UMF's Mantor Library, at the corner of South and High Streets, links you with the wisdom of the ages, from prehistory to cyberspace. Thanks in large part to a highly successful $1.5 million capital campaign conducted jointly with the Farmington Public Library, you can study or do research with state-of-the-art equipment in comfortable surroundings. URSUS, an online catalog, houses not only the records of our over 100,000 volumes but provides you with a gateway to all of the University of Maine System libraries, a collection of more than two million volumes. There are 600 journals in our print collection, with over 1,700 additional titles available full-text online. In our electronic classroom, we teach traditional library research as well as electronic information literacy, to ensure that you can locate and use information in spite of distance and regardless of its format. At Mantor Library, you can browse the Internet, check out a book, study alone at a carrel or with friends in a group study room, read a newspaper while sipping coffee in our browsing room, listen to a CD, or watch a movie for a class on videotape or DVD.
The UMF Computer Center staff can provide assistance with word processing, spreadsheet, and graphics programs for students and faculty who request help. While the staff focuses primarily on supporting classroom instruction, users can get individual help more than 80 hours a week at the help desk. About 30 students staff this help desk and assist with technical operations. If you have computer skills or interests, working in the Computer Center can be excellent adjunct preparation for a career or graduate study.
The Computer Center's 120+ networked computers, many of which are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, provide access to standard academic application software and to tools for exploring the Internet. The primary end-user systems are Pentium PCs and Apple Macs running off the campus' Novell and Linux server systems. Specialty PCs are available in the Computer Center or other campus sites for education, music, art, foreign languages, geography, geology, and natural science applications.
You may consider purchasing your own computer. UMF residence halls are wired for network connections. (Please check with Residence Life or the Computer Center for campus system standards before purchasing.) For access from off-campus, the UMF modem pool provides 24 dial-up connections. Commercial Internet Service Providers offer alternative connection options for off-campus network use.
Instructional Media Center
The Instructional Media Center, located on the basement floor of Roberts Learning Center, encompasses the Multimedia Technology Laboratory, photographic services and darkrooms, video and audio services, and the equipment room. It is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted.
The Multimedia Technology Laboratory houses equipment for developing multimedia projects. Students can scan images or text, digitize data from a variety of formats, do full-color photocopying, and create multimedia products for use in classroom presentations or on the Worldwide Web. Trained professionals and student workers assist them in using the equipment and software. The lab is open some hours in the evening.
Video and audio digitizing and editing equipment, video cameras for educational purposes, and a television studio are available through video and audio services.
The equipment room provides most other audio-visual equipment for educational purposes, as well as laptops and related projection equipment for classroom presentations.
Program of Basic Studies
UMF applicants who didn't take a full complement of college preparatory courses in high school, whose transcripts indicate weaknesses in certain skills, or who have been out of school for a number of years may benefit from the Program of Basic Studies (PBS). Acceptance into PBS is contingent upon an interview and testing with program staff. As a student in the Program of Basic Studies, you will combine UMF credit courses with non-credit developmental courses before transferring into your chosen major. Resources available to PBS students include developmental courses, peer mentoring, academic advising, personal counseling, and tutoring. For more information, check out our web page at http://www.umf.maine.edu/pbs/
Learning Assistance Center
Located on the fourth floor of Merrill Hall, the Learning Assistance Center provides tutoring, at no cost, in nearly any UMF course. If you feel you could use additional help with a course, you need only to come into the office and fill out an application. Help is also available in math and writing on a walk-in basis at the Math Clinic and Writing Center, both housed at 186 High Street.
If you have not provided the Admission Office with SAT I scores or if your results were below UMF's required scores, you will need to take a placement test to determine your readiness for UMF's introductory math or writing courses. We will notify you of our scheduled test dates, or we can coordinate your placement test with a planned visit to campus.
Results of the placement tests may indicate that you need to take a non-credit course in math (MAT 010, or MAT 011) or English (ENG 001) before moving into the related university credit course(s). If necessary, your schedule will be modified to accommodate these required non-credit courses. It is expected that you will work toward successful completion of your non-credit work by the end of your second semester. For additional information, visit our web site at www.umf.maine.edu/learnassist/
UMF is committed to making its programs and facilities accessible to students, faculty, and staff, regardless of disability or handicapping condition. If you need information, assistance, or reasonable accommodation, you are encouraged to call Claire Nelson, Coordinator of Academic Services for Students with Disabilities. Questions regarding student housing or facilities accessibility should be directed to the Student Life Office or to Bob Lawrence, Director of Facilities Management.