Technology is increasingly an integral part of a student’s education. In addition, many student services and information are delivered via technology. To provide KSU students with a quality education delivered most conveniently, technology is used as an essential part of instruction, for student access to educational materials, and for the delivery of student services.
A technology fee is collected each term to provide students with improved technological resources including: greatly enhanced access to the internet; general and academic-specific software packages delivered online via virtual computing labs; training in the use of computer and audio visual technology; extended computer laboratory hours; electronic study rooms in the Kennesaw Campus library, and extended hours for technical support for campus applications.
The Kennesaw State University Website exists to assist students with course registration, the reviewing of grades, and access to the learning management system. In addition, the KSU Website delivers quality mobile content for smartphones and tablets. Each year brings new technology, creative uses of technology on campus, and additional services to meet growing needs.
Mandatory KSU E-Mail Account
KSU generated e-mail accounts are the official means of communication with students. Instructions can be found at http://www.kennesaw.edu/myksu/.
KSU’s Chief Information Officer & Vice President of Information Technology
The Chief Information Officer (CIO) & Vice President of Information Technology provides leadership in the continuing advancement of information and instructional technology. This position oversees the operations of information technology, which includes the University Information Technology Services division and the technical infrastructure of the KSU Library System.
The KSU Library System
The mission of the Kennesaw State University Library System is to provide excellent services and resources that directly support the University’s efforts to become a world-class comprehensive university. Essential to achieving this mission is a Library System that selects, organizes, presents, and preserves resources for the KSU community of faculty, students, and scholars.
Librarians are available to assist students with research via the walk-in Research Clinics at both the Kennesaw and Marietta Campuses, in “The Hive” at the Marietta Campus, via 24/7 chat services, and through specialized one-on-one research consultations. Support is also available via text (SMS messages) at (470) 578-6547 and telephone at (470) 578-6325. Graduate students may seek assistance from a graduate-level librarian who holds an advanced graduate degree or has specialized training. Library Instruction classes are also provided for students and faculty. The library’s online Research Guides provide additional information about the library’s numerous journals, databases, services, and resources.
KSU students and faculty have borrowing privileges not only from the KSU Library System but also from all of the member institutions in the University System of Georgia as well as the Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education (ARCHE). Through the SuperSearch discovery tool, students can instantly access millions of resources including books, ebooks, journals, databases, videos, and government documents. Mobile versions of the library catalog and databases are available. Interlibrary Loan services may be used for items not owned by one of the participating Georgia libraries.
The KSU Library System hosts the DigitalCommons@Kennesaw State University. The Digital Commons is a digital resource for KSU’s intellectual and creative out-put. With the increase of KSU’s graduate programs, the Library System uses the Digital Commons to self-publish dissertations, theses, and capstone projects and make them available via the web. These resources are fully searchable by keyword or author and are indexed by major search engines such as Google Scholar.
The KSU Library Systems’ Copyright Management Center is intended to assist Kennesaw faculty, staff, and students in working and complying with copyright issues, specifically in balancing the rights of copyright holders with the exercise of fair use for educational purposes.
During the fall and spring semesters, the Kennesaw Campus Library is open 95 hours each week, with extended hours during exams. The Marietta Campus Library is open 85 hours weekly with extended hours during exams. Both libraries are open seven days a week. PC computers are available in the Information Commons on the first floor of the Kennesaw Campus Library. Students can check out laptops for library use; they are available at both locations. The Kennesaw Campus Library also has iPads available for student checkout.
Both individual and group study spaces are available at both libraries. In January 2016, the Kennesaw Campus Library reopened the newly renovated OwlSpace on the first floor. This space is a “noisy” community space where students are free to collaborate and work on group projects. OwlSpace also includes MAC computers, multiple presentation rooms, wireless service, and a state of the art data wall. The Graduate Library, located on the third floor, offers a quieter study area containing 144 cubicles as well as seven glassed-in study rooms for quiet group study, a room for graduate research assistance, and a room for making copies and viewing microfilm.
The Kennesaw Campus Library houses a partial Federal Government Documents Depository for the 11th Congressional District. This library branch also supports the Performing Arts Library (located in the Wilson Building), the Teacher Resource and Activity Center or TRAC (located in the Bagwell College of Education), and the Paulding Campus of the Georgia Highlands College Library. For more information about the libraries visit our webpage at library.kennesaw.edu.
University Information Technology Services (UITS)
University Information Technology Services (UITS) provides KSU with the technical resources for students to carry out scholarship, academic collaboration, research, and innovation. Students can expect the state of the art technology they require for learning management, research and study, course registration, in addition to university classrooms fully equipped with modern audio-visual technology.
Students are assigned a KSU email account, personal web space, and cloud file storage. Students are also eligible to participate in online and face-to-face training sessions for commonly used software, multimedia development, production assistance and information security.
Student software applications are accessed via a single sign-on authentication with one login ID (NetID) and one password. Student Help Desks with extended hours, telephone and email support, and walk-up services are available at the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses to answer any questions and provide technology advice. Wireless access is available on all campuses and continues to expand as the University grows.
UITS maintains both traditional computer labs with printing and copying services as well as Virtual Labs that allow students to use productivity- and academically specific- software at home on their own devices.
UITS AV Circulation is a free service provided to students for academic and “Not for Profit” usage on both the Marietta and Kennesaw Campuses. Examples of available equipment include items such as: HD video and still DSLR cameras, professional video production cameras, microphones and lighting equipment, tripods, PA systems, data projectors and projection screens. Walk-ins are welcome; however, advanced reservations are preferred to ensure item availability. Reservations may be made in person or online at avcheckout.kennesaw.edu.
The rules for use of all campus technology and telecommunications equipment, including telephones, computers and fax equipment, are found on the KSU web site at policy.kennesaw.edu. Use of any of these facilities or services implies an understanding of and compliance with these policies.
Visit uits.kennesaw.edu to learn more about the technology services available for students and to find contact information and operation hours for the KSU Service Desk.