Count Day, Tuesday September 11

Tuesday 9/11/2018 is Count Day. The group of administrators that overseesCount Chocula Cereal Box
the count process (Registrar, Finance and the Dean of Students)
request that access to Colleague be disabled for the duration of count
to ensure accuracy of the process. Access to WebAdvisor and Informer
for self-service and reports will continue uninterrupted.

We anticipate that Colleague will be available at the start of
business on Wednesday 9/12/2018. Thank you for your attention!

Library and Information Technology Changes

The staff in Library and Information Technology Services (LITS) have been busy over the summer making changes to improve their services to the Allegheny community. To help you learn more about how these changes might affect you, we created this short update.

Welcome to Our New and Returning Students

The Library and Information Technology Services (LITS) team extends a warm welcome our new and returning students to the 2018-2019 academic year.

We look forward working with you this year as you live and learn at Allegheny. Here’s to a great year!

Fun Friday 8/24 – Cancelled

Apologies to folks planning to come to Fun Friday open office hours on Friday 8/24, but this week’s Fun Friday has been cancelled due to illnesses, vacation, and training being held in its home classroom.

For those not aware, Fun Friday is a standing open session scheduled between 3pm and 4pm, but often starting earlier and ending later where the classroom in Murray Hall (117) is open for administration and faculty to work from one of the computers. Enterprise Services staff are present to answer questions, brainstorm, work on problems and share news and information. There are no strict rules regarding topics or decisions on whether to attend. A typical Fun Friday might consist of folks that are:

  • Requesting a report and learning how to pull information from it
  • Working out a process flow with members of other departments
  • Understanding integration between two systems
  • Learning how to use Google Sheets
  • Discussing the best streaming video recommendations on Netflix
  • Members of Enterprise Services collaborating on programming work

In the past we have conducted more formal trainings on occasional Fun Fridays, known as First Fun Fridays.  That initiative is currently on hiatus as we review possible future training opportunities.  However, we continue to keep the over two year tradition of Fun Friday alive!

E-Z Borrow Access Restored

The issue being experienced with E-Z Borrow was addressed about noon on August 23, 2018.  Should you experience issues using E-Z Borrow at this point please contact the InfoDesk.


 

Investigating E-Z Borrow Issue

Access to E-Z Borrow is currently unavailable. LITS staff are aware of the problem and addressing the situation. We have no estimate as to when it will be available. Thanks in advance for your patience.

Sakai unavailable August 2, 2018 until 12:30 pm

Sakai will be unavailable on Thursday, August 2nd, from 6:00 am until 12:30 pm due to a scheduled update. The new version will have improved usability, a better mobile experience, and other enhancements. More information will be coming soon.

Implementing a New Phone System: Phase 1 Starts July 31, 2018

LITS is working with Windstream Communications to implement a new phone system on the Mitel platform.  The implementation of the new phone system will begin July 31 at 3:00pm when the following departments located in Pelletier Library and Murray Hall are converted to Mitel.  

  • Library and Information Technology Services (LITS)
  • Learning Commons
  • The Allegheny Gateway (Career Education, Civic Engagement, etc..)

Beginning on August 1st to reach individuals in those departments by phone you will need to dial 9 814 332-XXXX to reach them until your department is converted to the new system at that point 4 digit dialing will return.

The Mitel phone system will be fully implemented before the end of the Fall Semester 2018. Specifics of the remaining phases of the project will be shared with individual departments and members of the campus community as they are finalized with Windstream.  Once fully implemented, the College will experience cost savings and the features of a modern phone system.

Thank you in advance for accommodating the minor inconvenience of having to dial 9 and the ten digit number for a few months this fall.  Should you have questions please, contact James Fadden <jfadden@allegheny.edu>.  

Power Outage 7/24/2018

Yesterday’s power outage may have caused a brief disruption of connectivity in the 454 House. Network configuration was restored within an hour. No known connectivity issues existed noticeable to staff or students. Please report any problems connecting to the internet to the Info Desk at 3768 as normal.

PubMed full-text button will be removed.

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The link for Allegheny Full Text ​on the PubMed page will be removed. This link no longer provides access to the full text article or a direct link to Interlibrary Loan. Other vendor links for full text articles are still being provided. To find out if full text is available, copy and paste the article title into AggreGator. If the full text is available, the link will be provided. If the the article is “Online Citation”, the direct link to Interlibrary Loan will be provided.