Weekly Web Updates – January 16, 2019

We are planning our approach to upgrading to WordPress 5. If you have concerns about this upgrade, please let us know by the end of this week so we can incorporate them into our planning.

This release includes a significant change to the editing experience and we want to get feedback from the community before making this change. We have set up a copy of the live site on one of our development machines which you can use while on-campus or using a VPN client. As this is a development copy, it’s not as fast as the live site and you may encounter some glitches or things which didn’t copy over from the live site.

On a separate topic, we launched a new version of the Offices and Services site. Our office and Communications will be working with offices across campus to move them one-by-one from their current Drupal 7 sites into this new Drupal 8 framework and design. A couple of offices are already complete and just waiting on some finishing touches. ITS will be in the next batch of offices to move into this site.

Updates

    • Omeka 2.6.1
    • Omeka Geolocation plugin 3.0.1
    • WordPress jetpack plugin 6.9
    • WordPress nextgen-gallery plugin 3.1.5
    • WordPress regenerate-thumbnails plugin 3.1.0
    • WordPress hemingway theme 1.74
    • WordPress twentyeleven theme 3.1
    • WordPress twentyfifteen theme 2.3
    • WordPress twentyfourteen theme 2.5
    • WordPress twentysixteen theme 1.8
    • WordPress twentythirteen theme 2.7
    • WordPress twentytwelve theme 2.8

Fixes and Tweaks

      • The MyEmma API now returns a longer form of integer to identify imports and our weekly sync process has been updated to take this into account.
      • Fixed an issue which prevented updates to the library search widget.
      • Fixed an error that would appear on some forms.middlebury.edu confirmation pages.
      • Added spam prevention measures to the LS inquiry form.
      • Fixed an issue with embedded videos on www.middlebury.edu
      • Fixed a several errors in old WordPress plugins and themes that were breaking some pages.

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.

RESOLVED Slow connection to Zoom web services and issues connecting to Zoom meetings

Updated 2:35p, 1/9/18:

Zoom’s status page is reporting that services are restored.  If you continue to have issues, please restart the application and then submit a Helpdesk ticket.

View Zoom’s status at http://status.zoom.us

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We are experiencing an issue with Zoom video conferencing.  According to Zoom, “customers are experiencing slow connection to Zoom web services and issues connecting to Zoom meetings.” Zoom is working to resolve the issue. We do not currently have an estimated repair time but will provide an update as soon as we know more.

We apologize for this disruption. Thank you for your patience.

Please submit a ticket with any questions or concerns.

Update on New York Times access

New York TimesYou may be aware that we’ve had an access problem with the New York Times web site over the past few months. The short version of the issue is that SGA was providing online access until NYT discontinued that program…which no one on campus realized until our access ceased (there’s more detail in this Campus article). The Times’ new program is extremely expensive, and the library’s funding for this fiscal year was set last year. Partial access is still available; would that full access were, and we wish an immediate solution were at hand. We haven’t given up, though, and are still working on the problem. Please feel free to contact Douglas Black, Head of Collections Management, for more information.

Links to our remaining options for online access access to the NYT are in the Journals list New York Times. (You can get to this list on your own by clicking on the “Journals” tab on the library home page and searching for “new york times.”) For today’s paper, select “Global Newsstream,” a database that provides NYT articles with full text but without images. Need help? Ask a librarian.

Weekly Web Updates – January 7, 2019

As previously announced, after 15 months in “archive mode” the server hosting Moodle at moodle.middlebury.edu & ilearn.middlebury.edu is now powered down.

We’ve added support for embedding ArcGIS.com maps and presentations in WordPress.

Updates

  • Drupal 8.6.5
  • Drupal field_permissions 8.x-1.0-rc2
  • WordPress wp-postratings plugin 1.86.2
  • WordPress foogallery plugin 1.6.11
  • WordPress hemingway theme 1.73
  • WordPress parabola theme 2.3.1
  • WordPress portfolio-press theme 2.8.0

Fixes and Tweaks

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.

