Thanks to a new agreement with ConnectNY we will be expanding our direct request options beyond the NExpress consortium. Both systems retain separate databases; records aren’t shared between catalogs, rather searches are transferred from one system to another. NExpress has licensed Peer-to-Peer software to connect to the ConnectNY consortium. If a patron doesn’t find what he/she is looking for in the NExpress catalog, there will be a button in place to search for the item in the ConnectNY Catalog. If the item is found in ConnectNY, patrons will be able to place the request, just as they would place a request in the NExpress system. They will be authenticated with the appropriate user information and select a pick up location for delivery. While the ConnectNY search button is appearing now in the NExpress search, it will not be open for use by Middlebury patrons until we go live on January 22, 2015.
ConnectNY (CNY) is a membership-driven academic consortium in New York which currently includes 18 institutions. CNY’s mission is “to share collections, leverage resources, and enhance services through cooperative initiatives and coordinated activities.” All the academic libraries involved in ConnectNY share a common union catalog, powered by Innovative Interface’s Inn-Reach system. The combined collection that is shared by the members includes ten million printed books and an emerging collection of e-books.
Who are the current members of CNY?
Adelphi University Libraries, Garden City, New York
Bard College Libraries, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Canisius College Libraries, Buffalo, New York
Cazenovia College Library, Cazenovia, New York
Colgate University Libraries, Hamilton New York
Hamilton College Library, Clinton, New York
Hobart & William Smith Colleges Library, Geneva, New York
Le Moyne College Library, Syracuse, New York
Medaille College Libraries, Buffalo, New York
Pace University Libraries, New York, New York
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Research Libraries (RPI), Troy, New York
Rochester Institute of Technology Libraries (RIT), Rochester, New York
St. Lawrence University Libraries, Canton, New York
Siena College Library, Loudonville, New York
Skidmore College Library, Saratoga Springs, New York
Union College Library, Schenectady, New York
United States Military Academy Library, West Point, New York
The upgrade of our email environment over the holiday break will bring a cleaner, more minimal look to Webmail (also known as Outlook Web App – OWA), designed with “touch” devices in mind. The appearance of the Webmail login screen has already changed, but the workings once logged in will not change until after your account has migrated.
Student mailboxes will migrate Wed, Dec 17 through Fri, Dec 19.
Faculty & Staff mailboxes will migrate Sat, Dec 20 through Sun, Dec 21.
The most noticeable differences in Outlook’s new “face” are the shift of many buttons/links to the upper right corner and the fact that Public Folders are no longer accessible when using the Web App. You will be able to adjust many settings by clicking the Settings (gear) icon located in the top right corner (beside the ? icon).
Here’s how you can quickly get up to speed on the changes:
Every year we take a brief period during the Holiday Break to perform needed maintenance and upgrade of our infrastructure and core systems. Below is a description of what we are planning for December 20th,21st, 22nd and 23rd, and how it may impact you.
Exchange email environment will be upgraded from version 2010 to 2013
The new 2013 cluster is already built and integrated together with our 2010 cluster.
We will migrate student mailboxes beginning Wednesday, Dec 17th through Friday, Dec 19th. Faculty & Staff mailboxes will migrate beginning Saturday, December 20th through Sunday, December 21st.
Once all of the Outlook accounts have been migrated, you will see two or more restart messages. If you have access to multiple mailboxes, you will see more restart messages. Except for that, we do not anticipate any other impact for you.
The interface for webmail will be changed, with an updated design that is reflective of the Outlook 2013 interface.
We have identified an issue that relates to the existence of both Exchange 2013 and Exchange 2010 servers that affected relatively small percentage of mailboxes, however many of them belonging to Faculty. These mailboxes were not accessible for much of Monday, Dec 16th, to resolve this problem, these mailboxes have been migrated to Exchange 2013 ahead of schedule. Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience this cause these individuals during this transition.
PaperCut printing management service will be upgraded on Sunday, Dec 21st between 8 am and Noon. There will be several short printing service interruptions during this window.
Wireless Infrastructure Upgrade on Monday, Dec 22nd between 9 and 11 am.
o During this upgrade all wireless access points on campus will be rebooted, resulting in up to 15 minutes of wireless connectivity downtime throughout the campus, Bread Loaf and the Snowbowl.
Middlebury core network routing changes on Tuesday, Dec 23rd
o We will be adjusting parts of our core network and routing between 8 AM and Noon. There will be 30-45 minutes of network service interruptions to McCardell Bicentennial Hall and separately, 30-45 minutes of network service interruption to residence halls on the North side of campus.
