help?
Links to more information are below, or call Media Services at x2112.

More information
The new video conferencing room at the Center for Educational Technology provides high definition connections among participants that promote a high quality level of video presence. The video conferencing room will be available to faculty, staff, and students.

Past academic uses of video conferencing at Williams have included our professors team-teaching with professors in Finland, Australia, Tel Aviv and Cairo; students taking oral exams in Arabic with a professor at Emory University; a Japanese professor and her students chatting with people in Japan; and professors collaborating and sharing work with faculty at other institutions.

Locating our new high definition video conferencing facility near the offices of media services specialists means that OIT staff are readily available to help ensure a successful videoconferencing experience. An additional benefit of this facility is that information technologists, librarians, and other professional staff will be able to connect with colleagues at other institutions without having to leave campus.