Tech Tip: Some tips on using Slack

by Ryan Johnson, I-Tech

illustration of logo for Slack

Now that Slack is up and running in the libraries, here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Instead of using your Penn State ID as your username which can be hard to recognize for everyone, use your full name. To change your username you need to log in on the website version here https://psu-libraries.slack.com/account/settings#username, click expand under username and change it.
  • Remember Slack should be used for business purposes only. Information from Slack and other chat services can be subpoenaed.
  • Create your own dept/team channel by clicking on the + sign next to Browse All Channels.

screenshot of options for selecting a channel on Slack workgroup chat

  • Set your status from the browser, desktop and mobile versions of Slack. From your computer, click your name in the upper left corner of your sidebar, then select Set a Status. On the iOS or Android apps, tap the More items icon (…), or edit your status directly from your profile.