Well we have email internally now. Everyone has an account and we can send to other ECRL users. Unfortunately we are running into issues sending to outside addresses and we are working with the State to resolve this.
The following section should guide you through the initial login and password change. To get the generic password just give us a call at the help desk. This password will work for everyone at your location so there is no need for each of you to call. If you have any questions let us know.
Password change instructions.
Browse to http://mail.ecrl.lib.mn.us/squirrelmail. Log in using your first initial and last name @ecrl.lib.mn.us (Andy Nordin = firstname.lastname@example.org) and the generic password. As a note from now on we will only conduct password business by phone so, please, if you are having password issues call us, this is to protect our patrons privacy.
A successful login should bring you to the familiar INBOX screen and our first order of business will be changing your password. To do this simply click on the Options link at the top of the page.
Next click on the Change Password link on the bottom of the right hand column.
Finally enter your old password (the one you used to log in today) and enter your new password, twice as indicated. Click Submit and if the change is successful Sign Out and log back in to make sure it works. If you have problems at this point just give us a call.
The only current rule we have in place for passwords is that they must be at least 6 characters long. We would encourage you to include numbers, capital letters, and punctuation to make passwords harder to guess, but please make sure it is also something you can remember without writing down.
I like playing word games with rhymes or phrases e.g. “Four score and twenty years ago..” becomes 84&20ya or 420&2oya for the lefties in the crowd. These passwords look complicated but are easy to remember, song lyrics work well too just make sure it is a melody you won’t mind singing to yourself after you come back from a long vacation.Also please note that any email sent to your old address should be forwarded to your new address.