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By Grant Merritt
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Outreach/Distance Education Librarian Michael Alewine helps a participant during the Consortium. The event attracted over 100 people.

The ninth Annual Digital Content Consortium attracted over a 100 people on April 2.

The consortium showcased a wide range of digital arts from music, animation, still images, video, social media and media law.

Digital Academy Coordinator Margie Labadie said that she received unsolicited thank you's from so many people. 

"It was very successful, and we had a really good time," Labadie said. 

The consortium featured 20 50-minute sessions ranging from Lightwave 3D, Photoshop, Jing, Second Life, freeware applications, Gamestar Mechanics, copyright infringement and fair use, old television programming in contemporary settings and how to use social media such as Twitter. 

During the lunch break, there were poster sessions presented by registered nurses and assistant professors in UNCP's nursing program Joyce Beard and Jennifer Johnson. 

Instructional Services and Reference Librarian Melanie Wood presented a poster on how she coordinated the Anime and Manga Cosplay Festival. 

"I think the Digital Content Consortium is a great opportunity for those who want to advance their knowledge in the digital world," senior mass communication major Endira Morales said. 

Morales said that she thought more people showed up than she expected, and it helped her learn more about certain programs like Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Adobe Bridge. 

"As a student at UNCP, it was very beneficial to learn what type of digital media is available," junior Rosa Anne Fitzpatrick said. "The information passed on by presenters will be valuable in my future classroom." 

Not only did students attend the Digital Content Consortium, many kindergarten through 12th grade teachers of Robeson County and surrounding counties attended the event. 

"We had a lot of teachers attend so that they could get their CEU [Continuing Education Units] credits," Labadie said. "The consortium is one of the very few places in the county that offers that accreditation." 

"We'll have to see if we have a consortium next year since the Digital Academy's budget was cut out," Labadie said. 

"So many teachers depend on the consortium for technology accreditation. We don't know if we'll have one next year," Labadie added.