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Short Network Outages in Academic and Administrative Buildings this Sunday morning

During this Sunday’s regular maintenance window we will be upgrading the operating system on the Juniper network switches.  Each switch will need to be restarted after the upgrade and thus there will be a 5 minute network outage for the local network served by each switch in the following buildings at some point between 7 am and 10 am Sunday morning:

Athletics (including Natatorium and Rink)

Axinn

Bicentennial Hall

Center for the Arts

DKE

FIC

Hillcrest

Kitchell

McCullough

Munroe

Old Chapel

RAJ

Johnson

Service Building

Sunderland

Twilight

Voter

Warner

Youngman Field

Thank you.

Network upgrade in Athletics complex this Sunday morning

This coming Sunday morning, during the regular maintenance downtime period from 8:00 am to 10:00 am, we will be upgrading network infrastructure equipment throughout the Athletics complex (including the faculty offices, fitness center, natatorium, football stadium,  and rink).  Network service will be interrupted in various locations throughout the complex of buildings as we replace equipment.   All services should be restored by 10:00am.   The rest of campus should not be affected.

LIS site improvements since usability testing

Soon after the launch of the new Middlebury web site, the LIS website team conducted usability testing on the LIS parts of the site (see report 1, report 2). Many improvements have been made based on the feedback received during testing. Since part of the Team’s charge for this year included following-up on these recommendations, we thought it best to share some of the highlights. These changes were made with the help of many content managers and website editors; we thank you for your contributions!: Continue reading

TedxMonterey

The Monterey Institute of International Studies is hosting a Tedx event.  TED refers to the wildly successful annual conferences that bring together people from technology, entertainment and design to give short talks about their lives.  Tedx events are community organized programs that following a similar format to the TED conferences.

TedxMonterey is happening on April 15 and will be livestreamed and live-interpreted to the web.   Speakers will include dancers (including Middelbury’s Andrea Olsen), drummers, environmentalists, researchers, entrepreneurs and artists.

Introducing the Middlebury College LIS Facebook Page!

We invite you to visit the new LIS Facebook Page, and if you have a Facebook account, please “Like” the Page!:

For the past few weeks the Reference & Instruction workgroup has taken the lead on posting content to this Page. Today we write to invite Fans and feedback from all of LIS (and beyond), and explain how you may help us make this page a vibrant and vital part of our online presence.

Who is this for/What is going to appear on the Page?:

We hope to focus the Page primarily toward students, but we also think the content and information shared there will be of interest to Staff and Faculty. We received feedback from SLAC (Student LIS Advisory Committee) that content postings to the Page should not be too frequent.

How will things be added?/I’d like to share something!:

If you have content you’d like to have featured on the LIS Facebook Page,  get in touch with the social media community managers, Jess Isler and Joy Pile.

Please let us know if you have questions or feedback to share about the Page. Thanks! Oh, and “Liking” the Page counts as feedback, too!

Interesting development in the Google Books case…

Judge Rejects Settlement in Google Books Case, Saying It Goes Too Far

The proposed settlement in the long-standing class-action lawsuit over Google’s vast book-scanning project is dead, at least in its current form. In a ruling on Tuesday, the federal judge overseeing the case rejected the settlement, saying that it “would simply go too far,” even though “the digitization of books and the creation of a universal digital library would benefit many.” But he also urged the parties to consider revising the settlement, and suggested an approach that would deal with his major concerns.

http://chronicle.com/article/Judge-Rejects-Settlement-in/126864