The Audio-Visual/Instructional Television Center supports the campus instructional program by providing a wide range of media and television services. Activities include providing equipment (from slide projectors to computer projection systems), access to the university media collection, cable telecommunication links, electronic classrooms, satellite telecommunications, videoconferencing, equipment design, installation and maintenance, grant consultation, and media production. AV/ITV's website displays all aspects of AV's services, including specific details on technology support in each classroom, teleconference schedules, and operational features of AV/ITV-designed media carts. As new technologies become available in this rapidly changing field, new services designed to contribute to effective education will be described on the website.

Instructional Resources and Equipment

The university media collection includes over 10,000 videotapes, laser discs, DVD discs, CD-ROMs, 16 millimeter films, and multimedia kits. The center acquires these media, based on faculty input, and provides a website catalog of all holdings ( catalog.html). Although this is the major university collection, separate film and video archives exist in both the center and the university library. The library's Media Access Center, built and maintained by the library, the computer center, and the AV/ITV Center, provides students and faculty with access to both digital and analog video and computer tools, and with access to the media collection.

Equipment provided by the AV/ITV Center to faculty in support of classroom instruction includes audio and video recorders, multimedia integrated carts, video projectors, slide projectors, laptop computers, video presentation carts, and digital cameras. A complete listing is available at our distribution website (

Television: Cable, Compressed Video, Distance Education, Satellite Services, and Teleconferences

The center designs, installs, operates, and maintains all radio and television microwave links for the university, including C-band, Ku-band, and DBS satellite connections, an extensive campus cable television network, and a series of teleconference facilities across the campus. Using these services, faculty can experiment with new teaching strategies; participate with their classes in satellite-based seminars; and originate or receive distance education programming from around the state, the nation, and the world.


Faculty use this service to create media using a wide variety of resources to meet their classroom instructional needs. Available technologies include digital videoand photography, computerized graphics, and virtual environments. These technologies are used to create self-teaching videotape modules, distance education on-line courses, multimedia packages, and Power Point classroom presentations. Other services include web page and multimedia support, CD-ROM authoring, and multi-format videotape production. Continuing support for faculty using slides, overhead transparencies, and charts is available. The AV/ITV Center can also supply technical assistance in the preparation of production budgets for grant proposals.

Technical Services

This unit of the center plans, designs, builds, installs, and maintains instructional electronic equipment throughout the campus. The campus television network, electronic classrooms, and mobile electronic teaching platforms are examples of services provided by this area. Technical Services also has a comprehensive electronic/optic/mechanical facility for equipment fabrication, maintenance, and repair. Consultations and recommendations on technical specifications for media-related grant proposals are available to the campus community.


Computing Services at San Francisco State University plans, develops, implements, maintains, and manages in a cost-effective manner those information technologies and resources necessary to facilitate the faculty and students in the teaching-learning process; the faculty in their acquisition of knowledge through instructionally related research and scholarly activities; and the executives, managers, professionals, and support staff in the effective and efficient operation and management of the campus.

To provide support and access to the resources of the Internet for all members of the campus community, Computing Services operates and maintains a SUN server cluster. These machines provide E-mail, World Wide Web (, Netnews, anonymous FTP services, databases, and language processors. A large IBM computer at California State University, San Luis Obispo, also supports general instructional computing. Other CSU Specialty Centers provide access to social science database archives that include census data, business databases that include COMPUSTAT and IMF, and Geographic Information System resources. A free E-mail/Internet account is provided to students, faculty, and staff for as long as they remain affiliated with the university. Mainframe systems house student and business information systems that provide services like touch-tone registration, grades, and financial aid information.

Over 1,500 PCs and Macintoshes are available on campus for student use. A wide variety of multipurpose microcomputer software—word processors, electronic spreadsheets, multimedia tools, and database management systems—are available in the computing laboratories on campus. Over 300 dial-in modems provide remote access for users with their own equipment.

Computing Services offers free short courses and workshops throughout the year to teach faculty, staff, and students how to use campus computing systems, utilities, and applications software. To assist campus users, Computing Services also provides technical assistance via a Help Desk which is accessible through e-mail (helpdesk@, telephone (338-1420), in person in Room 110 of the Administration Building, and through the World Wide Web.

The SFSU Computing Services Security Guide covers policies, procedures, and proper uses of computing systems.


The mission of the J. Paul Leonard Library (JPLL) is to empower its university constituency with lifelong learning skills to identify, find, evaluate, use, and communicate information in promotion of excellence in scholarship, knowledge, and understanding. To fulfill its mission within the context of the missions of San Francisco State University (SFSU) and the California State University (CSU) system, the library is committed to the following goals:

The J. Paul Leonard Library collections number over three million items, including books, periodicals, electronic databases, government publications, microforms, audio-visual media, computer software, and maps. Information about these materials is accessible via the library's online catalog, InvestiGator, and through consultation with the library's faculty and staff.

