The Audio-Visual/Instructional Television Center serves the campus by providing instructional media, electronic classrooms, television and satellite telecommunications, and general media services, including consultation, demonstration, grant assistance and production. AV's Website displays all aspects of AV's services including specific technology support of each classroom, teleconference schedules, and the operational features of new technologies as they become available.

Cable Telecommunications

AV operates all television transmissions to San Francisco Cable Station Channel 52 and to the campus two-way, 54-channel TV network that links over 400 classrooms for a variety of media and computer instructional needs. Arrangements are made for media presentations from satellite programs, Bay Area broadcast stations, SCOLA, C-SPAN, CNN, or other special services. AV-equipped classrooms have large-screen video/data projectors for TV or computer displays.

Instructional Resources and Equipment

The AV media collection includes over 7,000 videotapes, videodiscs, DVD discs, CD-ROMs, and 16mm films. Special film archives exist in collaboration with the Library. Equipment includes audio and video recorders, multimedia integrated carts, video projectors, slide projectors, and computers. AV built the Media Access Center, in cooperation with the Library and the Computer Center, to provide students and faculty with easy access to video and computer tools, both digital and analog, as well as the AV media collection.

Media Selection-Reference

The center acquires videotapes, videodiscs, DVDs, and CD-ROMs and provides a website catalog of all holdings. Faculty assist in building the media collection, and an extensive collection of catalogs is maintained, including information on documentaries, instructional series, television programs, features, and the short film.


AV produces instructional materials, involving computerized graphics, digital photography, and video, including the special needs of classroom presentations, web pages, and multimedia. Videotapes are produced in the S-VHS and VHS videocassette formats. New applications include distance education online course production, self-teaching videotape modules, mediated instruction, CD-ROM based multimedia, and the preparation of production budgets for grant proposals.

Teleconference, Distance Education, and Satellite Services

AV designs and operates all radio and television microwave links for the university, C-band and Ku-band satellite links, the campus cable television network, and teleconference rooms. These facilities enable faculty to experiment with new teaching strategies, distance education, and to participate with their classes in satellite-delivered conferences and seminars. Links are available to the Downtown Center, CSUNET, and worldwide points via telephone and data networks.

Technical Services

This division designs, fabricates, and installs electronic teaching carts and electronic classrooms throughout the campus, as well as maintenance of AV equipment by means of a comprehensive electronic/optics/machine facility. Consultation is given for the technical specifications of media-related grant proposals.


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 (VM/CMS) 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. An IBM mainframe houses student and business information systems that provide services like the 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 (help, 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. It is also accessible via the World Wide Web.

The J. Paul Leonard Library

The mission of the J. Paul Leonard Library (JPLL) is to empower its university constituency with lifelong learning skills to identify, locate, and evaluate information in promotion of excellence in scholarship, knowledge, and understanding. To fulfill its mission within the context of the missions of the 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 two and a half million items. These include 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. The library offers a variety of collections, services, and facilities to meet the needs of its university constituencies.

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, high volume library services and facilities are located on the first floor. 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 computerized literature searching options. 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 front of the building facing the quad. Circulation, Document Delivery Services, the Rapid Copy Center, and the Library Requirement Office are also on the first floor. All library collections, services, and facilities are available in the main building except Reserve Book Room services. The Reserve Book Room on the ground floor of the building uses a separate entrance.

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) elsewhere in the library building. Facilities for students with special needs in using print materials are also available in a separate room in the Reserve Book Room area.

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 disks, 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 is the library's general use computer lab and has networked PC and Macintosh workstations with 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 online catalog, InvestiGator, but access is provided through listings available in Government Publications 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.

The 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.

Other services of the J. Paul Leonard Library include: the Rapid Copy Center providing on-demand copying and course readers; and Document Delivery Services provides access to material such as books, dissertations, journal articles, etc., that is not available at the library. Some of the services offered include direct article ordering from CARL UnCover (SUMO); direct ordering of books through CSULink, a single searchable catalog shared by a number of CSU 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 training laboratory. The library also administers the Library Requirement, a self-paced Library Research Guide required for 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.

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