Weekly Web Updates – March 18, 2019

Updates

  • Drupal 8.6.11
  • Drupal views module 7.x-3.21
  • WordPress 5.1.1
  • WordPress osm plugin 5.1.1
  • WordPress seriously-simple-podcasting plugin 1.19.17
  • WordPress velvet-blues-update-urls plugin 3.2.9
  • WordPress daydream theme 1.1.0

Fixes and Tweaks

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.
  • Improvements to the Service Catalog.

Student Scholarship @ Midd

Ideas + Inspiration at go/scholarship/

Wish you could read over the shoulder of the student in that other thesis carrel?
It can be helpful to look at models when you’re beginning your own coursework.
Our online collection of student scholarship includes papers, presentations and projects from Computer Science, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Geology, History, History of Art and Architecture, Religion and more.

Find information and inspiration at Student Scholarship at Middlebury:

go/scholarship/

Weekly Web Updates – March 11, 2019

We have decide not to make the Disable Gutenberg or Classic Editor plugins enabled for both technical and support reasons. If you would like to use the WordPress editor as it was before WordPress 5, you can add a Classic Block to your content.

During testing and support we have come across one issue with the new editing interface: if you had the Category to Tag Converter plugin enabled and used it to convert tags on your site, some of the tags may be “orphaned” and will give an “Unable to save” error when you try to save a post or page with that tag. If you notice this, please contact us and we can work on the affected site to recreated the missing tags.

Updates

  • Drupal biblio 7.x-1.0-rc10
  • WordPress disqus-comment-system plugin 3.0.17
  • WordPress enable-media-replace plugin 3.2.9
  • WordPress instagram-feed plugin 1.11.3
  • WordPress jetpack plugin 7.1.1
  • WordPress the-events-calendar plugin 4.8.2
  • WordPress wp-accessibility plugin 1.6.6
  • WordPress accelerate theme 1.4.0
  • WordPress daydream theme 1.1.0
  • WordPress hueman theme 3.4.16
  • WordPress responsive theme 3.14

Fixes and Tweaks

  • The Streaming page will now automatically clear the cache when a new version is saved, ensuring that the video stream is immediately available.
  • Pages in Drupal 8 sites such as the Middlebury Institute and Offices and Services which are not assigned to a menu will now automatically display a menu based on their URL path.
  • The copyright notice in the Sustainability site footer will automatically update year-to-year.
  • Updated the CTLR contact information in the Course Hub warning emails.
  • The Athletics website is now available over HTTPS.

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.
  • Improvements to the Service Catalog.

Video Conferencing Technology Added to Library 131

A Logitech Meetup video conferencing device has been added to Library 131. This device connects to a laptop via USB and will allow for remote participation in this meeting room. For instructions on using the technology in Library 131, see here. For instructions on Zoom for video conferencing, visit http://go.middlebury.edu/zoominfo and http://middlebury.zoom.us to start using Zoom!

ITS Tech Services Overview Offered March 11 – for New (or not-so-new) Hires

Information Technology Services (ITS) offers a monthly workshop with recent hires in mind called “ITS & You:  Technology Services Overview.”  The next session will be held Monday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m.  We’ll introduce services and resources provided by ITS to all Middlebury campus employees, including: email, file storage, account security, online learning, and how to obtain computing help.  The workshop format will be a presentation with questions entertained along the way, followed by an optional half hour for hands-on assistance with specific questions.

To sign up, please use our online form.  Although geared toward new or recent hires, everyone is welcome to attend – you might surprise yourself with an “aha” moment or two.

Next month’s session will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at 1:30 pm.  Our complete workshop schedule can be viewed at http://go/techworkshops/.

Weekly Web Updates – March 4, 2019

Updates

  • Drupal context 7.x-3.10
  • WordPress foobox-image-lightbox plugin 2.6.4
  • WordPress foogallery plugin 1.6.17
  • WordPress ft-calendar plugin 1.6.1.1
  • WordPress nextgen-gallery plugin 3.1.7
  • WordPress seriously-simple-podcasting plugin 1.19.16
  • WordPress subscribe2 plugin 10.27
  • WordPress northern-web-coders theme 3.1
  • WordPress hueman theme 3.4.15

Fixes and Tweaks

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.
  • Improvements to the Service Catalog.

