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Microsoft Office 365 brings together Next Generation cloud versions of Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online with the familiar Office desktop suite.

EVENT TITLE 
A First Look at Microsoft Office 355

DATE
February 10, 2011

TIME
11:00am -12:00pm EST

WHERE
LIB 105

Launching in the coming months, Office 365 delivers the power of cloud productivity to businesses and organizations of all sizes, helping to save time, money and free up valued resources. Join us live on either Thursday, February 10th for an exciting webcast featuring Todd Sweetser of Microsoft Online Services and Dave Wallen of CGS who will overview the current capabilities of Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity solutions and highlight the most important features and capabilities of the new Office 365.  Webcast participants from qualifying organizations will be eligible for a free Cloud Assessment Engagement from CGS’s Microsoft Cloud Solutions team.

LIS PAYS FOR WINTER GETAWAYS?!

You did hear correctly. LIS is picking up the tab for winter getaways – when your destination is a day-long computer workshop at KnowledgeWave in South Burlington, Vermont. Although not as exotic as basking on a Caribbean beach, you can immerse yourself in a distraction-free learning environment — without the worry of your bathing suit readiness. Need a longer “break”? — enjoy a 30% discount on multi-day sessions. Here are just a few upcoming classes to pique your interest – see go/kwavesched for the complete list of offerings:

Excel 2007 – Level 1: Feb 3, Mar 3, Apr 6

New Features of Office 2007/2010: Feb 2, Mar 1, Apr 4

Photoshop CS5 – Level 1: Mar 31-Apr 1

Illustrator – Level 1: Apr 14-15

InDesign – Level 1: Mar 31

Updating your Technology Skills from Win XP to Win 7: Mar 23-25

Please e-mail helpdesk@middlebury.edu to request your getaway or to learn more.

Google Analytics Workshops

Beginning in December, Chris Norris will be offering a series of Google Analytics workshops for LIS staff. These workshops will cover the basics of how Google Analytics works and how this data can be used to better understand (and help improve) the online services that we provide to the community. The first workshop will be held on Thursday, December 9th, 2010 in Davis Family Library 105 from 1:30p to 2:30p. If you are interested in attending, please email Chris at cnorris@middlebury.edu.

Upgrade to FirstClass Server

For many years, the Bread Loaf School of English has been using a mail/conferencing system called FirstClass.  FirstClass was one of the first ‘bulletin boards’ to develop a graphic user interface and the BLSE has used this technology for mail, course conferences, support of the Bread Loaf Teachers Network and general discussion conferences.  Until last May, the server running the FirstClass server software was located on campus and supported by the Enterprise and Network Solutions group.

Last May, LIS decided to outsource the administration and support of this server to WhatIf Networks, a company based in Westbrook, ME that has years of experience supporting FirstClass servers.  The cut over of services took place just before the beginning of the 2010 BLSE summer sessions.   At the conclusion of the summer classes, we began planning to upgrade the server to a newer version of the software, from version 8.0 to version 9.1. One of the driving factors in this decision was the increasing number of requests of the BreadNet community to access their mail and conferences from smart phones (particularly iPhones) and iPads.  Our upgrade now makes this possible and we have a number of happy smart phone users.

However, to prepare for the upgrade, it was necessary to reconfigure the roughly 1000 user desktops so that the upgraded client view was clean and uncluttered. Caroline Eisner, the director of Breadnet;  Margaret ‘Mugs’ Johnson of WhatIf Networks and Shel Sax worked over the weekend reconfiguring the user desktops in preparation for the upgrade.  The upgrade was effected late Saturday afternoon, November 20th and the new software installed without incident

After the upgrade, a typical FirstClass client desktop looks like this:

screen shot first class server

Student Printing Allotments to Roll-Over

Students…

I am writing with good news concerning your print quota.  Based on student feedback, we have decided that you will be able to roll over your print allowance from term to term until you graduate (or depart) from Middlebury.

This means that the amount you have in your account as of the end of May will be added to your fall quota.  A first year student who ends the spring term with $5 in her account will have $30 upon her arrival on campus for the fall semester.  A fourth-year student with $1 in his account will start the fall with $51.  For those attending Language Schools, you will see the roll-over appear in your summer allotment.

We hope this change to our policy will help make the new printing policy less expensive for you, as it will allow you to cover the costs of printing for a print-heavy year with savings you might enjoy in a year when you have less printing.

Best wishes,

Michael Roy
Dean of Library and Information Services