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Academic Technology and Libraries


 

Libraries

Libraries on both the Albany and Troy campuses serve The Sage Colleges. The collections, hours, services and policies reflect usage by The Sage Colleges’ diverse student body of full-and part-time students enrolled in a range of programs from associate through doctoral degree levels.

The two Libraries’ combined holdings include more than 225,000 volumes of books, serials and microforms, and more than 30,000 media items. Electronic resources, which are available to both on-campus and off-campus users, include nearly 40,000 unique journal titles and some 10,000 multidisciplinary e-books and subjectspecific reference resources. Specialized resources such as a digital library of 700,000 images in art, architecture, humanities and social sciences are also available. Other collections include the College Archives and Special Collections, the Helen L. Verschoor Fine Arts Collection (Albany), and the Carol Ann Donohue Memorial Collection of 20th century English language poetry (Troy).

The Libraries actively collect materials to support all programs at The Sage Colleges, and maintain particular strengths in women’s studies, fine art, nursing and allied health, education, and physical and occupational therapy. Direct loan of library materials is available to students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni and retirees of The Sage Colleges, and to holders of valid library cards issued by the Capital District Library Council’s Direct Access Program. The Sage Libraries are active in regional and national library resource-sharing networks, thereby expanding materials available to students and faculty working in virtually any discipline. Interlibrary loan traffic flows electronically through Sage’s ILLiad system, dramatically shrinking turnaround.

The Libraries on both campus are fully wireless and equipped with networked computer stations, providing access to various online library catalogs, an array of research databases, as well as to the Internet. Online databases are accessible from on- and off-campus locations 24 hours a day. Librarians are available whenever the Library is open (at the reference desk or through phone, e-mail or live “chat”) to answer questions and provide assistance in the use of the varied information resources and services.

Individual and group library orientations are arranged through the reference librarians. Information literacy sessions, tailored to specific disciplines, are available either in-class or in the Libraries. Faculty may schedule these specialized classes with the librarian who serves as the liaison to their department.

For complete details on the services and resources of the Libraries, visit the Libraries web page (http://library.sage.edu).

Computer Centers

The Albany Computer Center is located in Froman Hall and consists of one open lab, four teaching labs and one networking lab. These labs are equipped with up-to-date computers running Windows XP Professional. The Albany Campus also features several specialized labs that are staffed by professionals and student consultants:

  • A lab equipped for AutoCad in the Interior Design Building and Froman Hall
  • An Apple-based digital imaging lab in the Graphic Design Building; and another in Froman Hall
  • A learning support computer lab in the Kahl Campus Center.

The Troy Computer Centers are located in Education Building basement, in Ricketts Hall, and in Hart Hall. The Education Building houses three up-to-date Windows-based computer classrooms. The computer classroom in Ricketts Hall also serves as an open lab, and the Academic Support Center in Hart Hall sponsors a computer-based writing center.

Note: The Troy campus no longer has a public computer lab in the Education building. As with Ricketts Hall, the Education building’s computer classrooms will also serve as an open lab when classes are not in session. People using these computers may be asked to relocate if there is a class about to start. There are many public computers available for use in the Library.

A Sage ID is required to use the computer centers.

Technology Use

Through SageNet - the computer network of The Sage Colleges - students, faculty and staff can access networked software, e-mail, the Internet, and library resources. Rooms in the residence halls are hardwired into SageNet. SageNet is also accessible via a bank of dial-up high speed modems. Many of the campus classrooms are equipped with computer demonstration and network access equipment.

Upon registering at Sage, all students are issued the following accounts:

  • A SageNet account, which provides access to disk storage space on SageNet, electronic media at the Sage Libraries, and dial-up access to SageNet;
  • My Sage account, which supports e-mail service, is the official college information distribution system, and provides basic online academic support;
  • A Moodle account, which is the online tool for all of the College’s courses. Moodle is a course management system, which facilitates sharing of information within class populations; and
  • A SageAdvisor acount, which is the online interface for student and employee activities such as online registration, paying registration fees, viewing grades and schedules, and other official academic and advising activities. Your SageNet ID and password grants you access to this system.

If you have trouble with any of your College user IDs or passwords, contact the Help Desk at (518) 244-4777 or [email protected].