The Office for Information Technology (OIT) provides computing services and spaces to faculty, staff, and students at Williams College.
OIT staff are located in 2 buildings on campus. Visit our OIT Staff page to find out whose office is where.
Most of Desktop Services (including the Faculty/Staff Help Desk and Repair) as well as AIS, NetSys, the Office of the CIO and some of ITech are located in Jesup.
Center for Educational Technology
26 Hopkins Hall Drive (2nd floor of Sawyer Library)
The Student Help Desk and most of ITech are located in the CET.
The Chief Information Officer (CIO) oversees the four teams within OIT to ensure that they are working together to promote our overall mission and the mission of the College. He is responsible for strategic planning and the OIT budget. The CIO works with the all-campus Information Technology Committee (ITC) to set policies and directions and works with the OIT Directors to plan future work and to establish procedures and internal policies. The Budget and Facilities Administrator maintains the budget and addresses building issues.
The Administrative Information Systems (AIS) group supports the effective use of information technology in the administration of the College. We work closely with business process owners to implement applications and maintain them to ensure ease of use, reliable operation and secure access. More
The Desktop Systems Department of OIT provides, enables and facilitates the use of technology at Williams College. We support faculty, staff and students in their daily use of computers, productivity software, collaborative tools and electronic communication by providing a safe and supportive computing environment. We evaluate and implement new technologies to further the mission of the college along with striving to leverage technology in achieving the academic mission of the college. More
The Instructional Technology (ITech) group works to enhance the teaching, learning and scholarly work of the College through the creative and sustainable application of technology.
Networks and Systems (NetSys) is responsible for maintaining the overall health and security of the College’s network (wired and wireless), telecommunications, central systems and enterprise storage. More
The Williams College Office for Information Technology (OIT) supports the College’s mission of offering the best liberal arts education by helping faculty and students to develop effective uses for technology in teaching, learning, and research. OIT provides comprehensive, accessible and reliable information systems to sustain both administrative and academic endeavors. OIT promotes the sense of community by facilitating communication among all members of the College. Through the commitment to maintaining the highest technical standards in our information infrastructure and the dedication to making available the best information technology resources as well as instruction in how to use them, OIT enriches the College’s educational environment and helps to prepare students for life in the 21st century.
As a preeminent liberal arts college, Williams must provide its students with information technology systems both as a tool for teaching in general and as a way to help students learn to think critically about information technology.
For continued faculty excellence in research and in teaching, Williams must have an information infrastructure consistent with its liberal arts mission and stature. Williams information technology must support the faculty in communicating knowledge to students and to the community of scholars. It must support their research and scholarly communication on local, regional, national, and international scales.
Administrative Information Systems must provide the administrative community of Williams College with high quality, accessible, and reliable information systems that enable the operational decision-making, planning, and analysis required to meet the institution’s standard of excellence. These systems provide services that are essential to the college community, including the administration of human resources functions (payroll and benefits), finance functions (accounting, budgets, accounts, payable and receivable), and student functions (admissions, financial aid, records and billing). The students, faculty, and staff require the best possible training and support in learning about and in using information technology. The Office for Information Technology plays a crucial role as a partner in supporting faculty, staff, and students in the use of technology in learning and teaching.