Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Instructional Resources

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Library
Computing Resources
Media Center
Academic Resource Center
Performing Arts Resource  Center

Library

The Hauser Memorial Library is a central part of the intellectual and cultural life at Reed. Its primary mission is to provide collections and services that support the educational goals of the college. Book stacks are open to encourage browsing of the collections. Desks and carrels wired for internet access are distributed throughout the building, which also supports wireless network access. A computer-equipped reading room is a popular place for doing research, writing papers, or checking email. Library staff members endeavor to maintain an atmosphere that is informal and conducive to study.

The library houses a collection of over 630,000 volumes. It is a depository for U.S. government publications and maintains special collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archival materials. A collection of nearly 160,000 digital images supports instruction and research in art, classics, humanities, history, and other disciplines.

Reed’s carefully built collection provides strong support for student coursework and for individual research interests. The library catalog can be searched not only in the library, but also from any computer on the campus network. Students can consult a wide variety of databases and online resources to retrieve citations for books and journal articles on a particular subject, and they have access to a wealth of full-text electronic resources. Reed students have borrowing privileges at most Oregon and Washington academic libraries and can search their holdings using the Summit union catalog. Students can place direct online requests for books in these other library collections and have the titles delivered to Reed.

The library is open over 120 hours each week. Librarians staff the reference desk to aid students in their research and also answer reference questions using email, online chat, and text messaging. They offer class-related instruction in the use of library resources and methods for exploring worldwide resources available over the internet. Students are encouraged to consult a reference librarian for more information on library resources and services. The library’s website can be found at www.library.reed.edu.

Computing Resources

Reed’s educational technology center (ETC) and other campus computing facilities are designed to provide students with a rich and diverse set of tools for learning, research, and communication. All students have unlimited access to information resource centers (IRCs), which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Instructional technology is used in every academic department at Reed, and there are specialized student computing labs in art, biology, chemistry, foreign languages, the performing arts, physics, psychology, public policy, and other areas.

Students who purchase computer equipment through the college receive discounts on hardware and software. Reed’s wired and wireless computer networks reach all classrooms, labs, offices, study areas, and many open spaces. Students must register their personal computers and handheld devices in order to access networked resources. All computers connected to the campus network must have up-to-date antivirus and antispyware protective software.

Available to students are software troubleshooting, hardware repairs, consulting about purchases, training in the use of Macintosh, Windows, and Linux computers, and other technology services.

For more information visit the computing and information services website.

Media Center

The instructional media center (IMC), on lower level one in the library building, includes a language lab, a video viewing room, a multimedia lab, and a large collection of audio recordings and videos. Additionally, the IMC provides audiovisual equipment for checkout including headphones, laptops, audio/video recorders, projectors, DVD/VCR players, and screens.

Academic Resource Center

The academic resource center houses the writing center, quantitative skills center, math center, language center, and tutoring services. Peer tutors provide drop-in tutoring for writing, quantitative skills, and several skill areas such as biology, chemistry, economics, physics, and statistics. Peer tutors have a deep understanding of Reed's approach to academics; their consultations are a free resource to all degree students.

For more information, visit the academic resource center website.

Performing Arts Resource Center

The new Performing Arts building houses a shared library and computing facility known as PARC (performing arts resource center). This facility includes sound recordings, music scores, videos, computers, and other information resources that support studies in the performing arts. In addition, a core collection of current performing arts journals and reference materials is available. The PARC is staffed by the performing arts librarian, an instructional technologist, and other staff who support the use of collections, technology, and services for dance, music and theatre.

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I decided to take a break from full-time teaching to go to graduate school because I wanted to challenge myself intellectually in a totally new way. I certainly found the right place in the Reed MALS program. I was able to explore areas that I always had an interest in, but never had the opportunity to study: Black Radical Tradition, Globalization, and Islam in America to name a few. The talented and dedicated professors of these courses assigned fascinating readings, facilitated stimulating discussions and challenged the ways I thought, argued, wrote and believed. Just as exciting were the challenges presented in the subjects in which I hadn’t even known I was interested. A course on the Medieval Plague? Definitely not for me. I had, however, come to Reed to challenge myself, so I signed up and learned so much about, not just medicine, but history, politics, art and religion. Learning to look at one topic through a variety of lens fascinated me and is the essence of the MALS program.

MARY CARROLL
MALS ‘11