The mission of Media Services is to provide audiovisual support to faculty, students and staff in the Graduate School of Business (GSB) and the College of Business Administration (CBA) in order to increase teaching effectiveness through the application of appropriate technology.
The Media Services office will support all faculty members who are holding classes within the business complex (GSB, CBA and University Teaching Center (UTC)) as well as business school students with all their media needs. The office will provide access to specialized equipment to create presentation and classroom material, and supply professional support in creating such material. We will introduce new technology to the school as needed in order to ensure availability to the same type of technology used in the business world.
The main office of Media Services is located on the third floor of the Graduate School of Business building (GSB 3.132) and the media lab is located on the first floor first floor of the University Teaching Center (UTC 1.110).
- Media Support is located in GSB 3.132 and it handles checkout and classroom support.
- The Media Lab is located in UTC 1.110 and it offers a fully equipped computer lab with an emphasis on video, graphics and publication work.
- Graphic Services is located in UTC 1.110 and is available to McCombs offices and organizations.
Our goal is to guarantee the shortest possible interruption of lectures by having knowledgeable staff on duty at all times. These professionals will assist faculty and students to the fullest of their capabilities. Our ultimate goal is to satisfy the customer's needs in any way possible, and if this goal cannot be accomplished, to refer them to another source which can satisfy their needs. All positions require a maximum amount of patience and friendliness.
Requests from customers for services, which are not supported by this office, need always be brought to the attention of a supervisor so they can consider the implementation of such services in future plans.
Our customers can be divided into four categories:
- We provide full service for business faculty for any class held in the business complex during our office hours. Business faculty can check out any of our equipment for a determined period of time. Certain kinds of equipment are allowed to leave campus for short periods (see Checkout Equipment)
- McCombs staff can check out our equipment for a determined period of time, and certain kinds of equipment are allowed to leave campus for short periods (see Checkout Equipment)
- All students currently enrolled in the business school can reserve equipment for their classes and checkout any of our equipment for a determined period of time. Certain kinds of equipment are allowed to leave campus for short periods (see Checkout Equipment)
- All other UT staff and all UT students can reserve equipment for classes held within the business complex, though there is a limited supply of equipment for checkout available to them (see Checkout Equipment)
Most classrooms in the McCombs School of Business complex are equipped with self-service multimedia technology, which includes computer projection. A complete list of these classrooms and their features is available on the Classroom Technology page.
Hours of Operation
Checkout: Mon–Fri 7:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Classroom Support: Mon-Thurs 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Fri 7:30 a.m. - 6:15 p.m., except on official university holidays.
Classroom support is provided until 9:00 p.m., and technicians are on call during these extended hours.
8:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on official university holidays.
Media Services will provide computers and projection equipment to any classroom in the Business Complex for the duration of the class session. The equipment needs to be reserved two business days in advance to guarantee delivery; late requests might result in self-service. All computers contain the standard business school licensed application and operating system image (COE). Individual software packages may be installed on these machines if proof of ownership or licensing can be provided. Installation will have to be performed by one of our IT professionals prior to the class. Please allow a minimum of 48 hours lead time. We will not be responsible for loss, damage, or theft of documents or other software left on disks built into these computers. Media Services will provide video players and projection equipment to any classroom in the Business Complex for the duration of the class session. The equipment needs to be reserved two business days in advance to guarantee delivery; late requests might result in self-service. Most built in video projection facilities allow for close captioning for the hearing impaired, but please request this service in advance.
Media Services has a variety of media equipment for use within the business complex. We deliver all equipment for standard setups to the rooms. For more elaborate setups we might require a TA from that class to perform the setup due to time constraints on our side. Classes in equipment usage are provided through our office by appointment. Please contact Media Support for individual training.
Reservations for equipment can be made starting two weeks before the end of the previous semester. We confirm all reservations within one workday, either by e–mail, fax or phone. Requests can be made:
Submitting an equipment reservation does not guarantee availability until a confirmation is received.
In case of equipment failure Media Services will try to remedy the problem as quickly as possible. If the problem cannot be resolved we will try to supply the customer, to the best of our abilities, with backup or alternate equipment. Failure to provide a satisfactory result and the consequences caused by such failure are not the responsibility of this office or its affiliates. The customer is responsible for having adequate backup procedures at hand if the equipment fails.
Media Services has a variety of equipment available for checkout to MSB faculty and students. A list is available at Checkout Equipment. These items can be checked out, with some exceptions, for a period of three days. Their purpose is to provide the customer with tools to create projects or presentations for their course work. Checkout is free, and only business faculty and students enrolled in business courses are eligible for this service. Certain kinds of equipment need to be insured and there is a late charge for overdue returns (see Media Support)
Laptop computers are available for checkout. Checkout period is limited to 72 hours per week. These computers may be used for presentations off campus and in other buildings on campus. The computers use the Windows 7 operating system and the Business School Common Operating Environment (COE) which includes MS-Word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint, MS-Access and MS-Outlook.
