Doug Anderson

Reflections on Social (In) Justice: A Digital Collection

If you are a member of the Allegheny community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni), the Allegheny College Archives invites you to share your reflections about social (in)justice in light of the inequities revealed by the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, recent acts of racial violence, and the related protests by submitting creative works for the College’s digital collections. Individuals telling their stories is part of our entire community being seen, heard, and valued and is part of our joint commitment  to creating an inclusive, respectful and safe residential learning community that actively confronts and challenges injustice. This project intends to help us share our stories as a way to build understanding, strengthen our community, foster human connection, and preserve personal accounts of these troubling events for future generations and scholarly research. Visit our website to learn more about submitting your work or submit directly here. We will accept your essays, poems, photographs, videos etc., that share your reactions and feelings about the life-changing events of recent weeks. Tell us how these historic events in this turbulent time have impacted your life. We will accept your creative reflections at least through 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Ruth Andel, Archivist (merrick@allegheny.edu) or Beau Smith, Digital Resources Librarian (bmith3@allegheny.edu).

Allegheny Strong: A Digital Collection of Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you are a member of the Allegheny community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni), the Allegheny College Archives invites you to share your personal reflections on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your life and those around you by submitting your creative works to our new digital collection.  Visit our website to learn more about submitting your work or submit directly here. We will accept journal entries, essays, photographs, and videos as well as other digital output documenting your experience during this difficult time.  We envision the project as a way of strengthening our sense of community and human connection while preserving personal accounts of this global event for future generations and scholarly research.  If you have any questions, please contact us at merrick@allegheny.edu.

Tech Tip Tuesday: Google Meet Tiled View vs. Grid View extension

Due to recent changes in Google Meet’s tiled view, some users who use the Google Meet Grid View extension in Chrome have reported that there are visual glitches in the layout when they attend a Google Meet session. Most commonly, the display in the Meet session will show the participants stacked vertically instead of tiled.

Disabling Grid View, or uninstalling the extension, will correct the visual glitches.

You can then choose Tiled view in Meet by clicking on the menu icon (the three dots in the lower righthand corner):

Choose Change layout, and then choose Tiled:

This will then show a view similar to the one that was provided by the Grid View extension.

Users who did not have the Google Meet Grid View extension installed already should not have to make any changes.

As always, feel free to contact the InfoDesk if you have any questions.

RefWorks Outage

RefWorks, the reference management service provided to the campus community by LITS, will be out of service temporarily this weekend while its data center is being moved to a new server by ProQuest.

Downtime will start on Saturday, May 9, at 10pm Eastern Time, and will last up to 12 hours. 

If you still experience issues with RefWorks after 10am on Sunday, May 10, please notify the InfoDesk at infodesk@allegheny.edu, or call us at 814-332-3768, or open a Web Help Desk ticket.

Weekend System Maintenance

ITS will be conducting major system updates over the weekend of May 2-3, 2020. These include important updates to Windows 10 and to Ellucian Colleague.

Users may notice some slowness and possible disconnection over the weekend, especially when using Colleague. Users connected to the campus network may experience unexpected shutdown and reboot of their computers over the weekend as their computers apply the Windows 10 update. A small number of users may not experience this unexpected shutdown and reboot until the morning of Monday, May 4.

In order to minimize the effect on your experience as a user, you can take the following steps:

  • Avoid using Ellucian Colleague between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday, May 2
  • Restart your computer at some point over the weekend

If you still experience these issues after rebooting your computer on Monday, May 4, please contact the InfoDesk or open a Web Help Desk ticket.

Fielding Phone Calls Remotely

If you need to field calls to your campus phone remotely but didn’t get a chance to make arrangements before you left campus, please open a Web Help ticket. LITS will contact you to arrange to forward calls to your personal device or get voicemails delivered right to your email inbox. Other services may also be available to help meet your needs.

Web of Science Citation Counts Restored

Web of Science citation counts have been missing from off-campus AggreGator search results for the past two weeks. The problem can be fixed simply by logging in.  After conducting an initial search in AggreGator, look for a message in the upper right corner of the screen (small white font in a dark grey banner) beginning with the words “Off Campus?” Follow the instructions to log in with your Allegheny Username and Password.  After logging in, the Web of Science citation count will appear in the search results.

Screen shot of banner reading "Off Campus? Log in with your Allegheny Username & Password to access full text."

Additional Library Resources During Online Instruction

During these unprecedented times, a number of publishers have made their databases, ebooks, ejournals, and streaming video temporarily available for free. Library and Information Technology Services is closely monitoring these developments and adding content to AggreGator and the Database A-Z list whenever possible. This new guide lists the resources we have already added to AggreGator and the Database A-Z list. For added convenience to students and faculty now working from home, LITS has also added a new search box for searching only ebooks and full-text journals to the Library Services page.

Faculty, if there is an online resource you need for your class, please let us know by emailing LITS at infodesk@allegheny.edu. You can fill out these forms to request ebooks or videos.

Online Access to the Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education just changed how they provide access to premium content from off campus. Anyone at Allegheny can access all of the Chronicle’s regular content by logging in with an allegheny.edu account. To gain access from off campus:
  • If you have an account at the Chronicle tied to your allegheny.edu email address, go to chronicle.com for immediate access.
  • If you don’t already have an account with your allegheny.edu email address, create one:
  1. Go to Chronicle.com and click on the “Log In” link at top, right-hand side of the page or go to:  https://www.chronicle.com/account/create.
  2. Choose the “Create an Account” option.
  3. Create a free account using your institutional email address.  You also have the option to sign up for The Chronicle’s free email newsletters during the registration process.
  4. Activate your account by confirming your email address in the “The Chronicle:  Confirm your email address” email.

 

E-ZBorrow Interlibrary Loan Service Suspended

At this time, all EZBorrow services are suspended at Allegheny College.  Please contact the InfoDesk with any questions.

Statement from PALCI Member Support:

“After careful consideration, and after discussing the situation with the PALCI Board and with members of our Deans and Directors community, the PALCI Board voted to temporarily suspend all EZBorrow borrowing and lending services.

We appreciate everyone working together to sustain and support the service as long as we did during this uncertain time. We will continue to monitor the situation as it progresses, and when it is safe and practical to reactive the service, we will be in communication with libraries about turning them back on for borrowing and lending in a way that mindful of the extra work that may be taking place as libraries transition back to offering full services again.”