Learning about Tor and the Dark Web

I participated in DLINQ’s Crypto Party for Activists and Allies and learned a lot about Tor. Of course I’d heard of Tor beforehand, but I didn’t know how it worked and I only associated it with criminal activity and spy stuff. Turns out it is also an important resource for reporters needing to communicate privately with sources and for activists who also need privacy and may need to thwart a home country’s censorship of the internet. I prepared for the session I was part of by reading about Tor from the resources about web browsers we were given. After the Crypto party, some things were still a little, well, cryptic for me, so I wanted to learn even more. There’s an hour long course on Linked In’s Lynda.com that is very clear and explained Tor and encryption in more detail. The instructor is really good and explained it in plain English (with graphics) for the non-specialist. Here’s the link for the Lynda course Learning Tor and the Dark Web (you’ll need to login with your Midd credentials – we are subscribers).

If you want to know about the other topics from the Crypto party and see all of the resources that were provided, visit the Crypto Party page.

Weekly Web Updates – November 11, 2019


Fixes and Tweaks

  • Clicking the Log out link in the site footer in Drupal 8 now properly and fully logs the user our of Drupal.
  • When adding profiles to a profile list component on the new Offices and Services site, you will now see the name of the office where that profile lives in parentheses to help distinguish in the case where a person has profiles in multiple offices.
  • MiddSTART and MiddGOAL are now manually updated, so we have removed the back-end connection to Banner, which may have been causing errors in other applications running on the same server, including the Online Directory.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – November 4, 2019


Fixes and Tweaks

  • Set up new sites for MiddCore and the Provost’s Office in the Drupal 8 Offices and Services system.
  • Old versions of the Presidential Search site and information about transportation options to get to Middlebury were removed from search results.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – October 28, 2019

This week we launched a new website for the Language Schools as well as the new OTLM program at the Institute.


  • Drupal auto_entitylabel 8.x-3.0-beta2
  • Drupal biblio 7.x-1.2
  • Drupal captcha 7.x-1.6
  • Drupal ckeditor_abbreviation 8.x-1.6
  • Drupal entity_reference_revisions 8.x-1.7
  • Drupal pathauto 8.x-1.5
  • Drupal simple_sitemap 8.x-3.4
  • Drupal title 7.x-1.0-beta2 and 7.x-1.0-beta3
  • WordPress auto-post-thumbnail plugin 3.6.0
  • WordPress editorial-calendar plugin 3.7.5
  • WordPress foogallery plugin 1.8.18
  • WordPress ml-slider plugin 3.15.1
  • WordPress seriously-simple-podcasting plugin 1.20.10
  • WordPress instagram-feed plugin 2.1
  • WordPress social-icons-widget-by-wpzoom plugin 3.4.0
  • WordPress subscribe2 plugin 10.31
  • WordPress the-events-calendar plugin 4.9.10
  • WordPress wp-postratings plugin 1.87
  • WordPress hueman theme 3.4.30
  • WordPress responsive theme 3.23
  • WordPress yoko theme 1.2.5

Fixes and Tweaks

  • When displaying lists of content in the Offices and Services administration interface, we now include the name of the office to which the content belongs to more easily identify it.
  • The nightly sync process from KeyServer to Web Helpdesk now includes the combined storage size of all volumes in the machine.
  • Fixed a few issues with the menus on the In Studio page of the WRMC site.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.

Open Access Week: What is It?

Open Access Week is an international event that raises awareness of the many benefits of making research free and open for others to use. This year’s theme is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge,” which asks libraries and researchers around the world to consider how they will create and support platforms for sharing knowledge that are “inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community. Asking ourselves and our partners ‘open for whom?’ will help ensure that considerations of equity become and remain central… .”

At Middlebury, we are considering “open for whom?” through two goals for the upcoming year: expanding our efforts to support campus-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives; as well as identifying our role in building and sustaining the infrastructure required for digital scholarship.

Other open access efforts at Middlebury include:

  • Digital Collections at Middlebury, our open-source repository that houses digitized works from our archives, along with student theses, scientific datasets, and faculty open access articles.
  • The Open Access policy, adopted by faculty in 2016, grants the college a license to republish scholarly essays by faculty in our online repository.
  • Lever Press, a consortial open access publisher focusing on “digital-first” online scholarly monographs. 
  • An examination of digital scholarship infrastructure, supported by a Mellon grant and led by Dean of the Library Mike Roy (along with a multi-school team of library professionals), with the goal of envisioning a more modern and sustainable system that would enhance scholarly communication at colleges, universities, and research libraries. 

Finally, are you wondering where to find open access research? Here are a few places to look:

New and improved (and inclusive) subject headings in Special Collections

We’ve been updating our records with new subject headings from the Library of Congress.

Our copy of Chrisine Jorgensen: A Personal Autobiography, currently on exhibit.

Until last week, the record for Christine Jorgensen’s autobiography had one subject heading: “Sex change.”

This means that despite the fact that Jorgensen was a transgender woman, and the first American to become widely-known for having sex reassignment surgery, you wouldn’t find her autobiography at Middlebury if you searched the catalog for “transgender.”

Preservation Manager Joseph Watson asked Cataloger Marlena Evans if the Library of Congress had perhaps updated their subject headings to reflect current terminology used to represent the transgender community.

Thanks to Marlena’s diligence, we now know that Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) include a number of terms (at least 47!) that we can use to catalog works by and about members of the transgender community. Marlena has also updated other records in Special Collections with new subject headings (see below!).

If you’ve ever wondered about those clickable subject headings in library catalog records, they are anything but arbitrary. The Library of Congress maintains a thesaurus of controlled, precise subject headings that catalogers and librarians all over the United States assign to their holdings and use to find works about similar topics.

Researchers use these too! You can click any one of the headings in a record and find similar and related works.

If you are interested in Jorgensen and other writers in the LGBTQ+ community, be sure to check out our current exhibit: Before and After Stonewall: Queer Stories Throughout American History.

Questions? Email specialcollections@middlebury.edu

Bye-bye Summon, Hello LibrarySearch

LibrarySearch allows you to search our catalog of physical books and all our digital resources at the same time.

The Library has hundreds of databases, indexes and catalogs, providing access to millions of articles, books, films, musical recordings and primary sources.  That sounds promising… until it sounds overwhelming. Where should you start your research? We used to recommend Summon, but over the summer, we replaced Summon with LibrarySearch.  

Like its predecessor Summon, LibrarySearch is a great place to begin your research.  That’s because LibrarySearch links you to nearly everything in our collections. And, we think LibrarySearch is even better than Summon at matching results to your search terms.

We’re still straightening out some of the kinks with our new discovery service.  For example, LibrarySearch is linking to materials at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and it is not linking to many of our online newspapers. So as always, please get in touch with a librarian if you’re not finding what you need.

Next time you’re starting a research project, try LibrarySearch! Look for it at the center of the Library home page, or at go.middlebury.edu/librarysearch