We have a variety of portable computer projection equipment which may be checked out by itself or in conjunction with a laptop computer. Checkout period is limited to 72 hours per week. These projectors may be used for presentations off campus and in other buildings on campus. Customers are responsible for ensuring that the projection equipment is compatible with their computer before they go to the presentation and ensure that they know how to switch resolution and activate the external video port on the computer.
Digital camcorders are available, as well as accessories like tripods and microphones. These may be checked out for the duration of three days for taping interviews, events or any other business school related projects.
Digital still cameras and web cams may be checked out for the duration of three days for business school related projects.
Microphones, portable PA’s and portable CD players may be checked out for three days. All related accessories are available through us on a checkout basis.
There is a multitude of other equipment available (see a complete listing on our web site at Checkout Equipment). All equipment is available for business school related events.
All services are available to business faculty, students and staff. Most services require a nominal charge for time and materials. Allow enough time to complete your order; depending on workload the times mentioned below may not be possible. We charge extra for rush orders. All orders are handled on a first come, first served basis. The following services provided abide by copyright law, trademark, trade secret, and unfair competition law. Permission must be obtained for all intellectual property covered by copyright law.
A complete listing of our services and fees can be found on the media services price lists tab of Services and Support.
Video and audio duplication is available to MSB faculty, students and staff. Turn-around time is usually 24 hours. For orders larger than three copies, please allow more time. All video dubbing is done in real time, no high speed video dubbing is available.
Video format translation is available to and from most international video standards. Please inquire at Media Support about your particular requirement.
The Media Lab, with its digital video-editing stations, is available to MSB faculty, students and staff. Professional support staff will assist and instruct you as needed. Reservation of these facilities is required.
Video editing as a service is also available for a fee.
The Graphic Services office offers fee-based creation of departmental periodicals, brochures, pamphlets, temporary signs, posters, ad layout, and nametags.
We provide support service for special events within the business school complex. There is a charge for this service if a technician is required to maintain the equipment during the event. We will the set equipment up, instruct the user in its operation, and take it down.
After-hours and weekend events will be charged for the duration of the event, plus 30-minute setup and strike time. Events lasting beyond 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday will only be charged the period after 5:00 p.m. plus 30 min. strike time.
A complete listing of our services and fees can be found on the media services price lists tab of Services and Support.
We have professional event specialists on staff, which will assist you with the planning of your media needs. For special request beyond our capabilities we may contact outside service providers. We will assist in arranging all of your media needs and assure that all needed equipment is made available to you at the required time and place. Planning sessions for your events are free of charge when they occur during our normal business hours.
A video and audio recording service is available for a nominal charge. Reservations need to be made in advance and are subject to availability. If needed, we may hire additional camera or mixing board operators at a fixed rate. We also provide training classes free of charge for TAs, faculty and staff in the operation of this type of equipment.
A complete listing of our services and fees can be found here.
The customer will be treated with courtesy and respect. Before a customer leaves, an employee will ensure that all questions have been answered. All requests will be taken seriously and met to our best ability. If a request does not fall within the normal operating parameters and a customer is unsatisfied with the availability of a service, a supervisor will be contacted. If satisfactory service cannot be provided the supervisor will decide if we can provide alternatives to the requested service. In case of a dispute or complaint, an immediate supervisor will be contacted and if this does not resolve the conflict, the department head shall be called.
All services will be provided to the best of our abilities to the customer’s specifications. Unsatisfactory services will always be brought to a supervisor’s attention.
Classroom deliveries are to be on time and completed before the class goes into session. A setup is not to be left until everything is turned on and working satisfactory. If equipment fails at the time of delivery a technician is to be called immediately and arrangements for backup equipment will be made in case the problem is not fixable in five minutes or less. After the technician informs the office that the equipment is out of service the backup equipment will be delivered immediately. If repair or replacement of equipment exceeds a duration of ten minutes, the faculty member must confirm that a replacement is needed, or if possible they can hold the lecture with alternative teaching aids.
All other services need a written request (work order). The performing employee will consult with the customer about details of the service requested as needed. Work orders need to be filled out completely before a service is performed; the customer is to be informed about the cost before a request is accepted. All services are subject to a final inspection by the customer before payment is made, the customer will make no payment until the order is completed. The final product will only leave our office after a payment has been received or an arrangement to pay through an account has been made and signed.
No sales are to be made without a receipt. In case of account sales all receipts need to be signed by the purchaser. All items are to be sold through an authorized seller only.
Media Services Policies
Media Services has a listing of their policies available on the Media Services Policies tab of the Media Services Information page.