On behalf of Library and Technology Services, I'd like to welcome all new and returning faculty and staff to the spring 2024 semester.

Read on for some information about our hours, upcoming events, and some reminders of the many resources and services that are available to you.

What’s open when?

LTS provides the Lehigh community with study areas, access to resources, experts ready to help, and events that promote inquiry, deepen learning, and build community.

Fairchild-Martindale Library (FML) and Linderman Library hours (Lehigh ID tap entry is required after 9:00PM).

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:45AM - 2AM  (both libraries)
  • Friday: FML: 7:45AM - 12AM; Linderman: 7:45AM - 10PM
  • Saturday: FML: 9AM - 12AM; Linderman: 9AM - 10PM
  • Sunday: 9AM - 2AM (both libraries)

The Computing Center Pit (lower level) is open to the campus community 24 hours, 7 days a week during fall, spring, and summer semesters, offering round-the-clock space for work and study. Lehigh ID tap is required when the building is open but the doors are locked. Have a look!

View Library, CC, and Digital Media Studio hours on the LTS website.

Dining at the libraries

The Grind @ FML and Lucy’s Cafe on the lower level of Linderman Library will maintain their regular hours of operation. View all Lehigh Dining hours (hours subject to change).

Getting (re)started in the Lehigh Libraries

Insight Into Diversity magazine has recognized Library and Technology Services with its inaugural 2024 Library Excellence in Access and Diversity Award (LEAD). The LEAD Award honors academic libraries’ programs, policies, and initiatives that encourage and support diversity, inclusion, and equity across their campus and surrounding community. Learn more about the actions LTS has taken in recent years to strengthen connections across the community on Lehigh News

The Lehigh Libraries offer access to an extensive collection of digital journals, print books, ebooks, databases, tools, and rare and archival materials. Deepen your reading and research by searching our collection, keep up with news such as the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and Foreign Policy, and explore fiction, poetry, non-fiction and beyond by BIPOC and LGBTQ+ writers in our OverDrive ebook and audiobook Library. You can also use the PALCI EZBorrow interlibrary loan system to request books from over 67 partner institutions. 

This year’s new library resources include PitchBook, a leading resource on detailed data on venture capital, private equity and the M&A landscape; TDM Studio, a text and data mining tool; the complete digital archives of Jet and Ebony magazines, major publications chronicling Black American life; enhanced access to the CNKI collection of Chinese academic journals; and Mango, an app-optimized language-learning platform.

Researchers can search Pivot to discover funding opportunities, find preprints, create an ORCID profile to enhance potential research impact, and use Zotero to create and organize your reference library. Contact your liaison librarian to learn more!

Interested in exploring our Libraries' unique and special collections? Consider making a research appointment in our newly renovated Bayer Special Collections & Instruction Reading Room.

Arts & Events

On February 12th, our Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries will feature a campus visit and talk, Libraries Do Good Work, from American Library Association President Emily Drabinski. She will discuss the state of libraries as crucial institutions and offer strategies for advocating for the right to read. Learn more and register. Visit Friends Events to catch up on recordings of talks by visiting speakers and faculty on earlier topics. 

Centrally located in Linderman Library, and inspired by Lehigh’s new partnership with Delaware Nation, Lehigh University commissioned artist Daniel StrongWalker Thomas (citizen of the Delaware Nation) to create artwork illustrating our shared past, present, and future. The work Transgenerational Wealth and Trauma, serves as part of Lehigh's ongoing efforts to recognize the Lenape and its land and the intention to continue collaborative relationships between faculty and staff from the university, Delaware Nation, and Lenape people.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries, Lehigh Libraries, will feature the exhibit “Rediscovering Miles Rock.” Miles Rock’s comprehensive collection, recently donated to Special Collections by his great-great grandsons, exemplifies the journey of a member of the first Lehigh class from humble beginnings, through the civil war, and as an international explorer, scientist, and a diplomat.

What’s new in software and technology?

LTS Alerts has been replaced with a Lehigh LTS Status Page, a standalone cloud-based system separate from our Lehigh infrastructure that displays current system status even in the event of an incident affecting our network infrastructure. Learn more.

Register for technology, research computing, or library resource training in the Spring 2024 Seminar Series. We offer over two dozen seminars highlighting Lehigh tools, software, and services designed to help you work more efficiently and maximize your productivity in the office, the classroom, or in your research.

LinkedIn Learning is free to all Lehigh students, faculty, and staff. For faculty, LinkedIn Learning tutorials can be integrated into your Course Site as a resource to supplement your curriculum and enhance student learning. And for staff, sharpen skills or learn new ones with training that complements existing Lehigh career enrichment opportunities available through Human ResourcesLearn more and get started.

Have you updated your Duo primary second factor yet? Beginning March 4, 2024, insecure two-factor authentication methods will no longer function. The following options will be removed: SMS (text), phone call, Duo mobile app passcode generation, and Duo token number generator. If you use one of these methods as your primary second factor, update it with one of the secure options as soon as possible. Learn how.

Data skills aren’t just for a small handful of careers anymore. Today, they’re essential in every discipline. LTS is pleased to introduce DataCamp, an online learning platform specializing in teaching data literacy for all skill levels. There is no software installation as all learning takes place in a web browser, where students will have the opportunity to follow expert-led courses, complete bite-sized exercises, and receive real-time feedback. Learn more and get started.

What’s new in teaching and learning?

Over winter break, Lehigh’s Learning Management System, Course Site, was upgraded to provide a redesigned and freshly intuitive look and feel, making it more efficient for faculty to create learning experiences and for students to intuitively prioritize and complete course work. Be sure to check out our tutorial video and resources for details.

CITL is partnering with 18 Faculty Fellows on 16 projects on innovative pedagogies, including the use of Generative AI, VR/XR and immersive learning, inquiry-based learning, and cross-disciplinary moments in their Spring 2024 courses. Look for an invitation soon to join our Communities of Practice around each of these pedagogies, led by our Faculty Fellows, as well as a New Faculty Community of Practice and one focused on Virtual International Exchange (VIE).

Did you miss the CITL Winter Workshop session? Be sure to check out the session recordings and numerous supplemental resources to learn about the upgrades to Course Site, see demos of using Gradescope to grade and provide student feedback online, consider the use of generative AI tools in your courses, and hear how your faculty colleagues have incorporated AI into their teaching and research.

Mark your calendars! The 2024 CITL Symposium on Teaching and Learning will be held on April 9-10. Watch for details in the coming weeks.

CITL spaces, including the Digital Media StudioVisualization + XR Learning LabDIY Video & Lightboard Studio, and Audio Recording Studio are great resources to support teaching and learning. Do you have students looking to explore the fields of 3D or 2D game development, VR/AR/MR, or spatial computing? If so, learn more about the CITL Student Developer Lab, located in the Computing Center, just east of FML.

The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning offers ongoing pedagogical consultations; partners with faculty on course-based writing, research, and digital media projects; supports classroom technology across campus; and provides teaching and creation spaces in both libraries. Not sure where to start? Visit the CITL resources page, browse the Teaching, Learning and Technology section of the LTS Knowledge Base, or submit a request for Instructional Technology/Design support.

How can we help?

As always, we are dedicated to providing innovative, state-of-the-art resources; library, teaching,  and technical consultation; and expert assistance for all students, faculty, researchers, and staff. 

Need help but aren’t sure where to start? Come by the LTS Help Desk in the Fairchild-Martindale Library lobby, visit help.lehigh.edu, or call 610-758-4357 (8-HELP).

Welcome again, and best wishes for a rewarding and successful semester. 

Greg Reihman, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Library and Technology Services

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