THE ROLE OF MICROCOMPUTERS IN THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS OF THE UNIVERSITY Biola Un iversity believes that the microcomputer is an increasingly valuable tool and that one of our educational goals should be to prepare students for a world in which the computer will continue to play a significant role. Accordingly, it is our desire to integrate computer use into the university curriculum. Thus, the University provides access to Macintosh microcom puters for every student and requires their use in freshman Eng lish. It is the intent of the University, over time, to require the use of these microcomputers over awide specuum of the cuniculum. The microcomputer ofchoice at Biola is the Macintosh. The computer centers and Macintosh labs located across the campus help provide the necessary microcomputer access for students. Additionally many students have chosen to acquire their own Macintosh. This microcomputer, along with a variety of software and hardware accessories, is available for purchase at the Biola Bookstore at very attractive prices for enrolled students. Complete details are provided to all interested students. Because of the cooperative relationship between Biola Uni versity and Apple Computers, Inc. , the University has access to technological innovations, seminars, technical expertise and on line telecommunications with other universities across the nation. In addition, Biola University is involved as a test site for the evalua tion and development of innovations from Apple Computer, Inc. COMPUTER CENTER Located within the bookstore, the Computer Center is designed to meet the computer requirements of the campus for hardware, software and related accessories and are avail able to Biola faculty, staff and registered Biola students at dis counts. Featuring Apple's Macintosh, the Computer Center provides the computing tools that the students will find use ful in their course of study at Biola. Several courses, includ ing Freshmen English, require that students have access to the Macintosh for completion of course requirements. The Computer Center is intended to serve the Biola cam pus community for computers, related software and acces sories. These are sold exclusively to enrolled students, fac ulty and staff and are strictly for the purpose of enhancing the educational process. All areas of the Biola Bookstore will have special hours during summer and vacation times; reduced hours during Interterm. The Computer Center has different hours than the Bookstore. Please check with the Bookstore. BOOKSTORE The Biola Bookstore is open Monday through Saturday with even ing hours Monday through Friday for the conve nience of students, faculty and staff. All required textbooks as well as general books and supplies are avai lable. The book store has a large selection of Christian books, and offers Bibles in a variety of styles and bindings at substantial discounts. Biola insignia clothing and a large selection of cards, supplies, gift items, music, and personal care items are also available.
THE LIBRARY The Rose Memorial Library serves Biola University as the central library facility on campus, supporting the needs of all the undergraduate and graduate programs with extensive resources and a wide variety of services. In addition to more than 219,000 books, the library cur rently subscribes to more than 1,060 periodical titles, with a number of bound journal back files dating from the nine teenth century. Special holdings reflect Biola 's enthusiasm and scholarly interest in Bible history and translation, the historical roots of fundamentalism and evangelical Christian ity, and the worldwide witness of Christian missions. Auxiliary collections embrace extensive microform resources; many reference resources in Braille; comprehensive pamphlet files including maps, charts, mission resources, and a wide variety of topics in the liberal arts; and special holdings of text and cuniculum resources appropriate to teacher education. To facilitate study and the use of library resources, the Rose Memorial Library provides access to its holdings by SCROLL, the on-line public access catalog and circulation system, and an increasing number of CD-ROM index databases available for patron searching. These initial steps in library automation reflect the University's commitment to providing quality service and expanding resources through the electronic exchange of ideas. In addition, copy machines, rental typewriters, microform readers and reader-printers faci litate resource use. Study tables and ind~ victual carrels can accommodate approximately 400 patrons. Library services offer trained reference help at all times, with special effort made to relate students and faculty to other impor tant library resources of the southern California area, the nation, and throughout the world. Reciprocal borrowing privileges are available for undergraduate and graduate students to access the impressive resources at California State University at Fullerton. Traditional interlibrary loan services are available. In-house and network computer services help Biola scholars to access the inter national bibliographical databases through OCLC and DIALOG. Five professional librarians, supported by a well qualified paraprofessional staff and many student assistants, comprise a library work force dedicated to service more than 70 hours per week during the regular semester with adjusted sched ules of service available year round. MEDIA CENTER The University Media Center offers a variety of methods to enhance the quality of communication by faculty and students. Among these methods are the Media Center's physical resources. Thousands of computer indexed tapes, CDs, laser discs, and films are open to use, as well as the latest presentation equipment and a presentation preparation lab. These physical resources are available at no charge. The media center is also available to work directly with faculty and. students so that they will have the infor mation and the training to create optimized presentations. The art of communication is also furthered by the Media Center's basic research. Quantifiable investigations, informal feedback from faculty and students, and dialogue with outside educational experts are synthesized to create new tools and methods.
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