News and Updates

Tech Tip Tuesday – Google Shared Drive Cheat Sheet

Another helpful resource from the G Suite Learning Center – check out this shared drives cheat sheet!

Please remember that Allegheny staff and faculty don’t have the capability to create new shared drives. If you’d like to request a shared drive, please submit a Web Help Desk ticket.

What types of tech tips would you like to see more of? We would love to hear your feedback! Email us at infodesk@allegheny.edu.

LITS Introduces a New Way to Access Digital Magazines

The Allegheny College community can now browse digital versions of their favorite magazines using the Flipster® service from EBSCO Information Services.

Pelletier Library now provides both Flipster and hardcopy versions of Atlantic and Bloomberg Business Week. With the Flipster app, magazines can be downloaded to Android™ and Apple® phones and tablets, and Kindle Fire tablets for offline reading anytime, anywhere. Flipster can also be used in a web browser with your Allegheny account.

Contact the LITS InfoDesk at x3768, or visit https://library.allegheny.edu to learn more about accessing the library’s digital magazines through Flipster.

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 860 to 899, which includes Spanish, Portuguese, Latin, Greek, Arabic, and Chinese Literatures. Click here for a list of topics. The review of titles in 860 – 899 begins February 14, 2020 and lasts until March 6, 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 range 820 to 829 will end next Friday, February 21, 2020. A full list of call number ranges under review is listed on the project’s website https://sites.google.com/allegheny.edu/winnowing.

Tech Tip Tuesday – Send Emails as Attachments in Gmail

Announced in December, you can now attach emails to other emails in Gmail without downloading them first. This can be useful in situations in which it makes more sense to attach multiple emails vs. forwarding multiple messages regarding the same topic.

This can be easily done by dragging and dropping messages in your inbox into the draft window, or by selecting the emails from your inbox and then from the overflow (3 dot) menu selecting “Forward as attachment”.

See this link for the original announcement and more detailed instructions from the G Suite Updates Blog.

 

HathiTrust Login Change

On Thursday, February 13th, LITS is scheduled to update the method for signing into HathiTrust. Upon signing in, you will be prompted to use your Allegheny Google account to authenticate. Access to HathiTrust should not be affected.

If you experience difficulties logging into HathiTrust after February 13th, please contact the InfoDesk at 814-332-3768, or open a Web Help Desk ticket.

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 830 to 859, German, French, and Italian literature. Click here for a list of topics. The review of titles in 830 – 859 begins February 7, 2020 and lasts until February 28, 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 range 810 to 819 will end next Friday, February 14, 2020. A full list of call number ranges under review is listed on the project’s website https://sites.google.com/allegheny.edu/winnowing.

ProQuest scheduled maintenance

Dear Valued Customer:

ProQuest will be taking up to a 12-hour maintenance window beginning Saturday, February 8 at 10pm to upgrade infrastructure, enhance security, and maintain reliability on many ProQuest products. During this maintenance window, many ProQuest products provided by Allegheny will be temporarily unavailable, including RefWorks.

If you experience difficulties persisting after 10am on Sunday, February 9, please open a Web Help Desk ticket.

Tech Tip Tuesday – 3 Ways To Take A Screenshot In Windows 10

Screenshots can be a very useful way to store and share what is on your computer’s screen. Here are a few different ways to take screenshots in Windows.

  1. Take a Screenshot of the entire screen:

    1. Press the Print Screen button on your keyboard. The screenshot is then stored in the clipboard, and you can paste the screenshot into another application.
  2. Take a screenshot without additional applications:

    1. Press the Print Screen key + Windows key.  Your screenshot is now saved in a folder named Screenshots, inside of your Pictures folder.
  3. Take a Screenshot of a specific part of the screen:

      1. In the search bar next to the Start menu, type snipping tool, and select “Snipping Tool” from the search results.
      2. Click “New”
      3. Click and drag the cursor to select the area of the screen you would like to use, and release the cursor after you’ve selected the area you wish to capture.
      4. The screenshot is now open in the Snipping Tool. (Don’t forget to save it!)

Can You Spot a Phishing Attempt?

Phishing attempts are on the rise!

Can you spot when you’re being phished? Check out this quiz from Google to find out.

Be sure to check out the LITS Phishing page to learn more about phishing and how to stay alert.

LITS always encourages safe account practices and would encourage you to visit the LITS website to change your password if you ever feel that your account credentials have been compromised.  In addition, two-factor authentication is an added layer of protection against this possibility.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the InfoDesk at infodesk@allegheny.edu or by phone at x3768 to report phishing attempts or to obtain more information.

Scheduled Campus Phone System Maintenance

In order to address miscellaneous recent issues with Allegheny’s VOIP phone system, our phone service provider has advised a reboot of the system, scheduled for Monday morning, February 3, at 7:00 am.

This reboot would affect all desk phones on campus. The outage is expected to last about ten minutes.

Fax service, alarm dialers, and emergency phones should not be affected during the outage.

If you are still experiencing any disruption of campus phone service after 7:20 am, please contact the InfoDesk immediately by email at infodesk@allegheny.edu.