LEARNING RESOURCE SERVICES
Learning Resource Services (LRS) are provided at each campus
and consist of library services, information technology support
services, audiovisual services, placement testing, and learning
laboratory facilities. The materials, systems, and services are
designed to support the programs of the College and to create
an environment conducive to learning. While the primary emphasis
is directed towards supporting instructional programs at each
campus, appropriate services are provided to citizens as a part
of the College commitment to serve the educational needs of the
Students, faculty, and staff may access the combined College
collection of more than 400,000 units of print and non-print
materials that is available at all of the campuses or remotely
via the College's online public access catalog. Books, periodicals,
video cassettes, and other resources are loaned among the campuses
by intercampus mail couriers.
Open stacks and immediate access to materials are common to
all campuses. Books, newspapers, pamphlets, documents, and
materials are selected primarily for support of the campus
instructional programs, as well as for personal intellectual
growth and the
development of a cultural environment. Extensive use of online
materials adds breadth and depth to the resources. All patrons
may use networked workstations on campus to search a variety
of online resources and the Internet. Access to electronic
resources and campus library information is available at
Students, faculty, and staff may also access subscription databases
remotely through a proxy server.
Staff members provide reference assistance and instruction
in the use of resources. Through a reciprocal agreement,
faculty, and staff have access to the library collections
at George Mason University.
Learning Laboratories and Testing Services
Systems for individual use of self-instructional materials are
common to all campus. Individualized instruction is offered
through a variety of instructional systems. Testing services
for placement purposes, for classes, and in support of the
Extended Learning Institute are administered in the Testing
Centers. Trained staff members provide access, instruction,
and tutorial assistance in foundation subjects. Both specialized
and generalized learning laboratories are designed to support
and complement the instructional programs on the individual
Audiovisual/Instructional Technology Services
Audiovisual/Instructional Technology Services supports classroom
instruction, community services, the library, and the learning
laboratories. The staff assists faculty in the technological
aspects of instructional design, including photography, computer
graphics, Web page design and video production, and support
satellite and compressed video teleconferences.
Information Technology Support Services
Information Technology Support Services provides College personnel
with information technology services, which include microcomputer
installation, hardware and software troubleshooting, telephone
services, network connections, and technology training.
Television production, satellite downlinking, and Virginia Distance
Education Network video links among the campuses are provided
by the College Television Center and supported by campus staff.
The Television Center is located on the Annandale Campus and
provides a complete television production, editing, and transmission
facility. The Television Center provides a direct link to local
cable-TV systems for credit telecourses and other College programming.
The Center also connects with the College's satellite uplink.