Audio-visual installation at the Thompkins County Public LibraryRecently we were brought in to do an AV installation for the Tompkins County Library.  One of the great assets they offer the community is conference rooms which are available for profit and not-for-profit organizations to use as meeting space and for giving audio-visual presentations. Public meeting space is pretty common in libraries but not only is this space massive, it is now outfitted with a great AV system (or at least it is now)!

They have two smaller (30’ x 30’) conference rooms which can be combined to make one large 30’x60’ room with a 12’ ceiling.

Thompkins County Public Library conference room installationIn most meeting spaces with an AV system like this you’d have the luxury of an IT person on hand to provide assistance. But here, especially after hours, there is no guarantee of support being available. This is where we had to do some problem solving. How could we come up with an AV set up that met their three main goals:

  • Fool-proof
  • User-friend
  • Secure

First we assessed that a well-programmed control system would make the most sense to address the first two needs. A control center with on-screen commands that were simple and easy to understand was exactly what was called for. To secure the system we incorporated a locking Middle Atlantic Rack Cabinet..

Francis A-V uses Extron control panelThe Extron TLP520M touch panel was the perfect fit for this job so we programmed it to meet the library’s needs and installed it into the reading surface of the room’s podium. The space now boasts 8 wireless microphones– all connected to the new Behringer 8 Channel front facing mixers (but locked in the rack with the other equipment, keeping them out of reach when not in use). In order to simplify the microphone controls we programmed the touch panel to control all the microphone levels at the same time, this way you know the setting of any microphone you currently have in use. This prevents confusion about which microphones are on and makes it easier to avoid feedback.

Francis A-V uses Optima ceiling mounted projector The space had a projector but it was outdated so we upgraded the Library to an Optoma W505 ceiling mounted projector. A good projector also needs a good surface on which to project so we also outfitted the space with a Da-Lite Model C Pull down projection screen. The new projector has the ability to accept multiple input sources including HDMI, DVI-D, DisplayPort, 5BNC, Component Video, VGA, S-Video, and more. We set up all of the input sources so that they are easily accessible from the rack built into the podium.


We’re thrilled with the way this project came out – clean, elegant and simple to use. Next time you stop by the Tompkins Library check out our handy work!

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