Friday Links – October 17, 2014

Time for a Thesis – From the Senior Admissions Fellows Blog, a self-reflective essay by a History major on the impact of our annual message to seniors about thesis carrel signup and research support. His conclusion is quite nice: “When I think ahead to the books and research, I am not so much nervous as I am excited,” he says.

Practicing Collaborative Digital Pedagogy to Foster Digital Literacies in Humanities Classrooms – This article presents two case studies of classes who employed different techniques to “foster digital literacies in humanities students using distinct approaches for each course.” My key takeaway hinged on one student’s observation: “Through creating an infographic in Easel.ly, I learned that it is very important to develop skills in being able to pick out important information from the vast amounts that you can easily find online.”

How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning – A fight or flight reaction may be useful in some situations, but it is highly detrimental in the classroom. Whether anxiety stems from test taking or from an unstable home environment, the brains of students experiencing high levels of stress look different than those who are not — and those brains behave differently, too. In this article, we’ll take a look at the neural and hormonal responses that underpin a student’s stress response, and make a few suggestions for continuing to teach through the challenges it presents.

Upcoming Battery Will Charge Phones And Electric Cars in Minutes – It takes about an hour to fully charge a cell phone, and the battery lasts about two to three years over 500 charge cycles. However, a new design could reduce charge time to only a few minutes and the battery is expected to last for 10,000 charge cycles over a 20 year lifespan.

FireChat in Hong Kong: How an app tapped its way into the protests
(CNN) — The revolution will not be televised but it will be tweeted, instant messaged or, in the case of Hong Kong, broadcast on mesh networks like FireChat.

 

System and Network Maintenance this Sunday

During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, Oct 19th between 6 and 10 am we have the following activities planned.

 

  • A patch will be applied to the DNS servers requiring sequential reboots. DNS resolution may see some slow responses for up to 20 minutes
  • Two of our spam filters will be moved between racks in one data center. There’s sufficient redundancy that no impact will be seen
  • One of our database servers and a print server will be rebooted. Printing queues may be unreachable for up to 15 minutes
  • One of our two ISP circuits will be down for 2 hours while the provider performs maintenance

              o   We have sufficient redundant bandwidth. Internet reachability will not be impacted

              o   Point-to-Point VPNs may drop a few packets, twice, during route changes

  • The VSphere interface to our virtualized server environment will be patched and rebooted. Reachability will be down for up to 15 minutes
  • Middfiles will be rebooted and unreachable for up to 15 minutes

 

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

 

Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT  05753

(802) 443-5769

Alexander Street Drama (trial ends December 3, 2014)

Alexander Street Drama brings together thousands of plays from Alexander Street’s individual full-text drama collections and makes them accessible and cross-searchable in a single package. It includes the complete content of:.

Everything is cross-searchable through the unified North American Theatre Online interface, with the results seamlessly integrated into one search result.

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

Friday Links – October 10, 2014

How tech is changing the way we think and what we think about – There are a myriad of arguments for and against the increased use of technology in everyday life. Futurists and technophiles encourage its use, sure that technology will welcome a new utopia, while luddites rail against the “destructive” nature of technology use.

The Next Wave of Tech Change | Self-Publishing & Libraries (from Library Journal)

Trust, Privacy, Big Data, and E-book readers “… the Amazon Kindle platform is as much a data ingest tool for providing end-user behavior data to Amazon as it is a sales platform for digital media content,…” … “It seems that counter to this trend, libraries and scholarly publishers are the exception to the rule. Whether our community will remain outliers and whether this status is a good thing or not over the long run, remains to be seen.”

IEEE’s Computer Science Digital Library (trial ends October 22, 2014)

Members of the Middlebury community have free access to the Computer Science Digital Library from the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for two weeks, ending October 22, 2014.

Included in the CSDL are over a dozen journals, many “Transactions of the IEEE” and hundreds of conference proceedings.

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

Library Hours for Fall break

The Libraries will have reduced hours this weekend for Fall break.

Davis will close at 8 pm on Friday and be open 9-5 Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. On Tuesday, we will open at 9 am and close at the regular 1 am.

Armstrong will close at 5 pm on Friday and be closed Saturday and Sunday. Hours Monday will be 9-5 and Tuesday will be 9-midnight.

Regular hours resume on Wednesday.

See go/hours for the full calendar.

Friday links – October 3, 2014

JSTOR Dailyan online journal offering “insight, commentary, and analysis of ideas, research, and current events, tapping into the rich scholarship on JSTOR … In addition to weekly feature articles, the magazine publishes daily blog posts that provide the backstory to complex issues of the day in a variety of subject areas, interviews with and profiles of scholars and their work, and much more.”
Clever video, but I (AH) wonder how they’re able to trademark a “bookbook”