Skidmore IRC recommends the continued institutional support of information technology and resources to enhance and promote the academic mission of
IRC thus recommends that we:
1. Educate Skidmore community members regarding the rights and responsibilities of information citizenship.
• Educate technology users of their rights to privacy.
• Provide information concerning the application of copyright laws in the digital world, supporting the rights of intellectual property holders and the fair use of educational materials.
• Encourage the honor code's evolution into the world of information technology.
2. Promote information literacy training for all students, traditional and non-traditional.
• Promote an environment in which students will become discerning technology users, proficient information seekers, critical thinkers and responsible, ethical members of the electronic community.
• Provide a diverse collection of information resources to serve curricular and co-curricular interests of students enrolled in campus and external programs.
• Prepare all students for lifelong learning in the information age.
3. Provide support for the integration of technology into faculty teaching.
• Provide instructional spaces with appropriate technology that meet pedagogical and curricular needs when appropriate.
• Provide resources and technology that encourage interdisciplinary work.
• Develop multi-media curriculum resources.
• Provide basic course support and appropriate training for use of electronic resources.
4. Provide support for the technology required for faculty research and scholarship.
• Continue to expand the information resources in the library seeking to move from print to electronic resources whenever appropriate.
• Provide for appropriate technology as required for individual faculty research, scholarship, and teaching.
• Provide resources and technology that encourage interdisciplinary work and collaborative research among faculty and students.
5. Provide technology training and support for all members of the campus community.
• Continue to provide and enhance support and training resources for faculty and help to identify discipline specific resources.
• Continue to provide and enhance training opportunities for staff, including "just-in-time" training as well as departmentally specific training.
• Enhance and support a variety of training opportunities for students
• Explore ways to extend training opportunities to all members of the College community, such as offering training at a variety of times and utilizing on-line training and documentation.
• Foster the increased decentralization of support through greater use of "local experts"
• Offer enhanced support to individuals who help promote increased use of technology within their own departments and continue to cultivate, support and reward this community of "local experts."
• Increase the staffing within the principal information resource centers (CITS and Library) in areas that directly support faculty pedagogy and scholarship as well as student learning.
• Increase training resources and opportunities to empower users throughout the College.
6. Create an effective and responsive technology infrastructure that is supportable, sustainable and scalable.
• Continue and enhance communication with the community to disseminate new ideas and learn ways in which information technology can help individuals and groups meet their goals and objectives.
• Insure that systems and services are accessible to those who need them regardless of place and time.
• Provide appropriately secure access to the electronic resources of the College.
• Assure sufficient personnel resources to support the use of information resources throughout campus.