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Academic Multimedia Services - FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Academic Multimedia Services do?

The Academic Multimedia Services (AMS) is a service provided to the faculty and students of American University through the University Library. The mission of the Academic Multimedia Services team is to offer AU faculty and students an increased interactive experience with teaching and learning beyond the classroom.

How do I get Academic Multimedia Services to record a lecture, guest speaker, or special event?

Requests for Academic Multimedia Services can be made through the Academic Multimedia Services at extension 3698, or at

How soon should I request AMS to record an event?

All Academic Multimedia Services requests for recording an event, lecture or interview must be made at least two weeks prior to the date of the event, or as soon as the event is scheduled within the requesting department. All requests are scheduled on a first come first serve bases.

How long will I have to wait to have my content appear online?

Most post-production editing for podcasts can take anywhere between 25-30 hours of editing time. This includes adding graphics and other media related to the project. We strive to post completed podcasts in a timely fashion.

How long does a podcast stay online?

Posted materials are a permanent part of the Internet unless there is a request to remove content or the podcast needs to be updated.

Can Academic Multimedia Services produce projects outside of its academic mission?

The AMS team provides full production and post-production services for AU departments and outside vendors that wish to create media. Learn more about the Academic Multimedia Services rates and capabilities here.