Academic Support Facilities
Modern information technology resources are ubiquitous at Alma College. The infrastructure that enables all campus use of technology is AlmaNet, a fiber optic backbone that operates at gigabit speeds, connecting wired and wirelessly. The network includes around 6,000 data ports on campus, and 500 wireless access points. Regardless of whether you’re in a classroom, residence hall, the Center for Student Opportunity, College Corner Coffee and Books, Joe’s Place or Hamilton, students can connect to campus and Internet network services including the InsideAlma student portal, teaching and learning software, college library resources, file storage, printing and e-mail. The College also has access to Internet 2, the next generation of high capacity Internet research, information and communications resources.
Students are encouraged to bring their own computers to campus. In addition, the College provides these public computing facilities:
Olofsson Computer Classroom. Located in the Colina Wing of the library, this classroom has 11 Microsoft Windows workstations, equipped with a variety of general purpose and specialized software applications. These computers feature flat panel displays, high quality audio and video subsystems and support for multimedia applications. More public computers are available throughout the library.
Swanson Academic Center Digital Media Commons. This is a state-of-the-art facility for creating and producing multimedia materials. The laboratory features Apple iMac and MacPro computers, specialized media creation and editing software, scanners, specialized printers and other peripheral devices to create professional quality digital multimedia output of all kinds.
Mobile Computing Classrooms. Alma College has a number of reconfigurable classrooms designed to be flexible learning spaces that support traditional and technology-enhanced classes. All rooms are equipped with an instructor podium that includes projection control, a computer, and other technology features to support teaching and learning. All campus buildings are equipped with numerous wired and wireless network connectivity. To support hands-on computer learning situations, mobile laptop carts are available to instantly transform a classroom into a computer lab.
Residence Halls. Each residence hall has computers for public use when access to one of the larger facilities is inconvenient. These devices offer the same network services and software available at other public computing facilities.
In addition to these public labs, the College has created specialized computer laboratories for 16 departments: a digital piano and music composition music lab; Unix lab; molecular structures lab utilizing silicon graphics workstations; digital graphic arts lab; and a variety of others, each designed to meet the specialized teaching and research needs of the faculty and students.
Network and computing resources for teaching, learning and administrative computing systems are supported by the Information Technology Services (ITS) Department, located in the Kehrl Library, lower level. That is where you will find the ITS Help Desk, which can be reached by linking to http://www.helpdesk.alma.edu, or by calling (989) 463-7303.
Monteith Library Collection
The Alma College Library, consisting of the Monteith Library Collection and housed in the Kehrl Building, makes a full range of information services available to the Alma College Community. It provides access to holdings of more than 262,000 bound volumes, 70,000 e-books, 1,000 current periodicals, and more than 10,000 full-text scholarly journals online. The library also supplies access to materials in over 15,000 libraries through interlibrary loan and the Michigan Electronic Library catalog.
The entire library building contains a wireless network that covers every corner of the space. The Colina Library Wing opened for use in February 1996. During the summer of 2006 the wing was renovated in order to expand its use for collaborative learning. The renovated Colina Wing also now includes a student-run cafe. A second renovation project during the summer of 2008, included additional collaborative space.
Open 108 hours each week, the Library is staffed by librarians, support staff and student assistants. The librarians provide student and faculty with course-based information literacy instruction and individual research assistance as well as Internet access to many electronic databases. In addition to its general and reference collections, the Library houses the Alma College Archives.