6440 University of California
20 - ACADEMIC SUPPORT
The University libraries identify, acquire, organize and provide access to publications and scholarly materials in all formats. Access is provided for the University's students, faculty and staff, the faculty and students of other California colleges and universities, other California libraries, business and industry, and the general public where possible. The University library system serves both instructional and research needs and provides a critical archival function. The rapid expansion of knowledge requires extensive efforts to keep materials current and of a high quality. The accelerating impact of changes in information technology and the dynamic information needs of its faculty and students obligate the University to develop new digital library collections and services while also maintaining and enhancing its traditional collections.
Academic Support - Other
Academic Support - General Campus Programs: Other academic support on the general campuses is comprised of a number of partially self-supporting activities organized and operated in connection with educational departments and conducted as a basic support for the departments' educational programs. Many kinds of diversified programs are included, such as a demonstration school that serves as an interdepartmental teaching laboratory for experimentation, research and teacher training.
Academic Support - Health Sciences Programs: The University operates dental clinics and neuropsychiatric institutes at Los Angeles and San Francisco, a veterinary medicine teaching facility at Davis and the San Joaquin Valley (near Tulare), an optometry clinic at Berkeley and two occupational health centers. These facilities are extensions of the health sciences schools and provide both clinical experience and community health services.
Other activities supporting both general campus and health sciences programs include vivaria, which provide centralized facilities for ordering, receiving, and care of all animals necessary for teaching and research in the biological sciences; support for arts through direct sponsorship of performances and exhibits; support of specialized physical science and engineering projects; and support for professional journals.