Information technology resources, including computers and network
resources, are tools for scholars in all disciplines, used by faculty
members and students, and the College is committed to making
appropriate computing resources available to support the academic
program. In all courses, faculty and students use computers in some
way, and the College’s official means of communication is electronic.
The College has had a dual Macintosh and Windows computer-standard
strategy in place since 1998. Macintosh and Windows systems are
available for student use in the Lovejoy cluster (Lovejoy 400). Macs
are located in the Olin computer classroom (Olin 323) and Bixler Art and Music Library Media Lab, and Windows
computers are located in the library cluster (Miller 16), the Davis
Educational Foundation Electronic-Research classroom, the quantitative
analysis lab (Diamond 322), and the Geographical Information System
(GIS) lab (Diamond 222). Specialized computing facilities dedicated to
particular departments are located in biology, chemistry, computer
science, geology, mathematics, music, physics, and psychology, as well
as in the Language Resource Center. Advanced systems are available in
the Schupf Scientific Computing Lab.
About 98 percent of
students own a computer, almost all of them notebooks. It is expected
that students will be able to use both Windows and Macintosh computers
in labs and clusters. A Colby account is set up for each student,
providing access to Web resources, Colby Apps powered by Google (e-mail and calendar), central file
storage, and storage of personal Web pages linked to the campus Web
server. It is expected that students will check their Colby Apps e-mail
accounts regularly. A variety of announcement and discussion lists are
provided. The MyColby portal system (my.colby.edu)
provides a customized set of resources, especially in support of
administrative processes. A course management system (Moodle) is
available for faculty and student use, and the Confluence wiki and Wordpress web publishing system are
available for collaborative projects of all sorts.
data communications network, built around a 10-gigabit core and a
gigabit Ethernet backbone through the academic, administrative, and
residential buildings, is available in all student computer clusters,
every faculty office, and all classrooms. All residence halls have
wired Ethernet access to the network with a 100 Mb port available for
each student and additional ports in many lounges and study areas.
Wireless network access (802.11abg and expanding deployment of n) is available throughout residence
halls, Cotter Union, Colby libraries, all academic buildings including
classrooms (where 802.11n is available everywhere), and public areas of
Lunder House (admissions) and the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center.
The College has high-bandwidth Internet access (200 Mbps over multiple
fiber optics links).
Colby has a Microsoft Campus Agreement
that provides for each student a license to Microsoft Office and a
variety of other software, including all upgrades.
may be obtained from student consultants at Student Computer Services
and from the Information Technology Services (ITS) staff. Workshops are
scheduled to introduce the computer and network systems, Microsoft
Office applications, e-mail, and Web use, and to provide advanced
information on specific topics. The ITS Web pages (www.colby.edu/its) provide extensive information online.
All classrooms have data/video/audio presentation systems installed.
Additional equipment (e.g. overhead projectors, portable computer
projection systems, camcorders, and sound systems) is available for
student and faculty use, as are video conference facilities. Satellite
downlink and commercial cable TV provides news, entertainment,
multilingual, and special-interest programming on the campus cable TV
system, which is available in each suite of rooms in the residence
halls, lounges, and many academic areas. Premium entertainment channels
are available by subscription.
The Information Technology Committee, made up of faculty, staff, and students, approves IT policies (see www.colby.edu/its)
and advises ITS and the president. All meetings are open, and those
interested in information technology issues are encouraged to
participate in discussions.