‘Dinner with Friends’ raised nearly $30,000 for new Digital Media Lab

The 11nth annual “Dinner with Friends” on April 6 raised nearly $30,000 for the new Digital Media Lab in the Du Bois Library. The event, hosted by the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries, featured a talk by New York Times bestselling mystery writer Archer Mayor.

New this year, the dinner featured silent and live auctions, including a live auction during which dinner guests could bid on having their name featured for one of the characters in Archer Mayor’s next book.

Sponsors Bassette Printing, Brattle Book Shop, Elsevier, Lexington Group, Print Associates, Sunshine Sign Co., UMass Catering and the University Store contributed to the event.

The Digital Media Lab on the third floor of the Du Bois Library is designed to support students at each point in the multimedia production process, from concept and media creation to post-production. The new space, scheduled to open in September, brings together all the elements needed to produce high-quality multimedia, from green screen video room and pro-audio sound recording booths to specialized workstations and collaboration space. Outfitted with 27-inch iMacs and dual Mac/PC workstations, it will be a flexible workspace that can adapt to new technologies and learning modes.

The goal of the annual “Dinner with Friends” is to raise awareness of and support for the UMass Amherst Libraries, which is the largest public research library in the region and is open to all residents of Massachusetts.