The mission of the Information Technology & Web Services Department is to support and promote the library's role in providing services through Internet technologies and electronic resources. The department works with related library divisions to investigate, acquire and facilitate access to the library's electronic resources, including labs, equipment and software, the library's catalog and its databases. Feedback is encouraged from the university community.
Library STEP Lab
The STEP Computer Lab, located on the first floor and second floors, is open during most library hours and is one of the busiest labs on campus. Its 150+ workstations provide Internet access, Moodle, email, basic word processing functions and other applications. Students are required to login to their workstations with a valid CLID and password. Printers are available to students with a print limit of 250 pages per semester. Visit the printing page for more information.
Equipment and Software
- 150+ computers across first and second floors
- Operating System: Windows 7
- Web Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Office 2013 applications includes Word (word processor), Excel (spreadsheet), Power Point (presentations), and Access (database)
- Adobe Reader
- PDF Creator
- SOPHOS (anti-virus)
- The systems are on the UL WIN domain and have all the programs that are available over the Common Login Environment.
- The systems have sound cards but no speakers.
Reference & Research Services provides approximately twenty-four computers for research: searching of reference online databases, the library's online catalog, and U.S. government information resources. Word processing is also available. Student Technology Enhancement fees provide printing availability to UL Lafayette-affiliated users.
Preference for use of computers in the Reference Online Center is given to researchers accessing the library's online catalog and databases and government information resources. Those engaged in other activities may be asked to leave if a computer is needed for research. For more information regarding acceptable use and unacceptable use of the ROC, visit the ROC Policy page.
Named after a former library director, the SMART Classroom, equipped with a podium, Instructor's computer with Internet access, ceiling mounted projector, document camera, DVD, VCR, motorized screen, web cam, microphone and enhanced sound and lighting. A telephone connection is available for web conferences. Approximately thirty computers are provided for hands-on use. Capacity is thirty users. Individuals requesting use of the Bibliographic Instruction Laboratory for library instruction must contact Instructional Services Librarian Jeremiah Paschke-Wood at (337) 482-1160. Special hardware or software installations require at least a five-day notice.
Graduate Student Computer Lab
As a service to the university’s graduate students, the library provides a graduate study room equipped with six computers. This lab provides a quiet atmosphere for graduate students. The PCs offer the same programs that are available on the library STEP Lab computers, including MS Office, Acrobat, Internet Explorer, Math Lab, and other applications. Students are expected to comply with the university's Computing and Network Policy. Access may be requested from the Circulation Department.
Wireless Laptop Connections to the Internet
UWIN (University WIreless Network) provides wireless connectivity on the main campus, including the library. UWIN is available to UL Lafayette students, faculty, and staff only. Physical Internet connections are located on the second floor hallway of the library. All computer users who wish to use the UWIN network must register their computers on the network, and to do so must have a UCS account (CLID and Password). University staff and students who have meetings, conferences, or other guests on campus may request special access for their visitors. For more information on connecting to UWIN, go to the UWIN Wireless page.
To further serve the university and the library, ITWS has a responsibility to expand and maintain the Dupré Library website, LibGuides CMS and other web applications. The library web site contains information on the library and its services, pages for reference questions and comments, Interlibrary Loan requests, library instruction requests, chat application, and other features. LibGuides CMS is a highly-acclaimed web-based application used to create content-rich, 21st century, interactive multimedia guides to library resources. Other resources ITWS is involved in include the library's Moodle page, Archivists' TookKit, Textbook Clearinghouse, EBSCO Discovery, digital signage and social networks.
Web Style and Accessibility
Library web pages should provide a visually appealing design and a favorable user experience. Responsibility of the design and content of specific library web pages, including LibGuides pages, are designated to a specific representative of that particular department or service, such as Special Collections or Reference & Research Services. However, these pages must maintain a style consistent with the library's design and must follow the web style of the university; any deviation from the standard design must be approved.
Since access to library resources by all university patrons is a primary mission of the library, it must attempt to maintain compliance with accessibility standards in the library's web site. For example, all pages must have "Alt" text alternatives when graphics are displayed. Animated and excessive graphics, blinking text, large files and multiple layers are discouraged. Clear navigation and appropriate markup are encouraged. To achieve accessibility, it is recommended that all library web pages conform to national and international web standards, explained in the university's Web Style Guide Accessibility policy. Explore the Web Accessibility Initiative in greater detail. For more information on access in general, refer to the Dupré Library Accessibility Services Policy.