ILLiad scheduled upgrade and down-time

The ILLiad Web pages will be down at 9:00 am on Tuesday 1/8/19 while we upgrade the ILLiad software.  The ILL web site should be inaccessible for only a short time, assuming all goes well with the update.

If anyone has problems after 2:00 pm please contact Rachel Manning at x5498 or rmanning@middlebury.edu for assistance.

More Consistent Linking from Library Databases

In order to provide a consistently satisfactory user experience, in which users of the Library’s research databases (and the Summon discovery service) don’t face dead-end blank screens when trying to reach articles and books, the Library will deactivate Index-enhanced Direct Linking (IEDL) in our link resolver (360Link).

What does this mean exactly?
Index-enhanced Direct Linking (IEDL) is available for certain article databases that cooperate with the company which provides 360Link.  IEDL takes the user from a results list to an article or book without any kind of intermediate screen. From certain databases (and from Summon), IEDL was supposed to streamline the user experience by eliminating clicks between the search results and the items themselves. This has not turned out to be the case.

What will I see?
When you click on a link for full-text, you will now see the familiar intermediate screen for all articles and books.  This “Get it @ Midd” screen is 360Link, our link resolver.  You will then click a button to access the item, as you always have in cases where you saw this screen. The intermediate screen will be similar to the following example:

Get It @ Midd page

Why did we make the change?
For several reasons having to do with commercial relationships among various database vendors, IEDL used to function better than it currently does. Now, the inconvenience of the dead-end screens occurs much more often. The dead ends (blank screens) provide little or no useful information as to how the user can access materials the Library actually has. Always displaying the intermediate “Get it @ Midd” screen will allow users to see our accurate holdings and to obtain access consistently.

Questions and/or Feedback
Please feel free to comment below or send questions to the Midd librarians at http://go.middlebury.edu/askus .

SCAM Alert – “Sextortion” Scam Emails

ITS is aware of an influx of sextortion scam emails received by members of the Middlebury community. These are indeed scams, identified as such by online security sources (see below) and making the rounds on the Internet once again. Recent samples have been personalized with older passwords stolen from breaches of third-party websites, such as Linkedin, Adobe, etc..

Please forward any sextortion scam emails to phishing@middlebury.edu so that the sender addresses can be blocked!

For more information on these sorts of scams, see:

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/07/sextortion-scam-uses-recipients-hacked-passwords/comment-page-13/
Excerpt: “The message purports to have been sent from a hacker who’s compromised your computer and used your webcam to record a video of you while you were watching porn. The missive threatens to release the video to all your contacts unless you pay a Bitcoin ransom. The new twist? The email now references a real password previously tied to the recipient’s email address.”

These are indeed scams. Recent samples have been personalized with older passwords stolen from breaches of third-party websites, such as Linkedin, Adobe, etc..

Here is a resource to help you find out where an old password to a 3rd party site may have been exposed: https://haveibeenpwned.com is run by Troy Hunt, a globally recognized security expert.

Check your email address here: https://haveibeenpwned.com (use your_username@middlebury.edu and then scroll down to see services where your username may have been part of a breach)

Check your password here: https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords

Change that password anywhere you use it and this time, pick a different STRONG password for each service.

Again, please forward any sextortion scam emails to phishing@middlebury.edu so that the sender addresses can be blocked from bothering our community members!

Library 105 Technology Upgrades

Library 105 underwent a technology upgrade over the holiday recess — both the video conferencing and control systems were upgraded.  The new system retains all pre-existing functionality but now has a simplified design and auto-tracking cameras in both the front and rear of the room.  The auto-tracking works based on a combination of beam forming microphones and facial recognition technology.  For more information on Cisco SX80 video endpoints and presenter tracking technology, please visit Cisco’s site.

The room is easy to use for both local presentations and video conferencing meetings.  Quick-start instructions for common use cases will be posted on the wall near the telephone.  If you have questions about the room, please submit a Helpdesk ticket at http://go.middlebury.edu/whd or contact the Helpdesk @ ext. 2200 or helpdesk@middlebury.edu.