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Graduate Bulletin 1999-2001

ACADEMIC FACILITIES

UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES

The J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library opened in January 1999. The state-of-the-art, 150,000-square-foot library offers seating for 700 students, ranging from seating at carrels and tables and comfortable lounge chairs to seating in 16 group study rooms. The majority of tables and carrels are wired for Internet access. The Monroe Library also provides three microcomputer labs that are open on a 24-hour a day, seven-day a week basis; two multimedia classrooms; a Writing Across the Curriculum lab; and an art gallery. The Monroe Library can house a collection of up to 500,000 volumes and features a handsome reading room for the use of its valuable archival and special collections.

The music library is located in the Communications/Music Complex and houses music books, journals, scores, videos, and sound recordings. The music library provides reading areas and listening and viewing equipment for the use of music materials.

Resources

The university libraries’ holdings include more than 320,000 volumes, 2,025 periodical and journal subscriptions, 587,800 microform units, 96,000 state and federal government documents, and 3,900 media titles.

Noteworthy among the special collections are archives of the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus, the papers of well-known Jesuits such as the Rev. Louis Twomey, S.J., and the Rev. Joseph Fichter, S.J., and the mayoral papers of Loyola alumnus Moon Landrieu. The library also holds the Walker Percy and his Circle collection and a collection of books with fine bindings donated by the late J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe.

Services

Librarians are available to consult individually with students and faculty on use of information resources. In addition, the reference department provides special orientation and instruction sessions throughout the year. Library personnel offer Internet instruction in both introductory and advanced sessions and in curriculum-based classes.

The library’s online catalog of holdings can be searched using World Wide Web navigators such as Netscape. The catalog also provides links to other electronic information resources, including bibliographic, statistical, and full-text databases, and to the holdings of other libraries and information centers.

Media services provides audiovisual learning materials, playback, and viewing equipment for classroom and individual use. Materials include interactive video, video tapes, films, filmstrips, slides, audio tapes, records and other forms. The microcomputer labs offer a variety of software for student and faculty use.

Extended Resources

Faculty and graduate students enjoy borrowing privileges at most of the area’s academic libraries. Occasionally, these privileges can be arranged for undergraduate students. The library’s interlibrary loan service and article delivery service provide materials not available at Loyola’s libraries.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Information technology at Loyola University is made up of staff, faculty and students working together to deliver information technology services to the Loyola University community. IT delivers these services through three groups of professionals. Client services, computer services, and network group delivers those IT services you can see—work stations, labs, printers, and local networks. Computer services delivers the behind the scenes content of the campus-wide fiber optic network, the centralized computing platform, and network servers. Telecommunications delivers voice technology, local and long distance phone service, and voice messaging. Programming support delivers computer programming, project management, and Web-mastering services.

Our mission for Loyola’s Office of Information Technology is to leverage information technology to add value to the educational experience at Loyola. IT will provide current technology, prompt service, and robust network connections to allow the fast, accurate, and free interchange of educational content, information and ideas throughout the Loyola community and the world.

Network Access

The Loyola network, a high speed, state-of-the-art computer network, provides access to electronic mail, newsgroups, chat rooms, individual and departmental homepages, mailing lists, library resources, course offerings, student records, and financial information as well as a high-speed connection to the Internet and World Wide Web. All faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, residence hall rooms, and common study areas provide outlets for connecting personal computers to the network.

Computer Labs

Three general use computer labs located in the first floor wing of the new J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library are available for students with technical support provided through the Office of Information Technology. Each of these machines is connected to the campus-wide network providing e-mail services and high-speed Internet access. A variety of software is available for use by students including word processing, business graphics, database, spreadsheet, presentation, and webpage development software. The labs in the Monroe Library are open 24 hours a day.

There are a number of departmental computer labs located around the campus for majors within that particular department. For example, special purpose computer labs have been established for Writing Across the Curriculum, English composition, intensive English, math basic skills, music ear training, music technology, business accounting, law school, visual arts, communications, and computer science. A special multimedia teaching computer lab has been established on the fifth floor of Monroe Hall.

Computer Store

A variety of IBM compatible and Macintosh computers are available for purchase at discounted prices through the Loyola Micro Center Store. Software, printers, accessories, and supplies are also available. Factory-trained technicians provide warranty service and general computer repairs. The Micro Center Store is located in the university bookstore in the Danna Center.

Telecommunications Services

The entire Loyola community enjoys state-of-the-art telecommunications services. Telephone extension numbers are provided to all residence hall students. Electronic voice messaging is provided to all faculty, staff, and residence hall students. Individual, direct-dial, long-distance, and credit card long-distance service is also made available at discounted rates to residence hall occupants.

Technical Support and Training

The information technology call center, a hot line for technical support of all kinds, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The desk is staffed with IT technicians and support staff during normal business hours, but urgent and emergency support needs can be addressed around the clock. The call center may be reached at 865-CALL (865-2255).

A regular schedule of short informational seminars and hands-on training sessions is provided free of charge to Loyola students, faculty, and staff. Topics range from setting up and caring for a personal computer to designing personal webpages. A variety of computer-based training on many popular software programs is also available through participating colleges.

THE OFFICE OF ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT

The Office of Academic Enrichment (OAE) provides tutoring across the curriculum and a broad range of other academic support services free of charge to all Loyola students.

Academic Counseling and Assessment

Each student is individually assisted in formulating a personal strategy for achieving academic success. The plan may involve OAE tutoring or referral to other university services.

  • Individual assessment of the student’s learning strengths and weaknesses
  • One-on-one academic counseling based on the student’s needs

Tutorial Services

OAE provides peer tutoring under the supervision of the professional staff. Before being assigned to a tutor, students meet with an academic counselor to determine the best course of action.

OAE provides course-related tutoring across the curriculum. Subject areas include:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Common Curriculum
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • History
  • Music Therapy
  • Music Literature
  • Music Theory
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Statistics (Business and Social Sciences)

Every effort will be made to provide tutoring in areas not listed.

Writing Skills Program

  • Individual writing conferences between the student and the OAE writing consultant
  • Writing skills include organization of ideas, thesis construction, paragraph development, sentence structure, grammar, research techniques, and documentation.

Disability Services

Disability services was created to help provide equal access to students with disabilities. Our staff assists students in meeting the demands of university life by coordinating campus services for students with disabilities and offering academic support services. These services include but are not limited to the following:

  • Verification of a documented disability
  • Specialized counseling for students with disabilities
  • Advocacy services
  • Implementation of accommodations
  • Note-taking and transcription services
  • Support groups
  • Assistance in obtaining other services

1999-2001 Graduate Bulletin

Posted online on October 19, 2001