On behalf of Library and Technology Services, I'd like to welcome all new and returning students, faculty, and staff to the 2020-21 academic year!
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has presented its challenges, Library and Technology Services remains committed to providing the resources, tools, and guidance for students and faculty to ensure academic success and business continuity in this most unusual and challenging year.
As the semester gets into full swing, I want to update you on some of our latest changes, improvements, and milestones, and highlight a few important resources and services that are available to you, no matter where you are in the world.
Our COVID-19 Response: What to Expect
Over summer, we gradually reopened our libraries to returning members of the Lehigh community and prepared to welcome the Class of 2024. You’ll notice some changes to both the Fairchild-Martindale and Linderman libraries that help mitigate the risk of COVID-19 and ensure the safest possible environment in which to work and study. Visit our Reopening Guide for information on service hours and protocols, and expectations for the safe use of our facilities.
Watch Know Before You Go to see what you can expect when you visit.
What’s New in the Lehigh Libraries
The Grind @ FML is open with modifications. See Lehigh Dining for changes to menus, hours of operation, and customer traffic patterns at on-campus dining venues. Lucy’s Cafe in Linderman Library will remain closed during the Fall semester.
This summer we introduced Stories of Black Excellence, a collection of ebooks and audiobooks available through the Lehigh Libraries with OverDrive. This collection shares suggestions for books that reckon with the legacy of white supremacy and anti-Blackness in the United States, and that outline actions necessary for examining and dismantling biases, privilege, and complicity with that legacy.
Students, faculty, and staff looking for specialized instruction and reference materials in the areas of computer programming, technology, and business can now access more than 35,000 ebooks, 30,000 hours of video, interactive tutorials, case studies, and more through O’Reilly for Higher Education.
We are pleased to host a new Lehigh University Art Galleries (LUAG) exhibition in the Fairchild-Martindale LUAG Study Gallery space on the 4th and 5th floors. Well, Well, Well: Picturing Wellness in the LUAG Collection Part I examines wellness as the dynamic relationship between mind, body, and spirit. The exhibition runs through May 28, 2021.
What’s new in software and technology?
We now provide campus-wide access to LinkedIn Learning, a leading online learning platform that offers thousands of curated, expert-led courses based on the career path, role and interests of the learner, offering a highly personalized, data-driven learning experience. Learn more at LinkedIn Learning at Lehigh.
This year, Lehigh University, a longtime Ellucian Banner customer, moved from an on-premises Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution to the cloud, part of a strategy to make enterprise systems applications more responsive, agile, and aligned with campus needs, as well as to improve the user experience for students, faculty, and staff.
In the spring, we introduced DocuSign, the world’s #1 eSignature technology, giving faculty and staff the ability to sign, send, and manage documents electronically.
If you’re looking to purchase software, be sure to check your options for free or reduced-price software for faculty, students, and staff before you buy!
What’s new in teaching and learning?
The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) played a key role this summer in helping Lehigh instructors adopt new modes of teaching for Fall 2020, offering over 30 workshops and countless individual consultations on designing and 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 technology-enhanced learning and creation spaces for students in both libraries.
How can we help?
Our wide range of services, programs, and resources includes research consultations with librarians, digital scholarship, instructional and computing technology support, faculty development services, and advanced research computing resources.
The LTS Help Desk is the first point of contact for all these forms of LTS assistance, and our STARS consultants are on-hand to help students with their personal computers. Need help? Ask us!
As always, we are dedicated to providing innovative, state-of-the-art resources; library, teaching, and technical consultation; and assistance for all students, faculty, researchers, and staff.
Welcome again, and best wishes for a rewarding and successful year!
Greg Reihman, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Library and Technology Services