Academic Support Library
Information Services
Information Commons
Center for Instructional Services (Instructional Technology)
Reading Improvement Services

Library

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 2.0 million items and maintains current subscriptions to some 6,200 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's Reference 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 journals are available online to be 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.

Information Services

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 Library (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.

Information Commons

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.

Center for Instructional Services (Instructional Technology)

The successful integration of instructional technology into the teaching and learning environment is essential in today's classroom. Instructional technologies can potentially enrich the education of students at the University. The Center for Instructional Services supports classroom instruction by providing resources to faculty, staff and students to meet their instructional technology needs. The Center is comprised of five support areas:

-- Classroom Support Services maintains and supports a complement of instructional media equipment for classroom use; training is provided for equipment installed in classrooms and, upon request, equipment may be delivered, set-up and retrieved.

-- Instructional Graphics Services provides assistance in the planning and production of a variety of instructional and presentation resources.

-- Instructional Video Services provides for a variety of video-based resources for classroom use and special events.

-- Technical Support Services provides for on-going maintenance and repair of all instructional technology equipment.

-- Instructional Technology Planning Services provides assistance in planning, purchasing and installation of instructional media equipment.

The Center for Instructional Services is located in the Mary Couts Burnett Library (Suite B16) and the TAGER building. For more detailed information, refer to the Center's web site at WWW.CIS.TCU.EDU. Call 817-257-7121.

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.

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