Educational Resources
Hartford Campus

Technical and Information Services
Director:  Brian J. Clement

Rensselaer has diverse computing resources that rival systems currently installed in other educational institutions and industries. Technical and Information Services (TIS) provides technical support services to students, faculty, and staff for their academic, instructional, and research endeavors. TIS is responsible for the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of a state-of-the-art computing environment for the Hartford Campus community.

To meet this challenge, we have developed a computing environment based on a distributed network of personal computers (PCs), high-end workstations, and file servers using a client-server model, combined with high-speed networking. This model provides a multi-user computing environment that is capable of handling demanding database management and compute-intensive applications for students, faculty, and staff.

A variety of computing facilities, general access labs, technology classrooms and wireless access are available for student use. Our facilities have consistent equipment installed and numerous software packages. TIS offices are located on Level 2.

Network and Servers
The Hartford Campus computing infrastructure is based on an open TCP/IP client-server architecture and uses Cisco System’s routers and Catalyst switches to support a high-speed 10/100/1000 Mbps switched network. All servers connect to the network via a dedicated 1000 Mbps full duplex link. Workstations and PCs connect to the switched network via dedicated 10/100/1000Mbps links.

Users may access Hartford Campus network services from home or office via their Internet service provider. Robust Internet access is provided via a gigabit connection to the Connecticut Education Network (CEN). An additional T1 links Hartford to the Groton Site. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) service is available for secure off-campus access to internal campus resources.

Wireless Access is available at the Hartford Campus and the Groton Site. All wireless connections require authentication using either secure 802.1x MS-CHAP or GTC protocols or an IPSec-based VPN service.  There are also numerous wired connections throughout the building for laptop use. The following areas feature wireless access: Level 2 (Plaza Building, Cafeteria, and courtyard), Level 3, Level 4, Level 5 (Cole Library), Level 6 and Level 7.

The Hartford student file server is a Sun Microsystems' Enterprise, a high-performance, multi-core, multi-processor server with high capacity attached raid disk storage. Additional servers supply specialized network services and web-based resources. To complete the computing environment, the Hartford Campus has high-speed, publication-quality network printers in the Cole Library for student use.

Personal Computer Laboratories
Students have access to PC-based laboratories and technology classrooms. These facilities are located on the second and fourth levels of the main building, in the Cole Library, and at the Groton Site. The PCs in these facilities are connected to our local area network, giving students access to the Internet as well as file and print services. The technology classrooms are available for individual student use when they are not reserved for classes. Contact TIS for availability of PC-based labs and the technology classrooms.

UNIX Workstation Laboratory and Classroom
The UNIX workstation laboratory on Level 1 contains workstations from Sun Microsystems. These workstations are connected to our local area network, giving students access to the Internet as well as file and print services. They feature high-speed I/O throughput, significant memory and disk capacity, plus graphics acceleration.

Software Library
Each PC/Workstation has a variety of industry standard application software installed. The following describes some of the application areas covered: programming languages/tools, office suite (word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, and database applications) Web interface and virus protection.

The Robert L. and Sara Marcy Cole Library
Director: Mary S. Dixey

The Cole Library provides users with information resources and services that focus in the areas of management, business, computer science, and engineering. Its specialized collection of print and electronic resources consists of 44,000 volumes; 400 print journals; and a variety of bibliographic and full-text online databases that offer access to over 40,000 e-journals.

The Cole Library shares an online catalog with its sister library, the Folsom Library at Rensselaer in Troy, New York. The Cole Library has full membership in OCLC, Inc., an international bibliographic system, and has borrowing privileges with more than 25,900 member institutions.

Of particular interest to students and faculty are the publications of professional associations such as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) , the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). Special online collections include proceedings of the ACM, the IEEE, and the SPIE as well as ASTM standards.

The professional staff is available to assist students and faculty with research and reference needs using both the Cole Library and other resources. Reference is available by phone, email in-person or by appointment. Referrals to other libraries in the area augment in-house resources. Students and faculty may request material not available in the Cole Library through Interlibrary Loan.

The Cole Library's instruction program offers subject-specific sessions on a class and individual basis. The staff is especially attuned to the research needs of the adult student.

Electronic Access Resources
The Cole Library provides on-site and remote access to its resources. An open computer area provides online databases that support both the management and the sciences curricula. A full gateway to the Internet is available through PC workstations.

The Cole Library's home page is regularly updated. It offers tutorials and serves as a guide to course-related resources. The information may be reached from remote locations through an Internet Service Provider.

Use of the Library
Students must register with the Cole Library to borrow materials. The Rensselaer ID card, issued at registration, also serves as a Library Card. Material in the open collection is loaned for the entire term. Reserve materials are available for shorter loan periods determined by the faculty. Students may contact the Cole Library at (860) 548-2490; (800) 433-4723, Ext. 2490; e-mail: ; or visit our home page


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Updated: 2016-05-16, 15:33