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Pete Souza, Friends of the Lehigh Libraries Lecture

The Friends of the Lehigh Libraries welcomed presidential photographer Pete Souza to campus on Feb. 6. His daylong visit began with meetings with student leaders, a book signing at FML, and concluded with his sold-out lecture at Zoellner Arts Center, followed by a campus reception. His talk coincided with a solo exhibition of his photography, Obama: An Intimate Portrait, on display in the Fairchild-Martindale Library Study Gallery.

2019 New Faculty Orientation

We welcomed over 35 new faculty at the two-day 2019 university-wide New Faculty Orientation where attendees heard from a variety of Lehigh representatives on topics including academic integrity, research, student services, equity and community, legal counsel, university benefits, and LTS essentials.

More than 200 incoming students and their families attended the Tech Talk webinar. The session featured a panel of computing consultants and managers, describing Lehigh's technology environment and offering practical advice.

CITL-sponsored Communities of Practice in AR/VR, Geospatial Tools, and Online Teaching and Learning provide faculty opportunities to share experiences and best practices with colleagues in their areas of expertise and interest. During fall 2019, 70 faculty, staff, and students participated in these events.

CITL Winter Workshop: Course Design, Pedagogy and Technology. Fifty-five faculty joined us for a full day of workshops with sessions on matrix games; teaching with augmented and virtual reality; tips for designing multimedia and data-intensive assignments, and tools for content, collaboration, and communication.

[AR]T ADVENTURES reception Lehigh University Art Galleries, December 5, 2019

BRINGING 21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGY TO ANCIENT ART Students in the introductory art history course Ancient to Medieval Art and Architecture demonstrated the game they created for Lehigh's first ever inclass, student-created augmented reality project, [AR]T ADVENTURES, at a reception at the Lehigh University Art Galleries on Dec. 5. With support from CITL, students learned to program the game using Metaverse, a technology tool that renders digital elements in a live picture of the real world via smartphone.

UMOJA House

We celebrated the opening of the UMOJA House Family Gallery Exhibit at FML, created by Lehigh’s award-winning staff photographer Christa Neu. The retrospective in portraits honors the current and former residents of the UMOJA House, founded in fall 1989 as the university's first multicultural residential option. The exhibit and reception were cosponsored by the Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries, the UMOJA 30th Committee, Lehigh University Art Galleries, and University Communications and Public Affairs.

Harvest of Ideas Reception, Linderman Library Rotunda September 16, 2019

The Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries hosted its 8th annual Harvest of Ideas reception in the Linderman Library Rotunda for over 35 faculty who published or edited a book or composition during the previous year

The Office of Distance Education provided technical support for numerous high-profile events that were forced to move online during spring and summer 2020. Offices supported include the Provost’s Office, Admissions, Office of Economic Engagement, the College of Health, the College of Engineering and Applied Science, UCPA, Graduate Student Life Office, ROTC, ERAC, the Student Senate, the Office of Sustainability, and Risk Management.

Artists celebrated personal identity, creativity, and expression at the opening of the second annual Be Your Own art exhibition in the Fairchild-Martindale Library 6th floor innovation space. The mixed media exhibit, created by nearly 100 students, faculty, and staff, is based upon 2019’s theme of spiritual, emotional, or physical relationship with roots, origins, and migrations. Organized by the Lehigh University Center for Gender Equity and co-sponsored by Library and Technology Services, Be Your Own aims to validate and acknowledge unheard and unseen stories at Lehigh.

More than 500 students from the Allentown School District got a taste of how Lehigh students use libraries when they toured and talked with LTS staff at Linderman and Fairchild-Martindale Libraries during a recent visit. The middle school students toured the study spaces, art exhibitions, and media resources in Fairchild-Martindale Library, before meeting with staff from the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning to experience virtual reality and the Visualization Lab.

Breakfast with the boards: (from left) Lehigh University Trustee Anne Kline, Greg Reihman, and Bruce Taggart

In October, we welcomed the Student Senate Executive Board, the Lehigh University Board of Trustees, and President John Simon to the Cafe @ FML for the Trustee Breakfast, followed by a tour of library places and spaces.

Walt Whitman (1881) Credit: Library of Congress

The Friends of the Lehigh Libraries Speaker Series

  • Diaries as Data: How a Computer Scientist Taught an English Professor How to Read the Most Valuable Documents of Walt Whitman's Bohemian Period, Eric P. S. Baumer, 2019
  • Preservation of the Friedensville Mine Site President Pump Engine House, Mark Connar and Jerry Lennon, 2019
  • Making the Renaissance Manuscript: Discoveries from Philadelphia Libraries, Nicholas Herman, 2020
  • Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe, Kathy Peiss, 2020
  • Obama: An Intimate Portrait Talk and exhibit, Pete Souza, 2020