SPU students enjoy aesthetically pleasing physical learning spaces. Spread over the 45-acre Seattle
campus, the buildings, recognized by their traditional brick or modern faces, are also known for the many
ways in which they meet students’ educational needs. Resources available to students include the following:
This spacious four-level facility provides collections, services, technology, and space for study and research,
with more than 190,000 volumes arranged on open shelves for easy access to readers. The collection grows
by some 6,000 new titles each year, including more than 1,300 current print periodical titles and an everexpanding
microfiche collection numbering more than 500,000 items. The collection is accessible online in
the Library and through the campus computer network via its automated catalog. An inter-library borrowing
service is available to students, faculty, and staff. For more information on the Library’s resources, visit
www.spu.edu/depts/library/ or call the Reference Desk at 206.281.2419.
STUDENT COMPUTER LABS
Located across campus, computer labs feature a standard set of academic software tools that
includes word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, statistical software, programming
languages, and database software. All of the general-purpose computer labs also provide full access
to the Internet, email, World Wide Web, laser printers, and other local and remote networked
resources. Computer terminals are located in the SPU Library, the McKenna Lab, and Weter Hall.
Faculty have a wide range of technology available in the classroom to enhance learning, from “lowtech”
equipment such as TVs and VCRs (available in nearly all classrooms) to “high-tech” resources
such as large-screen projectors and Windows-based PCs (installed in 12 classrooms) to fully
equipped electronic classrooms (three on campus).
On-campus network connectivity and access to the Internet is available throughout campus. Many
courses make use of an online course management system (Blackboard) for document repository,
electronic grade books, online discussion, and online assessments. Many routine student transactions
(registration, class schedules, and access to grades) can be completed via the Web at the individual
student’s time and convenience.
INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
Located on the lower level of the Library, Instructional Technology Services (ITS) helps faculty
produce Web-based and multimedia learning resources. It also manages the Library’s computer labs
and satellite downlinks.
TECHNOLOGY SERVICES IN THE RESIDENCE HALLS
All of the campus residence hall units are provided a
full complement of technology resources that include
network connections to the local campus computers
and the Internet (a connection for each student),
cable TV connections in each room and telephone/
TECHNOLOGY INSTRUCTION AND ASSISTANCE
Assistance in learning how to use computers and networked resources is available through a booklet
entitled SPUnet Systems and Internet User Guide, through training sessions, and through a central
computer HelpDesk—Computer and Information Systems.
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