The College’s library, open more than 112 hours a week, contains some 400,000 holdings in books, musical scores, periodicals, DVDs, films, interactive multimedia, and recordings. The library provides access to more than 35,000 electronic full-text journals, 150 databases, and 53,000 full-text electronic books. In addition to scholarly materials, a collection of current literature, and audiobooks is displayed on the main floor.
The campus wireless network is accessible in the library, and the library has a circulating collection of wireless laptop computers for in-building use. The library is also an ICAirnet “hot spot,” where students, faculty, and staff can use their personal wireless devices to access the Internet and campus services. All computers in the library provide access to Microsoft Office and a wide variety of software applications, enabling users to conduct research and complete projects at one workstation. Trained student assistants staff a “tech help” desk during the library’s operating hours.
Multimedia can be accessed via listening stations on the third floor. One station includes a multi-region player for viewing international media. Interlibrary loan services are available for essential research materials not owned by the library. Requested articles will be delivered electronically via e-mail. Reserve readings and audio recordings are also available electronically.
A digital media lab contains a suite of four iMacs with software for creating and editing multimedia projects that include graphic design, audio, and video. The lab also has three collaboration stations, each with a wall-mounted LCD monitor and central docking station for groups to share content from individual laptops. A practice presentation space equipped with a large plasma screen and multi-interface cabling allows groups to develop and refine media presentations.
Through the South Central Research Library Council and the OCLC, the College library has access to the collections of more than 43,500 libraries in the United States and abroad. The library’s website provides access to national and international electronic resources that support the College’s programs.
Librarians welcome the opportunity to serve students -- in person, by phone, IM/chat, texting, and e-mail. Librarians provide assistance with the effective use of various print and electronic reference sources. The library’s website provides links to library services and resources. Liaison librarians for academic programs develop online research guides to help users access information in specific subject areas, special topics, and individual courses. Online tutorials cover research methods and provide database search tips. Librarians can recommend appropriate materials and suggest research strategies for locating relevant resources.
The library welcomes feedback from users -- via the online “TalkBack” services or the suggestion box at the main desk. Students may also utilize the online “user purchase request” form to recommend materials to be added to the library’s collection.
Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services (ITS) develops and sustains services and infrastructure to support the people, mission, and institutional goals of the College. ITS maintains and supports an extensive collection of productivity and business software for the user community. The ITS help desk answers questions and helps troubleshoot problems, provides free software training, and fixes personal computers in the Student Computer Repair Center (SCRC). Networked computers, both Macintosh and PC, are available in 30 facilities across campus. Specialized software, printing, and consulting services are available in the main labs. One lab is open 24 hours a day, and the rest are open from early in the morning until late at night throughout the fall and spring semesters. Labs are staffed by student consultants skilled at helping people use the computers.
Network file storage and e-mail accounts are provided free to all Ithaca College students, and a student account on the College’s web server is available upon request. Access to e-mail, the web, the online library catalog, student account, and grade information are available via the Internet.
ITS staff provide free workshops and consulting services to Ithaca College students and faculty. The ITS help desk and offices are located in Job Hall and can be reached by telephone at 607-274-1000.
Information Technology Services