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Library Computer Lab Change

October 21st, 2010 by Amy Kautzman

COMMENT: I have a complaint about removal of computer lab from the back of library which was always full. Now, there’s something else and there is only 1 person in [peak?] rush hour at this time. Please put back computer lab.

ANSWER: Center for Accessible Technologies
The new Center for Accessible Technologies (CAT) is located in Shields Library, Room 163. The CAT is the result of a collaborative effort between several campus units — IET (Academic Technology Services), Student Affairs (Student Disability Center), the General Library, and ARM (Human Resources and Safety Services). The planning and development of the center involved many interested parties from our campus community and is  one of the outcomes from the work of the Electronic Accessibility Committee established last year, with representation from campus service providers, faculty, staff and students. The committee was chaired by Professor Catherine Kudlick (History) and provided a unique venue through which a common vision for the campus center evolved.

This center is a pioneering initiative (one of a few in the country) that will position UC Davis as a model to other educational institutions in our region and beyond. The center brings together resources that used to be scattered across campus into a centralized area open to all faculty, students, and staff, with and without disabilities. The center is just at its beginning and there is more to come. It is a facility where assistance with a variety of state-of-the-art accessible hardware (e.g., large-screen adjustable height monitors), software (e.g., screen reading, dictation software), and furnishings (e.g., adjustable chairs, tables) will be available. The center will also serve as a venue where all our faculty and staff can be informed about e-access issues and strategies for greater inclusiveness. For example, faculty and staff will be encouraged to use the facility to learn how to create accessible course materials, try out accessibility hardware for their own needs, or learn how their students or colleagues use these technologies to meet their needs. Most importantly, the center exemplifies our campus’s Vision for Excellence by fostering innovation, collaboration, and exciting new opportunities for learning and teaching that will enable all of our students, faculty, staff, donors, alumni and friends of UC Davis to excel.

The CAT does have 4 computer terminals. It is open to all but priority is given to students with disabilities.

If you need to find the other computer labs on campus, check out this page: http://clm.ucdavis.edu/rooms/