The LIS summer workshop schedule is now available. Visit go/lisworkshops to view offerings for May through August and sign up for topics of interest.
We’re happy to be able to offer new, expandedwebsite work sessions where you can get help with any of your websites — whether in Drupal, Moodle, Mediawiki or WordPress — we’ll have staff on hand who can help with all of these! We’ve scheduled regular opportunities throughout the summer so you can plan ahead. You’ll find a few Drupal introductions as well, covering basic website skills for those just starting out.
Do you prefer to learn on your own? Summer can be a great time for professional development. Check out lynda — a fabulous online learning resource that uses short videos to help you acquire new business and technology skills. Lynda is also available off-campus and does not require VPN, so no fair trying on that excuse; simply use http://go.middlebury.edu/lynda to go directly to Middlebury’s login portal and give it a whirl.
Mac users… Are you having the best possible experience with Middfiles? It may be time to update how you connect to Middfiles, as well as create some useful shortcuts!
First, check your connection. In the Finder, click on the Go menu, then click Connect to Server. You should use cifs://middcloud.middlebury.edu/middfiles and remove any “smb” middfiles favorites you may have stored, as shown.
Technical stuff: We use the SMB protocol to connect to Middfiles almost exclusively on campus and the latest revision is CIFS. To use the most current version of SMB you must specify CIFS in your connection. Outdated connections may results in errors when saving to Middfiles or be slower.
Do you maintain a website in Drupal, Moodle, MediaWiki, or WordPress? LIS is now offering expanded work sessions that cover all four of these web applications, providing you with “one stop shopping” when you need website assistance. Staff from Web Application Development, Curricular Technology, and User Services will be close by to lend a hand with your projects.
Our first expanded session will be offered Wednesday, April 30 at 3:00 pm. Please let us know you plan to attend; use our convenient online signup form.
Apple recently released software updates to iOS, Mac OS 10.7 and higher, as well as for Safari & QuickTime for Windows. These updates address a vulnerability found in Apple’s implementation of SSL (secure sockets layer), a protocol computers use extensively for secure communications online. While we are not aware of any specific information breaches at Middlebury College, and the steps necessary for someone to compromise these secure communications are far from trivial, we should all apply these important security patches to our Apple hardware and Windows computers running Apple software to mitigate these risks. Please check your Apple software for available updates (especially iOS, Mac OS, Safari, and QuickTime updates). Run your updates now and check again after the installation as some may have prerequisites. For more information, links to specific updates for the SSL vulnerability and others are available at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.
Our current workshop schedule is now available. Visit go/lisworkshops to view upcoming offerings and sign up for topics of interest. Choose from Drupal introductions that cover basic web site maintenance skills, work sessions where you can get help with specific questions about how to improve your departmental web site, as well as Google Analytics to learn how to unlock the mysteries of your website’s traffic patterns.
We are also offering several opportunities to learn how to access and use — Middlebury’s fabulous online learning resource that uses short videos to help you acquire new business and technology skills. Anyone who is unfamiliar with this “no-cost-to-you” training benefit is missing out!
Thanks to the hard work of the LIS Education and Training team, LIS now offers a help gateway that collects great resources from all corners of our department and makes it easy for you to find what you need. You’re also quite likely to discover some new tools and ways to learn about technology and library resources along the way. Don’t take our word for it — visit go/lishelp and see for yourself. Here are just a few things you can do:
Search LIS web pages and wiki lore to get answers to your questions.
Submit a HelpDesk ticket to request assistance or search the FAQ database for answers.
Find who in LIS can help you.
Use quick links to access “how to” information tailored to different audiences.
Check systems status.
Learn how LIS can help you acquire more technology and library skills.
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.
[ 5/23/14 edit: The following post is outdated. See go/howtoprint for current details about printing to public printers. ]
Fans of Follow-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.