Whitlam Library unveils three new additions

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone tests the green screen in the new audio and video recording facility, Studio 2166, at Whitlam Library .
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone tests the green screen in the new audio and video recording facility, Studio 2166, at Whitlam Library .

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said Studio 2166 continues Fairfield Council’s proud history of supporting the city’s “extraordinary creative talent”.

The mayor launched the free digital studio at the Whitlam Library on Tuesday meaning library members can now book the studio which can be tailored to certain needs after a consultation session.

The studio includes a sound booth for audio recording, a green wall for the production of films and videos, audio production equipment and software for producing quality recordings. It also has film production equipment and software for producing videos and films.

“The studio will give residents the opportunity to learn new skills and realise their creative dreams,” mayor Carbone said.

 “I’m excited to see Studio 2166 being opened. It will put our city at the forefront of supporting the creative aspirations of our residents.

“This recording studio gives locals the opportunity to collaborate and bring their imagination to life. I’m excited to see what comes out of the studio.” 

Funded by a Library Council of NSW grant, Studio 2166 along with complementary initiatives the Workary and lab.LX, reflects the evolving role of libraries from being just about books to centres for creative activity.

The Workary is a permanent addition to Whitlam Library and is a dedicated space, designed specifically for local business people, entrepreneurs and business students.

The space seats more than 100 people and has has four specifically-designed meeting rooms, free shared work areas, free Wi-Fi access, lockers, access to expert business resources and an onsite cafe.

The Workary, built thanks to a State Library of NSW grant, will also host seminars and workshops covering a wide range of business topics.

“Business inspiration happens at the Workary, Whitlam Library’s new co-working space in the heart of Cabramatta,” mayor Carbone said.

“Residents can work, connect and learn in a space dedicated to cultivating and supporting local businesses and start-ups.

Cameron Morley from the State Library of NSW, Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and architect Andreas Antoniades open the new facilities.

Cameron Morley from the State Library of NSW, Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and architect Andreas Antoniades open the new facilities.

“Workshop and seminars will help develop and refine your business skills and networking events will support you to connect with others from start-ups to established businesses.

“Bring your ideas, skills, questions, projects, and connect at the Workary.

The third new element of the Whitlam Library – lab.LX – gives residents access to the cutting edge of technology for both business and leisure.

It has 360-degree cameras, 3D scanners, robots and bots, electronics kits, virtual and augmented reality tools and coding and gaming hardware. The experimental media space for inventors, entrepreneurs and the curious also has software resources as well as online learning tools such as Lynda.com and awelearning.com.

“This is another example of council reviewing and revolutionising our library services to meet our evolving community’s needs,” mayor Carbone said.