On behalf of Library and Technology Services, I'd like to welcome all new and returning faculty and staff to the fall 2022 semester.
Read on for some information about our hours, newly improved study areas, upcoming events, and some reminders of the many resources and services that are available to you.
What’s Open When?
LTS provides the Lehigh community with study areas, access to resources, and experts ready to help. (And, did you hear that Linderman Library recently ranked 7th on Architectural Digest's 26 Stunning University Libraries Around the World You Need to See?)
Fairchild-Martindale Library (FML) and Linderman Library hours (Lehigh ID tap entry is required after 9:00PM).
- Monday-Thursday: 7:45AM - 2AM (both libraries)
- Friday: FML: 7:45AM - 12AM; Linderman: 7:45AM - 10PM
- Saturday: FML: 9AM - 12AM; Linderman: 9AM - 10PM
- Sunday: 9AM - 2AM (both libraries)
The Grind @ FML maintains its regular hours of operation, while Lucy’s Cafe at Linderman Library will remain closed until further notice. Please check the Lehigh Dining website for details.
Lehigh Computing Center: Open 24/7 with fresh look, new features!
LTS has renovated the lower level of the EWFM Computing Center with new flexible soft seating with convenient built-in mobile chargers throughout. The updated space also features plenty of portable whiteboards, Windows computers, and wall-mounted laptop-ready displays. Come visit and make it your new favorite spot for work and study. Have a look!
The Computing Center is open 24/7, with Lehigh ID tap entry required after 6 PM, Monday-Friday, and all day on weekends.
Getting (re)started in the Lehigh Libraries
The Lehigh Libraries offer access to an extensive collection of digital journals, print books, ebooks, databases, tools, and rare and archival materials. Deepen your reading and research by searching our collection, keep up with news such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and explore fiction, poetry, non-fiction and beyond by BIPOC and LGBTQ+ writers in our Overdrive ebook and audiobook Library. You can also use the PALCI EZBorrow interlibrary loan system to request books from over 50 partner institutions and keep up with the latest research in your field with BrowZine. New resources to the Libraries this year include Ancestry Library Edition, a genealogical research database, and Pronunciator, a language-learning tool.
Researchers can search Pivot to discover funding opportunities, create an ORCID profile to enhance potential research impact, and use Zotero to create and organize your reference library. Contact your liaison librarian to learn more!
Arts & Events
Come by the beautiful Linderman Library and browse No Postage Necessary: Views of the Postcard World, an exhibition featuring vintage postcards from Lehigh's Special Collections, including rare depictions of Lehigh buildings.
In FML, explore Paper Trail, a collection of 20 works by Rob Sato, a Los Angeles-based artist, illustrator and writer whose work is boundless and eclectic in design, color, medium, and meaning. Watch for details about the artist’s campus visit, talk, and interactive workshops in October.
Save the date for coming talks on the theme of climate change, sponsored by the Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries. All will be held via Zoom at 4:30PM.
- Wed., Sep. 14: Adapting to Climate Change in One Square Mile: Lessons Learned from Hoboken, New Jersey with Jennifer Gonzalez ’08 ’09G, Director of Environmental Services and Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Hoboken, NJ | Read more and register
- Thu., Oct. 20: Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi with Gökçe Günel, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rice University
- Tue., Nov. 8: Performance Goals for Civil Infrastructure: Managing Risk in an Era of Climate Change with Bruce Ellingwood, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University
Visit LTS Talks to catch up on recordings of talks by visiting speakers and faculty on topics such as political and media psychology and humor, poetry, misinformation, and modern conspiracy theories and political dissent, held this past year.
What’s new in software and technology?
We’re excited to introduce LUapps, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). LUapps improves the Lehigh teaching and learning experience by providing students, faculty, and staff with Windows virtual desktops installed with applications for the classroom or office. With LUapps powered by AWS, access is seamless. Unlike traditional LUapps, there is no need to download the Citrix client software or connect to the Lehigh VPN in order to run software virtually. Enjoy the new LUapps experience right in your web browser, with all the advantages of a full virtual desktop, including easier file management. Get started at Lehigh Virtual Labs.
Can’t remember a hundred passwords? Neither can we! LastPass -- available free to the Lehigh community -- allows you to easily access, save, and update your passwords for any website or app - and the only password you have to remember is the master password for your LastPass account. Let LastPass manage your passwords for you and enroll today!
Register for technology, research computing, or library resource training in the Fall 2022 Seminar Series, We offer nearly 30 seminars highlighting Lehigh tools, software, and services designed to help you work more efficiently and maximize your productivity in the office or the classroom.
Need software? Before you purchase, be sure to check your options for free or reduced-price software available through Lehigh or our academic software partners.
What’s new in teaching and learning?
Two changes were implemented in Course Site on May 23, 2022. The user-focused, customizable Dashboard, which streamlines course navigation and provides a timeline of upcoming work and activities across all courses, is now the default home page upon login. And the default theme for the site has been upgraded to the Boost theme, with a cleaner, more modern look-and-feel. Look for training sessions throughout the semester to highlight the use of these changes, in addition to sessions to familiarize you with Course Site features to support your teaching and learning.
We’ll also be reconvening our Communities of Practice - one focused on AR/VR and one on Geospatial Tools. These groups will be coming back together after a two-year hiatus, and we’re excited to engage again with all of you interested in sharing and learning about these fields. And we’ll be starting two new CoP’s. The first will be for discussions around Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) with the opportunity to share experiences and learn about potential partnerships to enrich your students’ learning through engagement with other students from around the world. The second will be a New Faculty Community of Practice to bring together faculty who are new(ish) to the university and eager to learn and share experiences about teaching at Lehigh. We’ll be sharing details in the coming weeks on how to join these important conversations.
The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) helps Lehigh instructors adapt to new modes of teaching through scores of workshops and hundreds of individual consultations. Visit us for general guidance on Teaching in AY 22-23, or learn more about strategies for instructors with both in-classroom and remote students or delivering remote and hybrid courses. We offer ongoing pedagogical consultations; partner with faculty on course-based writing, research, and digital media projects; support classroom technology across campus; and provide teaching and creation spaces in both libraries, including the Digital Media Studio, Visualization Lab, DIY Video & Lightboard Studio, and Audio Recording Studio.
Not sure where to start? Visit the CITL resources page, browse the Teaching, Learning and Technology section of the LTS Knowledge Base, or submit a request for Instructional Technology/Design support.
In the News
- Lehigh Libraries, with NISO and PALCI, awarded a $593K National Leadership Grant by IMLS
- Linderman Library ranked 7th in Architectural Digest's 26 Stunning University Libraries Around the World You Need to See
- ‘Extended Reality’ Expands Learning at Lehigh, Lehigh News article featuring work done in the CITL.
- Alex Japha and Lisa McColl honored with the 21-22 Louis & Helen Zirkel Library Staff Award
- LTS Spring 2022 Client Services Satisfaction Survey Results
- Julia Maserjian retires as Digital Scholarship Manager of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
How can we help?
As always, we are dedicated to providing innovative, state-of-the-art resources; library, teaching, and technical consultation; and expert assistance for all students, faculty, researchers, and staff.
Need help but aren’t sure where to start? Come by the LTS Help Desk in the Fairchild-Martindale Library lobby, visit help.lehigh.edu, or call 610-758-4357 (8-HELP).
Welcome again, and best wishes for a rewarding and successful semester.
Greg Reihman, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Library and Technology Services