User Support Services provides computing facilities, worldwide networking access, and related services in support of Marywood University’s commitment to providing high-quality, usable technology for its students, faculty, and staff. This commitment includes access to the Internet and World Wide Web, both on campus and off campus, as well as access to dozens of academic software packages in eleven computer labs and drop-in facilities in various areas around campus. There is at least one lab in each classroom building with a 24-hour student lab located in Loughran Hall. Labs are constantly being upgraded to provide the latest in computing technology. Each lab is also equipped with a PC that has Assistive Technology software.
There are several drop-in computer areas in the Learning Resources Center (LRC). Computer access is available to students at all times when the LRC is open: 91 hours per week with extended hours during and prior to the week of final exams each semester. Computer lab software includes, but is not limited to:
Each lab is supported for printing needs by laser printers to provide high-quality printing for class assignments and résumés. In addition to the mainstream facilities for preparing classroom assignments, such as reports, there are also scanners for both graphics and text. All labs are networked via a high-speed fiber optic link to the central Academic Information Services computer, which provides an Internet gateway as well as access to Marywood's online library catalog. Electronic mail, web-browsing, bulletin-board services and access to world-wide computer network resources are available to all regularly enrolled students.
In addition to providing support that constitutes the technology infrastructure of Marywood University, User Support staff also provides help in the form of:
Marywood’s library collection includes more than 220,000 books and bound periodicals, over 28,000 distinct journal titles, and 50,000 nonprint items.
The library maintains a dynamic webpage, which contains links to over 55 subject-specific indexing/abstracting databases including PsycInfo, ERIC, ArtStor, the MLA International Bibliography and Social Work Abstracts, as well as multidisciplinary full-text databases such as EBSCOHost’s Academic Search, Wilson Web, JSTOR, and LEXIS-NEXIS.
The library is fully integrated into the campus data network and remote access is available for most databases. Other resources available from the webpage include: the library’s online catalog, iLink, discipline-related links, as well as state and regional virtual union catalogs. Other electronic services available 24/7 through the webpage include: interlibrary loan, electronic reserves, and reference assistance.
Marywood University is a member of PALCI, a Pennsylvania academic library consortium with 75 member institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and West Virginia. Through PALCI’s EZBorrow service, the holdings of many Pennsylvania libraries, including large research libraries are easily accessible for borrowing by Marywood students. Through PALCI’s RapidILL Interlibrary loan initiative, students can have electronic articles delivered directly to their e-mail boxes usually within a few hours of placing a request online.
The library offers numerous introductory workshops to the various databases and the online catalog. Traditional reference assistance is available during regular library hours. Individual in-depth research consultation is available upon request.
The library is also equipped with wireless networking (Internet access) and provides laptop loans for use within the building.
The Marian Chapel is located in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life. A schedule of weekday and Sunday Masses, as well as information about other Campus Ministry services and activities, is available through the Campus Ministry Office, 961-4723 or at www.marywood.edu/campmin. Outside of liturgical services, students of every faith tradition are welcome and encouraged to use the chapel for personal prayer and devotion.
The Marywood Postal and Mailing Center maintains standard hours and is located in its own building opposite the main entrance to the Learning Resources Center. All postal services, including domestic money orders, are available.
The United Parcel Service (UPS) operates a delivery service office in Nazareth Hall.
The Book Store is a modern, self-service store in Nazareth Student Center, which carries a complete stock of all required and recommended books selected by the faculty. School supplies, university-imprint clothing, novelties, convenience items, and gift items are available. The Book Store coordinates the sale of class rings and the ordering of caps and gowns.
The Radio and TV studios are located in the Media Center of the Learning Resources Center. The radio station (WVMW) and the TV station (TV Marywood:TVM) are student-staffed facilities. For more details, see the description in the Communication Arts Department section of the catalog.
A bus stop near the Memorial Arch affords convenient access to regularly scheduled public buses, which connect the campus to Scranton and nearby towns.