Academic Support Library
Information Commons
Center for Instructional Services (Instructional Technology)
Technology Resources
William H. Koehler Center for Teaching Excellence


Mary Couts Burnett Library provides information resources for inquiry, intellectual discovery, and the development of life-long learning skills in a people-centered environment. Students and faculty have access to over 1,000,000 books, CDs, DVDs, videos, and nearly 22,000 current journals, electronically and in paper. Over 300 databases, many of which include the full text of journal articles are available through the Library¿s website ( Examples of popular databases are LexisNexis, Business Source Premier, and PsycINFO.

Materials are arranged according to the Library of Congress system in open stacks for convenient access to most items. Librarians and staff select, maintain and interpret the collections for Library users. A music library and audio center and the Brite Divinity Library are also located in the Library. 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.

Reference Librarians (Library and research assistance) and Technology Resources consultants (computing assistance) are available at the Information Commons ( located within the library over 100 hours a week. TCU¿s Center for Writing ( maintains an annex office in the Information Commons Computer Lab and has evening office hours. The Information Commons Computer Lab has over 110 computers, PC and MAC, along with 50 PC laptops available for use in the Library on FrogWave the campus WiFi network.

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 Commons

The Information Commons, located in the Mary Couts Burnett Library, provides students, faculty and staff with technical and library reference, and writing assistance in an integrated digital environment. Professional staff members and specially trained students staff the TCU Information Commons. A computer lab within the commons provides 110+ networked Wintel and Macintosh workstations along with multi-media computers and high speed laser printers. Wireless laptops are available for checkout and use within the Library. Via the web, a virtual Information Commons provides access to online resources for the university library and information resources.

Center for Instructional Services (Instructional Technology)

The successful integration of instructional technology and media production into the teaching and learning environment is essential in today's classroom. Both 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 needs. The Center is comprised of three support areas:

-- Classroom Technology 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. Technical support is provided on an on-going basis with maintenance and repair on all instructional technology equipment.

-- Media Production Support Services provides assistance in the planning and production of a variety of instructional resources, including graphics in various mediums and video-based resources, for both classroom use and special events.

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

The three support areas of the Center for Instructional Services are now located in the Instructional Services Building (formerly known as the TAGER Building) which is located between the Tucker Technology Center and Annie Richardson Bass Building on Bowie Street. For more detailed information, refer to the Center's web site at WWW.CIS.TCU.EDU, or call 817-257-7121.

Technology Resources

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, Technology Resources provides support for all programs used by campus departments and supplies direct access to the Internet, the Library and specialized databases as required.

The Technology Resources staff is available by calling 817-257-6855 or sending an email to Services provided include consultation and assistance with computer problems. A newsletter providing information about new services, products and support activities (TCUSER) is published each semester. In addition, a wide selection of training materials for campus-supported software is also available. The Technology Resources administrative office is located in SWR Room 175, (817) 257-7682.

William H. Koehler Center for Teaching Excellence

Center for Teaching Excellence and eLearning Initiatives

The mission of the William H. Koehler Center for Teaching Excellence is to support teaching and learning at Texas Christian University. The resources and activities of the Koehler Center are focused both on honoring the present needs of instruction and informing the TCU community of the increasing possibilities brought by changing pedagogical theory, innovative practice, and new technologies. The staff of the Koehler Center is dedicated to working with individuals, departments, and programs to design and implement meaningful learning opportunities and to facilitate ongoing, reflective participation in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Elearning initiatives provide assistance in the planning, instructional design, instructional support, and development of the use of technology in the classroom, as well as distance education environments. Training is provided in small groups or individually to meet faculty needs to enhance their teaching and expand student learning beyond the boundaries of the classroom.

The Koehler Center for Teaching Excellence is located in the Sid Richardson Building, Suite 501 located between Tucker Technology Center and Winton Scott Building on Bowie Street. For more detailed information, refer to the Center's web site at, or, or call (817) 257-7434.

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