At the end of this summer, Greg Skutches will conclude his 17-year career as a champion of peer tutoring in writing at Lehigh. As director of Writing Across the Curriculum and co-founder of the TRAC Fellows Program in the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, Skutches has mentored hundreds of peer tutors in writing and advanced writing and communication instruction in courses across the curriculum at Lehigh. His last day of service will be August 31, 2023.

Library and Technology Services (LTS) is pleased to announce the launch of a new and vastly improved Connect Lehigh, a central hub that consolidates and organizes frequently-used campus applications and information, allowing you to get work done in a more streamlined and efficient manner.

One of the first steps anyone new to Lehigh takes is to open their computer account, necessary to access all university systems and services that require authentication. If you ever had a special request, needed help, or had a question about your password or account, it’s very likely that you connected with Margaret Petrovich.

Beginning January 8, 2024, Lehigh will be setting quotas on all accounts using Google Workspace (Drive, Photos, and Gmail). We are doing this because Google is no longer offering unlimited storage for universities like Lehigh that use Google Workspace and will instead begin limiting our free storage to a shared finite amount.

The Lehigh University Libraries are excited to announce two children’s author reading events this Summer in the LTS CIRCLE at the E.W. Fairchild-Martindale Library. Please join us on Wednesday, June 14th and Friday, July 14th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for an interactive reading by Dr. LaToya Council, an author, activist, and public intellectual and Assistant Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Lehigh University. Pizza, snacks, and drinks will be provided, and the program will close with an activity. One free copy of Dr. Council's book will be provided for the first 25 families who register.

After a distinguished 31-year career, Director of Library Access Services Sharon Wiles-Young, who oversaw the planning and implementation of open-source library systems FOLIO and OLE, will retire on May 31, 2023. A search committee has been formed to identify her successor.

Due to a water leak requiring major repair, the Fairchild-Martindale Library and Computing Center will be closed on Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26. Staff will not be allowed into the EWFM buildings as water lines will be completely shut down on these days. Repairs are expected to be completed, and water service fully restored, by late Friday. Both buildings should reopen at their normal times on Saturday, May 27.

In 2019 we began Lehigh’s Two-factor Authentication (2FA) program to protect our community against identity attacks. The program has been highly successful but we are starting to see a rise in account compromises and so we will be elevating our security measures.

The Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries invite you to join us on Wednesday, May 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. via Zoom for Multisolving: Protecting the Climate While Improving Health, Equity, Biodiversity, and Well-Being, presented by Dr. Elizabeth Sawin, Founder and Director of the Washington, D.C.-based Multisolving Institute.

Are you interested in learning more about AI and copyright? If so, please consider registering for a free webinar sponsored by the LVAIC Information Literacy Group.

On April 19, 2023, Lehigh will hold its 6th annual Giving Day, inviting every member of the Lehigh community to make a gift in support of our students, colleges, and everything that makes South Mountain great.

With the end of the Spring 2023 semester fast approaching, take a moment to learn about new student, library, and research spaces, exciting upcoming events, and highlights on teaching and learning at Lehigh.

The Lehigh University Libraries are very excited to announce a new, three-year pilot Open Access (OA) agreement with Wiley that will allow Lehigh-affiliated responsible corresponding authors to publish their research openly in Wiley journals. This “Read and Publish” agreement maintains subscription access to all journals currently published by Wiley.

The Zoellner Arts Center and Library and Technology Services are excited to announce a series of upcoming arts programs featuring the international aerial dance company BANDALOOP, performing LOOM: Field. Bringing together a collective of performing artists, climate scientists, regenerative textile artists, a visual technologist, and creative riggers, the piece will turn the exterior of Fairchild-Martindale Library into a giant loom where stories and dances interlace.

National Poetry Month was started in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to make poetry a part of everyday life. This year National Poetry Month coincides with the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio, so Lehigh Libraries will be celebrating the Bard all month! Join us for events and activities planned throughout the month of April, including open mic night now with Shakespeare cosplay, a virtual talk on Shakespeare, and a songwriting workshop!

We are excited to invite the campus community to the 2023 Symposium on Teaching and Learning. Read on for more information or register here. 

The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning is pleased to invite you to a panel discussion and workshop on The Implications of Generative AI for Teaching and Learning at Lehigh.

