Matt McCrillis

Tech Tip Tuesday – Google Drive Shortcuts

Shortcuts can make it easier to find and organize files – especially in Google Drive!

Creating a shortcut is easy:

  1. Go to Google Drive.
  2. Right-click the file or folder where you want to create the shortcut. Click Add shortcut to Drive.
  3. Select the location where you would like to place the shortcut and click Add shortcut.

To learn more about shortcuts in Google Drive, including instructions for Android and iOS, see the related Google Drive Help article.

Tech Tip Tuesday – Google Hangouts Meet Cheat Sheet

Available from the G Suite Learning Center, the Hangouts Meet cheat sheet is a handy quick reference which includes how to do the following with Meet:

  1. Schedule a video meeting from Calendar.
  2. Start a video meeting.
  3. Join a video meeting.
  4. Collaborate during a video meeting.

Additional resources for Meet, as well as other tools for teaching, learning, and working through disruption are also available on the LITS home page.

Tech Tip Tuesday – Drop-in Sessions

LITS is inviting staff and faculty to attend drop-in sessions being held in the Pelletier Classroom. The drop-in sessions will primarily focus on using Google Meet for remote instruction, as well as other helpful tips.

Currently, drop-in sessions are scheduled for 1:00-3:00pm today, Tuesday, 3/17/20 and Wednesday, 3/18/20.

Kanopy Streaming Service Updates

Kanopy, an online streaming service available to the Allegheny community and a top resource for documentary film, has access to over 28,000 titles from providers such as PBS, Documentary Educational Resources, New Day Films, and California Newsreel.

Kanopy announced on Saturday, March 14th, that additional film collections are available to be watched for free for the next 30 days. See this link for a full list of titles available.

Additionally, starting today, Monday, March 16th; all selections in Kanopy’s catalog from The Great Courses will be available to use for free over the next 4 weeks.

Pelletier Library Winnowing Project

Due to the ongoing circumstances, the library is suspending the review of books for the winnowing project. We will send updates on LITS News and Updates when the project resumes. Thanks for your continued support of this project.

Tech Tip Tuesday – New from Gmail: Search Chips

Announced last February by the G Suite Team, search chips are a new feature available in Gmail.

Search chips provide an easier way to sort and filter search results in your email to easier find what you’re looking for.

For example, you can search a colleague’s name, and then further narrow your results by selecting the search chips that appear below the search box:

For more information and to see the original post from the G Suite Updates blog, click here.

Pelletier Library Winnowing Project

It’s time to review books for Pelletier Library’s winnowing project. Faculty are invited to review titles tagged for possible removal in the call number range 925 to 929, the library’s original biographical collection in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, medicine, business, engineering, art, music, recreation, literature and history. The review of titles in 925 – 929 begins March 6, 2020 and lasts until April 3, 2020. Faculty interested in reviewing titles are invited to stop by the InfoDesk to pick up a winnowing envelope.


As a reminder, the review of call number ranges 900 to 919, 950 to 969, and 990 to 999 ends next Friday, March 13, 2020. A full list of call number ranges under review is listed on the project’s website https://sites.google.com/allegheny.edu/winnowing.

Website Connection Issues – Resolved

Last week, LITS discovered an external issue which prevented devices on Allegheny’s network from accessing some secure websites. In some instances, upon trying to connect to some websites, an error message appeared and prevented access.

The issue should now be resolved. If you continue to experience issues connecting to secure sites, please contact the InfoDesk at x3768 or infodesk@allegheny.edu