Soft launch of new Libraries website announced

In his latest blog post, Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries Damon Jaggars announces the soft launch of the new Libraries website, the result of the website redesign project that began in February.  Please review Damon’s post, and watch for additional information on the site’s soft launch.

Wellness Wednesday/November 15, 2017

ADOPTING AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

University Chief Wellness Officer, Bern Melnyk recently shared some information with Buckeye Wellness Innovators about gratitude. Specifically she said “we are blessed with many gifts in life and it is important to express appreciation and gratitude for them. Adopting an attitude of gratitude can be beneficial for your health and impact on your quality of life. People with higher levels of gratitude are happier, have better sleep quality, are more resilient to stress, and express more sensitivity and empathy towards others.

Read more on several ways you can express gratitude for the many blessings in your life.

Take some time this holiday season to express gratitude to those who mean the most to you and to those who impact your life in ways that may go unnoticed.” 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

HOW TO EASE YOUR BACK PAIN
November 29, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Webinar

Back pain can be a vicious cycle because the strategies you use to relieve back pain may actually making the pain worse. There are many strategies to keep your spine in a neutral position to relieve strain.

Register at linktohealth.osu.edu and search under “Educational Program.”

 

HEALTHY EATING AROUND THE HOLIDAYS
December 6, noon to 12:30 p.m., Webinar

For many, the holidays are the most wonderful (but least healthy) times of the year. The holidays are a time to enjoy friends, family, and food. You can enjoy all three without additional weight gain. Learn how to practice healthy eating around the holidays with us during this webinar.  

Register at linktohealth.osu.edu and search under “Educational Program.”

 

PARENTS OF PRESCHOOLERS: HOW TO RAISE A READER
December 12, noon to 12:30 p.m., Webinar

There are many ways that reading can spark the interest of a child. Parents are a child’s first teacher and there are simple things you can do every day to spark an interest in reading for your child.

Register at linktohealth.osu.edu and search under “Educational Program.”

 

IT Security Tips

Submitted by Sue Beck:  

Have you ever received a “tech support” call from Microsoft that just didn’t seem on the level? Do you regularly receive emails that may as well have SCAM in the subject line? 

If you are comfortable with technology and use it frequently, you probably know what to look for and how to protect against most cyber-schemes. However, you probably have friends and family that are not comfortable and who may miss tell-tale signs that seem obvious to you.

The October 2017 issue of OUCH!, a monthly security newsletter from the cybersecurity experts at SANS Institute, gives a few tips on how you can help keep your less-than-tech-savvy friends a bit safer.

Enrollment window open for spring dependent tuition assistance

Submitted by Lisa Patton-Glinski:  

Applications for dependent tuition assistance must be submitted each term. The enrollment window for spring semester 2018 closes January 12, 2018. Eligible faculty and staff can apply online or with paper applications. The student must have a social security number on file with the Buckeye Link to receive dependent tuition assistance.

  • For more information, interested faculty and staff should see go.osu.edu/dependent-tuition.
  • Questions should be directed to the Office of Human Resources Customer Service Center at HR@osu.edu or (614) 292-1050.

Silent Craft Auction – Bucks for Charity

Submitted by Sharon Sadvari:  Calling all Libraries crafters! Brand new this year, one of the Bucks for Charity events will be a silent craft auction.

We know you are all a creative bunch of people so if you have any handmade craft items please consider donating them for your colleagues to bid on. All crafting items are welcome so whether you are a knitter, painter, potter, or any other type of crafter we hope to see the beautiful items you make represented at the auction.

The craft auction will take place on November 21 from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. in Thompson Library, Room 150B. The auction will remain open for the entire hour and individuals can come at any time to make a bid. We will see who has submitted the highest bid for each item and contact the winner after the auction has closed. We can only accept cash or check for the items. All items must be picked up from Sharon Sadvari’s office (410 18th Avenue Library) and paid for by November 29.  This is a great way to get some holiday shopping done early!

We will be accepting donated items until November 20 at 2 p.m. Contact Sharon Sadvari (Sadvari.2@osu.edu) or Nicole Hernandez (Hernandez.313@osu.edu) to donate your items.

All proceeds will contribute to our Bucks for Charity goal of $15,000! 

Student Work Hours during Winter Break

Submitted by Randall McKenzie:  

The upcoming break running 12/15/17 – 1/5/18 spans two pay periods.  Ensuring your students do not exceed maximum limits will require keeping a close eye on when and how much they are working.

Pay Period 14 12/10 – 12/23 Total Hours: 58
  Week of 12/10 20 hours
  Week of 12/17 38 hours
     
Pay Period 15 12/24 – 1/06 Total Hours: 76
  Week of 12/24 38 hours
  Week of 12/31 38 hours

Be mindful:

  • Not all students remain on campus over break, may not be available to work, and are not required to make themselves available for work.  Conversely, you are not obligated to schedule your students for more hours (or at all), during the break period.
  • Final Exams are 12/7 – 12/14: Please be sensitive to scheduling needs during finals week.  Exam schedules do not align with class schedules, so be sure your students share their exam schedule with you to avoid conflicts.
  • The last day students graduating in autumn can work on FWS funding is 12/16.  Any hours worked after 12/16 will automatically be charged to your department.
  • The last day students graduating in autumn can work on department funding is 2/27/18.

 

IMPORTANT: Open Enrollment Ends TODAY

Submitted by Lisa Patton-Glinski:  Open Enrollment ends today, November 14, at 11:59 p.m. This is the final opportunity for you to make changes to your benefit elections. An online presentation about plan changes and plan details are on the Open Enrollment website.

  • University employees need to complete their benefit elections in Employee Self Service by 11:59 p.m. on November 14 and to click “Authorize and Submit” to complete their enrollment.
  • You can review 2018 benefit information at hr.osu.edu/oe.

Website Redesign: What You Need to Know

Submitted by Robyn Ness:

Earlier today we released the first content in the Libraries’ redesigned website. Releasing a “work in progress” is a different approach for many of us, and we want to provide some context around the project at this time. As you review the site, here are some things to keep in mind:
 
The first release isn’t the whole site. 
We’ve made the decision to release the site incrementally so we can learn as we go. Gathering feedback as the site develops, rather than waiting until the end for a grand unveiling, will give us time to adapt and improve before switching over from the old site to the new one. As you review the beta site, please share your comments at http://go.osu.edu/OSULBeta.
 
The first release mainly includes the About section.
We started with the About section content because it involved people in nearly every part of University Libraries and the content wouldn’t become out of date quickly. More sections of the site, including the home page with our beta discovery tool, will come online over the next few months.
 
Why are there so few links on this beta website?
Since we’ve only published the About content, we don’t have other material to link to. For example, although we mention the names of various people on this beta website, we don’t yet have biographical or directory information available on this site, to so we can’t link to it. As we publish more content, more and more links will appear to stitch together the content available on our growing website.
 
Library.osu.edu, the current site, is still the official public site for University Libraries.
However, the beta site is available to anyone with the link. After we’ve released more content and features, we’ll add a message to library.osu.edu inviting users to visit the beta site.
 
Content owners don’t have access to edit the new site – yet.
We’ve been meeting with OSUL departments to plan content changes and to design features, but have not yet created roles for editing. That is coming in the near future.

Using The New Guest Parking Pass Stickers

CampusParc has begun installing the next generation of parking access and revenue control system (PARCS) equipment in each of the 95 lanes in 16 parking garages across campus. This large-scale hardware and software installation will enhance the reliability of garage operations, provide new, user-friendly payment equipment, and serve as a foundation for future improvements.

Garage Validations
Validation of entry tickets will be accomplished by placing a barcode sticker within the validation box on the entry ticket (as seen below). Each validation sticker is unique and can be used only once. This method replaces the chaser ticket, making the payment process smoother for university guests. The pay machine will read the entry ticket and the validation sticker, calculate the new parking fee, and update the balance accordingly.

Purchasing Validations
The process for purchasing validations remains the same. Depending on the type of validation needed, there are two purchase methods. Prepaid Validations. Since single exit validations are prepaid, an eRequest for a specified number of validations should be submitted. Upon receipt of an eRequest, the requested number of validation stickers will be provided in sheets, similar to return address labels. Post-Paid Validations. All other validation types offered by CampusParc do not have value before they are used. These postpaid validations are invoiced monthly based on the number of validations used. Post-paid validations can be requested by university departments or other clients via email at osuinfo@campusparc.com.

Virtual Validations
While not available initially, virtual validations are expected to be offered in the near future. Virtual validations will allow departments to validate entry tickets via a secure online portal or smartphone app. No stickers needed!

New security awareness blog posting

Submitted by the OSUL Cybersecurity Awareness Team:

A new security awareness article from the OSUL Cybersecurity Awareness Team has been posted on the IT blog. 

https://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/are-you-practicing-safe-social-networking/

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