A history of IT at NYU
In May of 1981, NYU’s Academic Computing Facility (ACF) published its first newsletter, dedicated to the fast-growing world of computers and networking technology at NYU. If it wasn’t exactly the daw of computing at NYU, it was certainly the point at which computers and computer science started to go mainstream. The first Macintosh would be released a few years later, on January 24, 1984. Over the years, as the role of IT at NYU expanded the ACF newsletter evolved to cover the many new areas in which IT was beginning to play a more significant role. Upon the formation of Information Technology Services (ITS), the University’s first unified central department dedicated to IT services and support, the ACF newsletter became a magazine, changing its title in 1990 to Academic Computing and Networking at NYU and, in the summer of 1995, to Connect.
Today, Connect online continue the tradition of the printed magazine in digital format, but the archive of printed newsletters and magazine still exists, providing an intriguing and sometimes humorous look back at the growth of academic IT and computing.
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Connect will be working throughout 2018 to improve the quality of the scans, increase the accuracy of optical character recognition (OCR), and meet the accessibility goals of the University.
Please note: due to the age of many of these issues, the information contained in them is for archival and historical purposes only.