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Undergraduate Bulletin 1999-2001

Academic Facilities

UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

The J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library opened in January 1999. This state-of-the-art, 150,000-square-foot library offers seating for 700 students, ranging from seating at carrels, 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 operated 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 the Archives of the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus, the papers of well-known Jesuits such as Rev. Louis Twomey, S.J., and Rev. Joseph Fichter, S.J., and the mayoral papers of the 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 provide audiovisual learning materials and playback and viewing equipment for classroom and individual use. Materials include interactive video, videotapes, films, filmstrips, slides, audiotapes, 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, theses privileges can be arranged for undergraduate students. The library's interlibrary loan service and article delivery service can provide materials not available at Loyola's libraries.

Information Technology

The information technology division coordinates the instructional, research, and administrative computing activities at Loyola and oversees telephone and network services.

Network Access

LoyolaNet, a state-of-the-art computer networking system, provides access to electronic mail, news groups, home pages, mailing lists, library resources, course offerings, student record and financial information as well as a high-speed connection to the Internet and World Wide Web. All faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, residence halls, and common study areas provide outlets for connecting personal computers to the network.

Computer Labs

Over 300 Macintosh and IBM compatible computers are available for student use along with word processing, spreadsheet, database, graphics, and web-browsing software. A variety of printers, including laser printers, are available in the labs.

In addition to general access computer labs, 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 solutions, accounting, law school, visual arts, communications, computer science, and The Maroon (the student newspaper).

Mainframe computer services for on-line registration and access to the university libraries' on-line card catalogue and bibliographic services (LUCI) are accessed from the LoyolaNet network on campus or from off campus via modem.

Computer Store

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

Telephone Services

The Loyola community enjoys state-of-the-art telephone services including electronic voice messaging. Individual direct long-distance services and voice messaging is also provided to students in the residence halls.

Technical Support and Training

The Information Technology Call Center, a hot line for technical support of all kinds, is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. 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 personal computers to designing personal web pages.

INSTITUTE OF POLITICS

The Institute of Politics, an independent foundation that is housed on the Loyola campus, trains community leaders in practical politics. Its program is geared to the development of new political leadership in the area. The institute educates selected young men and women in the practice and practicalities of politics, through a recognition of the professional character of politics and the need for broader understanding and training in politics. Meeting weekly at night, participants represent a broad cross section of the metro area, geographically and professionally. Approximately 25 participants per course study voting patterns, issues and problems, organizing and conducting political campaigns, the uses of television and advertising, and political polling. Speakers represent local, state and national levels of politics.

TWOMEY CENTER FOR PEACE THROUGH JUSTICE

The goal of the Twomey Center for Peace through Justice, under the Office of the President, is to shape social justice consciousness through education and by taking action on critical social issues confronting society. Thus, the center seeks to put into practice the principles enunciated in Goals of Loyola: "Loyola is committed to a serious examination of those conscious and unconscious assumptions of contemporary American civilization that tend to perpetuate societal inequities and institutional injustices."

These goals are achieved through programs including Blueprint for Social Justice, Bread for the World, the Crescent City Farmers Market, Labor Studies Program, Loyola Student Development, Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP), the Twomey Training Center, and the Urban Partners Program. The accomplishments of the center are reflected in the successes of these programs in addressing the critical issues of poverty, racism, violence, and education. Several of the programs have become model programs in the community. For example, the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program is making a significant contribution in reducing violence in the schools.

The Twomey Center also manages the Twomey Print Shop, which provides low cost printing to the university and does limited publishing.

If you have ideas we can help you pursue or if we can be of assistance in any way, please contact the institute at 861-5830.


1999-2001 Undergraduate Bulletin

Posted online on August 29, 2001