Save the Date! Lehigh’s 2023 Symposium on Teaching and Learning will be held on Tuesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 12. Tuesday’s sessions will be held in-person in Fairchild-Martindale Library. Wednesday’s sessions will be fully remote in Zoom.

We're excited to share that we’ve embarked on a project to move the content of separate LTS sites into one site. Our goal is to create a site experience that is more straightforward for site visitors.

Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning unveils Student Developer Lab in Computing Center; Open House scheduled for March 21, 2023

The Lehigh University Information Security Team wants you to be aware of an increase in phishing attempts that could lead to the compromise of sensitive information, such as banking and direct deposit information. In one case, a phishing attack at Lehigh resulted in a paycheck being sent to a fraudulent account.

The new space officially opened to students, faculty, and staff as a ‘Community & Inclusion Resource Center: A Library for Everyone’

The Lehigh Libraries invite you to the Student Library Advisory Board (SLAB) first Spring meeting on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Linderman Library, room 200!

The Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries invite you to join us on Tuesday, February 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. via Zoom for Public Perceptions of Risk and Policy Creation around the Danger of Floods in Response to Climate Change, presented by Dr. David Casagrande, Lehigh Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Environmental Initiative.

Ribbon-cutting and inaugural events, Traveling (Internationally) While Black: Black Students’ Study Abroad Experiences and Traveling While Black Through the Education System, to be held Feb. 15

In January 2023, the Lehigh University Libraries upgraded from MEDLINE Complete to MEDLINE Ultimate, a research database from EBSCOhost that combines the indexing of MEDLINE with cost-effective, full-text access to journals. More than 500 additional titles are now available, including:

Ryan Bradley has been named Director of Research Computing at Lehigh, following a comprehensive national search. Ryan, who started his new position on January 17, succeeds Alex Pacheco, who resigned from the university in July.

Lehigh Libraries’ Special Collections, is pleased to announce the new spring exhibit, “Manufacturing a Narrative about Work: Labor Fiction Inspired by the Industrial Age.” Fictional accounts of the labors of men, women, and children proliferated at the end of the American Industrial Age. A subset of the Social Fiction genre, these novels tell the stories of textile workers, bakers, miners, steelworkers, and others who were involved in historical labor movements.

On Thursday, December 8, 2022, the Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries hosted its 11th annual Harvest of Ideas reception in the Linderman Library Rotunda for faculty who published or edited a book or composition during the previous year. Greg Reihman, Vice Provost for Library and Technology services, Boaz Nadav-Manes, University Librarian, Ollie Foucek, member of the Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries Board, and Jasmine Woodson, Assistant Director of Instruction and Outreach & Education Librarian, presided over the celebration.

The Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries invite you to join us on Thursday, December 1 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Zoom for Postcards, Places, & Participation, presented by Lydia Pyne, Writer; Research Affiliate, Institute for Historical Studies, University of Texas at Austin.

Library and Technology Services (LTS) is pleased to announce that Self-Service Banner 9 (SSB9) will be available to the Lehigh community beginning Monday, October 31. SSB9 brings a refreshed, more modern and mobile-friendly design to the Banner Self-Service interface with simplified navigation. Current Self-Service Banner 8 (SSB8) applications will still be available to use through the Spring 2023 semester, but we highly encourage using SSB9 in order to familiarize yourself with the new pages. Ellucian will discontinue support of SSB8 by July 2023.

The Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries invite you to join us on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. via Zoom for Performance Goals for Civil Infrastructure: Managing Risk in an Era of Climate Change, presented by Bruce Ellingwood, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University.

Duo is the authentication interface that asks you to verify your identity each time you log in to certain Lehigh resources or services, dramatically lowering the risk of unauthorized access to Lehigh’s institutional data. On Tuesday, October 25, Library and Technology Services will implement Duo's new browser experience called the Universal Prompt.

The Lehigh Libraries invite you to the Student Library Advisory Board (SLAB) first Fall meeting on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Linderman Library Rotunda!

The Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries invite you to join us on Thursday, October 20, 2022 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. via Zoom for Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi, presented by Gökçe Günel, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rice University.

The Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries invite you to join us on Monday, October 3, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Scheler Family Humanities Forum (Linderman 200) for Paper Trail: A Conversation with Artist, Illustrator, and Writer Rob Sato.

The Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries invite you to join us on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. via Zoom for Adapting to Climate Change in One Square Mile: Lessons Learned from Hoboken, New Jersey, presented by Jennifer Gonzalez ’08 ’09G, Director of Environmental Services and Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Hoboken, New Jersey.

The Lehigh Libraries Special Collections is pleased to announce the new fall exhibit “No Postage Necessary: Views of the Postcard World.” This Special Collections exhibit contains a panorama of vintage postcards representing locales near and far, as well as a selection of photo-postcards on loan from Professor Scott Paul Gordon. Much like today’s social media, postcards offer a finite amount of space for the writer to share their thoughts, travelogs, description, or provide reassurance to recipients that the sender is “having a wonderful time.” Postcards provide travelers with a means of communication, while providing visual evidence of their adventures abroad - or at home.Postcards are ephemeral treasures that contain vast evidence and visual record for social, economical, and political history. Advances in photography, printing technologies, shipping, delivery, and mailing industries have had a direct impact on the usage and distribution of postcards. Mailed or not, each postcard carries clues about the era and place that was captured and used. Today, with so many local, national, and international “postcard societies,” postcards represent aesthetic enjoyment, artistic adventure, and serious collecting passion. Postcards displayed in the exhibit date from the earliest days of this format in the 1890s through the beginning of the 21st century, and include original photographs, lithographs, and collotypes.While the Lehigh Libraries hasn’t collected postcards systematically beyond those depicting campus and the surrounding community, postcards presenting views of the world are also exhibited. These originate from a number of archival collections, including the South Bethlehem Historical Society, Cramer Family Collection, David Guise Papers, Bridge Postcards and Chris Eline Postcard Collection. Postcards provide historical evidence to historic preservationists and to environmental scientists, among other fields of study.In addition, included in the exhibit are postcards loaned by Professor of English Scott Paul Gordon, whose collection focuses on the work of D.C.M., a Moravian minister. Between 1907 and 1909, during a health-related “retirement” in Nazareth, PA, the Moravian minister D. Cornelius Meinert discovered a love of photography. He photographed many buildings, streets, and bridges in Nazareth and Bethlehem. One exhibit case in the Linderman Library is dedicated to a selection from Meinert’s photography: images of Lehigh University, of Bethlehem, and of the Lehigh River.This exhibit of historic images of sites and sights spanning over a century, begins in the Linderman Grand Reading Room and continues in the Cafe Gallery and Bayer Galleria. Examples from the collections are also on display in E.W. Fairchild-Martindale Library, 5th floor. Please see the libraries’ website for information regarding hours and access policies.The exhibit will be on display from August 22 through December 22, 2022 during regular building hours. Please stay tuned for details about an upcoming Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries program on postcards on November 17. For more information, please contact Special Collections at or call 610-758-4506.

Library and Technology Services is excited to introduce LUapps, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). LUapps improves the Lehigh teaching and learning experience by providing all Lehigh students, faculty, and staff with Windows virtual desktops installed with applications for the classroom or office, with ease of access wherever you are!

Library and Technology Services is pleased to welcome new and returning members of the Lehigh community to campus this fall and to announce hours of operations for all of our facilities.

Julia Maserjian, Digital Scholarship Manager in LTS’s Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL), has announced her retirement.

We are happy to announce that Alex Japha, Digital Archives and Special Collections Librarian in Lehigh Libraries, Special Collections, and Lisa McColl, Metadata Services Manager for Library Technical Services, were recently honored with the 2021-2022 Louis & Helen Zirkel Library Staff Award, established to recognize outstanding performance and service by a member of the exempt or nonexempt staff of the university libraries.

In the Spring of 2022, Library and Technology Services engaged MOR Associates to perform an independent assessment of satisfaction with LTS services and resources. Working with a survey consultant allows us to obtain accurate, valid, and objective assessments of the services we provide. This was our third such survey with MOR Associates. The first was in 2016; the second was in 2018.  

The Lehigh University Information Security Team wants you to be aware of a new level of phishing attack that is currently being launched against some colleges, universities, and several other institutions across the country. This attack exploits some Duo two-factor authentication options. Please review this alert carefully.

Dear Lehigh faculty, students, and staff:

On April 27, Lehigh will hold its 5th annual Giving Day, inviting every member of the Lehigh community to make a gift in support of our students, colleges, and everything that makes South Mountain great.

Library and Technology Services would like to remind the Lehigh community to follow these best practices for creating secure Zoom classes, meetings, and events: