Preparing for Bucknell’s New Phone System

Faculty and Staff,

Work continues on moving the campus to a new telephone system and we anticipate the project will be completed by early summer.  What can you do now to prepare?  Part of the transition means moving to a new voice mail system, significant because saved voice messages will not transfer to the new system.   

If you have existing voice messages you wish to save you can download them to your computer now.  Instructions can be found here:

 In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns about the campus telephone system upgrade please feel free to contact the Telephone Office at 570-577-1810.

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ITEC Acquires a 3D Printer

ITEC owns a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. The MakerBot Replicator 2 turns three-dimensional designs into actual physical objects, using bioplastic filament that is heated and then deposited on the build platform in layers as small as 100 microns (or 1/10,000 of a meter) in thickness. The Replicator 2 can be used to create three-dimensional models or re-creations of buildings, historical artifacts, fossils, multi-faceted solids, molecular structures, etc. Digital designs are imported into MakerBot’s MakerWare software, where they can be modified and/or sent directly to the 3D printer. Please contact itec if you have ideas about using the 3D printer for teaching or research.

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Survey Software Possibilities

Do you need to survey a group of people, and you’re trying to figure out the best software to use to create the survey and to collect responses? At Bucknell, we have several possible solutions available to you: Qualtrics, Google Forms, and Moodle.


Qualtrics is the most robust survey tool, and it is available to all Bucknell students, faculty, and staff. Qualtrics makes it very easy for you to create simple or complex surveys, to distribute the surveys via email or via a Web link, to view the results from the survey, to download those results in a file format readble byExcel or by statistical software packages, and to create customized reports. You can access Qualtrics by going to our online Qualtrics site: Qualtrics also has an online training program with many helpful tutorials. Qualtrics allows you to distribute surveys to members of the Bucknell community and to others outside the community, so it is the best choice for surveys to one or multiple audiences.

Google Forms

As part of our Google Apps for Education suite, Google Forms allows you to create simple surveys whose results are stored in an associated Google Spreadsheet. You get to Google Drive by clicking on the apps icon in the top-right corner of your Bmail window and then clicking on the triangular Drive icon:

Google Drive

To create a form, click on the Create button in the top-left corner of the Google Drive window, and then click on Form:

Create Google Form

Google Forms works well for surveys distributed to other members of the Bucknell community who have access to the Google Apps for Education domain.


Moodle has two survey tools – Questionnaire and Feedback – that can be used to create surveys administered to a particular academic course or to a particular group of people who have access to a Moodle site. You need to have the appropriate (Faculty or Teaching Assistant) status in the Moodle course to create the survey, which you do by turning editing on and clicking on the “Add an activity or resource” link in the bottom-right corner of a topic block. You would then click on Feedback or Questionnaire as the kind of activity that you want to add to the course.

Please contact itec if you have any questions about creating surveys for teaching or research purposes.

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Thursday, April 24th is Poem in Your Pocket Day

Bertrand Library and the Stadler Center for Poetry are teaming up to organize Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 24th.

Poem in your Pocket Day first took place in April, 2002 as one of New York City’s events for National Poetry Month. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets began promoting the event nationally, and now it is part of National Poetry Month festivities all across the country.

The idea is simple. To celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day, all you need to do is carry a poem around in your pocket and take some time out of your busy schedule to share that poem with others. At Bucknell, celebrating should be easy because we are giving you a pocket-sized poem!

On THURSDAY, APRIL 24th, be on the lookout for our student agents, who will be handing out poems all across campus. Take a poem, put it in your pocket, and share it with your friends.  

The poems were written by Bucknell students, faculty, and staff.  There will be a public reading featuring the poets at 11:30 a.m. on April 24th on the ELC’s uphill lawn.  If it is raining (and we hope it won’t be), the reading will take place in Arches Lounge (LC 304).

For more information about Poem in Your Pocket Day, visit the Academy of American Poets Website.

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Tech Tip: Lock your Windows!

Tech Tip: Lock Windows

Every time you walk away from your Windows computer, you should lock it!  Before you step out to get a cup of coffee, chat with a colleague, or check your mailbox press the windows key and the letter l (that’s L, the twelfth letter in the alphabet).  That’s all it takes to lock your computer – Windows + l.  Anytime you can’t see your computer, make sure no one is using your computer or reading your files!

Check out the Cyber Security page:

Contact the Tech Desk (, 570-577-7777) for assistance.

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ScienceDirect upgrades!

ScienceDirect, the online journals published by Elsevier, has been upgraded to make it easier to find relevant articles and books, read an article online, discover open access content and export to bibliographic software such as RefWorks and Mendeley.

The new release has four key upgrades:
A simplified user experience, with less visual clutter and improved design. Better visibility of open access content. Quicker discovery of relevant ScienceDirect content from search engines, and seamless export of citations and full-text articles to Mendeley.

Access Science Direct here:

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Students: Need help citing and formatting your sources?

Students – writing your final papers of the semester and struggling with how to format and manage your citations? Bertrand Library is hosting a series of Citation Clinics – drop-in at any of the times listed below to get answers to your citation questions! All Clinics will be held in the Library Lab on Lower Level 1 – please bring your laptop and assignment(s) that you need help with.

Session Times:
Wednesday, April 16th: 1-2 PM
Monday, April 21st, 11 AM – noon
Thursday, April 24, 3-4 PM
Monday, April 28, 10-11 AM

**If you cannot make it to a Citation Clinic, please stop by the Research Consultation Area, Monday - Friday from 10 AM – 5 PM for assistance.**

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