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7.2 FACILITIES

The Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration complex consists of three buildings located in the central University campus. Mary Hewell Alston Hall, which was completed in 1991, houses faculty and administrative offices, seminar rooms, and four technologically innovative classrooms. The Angelo Bruno Business Library and Sloan Y. Bashinsky Sr. Computer Center was occupied in January 1994. This integrated business information center includes the expanded business library, three hands-on computer classrooms, and open computer labs for undergraduate and graduate students. Bidgood Hall, the traditional home of the College, reopened in January 1994 after extensive renovations. This building now houses 28 multimedia classrooms and two classrooms equipped to telecast and receive distance learning classes. The business complex is equipped with a wireless network allowing full Internet access from laptops and other equipped devices. Bidgood Hall also houses the offices of the Manderson Graduate School of Business, office space and group study facilities for graduate students, and the research centers affiliated with the College.

Angelo Bruno Business Library
The Angelo Bruno Business Library serves the business information needs of The University of Alabama and in particular the students and faculty of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration (C&BA) and the Manderson Graduate School of Business. The library serves over 400,000 visitors each year, which represents repeated use by C&BA students, faculty, staff, and others from the University community and beyond. The 64,000 square-foot facility is conveniently located on Stadium Drive within the C&BA complex and also houses the College's Sloan Y. Bashinsky Sr. Computer Center. Combining business library services and business computer laboratory services in the same facility provides seamless access to information services for business students.

The Bruno Library's resources comprise a wide variety of online computer databases and over 190,000 volumes, including hundreds of business periodicals in electronic or print formats. The Library is a fully networked environment offering enhanced access to electronic information sources. A wireless network facilitates students' use of their laptop computers for accessing many business library databases from anywhere in the library and the C&BA complex. Library faculty and staff offer users specialized information assistance and services and individual and class instruction in library research and effective use of library databases. Special features include an electronic library instruction classroom and a variety of seating and study accommodations, including group study rooms for team assignments. The Bruno website provides convenient access to library resources, including specially licensed business databases, the library catalog, and the World Wide Web.

The Bruno Library's databases, books, journals, and special collections offer excellent support of the C&BA teaching and research fields in business, economics, finance, accounting, information systems, and statistics. Full-text access to business-related periodicals and newspapers is available through such databases as ABI/Inform, Business Source Premier, Factiva.com, and LexisNexis. Extensive worldwide data on publicly traded securities of all kinds is available from Bloomberg Financial Markets and News. Other resources provide coverage of important topics such as company financial data, industry profiles, international business, and tax regulations and cases. The Bruno Library's extensive collection of historical corporate annual reports has received national recognition.

The Angelo Bruno Business Library provides convenient access to information resources through technologically advanced as well as traditional means. User service is a major emphasis. Our goals are to tailor our collections and services to meet the needs of C&BA undergraduate and graduate students and faculty and to deliver the best possible mix of traditional and technologically advanced library services.

Technology Group
The Technology Group was established in 1984 to provide computing facilities for the College of Business Administration students and faculty. The C&BA network connects over 400 lab and desktop computers to the campus network and the Internet. Our network file servers provide access to dozens of powerful applications specific to the various disciplines of the College. There are 7 professional staff and 40 student employees available to provide technical assistance to our faculty, staff, and student users.

The Bashinsky Lab, completed in 1994, offers a 20-seat collaborative multimedia facility, two 40-workstation multimedia classrooms, a 60-workstation open lab and a 20-workstation graduate lab. The E-Commerce Lab in Bidgood Hall was completed in 2001 and provides 16 group workstations. A Special Projects Lab was also completed in 2001. This lab provides students working on class projects with 10 workstations, an LCD projector, and a conference table.

There are 27 multimedia classrooms within the College featuring high-resolution projectors, PA system, wireless microphones, DVD, VHS, and access to all network resources. Training is available to faculty and staff on the usage of these classrooms.

The Technology Group provides support for faculty, staff, and student e-mail accounts, Web accounts, ftp, and personal network storage. They also support color laser network printing, college-wide wireless computing, and remote access for faculty and staff. Faculty can also obtain support for Web and presentation development, imaging, and video services.

Detailed information on the services offered by the Technology Group is available at the website of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration.


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