To state the University Libraries’ position on email and University Libraries Listservs (ULL).
The University Libraries use the centralized University Collaboration Suite (UCS) for employee email.
UCS is administered by Information Technology Services (ITS). Problems with email delivery or service should be submitted to the ITS helpdesk at email@example.com. Users can also consult the ITS Knowledgebase for assistance. I-Tech can help facilitate problem resolution when necessary.
Libraries' employees must adhere to University policy FN14, which states that:
“The use of email, internet, and office phone services for reasonable personal use is permitted if the University incurs no additional incremental cost for personal use.
When sending an email message to Libraries' employees for personal matters (e.g., items for sale, free items, housing opportunities, travel opportunities or inquiries, leisure events and opportunities, etc.) use the word "OPPORTUNITY:" as the prefix in the subject line of the email message.
OPPORTUNITY: Football tickets wanted
OPPORTUNITY: Free to a good home
It is against University and Libraries' policy to use the University email system, including "opportunity" messages, to advertise a personal business or any for-profit venture of Libraries' employees or their famiilies.
Filtering Opportunity Messages: Using the keyword "OPPORTUNITY:" as filter criteria allows automatic transfer of these messages to a designated folder, keeping these messages separate from business-related email correspondence. Instructions for setting up filters in UCS are available here.
Caution: No filter is perfect. Don’t use the word opportunity for “non-opportunity” messages or your recipients may not see them in a timely manner.
Tip: Try using Library News for dissemination of work-related general information instead of or as well as email.
The purpose of University Libraries LISTSERV (ULL) lists is to provide standardized email groupings. These eliminate the need for library units and individuals to create their own address book entries for commonly use organizational groupings.
The structure of the ULL lists is based upon the organizational structure of the University Libraries, its committees and ad-hoc groups.
Every employee, both full-time and part-time, is a member of at least one list. Full-time employees are added by default to the unit in which they are employed; part-time employees are added by default to the part-time employees list.
ULLs are arranged hierarchically -- employees are members of the most specific ULL possible that matches their unit and job function.
Day-to-day management of ULLs throughout the Libraries is handled by list managers. To change membership of a ULL, contact the Global List Manager for your area. A current list of global list managers (staff only) is available.
Employees are added to departmental ULLs at the lowest level of the hierarchy based on job function/role. This does not apply to standalone lists (e.g., committees, etc.). In these cases, membership is determined by the committee chair or appropriate administrator.
Only PSU email accounts can be used in subscribing members to ULL lists. Aliases are not permitted.
Ad hoc groups and groups that require membership outside of the psu.edu community are not required to, but may distribute information using PSU Listserv lists rather than ULLs. Individuals may create their own Listserv at lists.psu.edu.
UL-IT01 – Computer, Network, and Email Account Authorization Process for Library Employees
AD56 - Use of Group Communication Tools to Communicate University Business to Employees and Students
FN14 - Use of University Tangible Assets, Equipment, Supplies and Services
Effective Date: June 8, 2006
Date Approved: February 6, 2006 (Dean's Library Council)
Last Review Date: March 2016