NVCC 1997-1998 Catalog
    General Information

Learning Resource Centers

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    A Learning Resource Center at each campus provides library services, audiovisual services, and learning laboratory facilities. The materials, systems and services in the Learning Resource Center 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 community.
    Students may access the combined College collection of more than 400,000 units of print and non-print materials via the College's online public access catalog which is available to students at any of the campuses. 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 other 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 compact discs and microforms for information storage and retrieval adds breadth and depth to the resources. Students can use workstations located in the libraries to search a variety of online databases and the Internet.

    Each campus library offers on-site and electronic access to a variety of books, periodicals, and other materials and inter-campus-loan access to materials housed at the other campus libraries. Staff members provide reference assistance and instruction in the use of resources.
    Regional consortia agreements enable patrons to use their NVCC ID cards to borrow library materials from the public libraries and other college libraries in Northern Virginia.

Learning Laboratories
    Systems for individual use of self-instructional materials are common to all campus learning laboratories. Individualized instruction is offered through a variety of instructional systems, including electronic study carrels and computer-assisted instruction. Testing services for placement purposes, for classes, and in support of the Extended Learning Institute are administered in the learning laboratories. 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 campuses.

Audiovisual Services
    Audiovisual Services supports classroom instruction, community services, the library, and the learning laboratory. Audiovisual Services staff assist faculty in the technological aspects of instructional design, including photography, computer graphics and video production. Audiovisual staff support satellite and compressed video teleconferences.

Television Services
    Television production, satellite downlinking and two-way video links among the campuses are provided by campus Audiovisual Services along with the College Telecommunications Center. The Telecommunications Center is located on the Annandale Campus and provides a complete television production, editing and transmission facility. The Telecommunications Center provides a direct link to most local cable-tv systems for credit telecourses and other College programming. The center also connects with the College's satellite uplink.

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