Welcome from Vice Provost Bruce Taggart

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Bruce Taggart VP for Library and Technology Services Lehigh University

On behalf of Library and Technology Services, I'd like to welcome all new and returning students, faculty, and staff to the 2018-19 academic year!

I am excited to update you on some of our latest improvements and initiatives, and highlight a few important resources and services that are available to you.

Summer updates

This summer we renovated study areas on three floors of the EWFM Library -- everything from furnishings to carpet to wall color -- and installed eight brightly-lit study nooks on the sixth floor, creating an inviting environment in which to learn, study, research, and collaborate. We have also partnered with Lehigh University Art Galleries and installed a new art exhibition by Pedro Meyer, entitled Truth From Fiction, on the fourth and fifth floors. Have a look!

In July, Rodale Inc. chose Special Collections to preserve its history. In addition to selecting Lehigh to serve as the repository for this important archive, the Rodale family is providing generous support that will enable us to catalog and digitize its unpublished papers and reformat media.

Running software at Lehigh just got a whole lot easier with LUapps, a new service we’re introducing this fall that simplifies access to over 60 applications from your laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone. Start using it today!

Finally, all Lehigh University housing wireless has been upgraded, with the exception of Brodhead and fraternities and sororities, which we expect to upgrade in 2019, and we’re halfway through the transition of phone services to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

What we do

Our wide range of services and programs includes research consultations with librarians, digital scholarship, instructional and computing technology support, and advanced research computing resources.

The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) offers pedagogical consultations and innovative, flexible CITL classroom spaces, including a One Button Studio and Visualization Lab. LTS also offers a variety of technology-enhanced learning spaces for students in both libraries and in the Computing Center.

How we can help

If you’re new to Lehigh, the Get Started Guide makes it easy to find things you need to know right away as you jump into the new semester.

Questions? Just ask! The LTS Help Desk, located in the EWFM Library, is the first point of contact for all forms of LTS assistance, and our STARS consultants are on-hand to help students with their personal computers.

Need an all-hours place to work and study? The Computing Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the Fall and Spring semesters. Check the LTS website to see hours for all our facilities.

This is an exciting time in Library and Technology Services, as we embrace unprecedented growth at the university through its ambitious Path to Prominence initiative. As always, we are dedicated to providing innovative, state of the art resources and library and technical consultation and assistance for all students, faculty, researchers, and staff.

Welcome again, and best wishes for a rich and rewarding year!

Bruce M. Taggart, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Library & Technology Services