Reading Improvement Services
Research, study and independent inquiry at TCU are greatly facilitated by the collections and services of a centralized university library. The Mary Couts Burnett Library is a modern, attractive and well appointed building complex with over 158,000 square feet dedicated to services and materials storage. The library houses a collection of more than 1.9 million items and maintains current subscriptions to some 4,800 journals. Materials are classified and arranged according to the Library of Congress system; open stacks afford convenient access to most items. Professional librarians and support staff select, maintain and interpret the collections for library users. Particular collections include Texas, United States and European Community documents; the Archives of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; the papers of former Speaker of the House, James C. Wright, Jr.; the papers of Amon G. Carter, Sr.; the University's historical collection; and special collections of rare books and manuscripts such as the William Luther Lewis Collection of English and American Literature. A music library and audio center; the Brite Divinity Library; and a computer lab are also located within the library building.
The TCU Library maintains a dynamic web site which serves as a gateway to information within the library and to the world at large. Recently the library'sReference Department and the Information Services Help Desk have joined forces and become the Information Commons. Students and faculty can now get research help and technical assistance when they need it, where they need it. The Writing Center has evening ofice hours in the Information Commons. The TCU library provides its students and faculty with over 200 databases, such as Lexis-Nexis and Medline, and almost half of its hournals are available online to e accessed from dorm rooms and offices. The Information Commons houses over one hundred computers and a number of laptops to be used anywhere in the library, with wireless Internet connections.
Through active membership in local, regional and national library consortia the Library is able to secure for TCU faculty and students the advantages that come with library resource sharing. Our membership in TexShare enables TCU faculty and students to obtain borrowing privileges from more than 150 academic libraries throughout Texas.
The central computing facility, located on the ground floor of the Sid W. Richardson Sciences Building, provides network connectivity throughout the campus and computer services and support for all levels of the University.
Using various client servers, Information Services provides support for all programs used by campus departments and supplies direct access to the Internet, the Library and specialized databases as required.
The Information Services staff is available through the Information Commons Desk in the Mary Couts Burnett Libary (817-257-5855). Services provided include consultation and assistance with computer problems. A newsletter (TCUSER) providing information about new services, products and support activities is published each semester. In additon, a wide selection of training materials for campus-supported softwear is also available. The Information Services administrative office is located in SWR Room 175, (817) 257-7682.
The Information Commons, located in the Mary Couts Burnett Library, provides students, faculty and staff with technical and library reference needs in an integrated digital environment. The commons is made up of a Help Desk staffed by professional librarians, information technology specialists, and students who provide expert assistance to individuals conducting scholarly research or seeking computer solutions. A computer lab within the commons provides 110+ networked Wintel and Macintosh workstations along with multi-media computers and high speed laser printers. Via the web, a virtual information commons provides access to online resources for the university library and information resources. Access to bibliographic databases, full textbooks, periodicals and online tutorials is also provided.
Reading Improvement Services
The School of Education provides instruction to improve reading skills. Criteria for admission to the course in College Reading Techniques are described under the School of Education section of this bulletin.