Access to InvestiGator Plus and to most of the library's other electronic databases is available to any member of the campus community at any time by remote access. Databases include indexes to journal articles and a growing number of full-text journals and other full-text resources.

Within the J. Paul Leonard Library, computer terminals and workstations offer access to the InvestiGator and a variety of other electronic databases. At the Information and Reference service desks, library faculty and staff offer advice on library research and assistance using library materials, including print and electronic resources. Appointments may also be made with subject specialists for research advice on term papers and similar projects. A 24-hour facility for quiet study including a computer laboratory is available on the first floor of the building facing the quad.

ADA Compliance services: The library building is accessible to students with disabilities; and a handout outlining services and facilities for these students is available.

Students may borrow from the library's main collection and many of its specialized collections by presenting a university identification card validated at the library. A student who has paid fees, but has not yet received an official student identification card, may obtain a temporary library card by presenting proof of fee payment at Circulation Services (first floor). An official student photo ID card is required for library service fifteen days after the beginning of each semester. Neither the library card nor books borrowed on it may be transferred to another person. Loss or theft of a student ID, as well as any change of address, must be reported immediately to the library registration desk and to the Registrar's Office, HSS 120. All library materials should be returned if the borrower will be away from the San Francisco area for more than two weeks.

The Reserve Book Room provides materials in high demand for assigned readings in courses. Non-print materials on reserve are housed in the Media Access Center (MAC).

The Periodicals/Microforms area houses periodicals and newspapers, and library collections in microformats, along with equipment to read and copy from these formats.

The Media Access Center (MAC) provides access to the library's collection of non-print materials including videotapes, videodiscs, film, compact discs, audiotapes, pictures, and computer software. Audio-visual equipment is available for utilizing course-related materials in video and audio formats. Production equipment is available for analog and digital video editing. The Media Access Center also has the library's general use computer laboratory with networked PC and Macintosh workstations offering access to printing and scanning equipment, Internet, and e-mail. Computers are available on a first come, first served basis.

The Government Publications Department is a selective government depository housing federal, state, international, and local government publications. Many government publications are not yet included in the library's on-line catalog, InvestiGator, but access is provided through listings on the Government Publications web page at and through the GPO database available either by using computer workstations in the library or remotely.

The Special Collections/Archives Department houses archival material concerning the history of San Francisco State University, the Archer Collection of Historic Children's Books, and other rare or unusual materials. It also maintains the San Francisco Bay Area Television News Archives with KQED and KPIX historical film footage as its core.

Frank V. de Bellis Collection of The California State University, is a library-museum of Italian authors and subjects representing the civilization of ancient and modern Italy, particularly in the areas of history, literature, fine arts, and music. Holdings include rare books, music scores, archival sound recordings, manuscripts, periodicals, microfilms, art prints, artifacts, and coins. The collection serves all the campuses of the CSU system.

The Labor Archives and Research Center, located at 480 Winston Drive, collects, organizes, preserves, and makes accessible the records documenting the lives of working men and women and their labor organizations in the Bay Area. The Labor Archives shares a building with the Sutro Library, a branch of the California State Library which enjoys a special cooperative relationship with San Francisco State University. The Sutro Library collection, which is open to all citizens of California, includes some 140,000 volumes and 40,000 historical pamphlets. Among the special collection strengths are natural history, Mexicana, Shakespeareana, records of the Pacific voyages of discovery, the history of printing, genealogy, and local history. San Francisco State University also has an alliance with the San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum (PALM), located in the Veterans Building in downtown San Francisco. PALM's collections focus on the history of the performing arts, with particular emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area since the Gold Rush.

Other services of the J. Paul Leonard Library include: the Rapid Copy Center providing on-demand copying and course readers; and Document Delivery Services providing access to material such as books, dissertations, and journal articles, not available at the library. Some of the services offered include direct article ordering from CARL UnCover (SUMO); direct ordering of books through Link+, a single searchable catalog shared by a number of CSU and other California university campuses; Online Request forms; document delivery of articles and interlibrary loans with an average turn-around time of three days to three weeks.

A self-guided audio orientation tour of the library, printed information guides, subject bibliographies, and other research guides are available at the Reference Desk, many of which are also accessible at the library's website ( Each semester, credit courses in library research are offered, and librarians offer invitational course-related instructional sessions to upper division and graduate classes. Workshops devoted to database searching in a variety of subject areas are offered in the library's electronic classroom. The library also administers the Library Requirement, a self-paced program which all undergraduates must complete before graduation.

Upon presentation of a current CSU identification card, faculty, staff, and students may borrow books directly from any of the California State University libraries. However, the individual must register with the libraries to obtain a special borrower's card.

Library privileges are also extended to Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library. The friends organization was established in 1980 to promote the love of books, strengthen relationships between the university and the community, and to raise funds beyond those available in the regular budget for library services. Membership is open to SFSU students, faculty, staff, and community adults. The friends maintain a Book Sale Room in the library and accept used books and other donations.

More information about the library, including description of services and policies, is available via the library website:

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