With a specialization in technology, the five units of University Media Services provide state-of-the art equipment, modern facilities, and specially trained personnel that support the curriculum and university activities.
As of July 1, the unit of Engineering Services was relocated under Central Missouri's Information Services. One position from the unit remained within UMS, however, and with a retirement two positions were created, an audiovisual technician and a library microcomputer specialist.
Audio Technicians provide audio support to the Central community by designing, installing, and maintaining campus media systems.
The Audio Technicians completed sound system installations in the Bowling Alley, the Communications Department Audio Lab, and in Lovinger Auditorium. The sound system in the Multipurpose Building Arena was upgraded and repaired before the spring Commencement ceremonies. A current project involves upgrading the sound system for the Board of Governors meetings.
The Audio Lab project included replacing outdated audio equipment with a Macintosh Audio/Video Workstation and a Roland Digital Audio Workstation. This project included design, bidding, and installation.
Audiovisual Campus Services supports the university community by circulating and maintaining a media collection and audiovisual equipment. For students the department produces transparencies and laminates materials. In cooperation with the Interlibrary Loan Department, the unit is responsible for the delivery and pick-up of materials for the Document Delivery service. Interlibrary film and video rental service is also available for faculty.
Instructional Design and Development (IDD) supports the instructional and presentation materials needs of Central Missouri's faculty and staff. Production services include original slide-tape sets, multimedia computer modules, full or single color overhead transparencies, and audio recordings. The department is also responsible for creating handouts, poster presentations, dry mounting, and materials lamination. In-house E-6 slide film processing is also provided.
Support is provided to such nonacademic areas on campus as University Public Relations, Freshman Orientation, and the Alumni Office. IDD staff design and produce layouts for Library Services' publications, such as the Info One newsletter and the Annual Report.
Equipment added to the department through Technology Funding included: an Apple Color LaserWriter 12/660 PS, an Apple LaserWriter 12/640 PS, two PowerMac 7600 computers, two Umax S-6E color flatbed scanners, two Visioneer PaperPort VX text scanners, and a Polaroid 35+ slide/negative scanner. These equipment additions have greatly improved the department's capabilities and productivity.
Instructional Television (ITV) provides video-related services to Central Missouri's academic community. These services include video taping, duplication, and editing, and the department also checks out video camcorders and tripods. ITV instructs and assists faculty in the development of video and computer graphics for their original programs. Although classroom instruction is the first priority, support to nonacademic areas and community groups is also provided.
Instructional Television serves as a liaison between the Distance Learning Coordinator, Extended Campus, and University Media Services.
The Self-Instruction/Microcomputer Center is an open lab available to all students, faculty, and staff with valid logon identification. The Center offers both Macintosh and IBM compatible platforms for many software packages and access to the university mainframe and the Internet. Faculty and staff also have access to a Multimedia Macintosh and PC area reserved for their use. Faculty use these resources to prepare and teach computer-based materials. Numerous free short courses are offered to acquaint participants in the use of the Internet, Web page construction, e-mail, and software packages used on campus. The staff also assists clients in the use of software packages.
Currently there are four classroom areas and a special area for both color and black-and-white scanning. Technology funds were used to purchase 10 Power Macintosh computers and 14 Pentium computers.