Attention, Supervisors! Upcoming ITS Tech Service Overview Sessions for New Hires

Do you have any new staff members joining your team in the coming months?  Information Technology Services (ITS) offers a monthly workshop with new hires in mind called “ITS & You:  Technology Services Overview.”

We introduce services and resources provided by ITS to all Middlebury campus employees, including: email, file storage, account security, online learning, and how to obtain computing help.  The workshop format is presentation-style with questions entertained along the way, followed by an optional half hour for hands-on assistance with specific questions.  Our complete workshop schedule can be viewed at http://go/techworkshops/.

Although geared toward new or recent hires, everyone is welcome to attend — with the ever-changing world of technology, even not-so-new staff might surprise themselves with an “aha” moment or two.  Please ask employees to sign up using our online form, or you can complete the form on their behalf.

 

Weekly Web Updates – November 12, 2018

 

Updates

  • Fixes and Tweaks

    • MediaWiki: Fixed an issue where the “enhanced editing toolbar” wasn’t working for some users.
    • MediaWiki: Wiki URLs that end in ‘/’ will now resolve instead of giving 404 errors.
    • WordPress: Art19 podcasts and NBC News videos can now be embedded using the Middlebury-iFrame plugin.
    • WordPress: PrivateFeedKeys now allow subscription to RSS feeds for blogs that are limited to authenticated users, but not a particular group.
    • Fixed issue with the Non-College Housing site not saving locations.

    Ongoing Work

    • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/
    • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
    • Upgrading applications to run on PHP 7.1.
    • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
    • Providing O365 Groups to classes via the Course Hub.

New digital scholarship guides in the library!

We’ve been developing new library guides around topics related to digital scholarship (or digital humanities, or digital liberal arts, or whatever usage you prefer). These guides are aimed at faculty, staff, and students who are new to digital scholarship or who are looking to learn new skills in a particular area. They will mainly be styled after our other “How to” guides, offering steps to get started with a particular tool or concept, selected tips on more advanced features, and places to look for more advanced help.

Our first new guide in this series is “Getting started with Omeka,” which gives an outline of options for using Omeka here at Middlebury, the basic steps of getting started building your Omeka exhibit, and links to see how others have used Omeka for research, public scholarship, and in the classroom. More information will roll out to this guide soon on plug-ins and other advanced topics.

You can find the Omeka guide, along with all of our other upcoming digital scholarship guides (including some legacy guides that we’ve included) at go/digitalscholarshipguides/.

If you have topics you would like to see covered in a digital scholarship library, contact one of the expert librarians (listed at go/digitalscholarshipguides/), and we’ll discuss!

Weekly Web Updates – November 5, 2018

Following a recent upgrade to MediaWiki, we’ve updated its configuration to correct a long-standing issue with the upload image button in its WYSIWYG editor. You should now be able to use this to add images to your wiki posts, rather than needing to use the separate upload page.

Updates

  • Drupal features 7.x-2.11
  • WordPress responsive theme 3.13
  • WordPress seriously-simple-podcasting plugin 1.19.14
  • WordPress wptouch plugin 4.3.31

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Added issue categories to the Communique newsroom with a custom field that shows up in the editing interface when an editor assigns a story to that newsroom.
  • Fixed an issue with MiddSTART and MiddGOAL’s project list which wasn’t printing the donation / participation amounts correctly.
  • Corrected formatting for single quotes in addresses on the new office list page.

Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/
  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Upgrading applications to run on PHP 7.1.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Providing O365 Groups to classes via the Course Hub.

Not Just Any Tips. These Are Our TOP Tips!

Top Tips for Research

Do you feel stuck? Not sure what to do next? No need to feel stressed. Middlebury Librarians want to help you get back on track.

Here are our Top Tips for Starting Your Research.

Reminder: Librarians are ready to guide you through any stage of library research, from refining a topic, to revising search terms, to identifying, selecting and citing sources. Hours, contact info and FAQs.

Adobe Creative Cloud 2019 Now Available

We are pleased to let you know that the Adobe Creative Cloud 2019 suite is now available for installation by Middlebury Undergraduate College & Institute faculty & staff*.  New this year is login to the Adobe site, as well as the Adobe Creative Cloud app, on personal computers and computers owned by Middlebury (and assigned to you).  The Adobe Creative Cloud provides easy installation, and several cloud storage features, including fonts & preferences.

Important Note: public computer labs will not have the 2019 version of Adobe Creative Cloud applications until spring or summer of 2019.  To maintain full compatibility with labs and others on campus, you are advised to continue using the Creative Cloud 2018 applications in the interim.  

To maintain compatibility with labs, we recommend first setting your Creative Cloud Preferences (in the Creative Cloud App) to “Show Older Apps”, then click on the down arrow next to Install, select Manage, then Other Versions.  If you pick the newest from the list of Other Versions, that should be a match for our lab installations.  Video instructions.  

How do I install Adobe applications?:

To install the latest versions (if compatibility with others and access via other computers is not a priority), log in at Adobe with your middlebury.edu email credentials.

  1. Click Sign In in the upper-right corner of the web page and use your Middlebury email address and email password to log in.  Select  Enterprise ID if prompted.
  2. Click Download for the Creative Cloud app, then click Save File.
  3. Double-click the Creative_Cloud_Set-Up file in your Downloads folder.
  4. Click Yes to allow the installer to make changes to your computer.
  5. Sign in again using the same credentials as above.
  6. Click Start Installing.
  7. Once the Creative Cloud app installs select the Apps tab.
  8. Select to Install or Update the applications you desire.

Note: Middlebury computers that already have Creative Cloud applications installed may get a message from adobe.com that they cannot download software.  That computer likely 1) does not have the Adobe Creative Cloud App, or 2) may not have the “Apps” option for installing when you are logged in.  These will require an install/reinstall of the Creative Cloud App provided by Information Technology Services.

Once installed, you should be able to install any recommended updates without breaking compatibility, with the exception of Lightroom.  Contact the Service Desk if you require assistance with Lightroom.

Do you have a shared-use computer?  These may require a different process.  Please reach out to us with the number of the computer(s) in question.

Feel free to contact the Service Desk during our open hours if you have questions or encounter any issues during your upgrade process.

*Licensing does not apply to students or to the Schools (Language Schools, Bread Loaf or Schools Abroad).  Adobe software is installed on lab computers.

Classroom Upgrades Fall ’18, Spring ’19 & Removal of VGA

Throughout the year Media Services is always working on improving the classrooms around campus.  This ongoing process involves removing old technology and introducing new technology.

For the 2018 – 2019 academic year, new laser projectors that don’t require bulb changes or maintenance have been installed. Media Services will be  eliminating VGA cables and installing AppleTV for AirPlay (wireless projection) from any Apple device.  Go to go/airplay for instructions on how this works.  The updated classroom instructions will also include instructions on how to operate AppleTV.

HDMI cables and Blu-ray players will remain.

If you have questions about the classroom upgrades, please reach out to Media Services.

The following classrooms will receive upgrades:

Fall Semester 

CHT 107

CHT 109

FIC Fr 1

FIC Ck1

MBH 303

MBH 311

MBH 317

MBH 403

MBH 411

MBH 417

MBH 430

MBH 530

 

Spring Semester  

AXN 100

AXN 103

AXN 104

AXN 109

AXN 219

AXN 220

AXN 229

LAFORCE 121

PEARSON MAX KADE

ROSS B11

SDL 110