Academic Support Services

8.5  ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES   

8.5.1  University Libraries The University’s two libraries strive to meet the research needs of the UMW community and to enhance and support the instructional programs of the University. Simpson Library, located on the Fredericksburg Campus, houses the University’s main collection of over 367,000 printed volumes and a Government Resources Depository Collection, as well as the University Archives and Rare Book Collection.  The Stafford Campus Library houses a collection tailored to the instructional programs offered at that campus. UMW Libraries also offer access to over 100 databases and 42,000 electronic books.

8.5.2  Teaching and Learning Technologies    The Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies (DTLT) assists UMW faculty members who wish to explore how digital technologies can augment and transform teaching, learning, and research. DTLT staff consult with faculty about academic technologies on every scale: from small projects incorporating a single technology into a part of an existing assignment to wholesale digital redesigns of traditional courses.  DTLT staff are constantly researching new and emerging technology trends, best practices in using technology for teaching and learning, and the impacts of technology, generally, on higher education and the creation and sharing of knowledge.  Additional information about information technology services and support is available at www.umw.edu/doit/dtlt

8.5.3  University Teaching Center    The University of Mary Washington Teaching Center supports excellence in teaching and advances student learning at the University through a variety of programs.  The Teaching Center also provides resources for faculty to access and contribute to the scholarship on teaching and learning.  Additional information about the University Teaching Center is available at: http://teachumw.org

8.5.4  Printing and Copying Services   Classroom materials and other official correspondence or university documents may be reproduced on copy machines located in various academic buildings.  In the interests of sound ecological practices, photocopying should be limited to materials that are essential to teaching or other university activities.  Large scale copying and printing services are available at the Document Center in Lee Hall.  Copyrighted materials must only be reproduced under certain very limited conditions in accordance with the guidelines for fair use as outlined in §15.6.1.1 of the United States Code, unless written permission from the copyright owner is on file at the University.  Personal copies must be made at the user’s expense.

8.5.5  University Bookstore    The Bookstore serves as the agent through which course textbooks are ordered and sold. Textbooks for classes held at the Stafford Campus or off-site are sold by MBS, a textbook distributor that works with the Bookstore and delivers textbooks to students by mail. Instructors will find the textbook requisition, course pack request forms, and specific due dates on the Bookstore web page at www.umw.edu/bookstore (Select the option titled “faculty.”)  The Code of Virginia § 23-4.3:1, “Policies Addressing Textbook Sales and Bookstores,” requires that Virginia public colleges and universities make available to students in a central location and in a standard format on the relevant institutional website the listings of textbooks required or assigned for particular courses at the institution.  In order to meet this requirement, the University Bookstore will post textbook adoptions on the Bookstore website once titles have been researched and confirmed, a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the beginning of classes.