Internet related outages – starting at 2pm on Tuesday, Dec 23rd
o Beginning at 2pm, we will be testing Internet and network component failover procedures. We expect there will be 3 to 5 interruptions of Internet connectivity to and from the Middlebury network, each lasting about 5 minutes.
Thank you for your patience and support as we perform these necessary upgrades,
The Mozilla Foundation’s latest version of Firefox, version 34, has started running searches when you type go/mail into the address bar without prefixing with httpd:// or using the fully-qualified name go.middlebury.edu. This follows similar moves by Chrome and Safari to prefer searches over host-name lookups when there isn’t a fully-qualified domain name in the URL bar.
The good news is, that confirming the dialog to go to GO instead of to search will set a preference allowing GO shortcuts to continue to work:
It’s no secret the using charts and diagrams can make a big impact on your audience by visualizing your data and contextualizing the numbers by making trends more evident. What may be more secretive is how you can find and manipulate data points, and translate that information into a visual. This session will walk you through some of the options that are available to you.
We also have a number of seats still available in the following workshops that cover a range of topics, including browser-based video recording services, how the world perceives us on the internet, and opportunities to use equipment like the Leap Motion and Oculus Rift. Visit the DMBootcamp web site for more information.
The ITS-Information Security Roadshow is a conversational opportunity to discuss and learn about techniques and strategies to keep yourself safe while working on the internet. It also discusses both regulatory and personal reasons why information security concerns are important to both you as an individual and a member of the Middlebury community.
You will learn the basic tools, design concepts, and work flow needed to manipulate photos for your personal or project related use. Concepts such as selection, cropping, rotation, repair, scanning photos for use in Photoshop, and others will be covered.
This is an overview and demonstration of the scanners, plotter, and capture station located in the Wilson Multimedia Development Lab. You will learn the basics of how to operate these devices and the software associated with them.
What is information literacy, what skills do we want our students to have, and how do you fit in supporting it? What kind of support do librarians provide and how can you get help? Includes tips for searching for images and audio resources with Summon and Google.
“What is a wiki? Why would I want one? Once I’ve got it, how do I use it?” Learn the answers to these and other questions as we explore the platform that powers the sixth most popular website in the world. There will be a brief intro and Q&A, followed by a hands-on workshop session.
In this training session we will be focusing on the two most popular video cameras available to borrow through the Circulation Desk, the Canon Vixia and Canon XA10. We’ll cover menu options, preferred set up and exporting of files as well as basic trouble shooting.
Attend the iMovie training session to learn how to put together your own video using different components of the iMovie interface. We’ll cover audio, video and text editing as well as how to share your work once it is complete.
This workshop will teach you the basic functionality of Apple’s Quicktime, how to use SnapZ Pro to do a screen capture of video, and how to use features of MPEG StreamClip to view and convert video clips.
In this workshop, you will learn basic editing tools and design concepts used in desktop publishing. This program is used widely on campus from the layout of Middlebury Magazine to many publications produced by Reprographics.
Create beautiful online exhibits of your art or archival materials with Omeka, an open-source digital archival platform sometimes referred to as “WordPress for museums.” This workshop may also be of interest to faculty who would like to build digital archives or collections in their classes. (omeka.net)
With every click, post, tweet, checkout, like, search, digg, friend, tag and other activities we have created a record of our time spent interacting with web sites that are viewable from anywhere in the world. What do our web sites and social media activity say about us? This workshop will explore the meaning that others give to our online identities, and present some strategies for managing our identities in the digital space. NOTE: Attendees must be comfortable with having their name searched for.
WordPress is best known as a blogging platform, however its flexibility and ease of use also makes it a great option to use to display your digital work. Join us as we explore the best way to configure WordPress as a showcase for your expertise. Participants should come prepared with some ideas and materials that they wish to highlight.
From non-linear storytelling to rich, scholarly annotations, this workshop will encourage new ways of thinking about writing in digital environments. Using a web application called Scalar, you will begin to craft a media-rich digital narrative. Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways. (scalar.usc.edu)
In this workshop, you will learn to use basic editing tools and some fundamental design concepts. The workshop is taught as though it were a class teaching students to design a poster for a class or seminar. It is the same instruction that participants in the Spring Student Seminar receive.
Podcasts, interviews, sound tracks, and voice overs are examples of how audio makes an impact in media. We will introduce a few tools to help you sculpt the audible material for your multimedia project.