The Information Services (IS) department provides library and technology resources to the Bryn Mawr College community. IS supports the work of faculty, students, staff, guest researchers, alumnae/i, and prospective students by maximizing the benefits of information resources and technology for learning and scholarship in our liberal arts context, participating in national and international open access and open scholarly publishing initiatives, enabling administrative functions College-wide, and partnering with Haverford College and Swarthmore College to expand and improve access to campus resources and educational opportunities for the communities of all three institutions.
We pride ourselves on our talented and dedicated staff and our strong commitment to a culture of client service and partnership, teamwork, creativity, and continuous professional and organizational development.
Bryn Mawr College has distinguished library collections, including rare books, prints, photographs, art and artifacts. The shared library catalog of Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges provides community members with access to research materials of considerable strength, from circulating physical collections to a wide array of electronic resources.
Canaday Library is the College’s main humanities and social sciences library. Carpenter Library supports the College's programs in History of Art, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Greek, Latin, Classical Studies, and Growth and Structure of Cities, and houses the Visual Resources Center. Collier Science Library is located in the Park Science Building and supports programs in the natural sciences, computer science, and mathematics. The three libraries offer diverse, technology-enabled learning spaces and programs, including computer labs with a breadth of discipline-specific software, individual and group study areas, and laptop and multimedia device lending. Artwork from College Collections is displayed throughout the campus, with numerous faculty-, staff-, and student-curated exhibits on view every year.
Information Services equips and supports technology for classrooms, meetings, and event spaces across campus, and maintains a distributed data center model across Canaday and Guild Hall.
In a rapidly evolving digital environment, we use technological advances to provide the best possible educational experiences for students and the broader community. Information Services staff build and maintain the technology infrastructure and environment required for the academic work and administrative functioning of the College. This includes provisioning desktop computers for faculty and staff, supporting mobile integration, and providing consultation for community members and repair for their personal computers. IS manages the College’s business and financial management systems and website, runs a robust network and storage system, and administers the College’s software packages and communications systems.
Librarians, educational technologists, client services and multimedia staff consult with, and provide direct support to, community members. We partner with colleagues across the College to understand collective needs, to explore potential solutions, and to foster a culture that is highly engaged, process-oriented and collaborative. We also create and provide access to a variety of resources and documentation in support of research, teaching and learning across disciplines, data analysis, and use of systems and services. We value contributing to an academic community that takes diverse approaches to scholarship and education, and partnering with academic and administrative colleagues to enable goals and prepare for the future of data and systems use, campus services, and information technology infrastructure.