Academic Information Services at NMU
The curriculum in Academic Information Services is designed to enhance all disciplines. Students explore the changing roles of information and work toward goals of information literacy and technological competency. Some courses, such as AIS 101 Introduction to Information Resources, acquaint students with print and electronic resources and information technology. Others provide background for the pursuit of professional degrees in library and information science.
Academic Information Services Courses
The courses Academic Information Services offers are designed to provide library and information skills applicable to a wide range of disciplines. They also provide a knowledge base for students who expect to enter a graduate program in library and information science at another school. NMU does not offer a degree in library and information science.
Department Facilities and Resources
The five units in AIS are committed to working together to provide information and technology resources and support that you need to succeed at Northern Michigan University.
The Beaumier Heritage Center (www.nmu.edu/beaumierheritagecenter), a historical museum and educational facility, promotes and preserves the history and culture of the Upper Peninsula through exhibitions and public programs. The mission of the U.P. Heritage Center is to promote and preserve the history and culture of the Upper Peninsula through an active slate of exhibitions and engaging public programs for the whole region. The center also collects and preserves artifacts related to the history of Northern Michigan University. The center maintains a gallery in 105 Cohodas Hall and several other displays throughout campus. The Heritage Center provides interdisciplinary programs and internships for students across the university spectrum.
The Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives (www.nmu.edu/archives) houses unpublished organizational records and personal papers that document the history of Northern Michigan University and the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This includes the counties of Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Marquette, Menominee and Schoolcraft. The archives houses extensive collections, including labor, government and political files; items from Cleveland Cliffs Iron Mining Co.; the John D. Voelker papers; the Moses Coit Tyler collection of rare books (American history, theology and literature); genealogical resources; and many other collections from community organizations, the university and prominent historical figures. Materials include manuscripts, maps, photographs, film and video, oral histories, newspapers and periodicals.
The Computing HelpDesk (www.nmu.edu/helpdesk) supports NMU network connections, network services, and NMU issued software and computers. The HelpDesk is committed to providing the highest level of quality support to NMU students, faculty, and staff. Support is provided for NMU network connections, network services, and NMU issued software and computers, including TLC notebooks. Limited support for other systems may be provided or referred to other service providers on campus as available. Help is available via email, telephone, walk-in service and the IT/HelpDesk web site.
Instructional Design and Technology (www.idt.nmu.edu) NMU's Instructional Design and Technology unit supports teaching and learning in online and classroom-based environments by providing resources, tools, and services that enable faculty to innovatively use technology to deliver and enhance pedagogically sound courses and programs. We provide faculty with support for online instructional technology tools, such as the university's learning management system, NMU EduCat™, and the Wildcast podcasting system, as well as technology used in the classroom such as projectors and interactive whiteboards. Our staff members have backgrounds covering instructional design and education as well as technology, and we focus not just on how to use particular technologies, but on helping faculty identify the technologies best suited to help meet specific teaching and learning needs. The CTL: Our Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), is a resource center where faculty can go to learn about, experiment with, and get advice and assistance with a variety of instructional technology tools. A large percentage of that assistance is related to NMU EduCat™; other supported tools include podcasting, video production, classroom response systems, and synchronous web conferencing. We offer walk-in hours Monday through Friday. Appointments can also be scheduled, and are recommended for complicated issues.
Lydia M. Olson Library (www.library.nmu.edu) The library contains books and journals and provides access to numerous databases. As a depository for U.S. and Michigan government publications, Olson Library houses government documents and a map collection. The juvenile/young adult collection also has textbooks and media supporting teacher education.
Library facilities include wired and wireless network access for students’ notebook computers, study areas, conference rooms, photocopy machines, microform printers, audiovisual and multimedia equipment.
Librarians offer personal guidance in the use of the online catalog, indexes, abstracts, reference sources, online databases and Internet sources. Students are encouraged to seek assistance in accessing and evaluating the many resources available. Library tours and instructional presentations are offered to help students become familiar with the library and information resources and to help them develop their research skills.