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Annenberg Library and Communication Center

The Annenberg Library offers a comfortable environment for study and research. Open 75 hours per week during the regular academic year, library facilities include the Class of 1912/Rauch Instructional Materials Room, the Moncrief Special Collections Room, and a number of small seminar rooms for individual use, group study, or small classes and a 24-hour study space located in the LRC lobby. Library collections include print volumes, e-books, audio and video items, and periodicals in a variety of formats including print, microform and electronic full text. The Library’s extensive collection of print and electronic sources supports the curriculum of Pine Manor College. Holdings include over 65,000 print volumes and subscriptions to a wide range of periodicals in a variety of formats, including print, microform and electronic full text. Electronic resources include LexisNexis Academic, Ebscohost, Country Watch, Gale Info-trac and many others. The online catalog and most of the electronic databases are available round-the-clock campus-wide through the Library’s web page. Refer-ence staff members provide individual and group instruction in the use of information resources as well as assistance by e-mail.

The Library is a member of the Minuteman Library Network (MLN), a consortium of 35 public and 7 college libraries. Pine Manor ID card holders enjoy borrowing privileges at each MLN institution. MLN membership provides the Pine Manor community with access to a wide range of resources. The shared web-based catalog offers an easy interface for finding current information on the location of over 6 million items, including books, periodical, and audiovisual materials. MLN provides daily book delivery to Annenberg. Requests to borrow materials not held by MLN may be placed via Annenberg Library’s Inter-library Loan office. The Library is also a member of the Metro West Regional Library System and OCLC, a network of libraries in the U.S. and abroad, through which it is possible to facilitate requests for interlibrary loan materials.

The Annenberg Library and Communications Center also houses the Hess Art Gallery, the Brown Learning Resource Center, WPMC (a student run radio station), a video studio, and the Kresge Lecture Hall.

Office of Information Technology Services

The Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) serves the computing, classroom presentation, and special events media needs of the Pine Manor College community. IT oversees administrative and academic computing, classroom and computer labs, guidance and training, and software and hardware support.
Computing Resources

Students have access to e-mail, the Internet, a campus computer network, and computers located throughout the campus. Network-connected computers for various uses are available in all academic buildings, in several classrooms, labs, and in some general-use areas, including residence village Commons. Use of some resources is restricted to students enrolled in a particular class. Each residence hall room includes one high-speed Internet connection per student at no charge.

Use of the College network and computer equipment, and the College Internet, intranet, and e-mail services on College or student computers are subject to compliance with the Computer Code of Ethics as published in the Student Handbook.

Software Resources

Software for word processing, spreadsheets, databases, statistics, Web page development, graphic design, desktop and electronic publishing, digital media, and specialized course software is available for student use on College computers.

Computing Facilities

• The Information Commons in the Annenberg Library Loft is available to the entire Pine Manor College community. The Information Commons has Windows-based computers and local laser and color printing. Six scanning workstations allow for the creation of mixed media documents for electronic publication.
• The Abercrombie Computer Classroom in the Abercrombie Fine Arts Wing provides Visual Arts students with a Macintosh, color, graphic arts studio.
• The Annenberg Computer classroom in Ellsworth Hall is a Windows computing classroom used for teaching accounting, economics, and other management courses.
• The Ferry Computer Center in the Dane Science Building is a Windows computing classroom for math and computer courses.
• Room 101 in the Ashby Campus Center is a Windows computing classroom used by psychology, sciences, and other courses.
• The Wean Language Laboratory in Haldan Hall is a Windows computing classroom used by faculty and students in foreign languages, college composition, ESL, the Pine Manor College English Language Institute, and other courses.
• Computers are also located for student use in open areas in the Ashby Campus Center and the residence village Commons.