System and Network Maintenance this Sunday Morning

During our maintenance window this Sunday morning between 6 and 10 am we have the following activities planned:

In preparation for the data center move to Exchange St we will be switching the primary and backup roles between the Isilon NAS clusters that serve Middfiles, Crux, and Augusta. All access to MiddFiles will be affected including mapped drives or network shares to cifs:\\middcloud.middlebury.edu\middfiles, webdav to https://middfiles.middlebury.edu, sftp to middfiles.middlebury.edu, “netstorage” at http://go/netstorage.
The expected outage will be up to 30 minutes between 7am and 9am.

Note: This will include schedule programs/scripts that transfer files to/from middfiles (including from banner).

 
We will be changing the user home directory structure to a simplified format. There will be symbolic links in place to allow existing file paths to continue working as always.

The existing format:
\\middcloud\middfiles\home\A-B\<username>
\\middcloud\middfiles\home\C-E\<username>
\\middcloud\middfiles\home\F-J\<username>
\\middcloud\middfiles\home\K-M\<username>
\\middcloud\middfiles\home\N-R\<username>
\\middcloud\middfiles\home\S-Z\<username>

Will change to the new format:
\\middcloud\middfiles\home\<username>

 
We appreciate your patience as we strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.

Google Scholar Metrics for Journal Rankings Updated

Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications.” On June 26th, Google released the 2014 version of Scholar Metrics. “This release is based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of mid-June 2013 and covers articles published in 2009–2013.”  More info on Google Scholar BlogBe sure to click on the categories and sub-categories on the left menu to drill down by discipline.

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You can also get journal citation metrics from Scopus (library subscription database of scholarly articles).

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Click on Browse Sources to see a list by subject (some categories are very broad) – you can rank by SJR or SNIP, but only within each letter of the alphabet.  You can also click on Analyze Journals and get metrics for a specific journal and compare with up to 10 journals you select.  See a brief demo hereMore tutorials are available on Scopus.

Digitalia Film Library (trial ends August 13, 2014)

Middlebury College students, faculty, and staff can now view 19 of the films in the Digitalia Film Library, The Digitalia Film Library includes films from around the world in a variety of languages.

To view these trial-access films – From the Digitalia Film Library homepage, click “My Resources”

DigitaliaFilmMineTrial films include Zona Sur from Bolivia, El Circuito de Rom´an from Chile, A Busca (Father’s Chair) from Brazil, …

ThreeFilmsThis selection of films is intended to give us an idea of the film quality and streaming capabilities of the Digitalia Film Library. Browse the entire collection to see what we could have access to if we decide to subscribe. Let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your liaison.

Bibliographic Essay: Online Educational Videos

The August 2013 issue of Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (Midd subscribes) had a bibliographic essay is entitled: “Teaching and Learning with Online Educational Videos: A Subject List of Web Resources for Educators.”  It describes both general sources for a variety of subjects (such as open course ware sites, lecture sites, etc.) available on YouTube and elsewhere and also provides a subject listing.  Resources range from popular sites to more academic.

WorldAPP/Key Survey Performance Issues [updated 7/15/14]

We would like to share the messages received from our Key Survey vendor, WorldAPP, concerning current performance issues:

From: Customer Care [mailto:customercare@worldapp.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 3:34 PM
Subject: WorldAPP Performance Notification Update

We are following up to provide you with an update on the progress of the investigation of the recent WorldAPP Platform performance issue.

Our technical teams have applied a number of enhancements to the data collection module within the platform to address this issue. WorldAPP will continue daily maintenance work on the platform for the next week.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the recent performance issue. We realize the important role our services play in your business, and we take that responsibility very seriously.

For additional information surrounding this issue we encourage you to visit our WorldAPP Community message board. Please do not hesitate to contact WorldAPP Support via live chat, phone: 781-849-8118 ext. 1 or email: support@worldapp.com, if you have any further questions or require additional assistance.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Best Regards,

WorldAPP Customer Care
customercare@worldapp.com

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From: Customer Care [mailto:customercare@worldapp.com]
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2014 1:46 PM
Subject: WorldAPP Performance Notification

This message is to inform you that we are currently experiencing intermittent performance issues inside the platform.Though the application is available, and we have identified the issue, there may be temporary interruptions in service as we work to test and implement enhancements. We will be posting live updates inside the WorldAPP Community forum to keep you up to speed on our progress.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience you may experience as this technical difficulty is being resolved.

We will follow up with you within the next 24 hours with a detailed report of the cause and actions taken to address the performance issues.

Your patience is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
WorldAPP Customer Care
customercare@worldapp.com

Friday Links – July 11, 2014

At Sea in a Deluge of Data
By Alison J. Head and John Wihbey
Chronicle of Higher Education
People in charge of hiring at large organizations such as Microsoft, Nationwide Insurance and the FBI say that recent college graduates lack skills in research and analysis. “The new workers default to quick answers plucked from the Internet. That method might be fine for looking up a definition or updating a fact, but for many tasks, it proved superficial and incomplete…”

How unexpected opportunities can inform practice – As a part of some of my coursework I have had the opportunity to read some interesting educational research. I thought it might be helpful to share a brief overview of some of the articles that I’ve reviewed. This is the first post in a series that I was planning to share. Please feel free to contact me at hstafford@middlebury.edu if you’d like to discuss further.

11 University and Library Groups Release Net-Neutrality Principles – The nation’s colleges and libraries have a message for the Federal Communications Commission: Don’t mess with net neutrality.

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online (trial ends August 7, 2014)

For thirty days, the Middlebury College community has free access to the Oxford Language Dictionaries

OLDO

The innovative Oxford Language Dictionaries Online site offers essential language resources never before available online: fully searchable, completely comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, and unique study materials that provide extra help with learning and using an expanding range of languages.

Let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your liaison.