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Online-Only Penn Telephone Directory Blue Pages
October 6, 2009, Volume 56, No. 06

In order to further the University’s on-going efforts for environmental sustainability, ISC has been working with a cross section of the University community in a multi-year initiative to make all directory information available online and eliminate the printed telephone directory. The final stage of the effort—online “Blue Pages” with organizational listings—is expected to be implemented in November and will replace the printed directory. The transition to an online-only directory not only supports Penn’s overall sustainability and “green IT” efforts, but reflects savings in printing costs for the University.

The online version will retain all the current organizational information contained in the printed Blue Pages and, in addition, will have a robust search capability. The University-wide network of directory liaisons and proxies, currently responsible for updating their organization’s information, will have access to tools to ensure the continued process of maintaining information in a timely manner. Additionally, they will have the ability to update organizational records when changes occur rather than having only a once-a-year capability.

Faculty and staff are reminded to use the online update feature at www.upenn.edu/directories to revise their personal directory information year-round, and new employees are encouraged to review their new directory record after they have obtained a PennCard and PennKey.  

More information about the changes to the blue pages will be published in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please address them to online-directory@ISC.upenn.edu.

—Robin Beck, Vice President, Information Systems and Computing

Almanac - October 6, 2009, Volume 56, No. 06