News and Updates

Network issue affecting college systems

LITS is working to resolve a network issue that is interfering with many college systems Saturday morning.  Major affected systems (may either be inaccessible or partially functioning, depending on system) are:

Ability to log in to the wireless network
Door Access (in a few locations)
WebAdvisor
Printing
Colleague UI (not core database server)
Informer
Synoptix
Bookstore Services
GIS

This is not an exhaustive list.  There may be other services affected by this outage not listed here.

Colleague Sign-In Issue

Colleague users accessing UI via their web browser are unable to login.  LITS is investigating the problem and will remediate or update as soon as possible.  WebAdvisor and Informer are functioning normally.

Tech Tip Tuesday – Change Google Chrome’s Startup Page

You can configure Google Chrome to open any webpage when it starts up.

To tell Chrome to open a specific page or set of pages:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. At the top-right, click More (the 3 vertical dots,) and click Settings.
  3. Under the section, “On startup,” select Open a specific page or set of pages.
    1. Click Add a new page. Enter the website address and click Add. (For example, for My Allegheny, type “sites.allegheny.edu/my'”)
      OR
    2. Click Use current pages.

For more information, and to see how to set your homepage, see this Google Chrome Help article.

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

 

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 two call number ranges: 340 to 349, which is primarily focused on Law, and 400 to 499, which is primarily focused on Languages (grammar, usage, dictionaries, etc.). Click here for a list of topics. The review of titles in 340 – 349 and 400 – 499 begins November 8, 2019 and lasts until December 6, 2019. 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 300 to 319 and 330 to 334 will end next Friday, November 15, 2019. 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 – Instantly Create New Google Docs, Spreadsheets, And More From Your Browser

A new feature announced from Google last week allows you to very quickly create new files directly from your browser with “.new” domains.

You can, for example, type “docs.new” in your browser’s address bar to create a new Google doc.

Here are all of the current “.new” domains:

Watch this video to see “.new” in action.

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 two call number ranges: 320 to 329, which is primarily focused on Political Science, and 335 to 339, which is primarily focused on Economics. Click here for a list of topics. The review of titles in 320 – 329 and 335 – 339 begins November 1, 2019 and lasts until November 22, 2019. 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 200 to 299, which is primarily focused on Religion, will end next Friday, November 8, 2019. 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 – Securing Mobile Devices

Today is the last Tuesday of the month of October in which we recognize National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! This last post of the month aims to provide you some tips for securing mobile devices.

Want to know some easy best practices to follow to protect your mobile device and the data you use?

Take a look at our LITS web page for Adopting Safer Habits: Mobile Devices, for a list of easy steps that you can take to better protect yourself.

If you would ever like to discuss, or learn more about these best practices with LITS, we would be happy to assist you! Reach out to us by contacting the InfoDesk at x3768, or email us at infodesk@allegheny.edu.

Wireless Service Reconnected

LITS staff identified an issue with the wireless network in the late afternoon on Friday, October 25. Corrections have been made to the server supplying wireless service, and service has been fully restored.

Anyone still experiencing an issue with wireless connections is encouraged to open a Web Help ticket or contact the InfoDesk at 814-332-3768 (x3768 from on campus).

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 two call number ranges: 300 to 319, which is primarily focused on Sociology and Anthropology, and 330 to 334, which is primarily focused on Economics. Click here for a list of topics. The review of titles in 300 – 319 and 330 – 334 begins October 25, 2019 and lasts until November 15, 2019. 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 100 to 199, which is primarily focused on Philosophy & Psychology, will end next Friday, November 1, 2019. A full list of call number ranges under review is listed on the project’s website https://sites.google.com/allegheny.edu/winnowing.