Special Academic Facilities
The staff of the J.W. and Lois Stafford Library assist students in locating materials for daily class assignments and individual research projects. The library has a collection of over 60,000 books, subscribes to over 500 periodicals and newspapers and has a sizable collection of microfilm and audiovisual materials. Stafford Library provides copy machines and typewriters for student use.
Students have access to the holdings of MOBIUS libraries, a consortium of fifty-three institutions of higher education in Missouri. Students will be able to find and request books using a union catalog of over fourteen million items or they may visit participating libraries. Such libraries in the Columbia area include those at Lincoln University, Stephens College, Westminster College, William Woods University and University of Missouri. Students at Missouri Extended Studies Campuses can use MOBIUS libraries in their areas.
Menus at the libraryˇs internet terminals provide quick access to a variety of free databases. Stafford Library subscribes to on-line periodical indexes with full text of many articles, to legal and newspaper indexes, and to research databases. Students are offered a variety of sources of current information. Reference assistance is provided whenever the library is open.
The Curriculum Resource Center in Stafford Library houses a collection of textbooks, kits, and games; juvenile fiction and non-fiction; and monographs on lesson planning, curriculum development and classroom management in support of the Teacher Education program.
Technology Services Center
The Technology Services Center offers to individual students access to computers, network, and software technology. Software included in the curriculum is available for use on center computers. The Technology Services Center also is the home of the computer Helpdesk operation. The Helpdesk is available to assist students using networking services in residence halls and to provide assistance in basic computer use.
The Technology Services Center, located in Buchanan Hall, is open seven days a week. Please contact the Center for current hours of operation.
E-Mail and Internet Access
A section of the Technology Services Center is devoted to providing students with access to electronic mail (e-mail) and the Internet. E-mail accounts are available, without additional charge, to all students enrolled in the College. E-mail accounts may be accessed, with proper software, from on or off campus. Internet access is available to students for use as a resource in researching study topics.
The Technology Services Center maintains two classrooms for instructional use. Classes using computing resources, such as English, Computer Programming and Accounting, are conducted in these facilities. Students are able to complete assignments outside of class using computer resources in the Technology Services Walk-In Lab.
Walk-In Lab Use
The Techology Services Center maintains two areas, equipped with computers and printers, for student use on a walk-in basis. In one area the software used in classroom instruction is available to students to use in completing homework. The other area is devoted to student E-mail use and Internet access.
TS Computer Lab Hours
The Columbia College Language Lab offers computerized instruction to aid students studying Spanish and English as a second or other language (ESOL). Software is available for the computers specially housed in the Technology Services Center. These computers are in their own sound proof booths, as listening skills are an important focus of language acquisition. Both the Spanish program and the ESOL program accompany texts used at the College. This facility is open to students concurrent with walk-in lab availability.
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