Library & Information Technology Services Blog

Phone Installations Begin 5/21; Phone Activation 6/11

Posted May 17, 2018

The College’s new phone system will launch on Monday, June 11.  Your New Phone Beginning the week of May 21, and through our June 11 launch date, LITS and our wiring contractor PABEC will be installing new telephones on faculty and staff desks. The phones will be in a “test state” and not usable. On […]

Skype for Business on the go!

Posted February 26, 2018

Between streaming TV and movies, taking amazing photos, and catching Pokemon, there isn’t much you can’t do on your mobile devices these days. Add using Skype for Business’ IM, audio, and video capabilities to that list. The Skype for Business mobile app is a free and handy tool for helping you stay connected with colleagues […]

Accelerate your Communications with Skype for Business’ Instant Messaging (IM)

Posted February 19, 2018

Skype for Business’ instant message (IM) feature is a speedy way to connect with colleagues or classmates for interactive conversations. In this Spotlight, you’ll be introduced to IMs and some of the peripheral features that enhance or impact your IM experience. With IMs, you can: Chat with individuals or groups Send a file Initiate other […]

Record Meetings and Webinars with Skype for Business!

Posted February 12, 2018

Not everyone on your invite list may be able to attend your online meeting or webinar, but luckily, Skype for Business gives you the ability to record and share your meeting, including the meeting audio, video, and any content shared on-screen. Microsoft’s website offers instructions on how to record your first meeting, to use the […]

Best Practices for Facilitating Skype for Business Meetings

Posted February 5, 2018

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of setting up and facilitating online meetings, or if this is your first foray,  check out these Skype for Business best practices to help ensure your attendees are well-informed and your meetings run smoothly! Best Practices for Invitations: Depending on audience, may want to: Explicitly state no Skype or BMC […]

Spotlight: What is Multi-factor Authentication? Where and why should I use it?

Posted November 8, 2017

Have you ever had an online service encourage you to enable an additional layer of login security?  Like many of us, you probably thought “my password is good enough,” “that sounds inconvenient,” or “why would I want that?” It’s true you need strong passwords (and a good way to manage them).  But are they enough?  […]

Spotlight: Your Browser is Speaking (and You Should Listen)

Posted October 17, 2017

Community members often report that it’s hard to understand messages or icons that may appear in their browser.  They don’t know which messages are informational, and which represent real issues. Modern browsers have many subtle ways to communicate, and some of the messages they’re sending are a big deal.  Being able to decode these is […]

Spotlight: Data Security Basics

Posted October 6, 2017

Some words of wisdom before we get started:  there is no single “right way to do” data security, especially on the go.  What you choose depends on your needs and the data you mean to protect.  This post contains generalized advice on some things you could use and should think about, but it’s not a […]

Spotlight: Password Managers

Posted September 6, 2017

What’s a Password Manager? “A password manager is a software application … that helps a user store and organize passwords. Password managers usually store passwords encrypted…” –Wikipedia Why do you need one? There’s a password for everything in your life. You have a username and a password for places you shop, bank and credit card […]

How We Spent Our Summer Vacation 2017

Posted August 31, 2017

Highlighting Top Resources for Students Get Microsoft Office for FREE by logging in at Click Office 365 in the top left corner and click to install Office 2016 on more than five devices! Need to learn a new tech skill? Check out! See the LITS Blog for more info. Did you know we […]

Spotlight: Privacy with Chrome

Posted August 7, 2017

Earlier this year, LITS changed the recommended campus browser to Chrome.  In our announcement, we said: “As you may know, we are often cautious about Google’s products given the large volume of information that they gather and retain about Internet users and customers of their many services.  As Chrome has matured, Google has provided us better […]