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New infrastructure for Google Apps accounts coming soon!

As noted back in January, Google is transitioning all Google Apps accounts to a new infrastructure. Google had identified July 25th, 2011 as the date that accounts in Middlebury’s Google Apps instance would be automatically transitioned, however we have elected to delay that transition until we have had an opportunity to notify and advise individuals who have conflicting accounts.

If you have not already done so, please review and complete the transition readiness checklist items that pertain to your individual situation as soon as possible.

If something goes wrong for you, send me a note and we’ll work it out together.

Please try to keep in mind that Middlebury’s Google Apps (MGA) instance is considered a “live pilot” and as such, not everyone with a middlebury.edu address has an MGA account. Thus, it is possible to have a conflicting account even if you are not using MGA. Users with conflicting accounts will be forced to rename their account to something NOT middlebury.edu. You can take care of this prior to the automatic transition by resolving your conflicting account (see #2).

PS. Here is the email from Google…

Subject: Changes are coming for your @middlebury.edu Google Apps account

Hello Google Apps user,

Important changes are coming to your @middlebury.edu Google Apps account. Your account will soon be converted and start working more like a full Google Account.

What this change will mean for you:

  • Access to many more Google products. You’ll soon be able to use all the Google services that your administrator allows you to access with your middlebury.edu account.
  • New sign in option. You will be able to sign in to Google services from the regular sign-in pages (like http://mail.google.com). Your username is your full middlebury.edu email address.
  • Data ownership. All data contained in middlebury.edu Google Apps accounts continues to be owned by your organization, and is subject to middlebury.edu’s terms and conditions. Learn more

Prepare yourself:

  • For more information, we encourage you to review the Transition Checklist. The Help Center also has answers to many common questions (note that you won’t be able to view the full Help Center until you’ve been transitioned).
  • If you have other questions, please contact your administrator.

We hope you enjoy your new improved Google Apps account!

Sincerely,
Your Google Apps administrator

Middlebury Access to Gartner Research

Are you interested in the most current and cutting edge information about technology?

The Middlebury campus community can now find out what’s happening in IT with access to research, news analysis and trends from Gartner Inc.

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers technology-related insight that helps clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is a valuable partner to 60,000 clients in 11,000 distinct organizations. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has 4,400 associates, including 1,200 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 85 countries.

Students can benefit by using Gartner to find research for assignments, learn where IT is headed and how it will shape our world, discover an area of interest, or even get ideas on careers. Gartner research enriches the educational experience by providing timely, objective real-world examples and content.

Faculty & Staff can benefit by using Gartner to stay current on IT industry trends. Gartner provides insight to the application of technology to real-world problems and enables understanding of the long-term trends and issues that current and future IT decision makers will face.

Gartner’s research is licensed for use and is accessible at no cost to our students, faculty and staff. To access Gartner, you’ll need to first authenticate using your Middlebury username and password, if you haven’t already.

Access Gartner Research

(Bookmark go/gartner)

EDUCAUSE Presents: Mobile Computing (April 25-29, 2011)

EDUCAUSE is holding a “5-Day Sprint” of daily web seminars about Mobile Computing at the end of April. If you are unable to attend the live web seminars, recordings will be made available on the EDUCAUSE web site following the events.

—From EDUCAUSE—
This free, weeklong experience allows you to choose from a wide range of scheduled events and asynchronous activities. Take part in daily web seminars, discussions, and other happenings to explore mobile computing and what it means for higher education. Continue reading

Middlebury Google Apps Changes

Over the next few weeks, Google will be making some changes to the Google Apps infrastructure that may affect you.

If you have used your Middlebury email address to sign up for “consumer” Google services, you will have to change the email address associated with those services to a non-Middlebury address. “Consumer” Google services are common web-based applications from Google such as: Alerts, Blogger, Books, Docs, iGoogle, Maps, Picasa Web Albums, Reader, Sites, Translate, and many others.

If you have an existing Middlebury Google Apps account, it will be automatically transitioned to the new Google Apps infrastructure. While your access to Middlebury Google Apps services won’t be affected by this change, the first time you log into Middlebury Google Apps after your account has transitioned, you will have to accept a new terms of service agreement.

If you have any questions, please contact gadmin@middlebury.edu for more information.

Chris Norris
LIS Administration

EDUCAUSE Webcast: Professional Development and Staffing for the Cloud

Everyone is welcome in Davis Family Library 105 at 1pm on Wednesday, August 25th for a live EDUCAUSE webcast entitled Professional Development and Staffing for the Cloud. This webcast will be hosted by Joanne Kossuth, VP for Operations and CIO of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Please read on for a detailed description and/or contact Chris Norris with any questions!

Description of the event from the EDUCAUSE website:Are you getting ready for the cloud? How will the utilization of cloud services impact the skill set requirements and professional development paths for our staff? What are the types and levels of information that IT professionals must understand and advance in the growing space of cloud computing? How will technical work change? How will the staff gain skill sets in negotiation, interorganizational collaboration, and risk management? And the list goes on. Join us for a lively discussion of these issues and a sharing of our experiences.

More Information: https://net.educause.edu/LIVE1023/

LIS Project Directory Update

There has been a flurry of LIS Project Directory activity during the past few weeks. Along with many updates to data, several new views have been created and published, including an “Overdue” view and a “90 Days Out” view. In addition, Project Managers, LIS Leaders, and Area Directors can now access project editing from within Google Apps!

Check it out…

PS. If you are an LIS staff member who does NOT have a Middlebury Google Apps evaluation account yet, just email: gadmin@middlebury.edu to request one!

LIS Project Directory Update

The LIS Project Directory initiative is underway! For those who may have missed the brief introduction at the May 21st All LIS staff meeting, one of the primary goals of this effort is to gather information about projects that LIS is (or will be) involved in, and to make this information available to members of our community. The expectation is that the LIS Project Directory will help raise awareness about the diverse and exciting work that we do in support of the College’s mission and help inform our planning efforts.

Starting this week, a familiar representative from each area will begin connecting with workgroup leaders, team leaders, and project managers to collect a basic set of information about each project that LIS is involved in. Ron McKinnon, Joseph Watson, Dan Frostman, and Bryan Carson will be reaching out to their respective areas to gather this data and also to ensure that we are collecting the right information about projects. Once the collection effort has concluded, the LIS Administration will review all of the projects for inclusion in a web-based LIS Project Directory.

Several people have asked for clarification about what should be considered a  “project”. For the purposes of this initiative, a project is currently considered to be a one-time, multi-task endeavor that has a specific scope of work, a beginning and an end, and concludes with a deliverable result. Some projects may require planning or involve the efforts of multiple people, others may require sponsorship or even budget approval. It is important to note that daily work activities and related responsibilities are not currently considered projects.

So, be on the lookout for these “project scouts” as they begin to visit workgroups to find out what we have going on! If you have questions about this initiative, please feel free to contact me at x5480 or cnorris@middlebury.edu.

- Chris