Author Archives: Cynthia Slater

Ready to Learn about Technology? Your lynda.com tutor never sleeps!

lynda_logo_72x72  Did you know that Middlebury College offers self-paced learning 24/7?  Our fabulous online learning resource, lynda.com, uses short videos to help you acquire new business and technology skills and is available to faculty, staff, and current students.

To find out more, sign up for “Using Online Learning at Middlebury” on Tuesday, October 15 at 4:15 pm.

For more details about learning opportunities visit go/lislearn.

Follow-Me Printing Update: Easier-to-Remember Print Queue Name

[ 5/23/14 edit:   The following post is outdated.  See go/howtoprint for current details about printing to public printers. ]

Fans of FollWoman-Printerow-Me Printing will be happy to know we have changed the print queue name, making it easier to remember.  When submitting your print job, look for FollowMeBW which has replaced Virtual BlackandWhite, effective 10/4/13.

Students, if you haven’t yet tried “Follow-Me” you’re making your printing life more difficult than it needs to be.  Visit go/followme to learn more or check out our earlier blog post.  This time saver allows you to print to a single print queue, then go to any participating print release station to release your print job(s).

Remember…  for fastest results, use Follow-Me Printing on a lab computer.

“Follow-Me Printing” now available! (Um, what does that mean?)

[ 5/23/14 edit:   The following post is outdated.  See go/howtoprint for current details about printing to public printers. ]

Follow-Me Printing allows you to print to a single virtual print queue, then go to any participating print release station to release your print job(s).   Presently, Follow-Me print jobs can be released from any of six different stations on campus; see the list below.

Choosing the new FollowMeBW print queue means you can head to the Davis Family Library…  or Sunderland…  or BiHall.  Changing your mind no longer means having to resubmit your print request!

For fastest results, use Follow-Me Printing on a lab computer:

It’s easy to do this when your documents are safely stored on Middfiles:

  1. Select FollowMeBW from the drop-down list when choosing a printer.
  2. Proceed to any of the six participating print release station locations (see list below) and log on with your Middlebury username and password.
  3. Release your print job by clicking “Print” located on the right-hand side.

Follow-Me Printing using PaperCut’s Web Print:

You can print documents to the new FollowMeBW print queue from your personally-owned computer using PaperCut’s Web Print.  Please note that you may experience delays using Web Print.  For fastest results, submit your print job from a lab computer using the instructions above.

Which printers can “Follow Me”?

Printer Name

Printer & Release Station Location

BIH203K Bicentennial Hall 203
LIB142 Davis Family Library 142
LIB242 Davis Family Library 242
LIB242K Davis Family Library 242
LIB303 Davis Family Library 303
SDL121K Sunderland 121

LIS at the Student Services Fair

This year LIS met loads of incoming Middlebury students at the Student Services Fair. Brenda Ellis, Pij Slater, Stacy Reardon and Ian Burke staffed the table along with Helpdesk students Biswash Ghimire and Anis Mebarki. Ian distributed handouts on Cyber Security Awareness Month while Stacy and Brenda passed out shiny new LIS bookmarks with handy go/ links. The team spoke with students about connecting to wireless and avoiding phishing attacks. Students had quite a few questions of their own:

  • How do I print?
  • How long can I check out books from the library?
  • How do I find books at the library?
  • How do I get a job at the library?
  • How do I get MS Office?
  • Can I get the books I need for my classes at the library?

Students were very enthusiastic about library services. One student ran over to tell us, “The Middlebury library was probably a bigger factor in my college decision than it should have been!” (We politely disagreed. The quality of the library is indeed a very important factor!)

The library’s iPad was put to good use at the Fair, and students appeared to be satisfied with the help they received. We even heard an unprompted, “Always ask a librarian!” as they departed.

How Can I Learn About Technology? Workshops and More!

With a host of new faces on campus and the start of the fall semester now underway, Library & Information Services (LIS) wants to spread the word that we provide a variety of learning opportunities for faculty, staff and students to acquire or improve their library and information technology skills.  Our open workshop offerings are just one of these ways; LIS staff offer workshops here on campus that are open to the College community.  To view the current schedule and sign up for topics of interest, visit go/lisworkshops.  Check back as we are still adding offerings!

We also offer self-paced learning through lynda.com  — a fabulous online learning resource that uses short videos to help you acquire new business and technology skills.  This is available to faculty, staff, and current students.

For more details about learning opportunities visit go/lislearn.

 

 

 

Drupal Work Session Opportunity — Monday, July 15

In response to requests for a Drupal Work Session we are offering one on Monday, July 15 at 2 pm.  Click here to sign up.  Come join us and work on your web pages, uninterrupted, with someone right there to answer all of your questions and help you with any problems.

Be sure to visit go/lisworkshops periodically as we do add “special request” sessions in cases where others are welcome to attend.

Looking for some other type of training?  We are happy to work with you to arrange “by request” sessions for your group, classroom space and staff resources permitting.  Send a description of your workshop needs to:  helpdesk@middlebury.edu.

 

Where is the LIS Summer Workshop Schedule?

We currently have just one open workshop on the horizon — Introduction to Drupal on Thursday, July 11 at 1pm.  If you are a new content provider who needs to learn the basics of creating and maintaining a departmental web site (or are someone who would simply like a refresher), you’re in luck.  Click here to sign up.

Be sure to visit go/lisworkshops periodically as we do include “special request” sessions in cases where others are welcome to attend.

We do not typically advertise many open workshops during the summer months as attendance is often limited due to vacations and classroom spaces are at a premium while the Language Schools are in session.  We are, however, happy to work with you to arrange “by request” training for your group, classroom space and staff resources permitting.  Send a description of your workshop needs to:  helpdesk@middlebury.edu.

Don’t forget about  lynda.com  — Middlebury’s fabulous online learning resource.  Summer is the perfect time to learn something new, such as iPhone Photography, from Shooting to Storytelling or Managing and Analyzing Data in Excel.

lynda.com service interruption

Middlebury’s lynda.com online learning resource is currently unavailable.  The company is aware of the problem and is working to resolve the issue.  They are hopeful that access will be restored by the end of the business day and apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Update 6/27, 2:30 pm — Access has been restored!  (If you are unfamiliar with our lynda.com resource, visit go/lyndainfo to learn more and give it a try.)