Author Archives: Ian McBride

I'm a web developer at Middlebury.

Google Analytics for Higher Education Workshop on October 28, 2015

I’ll be hosting a workshop to discuss how you can use Google Analytics to get information about and improve the Middlebury website. You can sign up for the workshop on Wednesday October 28 from 1:00-2:30pm in MBH 161. Registration is limited to 10 persons to ensure there will be adequate time to answer your individual questions.

If you want to attend this session and don’t already have access to Google Analytics, please submit a Helpdesk ticket for “Software & Web Tools – Goolge Analytics Question” so that I can make sure you’re set up prior to the session.

Description: We can give you access to our Google Analytics reports so that you can look at traffic patterns for your website, but in order to get the most from this tool, you’ll need to do a bit of set up work and understand the basics of the platform. If you do not yet have a Google Analytics account, please indicate this in your sign-up.

What we’ll cover: Google Analytics tips & tricks, what number you should care about, search engine optimization, and getting your account set up.

What we won’t cover: Goals, conversions, AdWords, and on page events.

Format: The workshop will last an hour with additional time for questions and discussion, as needed.

More information about LIS workshops is available at go/lisworkshops.

Google Analytics for Higher Education Workshop on March 25, 2015

I’ll be hosting a workshop to discuss how you can use Google Analytics to get information about and improve the Middlebury website. You can sign up for the workshop on Wednesday March 25 from 1:30-2:50pm in MBH 161. Registration is limited to 10 persons to ensure there will be adequate time to answer your individual questions.

If you want to attend either session and don’t already have access to Google Analytics, please submit a Helpdesk ticket for “Software & Web Tools – Goolge Analytics Question” so that I can make sure you’re set up prior to the session.

Description: We can give you access to our Google Analytics reports so that you can look at traffic patterns for your website, but in order to get the most from this tool, you’ll need to do a bit of set up work and understand the basics of the platform. If you do not yet have a Google Analytics account, please indicate this in your sign-up.

What we’ll cover: Google Analytics tips & tricks, what number you should care about, search engine optimization, and getting your account set up.

What we won’t cover: Goals, conversions, AdWords, and on page events.

Format: The workshop will last an hour with additional time for questions and discussion, as needed.

More information about LIS workshops is available at go/lisworkshops.

Google Analytics for Higher Education Workshop on March 3, 2014

I’ll be hosting a workshop to discuss how you can use Google Analytics to get information about and improve the Middlebury website. You can sign up for the workshop on Monday March 3 from 1:30-2:50pm in LIB 105. Registration is limited to 10 persons to ensure there will be adequate time to answer your individual questions.

If you want to attend either session and don’t already have access to Google Analytics, please submit a Helpdesk ticket for “Other Software Issue” so that I can make sure you’re set up prior to the session.

Description: We can give you access to our Google Analytics reports so that you can look at traffic patterns for your website, but in order to get the most from this tool, you’ll need to do a bit of set up work and understand the basics of the platform. If you do not yet have a Google Analytics account, please indicate this in your sign-up.

What we’ll cover: Google Analytics tips & tricks, what number you should care about, search engine optimization, and getting your account set up.

What we won’t cover: Goals, conversions, AdWords, and on page events. If you need help with these, please send a note to helpdesk@middlebury.edu and ask for a one-on-one meeting to discuss Google Analytics.

Format: The workshop will last an hour with additional time for questions and discussion, as needed.

Materials: Available ahead of the workshop at http://go.middlebury.edu/analytics-workshop and hard copies will be made available at the session.

More information about LIS workshops is available at go/lisworkshops.

Google Analytics for Higher Education Workshop

I’ll be hosting two workshop opportunities to discuss how you can use Google Analytics to get information about and improve the Middlebury website. You can sign up for the workshop on Thursday October 31 from 10-11:30am in LIB 105. I will also host a trial session for interested LIS staff this Thursday, October 17 from 10-11:30am in LIB 105 where I welcome your feedback in helping polish up the material for the 10/31 session.

If you want to attend either session and don’t already have access to Google Analytics, please submit a Helpdesk ticket for “Other Software Issue” so that I can make sure you’re set up prior to the session.

Description: We can give you access to our Google Analytics reports so that you can look at traffic patterns for your website, but in order to get the most from this tool, you’ll need to do a bit of set up work and understand the basics of the platform. If you do not yet have a Google Analytics account, please indicate this in your sign-up.

What we’ll cover: Google Analytics tips & tricks, what number you should care about, search engine optimization, and getting your account set up.

What we won’t cover: Goals, conversions, AdWords, and on page events. If you need help with these, please send a note to helpdesk@middlebury.edu and ask for a one-on-one meeting to discuss Google Analytics.

Format: The workshop will last an hour with additional time for questions and discussion, as needed.

Materials: Available ahead of the workshop at http://go.middlebury.edu/analytics-workshop and hard copies will be made available at the session.

More information about LIS workshops is available at go/lisworkshops.

Manage Your Publications in our Website

I have added Drupal’s Bibliography Module to the main website. This allows you to enter structured information about your publications, which you can then have appear on your Profile. The information will also appear in a central, searchable database of publications and may be displayed on other sites, like MiddLab.

Additionally, each person now has a space on the college website where they can post information about themselves and maintain a profile. To get to your page, go to http://www.middlebury.edu/middlebury_site/USERNAME where USERNAME is the first part of your email address, before the ‘@’ symbol. You can add a profile to this page if you’d like, or copy one here that already exists elsewhere on the Middlebury website.

A guide to using these new features is available on the LIS Wiki.

Once you’ve added publications, you can choose to have them appear on your profile using the citation style of your choice.

Digital Lecture Archive now available in MiddLab

All 316 records from the Digital Lecture Archive are now available for browsing in MiddLab where they can be browsed with the subject tags assigned to them, commented on, and shared with others using the social media links in MiddLab. As new recordings are adding to the archive, they’ll be automatically added to MiddLab, making this a great way to find new content.

One of the original goals of MiddLab was to increase the visibility of Middlebury’s many academic projects and resources that would otherwise be buried within the site by giving them a central site accessible from the main site header. Adding the Digital Lecture Archive is just one of many such planned additions to MiddLab.

If you have other suggestions, please let me know and remember that it’s easier than ever before to tell the world about your research through MiddLab.

You can also follow MiddLab on Facebook and Twitter.

Tell the world about your research with MiddLab: Now easier than ever!

MiddLab is a section of our website that helps push information about scholarly and service work up to the top. We know that there are a lot of great academic resources built by people at Middlebury and many ongoing projects and activities that not everyone hears about or gets to see. The purpose of MiddLab is to:

  • Tell people about this great work.
  • See how it all ties together.
  • Let people contribute to the discussion.

Any student, faculty or staff member at Middlebury and MIIS can log in to MiddLab and write up a post about the project work or research in which they’re engaged. I’ve just made a change that will make doing this much easier. When you add a new post to MiddLab, it will give you a simple template to fill out.

Just fill in each section with information about your work….

And it will show up on the site for everyone to see. Working in MiddLab is now as easier as creating any other blog post on our WordPress site. I still recommend adding tags, categories and a location to your post so that people can see how it relates to work in other areas.

Of course, I’m still more than happy to work with you to get started and can be contacted at middlab@middlebury.edu.

Here are some other new things in MiddLab that you might have missed: