USD opens wireless network

USD opens wireless network A new, student-centered production facility has opened at The University of South Dakota.

Students can scan and edit photos; create and print color graphs and images; develop web pages and presentations; and prepare audio and video projects at the Technology Literacy Center (TLC) at USD's I.D. Weeks Library.

The goal of the TLC is to provide students with the tools to complete current class projects and in the process add to their information and technology literacy skills. The workstations are large enough that small group work is possible.

"The library is an appropriate place to have a facility where students can build a project from the ground up." said David Hulkonene, USD director of libraries. "Reference faculty can guide the research process, and trained consultants in the TLC can help the student become more adept with specialized processes that contribute to successful class assignments and research projects."

The concept for the TLC was conceived and developed during the summer and early fall of 2000, and the center opened for business in November. The TLC is located on the west end of the second floor of the I.D. Weeks Library and has introduced USD's first wireless network.

Its 10 computers allow students to access the library's databases, the USD campus network, and the greater Internet as well as many software packages. USD Computing Services provided TLC's wireless network and computers and the library provided software that meets changing needs.

Several other computer labs are available on campus for students to write and edit papers and complete assignments independently. The TLC is staffed 70 hours per week by consultants drawn from USD library faculty and staff and the South Dakota Technology Fellow recipients. The staff is trained to provide assistance.

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