Weekly Web Updates – February 25, 2019

Updates

  • Drupal 8.6.10
  • Drupal ctools 8.x-3.2
  • Drupal link 7.x-1.6
  • Drupal metatag 8.x-1.8
  • Drupal paragraphs 8.x-1.6
  • Drupal service links 7.x2.4
  • WordPress 5.1
  • WordPress foobox-image-lightbox plugin 2.6.3
  • WordPress osm plugin 5.0.2
  • WordPress twentyeleven theme 3.2
  • WordPress twentyfifteen theme 2.4
  • WordPress twentyfourteen theme 2.6
  • WordPress twentynineteen theme 1.3
  • WordPress twentyseventeen theme 2.1
  • WordPress twentysixteen theme 1.9
  • WordPress twentyten theme 2.8
  • WordPress twentythirteen theme 2.8
  • WordPress twentytwelve theme 2.9

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Offices in the Offices and Services site can now have more than one phone number associated with them and can add a “type” to each number, for offices with more than one location, or offices which want to provide fax or TTY service.
  • The Institute site’s homepage can now feature the “Class Profile” component, with a large photo and statistics.

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.
  • Improvements to the Service Catalog.

Audiobooks on OverDrive and You

What are audiobooks?

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Literatures & Cultures Librarian Katrina Spencer poses at the Research Desk, modeling audiobook use with sex columnist Dan Savage’s American Savage.

Audiobooks on OverDrive are digital versions of a book, often a novel, that allow you to listen to a book’s text. Many come in downloadable MP3 format files and are therefore portable on many electronic devices like iPods. Sometimes the authors read their works to you with modest sound effects or other dramatizations of the story or action! Audiobooks can also be found on CDs in the Middlebury College Libraries’ collection. See a thorough listing here.

Why might I want use them?

If it’s hard to find still moments to sit down and open a print work or scroll through an ebook, audiobooks offer a hands-free alternative to the other formats. So, you can carry out household chores, drive, or even exercise while listening to an audiobook.

Where can I see what’s available?


A screenshot representing a small sample of the ~200 audiobooks available at go.middlebury.edu/overdrive.

In terms of what the Middlebury College Libraries holds on OverDrive, just visit go.middlebury.edu/overdrive for access to over 200 audiobooks. If you’re a Vermont resident and a holder of a public library card, you can access 5,000+ titles through the Green Mountain Library Consortium. See go.middlebury.edu/gmlc for more information and use your last name in all caps, ex. ALI, as your password.

Do you have any recommendations?

Book cover art for Eddie Huang’s memoir, Fresh Off the Boat

Yes, sure! But that depends on what you like. One of my favorite parts of my job is readers’ advisory. Look at the bolded type for genre:

  • If you want a psychological thriller in the realm of domestic noir, I recommend The Silent Wife.
  • If dystopian fantasy is what you’re into, Director of Access and Discovery Terry Simpkins and Library Associate Kat Cyr swear by N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Series.
  • If you want to access a classic and haven’t gotten around to it, Things Fall Apart is available.
  • Social justice? Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me is sure to please and enlighten. And Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed also deeply engages systemic injustice.
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer lit? I really enjoyed Less. Dr. Marcos Rohena-Madrazo of the Department of Luso-Hispanic Studies is a big fan of Redefining Realness.
  • Humor? Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay.
  • Disability studies? Good Kings Bad Kings is on the docket.
  • Then there’s also historical non-fiction like The War Before the War.
  • Historical fiction? Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer-prize winning The Underground Railroad is recommendable.
  • And we have memoirs like Michelle Obama’s Becoming— though you may have to wait awhile to get to this one. See my review of it in The Campus, in the meanwhile.
  • Oh, and if you’re studying a foreign language like Spanish, you’ve got about 10 works to choose from on OverDrive and several on CDs in many languages found in the foreign language browsing collection on the main level of the Davis Family Library.

There’s a lot out there!

How can I use them and what should I know about the app?

There are three basic steps for accessing audiobooks:

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A flyer with detailed instructions on how to use OverDrive’s audiobooks, a condensed version reproduced at left
  1. Download the OverDrive app, create an original account and after signing in, add the Davis Family Library.
  2. When prompted to sign in with a library card, accept, but use your Middlebury credentials instead.
  3. Make a selection, borrow and manage your ebookshelf.

Also, when in doubt, you are welcome to ask a librarian for help or visit the guide found at go.middlebury.edu/ebookguide. With regard to the OverDrive app, there are some cool options like setting a timer for when you want the recording to stop playing, for example, if you’re getting in bed to sleep, and adjusting the speed of the player if you want to move through some text more quickly or more slowly than others. There’s some bookmarking, too.

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Book covert art for Harriet McBryde Johnson’s Accidents of Nature

For how long can I borrow audiobooks?

There are two loan periods: 7 days and 14 days. Know that only one user will use each audiobook at a time. So, if desirable, you can place a hold on a work if you want to be in line for when a popular item is released. Check out up to three audiobooks at a time!

Last words?

They’ve changed my life, for the better. I hope they are of use to you, too. Also, to hear more from Middlebury audiobook users, see this week’s issue of The Campus.