Category Archives: LIS Staff Interest

Promotions

I am so pleased to announce that Zach Schuetz and Brett Wells have been promoted from Computing Specialist 2 to Senior Technology Specialist.  Both Zach and Brett have earned their promotions by demonstrating leadership and initiative, each taking on projects and challenges and finding solutions to ongoing issues that have resulted in improved processes for ITS.  Brett and Zach are outstanding examples of one of ITS’ organizational values:

“3.Teamwork – no room for I don’t need to worry about that, that’s not my job.  Trust and value the team to be accountable for team’s results, not just your own.  Help find solutions to known issues, take the initiative, collaborate with colleagues, reach out to managers if need be but not by throwing colleagues under the bus.  Offer and take advantage of peer review, be open to other’s ideas, share your knowledge – teach.  Value different skills sets. Don’t be afraid to commit to a goal that makes you dependent on your colleagues.”

http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/technology/its

Please join me in congratulating Zach and Brett on their well-deserved promotions.
Lisa Terrier

Weekly Web Updates – April 13, 2015

Multi-File Uploads in Drupal

Thanks to some assistance from our colleagues at Amherst, we’re almost ready to allow multiple files to be uploaded into a File Upload content type in Drupal again. Please try out this feature on our development copy of the site and let us know if you run into any issues. It works just like uploading files does now, except that you can select multiple files when you click the Browse button. We hope to have this feature enabled in production this month.

Files on ‘user’ Pages

Back in 2009-2010, while we were still setting up the Middlebury site and getting used to Drupal, it was possible to upload files to your personal “user” page, rather than your site’s hidden File Uploads page. We’re removing the otherwise unused “user” pages, which aren’t used for anything else and take up a lot of space in the database. There were still about 170 files on those pages, so we moved those files to the appropriate department or office site. If you see a sub-page of your site’s File Uploads page with someone’s name on it, that’s where that came from.

Updates

Known Issues

Tweaks and Fixes

  • The Email share button on thewip.net was not working because we needed to add that domain to the allowed domains list for MIIS’s reCAPTCHA API key. If there are other WordPress domains that desire to use the Email share button aside from middlebury.edu, miis.edu, or thewip.net, please let us know.
  • Images in File Upload nodes where the Link URL field was not blank in the Carousel were hidden. We’ve fixed this so that the images are shown.
  • We have removed photos from the MIIS header, except on the homepage, and constrained the header width to 960px. This is part of an ongoing effort to do some work refreshing elements of that site’s design.
  • We have improved the performance of permissions-saving and deleting in Drupal. If you noticed problems with these in the past, they should now be resolved.

Systems Maintenance, Sunday April 12th

During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, April 12th we have the following activities scheduled:

 

  • Middfiles will be patched to the latest vendor software release
    • Between 7:30am and 9:00am there will be two short service outages, together totaling up to 15 minutes
    • This will include the ORGS directories, user home directories, and all class folders
  • EZProxy will be updated to the latest vendor software release

 

We appreciate your patience as we continuously strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.

 

Regards,

Billy

 

 

Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

EZproxy upgrade – Sunday, April 12, 2015

DONE

Library Systems will be performing necessary security upgrades to the EZproxy server on Sunday morning during regularly scheduled downtime (6 am to 10 am) on 4/12/2015.

E-Zed-Proxy makes off-campus access easy.

There will be no off-campus access for the Library’s subscription databases, e-books, and e-journals during this time.  There will be intermittent access interruptions on campus, too.  I expect the whole process to last no more than one hour.  I apologize for any inconvenience.

This should be done by 10 am.

Done! 

Moodle Maintenance on Friday, April 17th

From Remote-Learner, our Moodle host:
Maintenance Window: 12:00am to 4:00am ET on April 17, 2017
In order to increase the resilience and reliability of our cloud platform we will be conducting network maintenance during the window above. At this time, your site will be operational but may notice a slight decrease in performance.
Sincerely,
Remote-Learner Technical Support

Weekly Web Updates – April 6, 2015

New Features

  • The Drupal Edit Console now has a “Files” link. This can be used to locate content where an image or document is stored. Paste in the URL of the file on the Drupal site and click “Find!” You will be shown a list of content on the site that references that file. If the file was embedded in content since we upgraded to version 7.x-2.0-beta1 of the Drupal file_entity module (February 8 for www.middlebury.edu or October 23 for other Drupal 7 sites) you will also see a row for wherever it is being used.
    Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 9.40.22 AM
  • The Drupal Edit Console also now has a “Search” link that provides you with an interface to look up content throughout our site based on advanced search criteria. For example, in the image below we’re using it to find all of the News items with “Commencement” in the title. You can also narrow the scope of the search to focus on a particular part of the site.
    Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 9.46.50 AM
  • You can also create a new Drupal Issue ticket in Web Helpdesk by clicking on the “New Ticket” link in the Drupal Edit Console.
  • The Drupal Slideshow content type now supports adding a pager below the slides. This will appear as a series of • characters that you can click on to move between the slides. This feature is not compatible with loading only the first slide on page load and loading remaining slides in the background. Enabling the pager will cause your page to load slower as all the slides will need to be loaded.
  • We’ve added the Drupal google_tag module, which allows us to add Google Tag Manager codes to our sites, rather than directly adding the Google Analytics tracking code. GTM is a web interface for managing Google Analytics, Google AdWords, event tracking, and other third-party tracking objects. Using this allows us to manage the trackers and events without needing to make code changes to the website and to delegate this responsibility.
  • The WordPress Multilingual (WPML) suite of plugins is now available in sites.miis.edu. If you would like to make use of this plugin suite in sites.middlebury.edu, please contact us.

Updates

New Documentation

  • Social Media Tools: Details all of the integrations we offer between our Drupal and WordPress sites and social media platforms to help you share content with those sites and display content from them. This includes a new documentation page for the Drupal Facebook Element content type.
  • Drupal Edit Console: This documentation has been rewritten to be accurate for the new Edit Console in Drupal and to mention some of the new features added this week. There are still some portions of this being fleshed out as we work to bring the documentation up-to-date with the current state of the interface.
  • Drupal Shortcodes: This has long existed as a reference to the shortcodes that are available for use inside your Drupal content, but we have updated it this week to include information on using the pop-out video player, Storify, and the Alumni Profiles view.
  • Troubleshooting Course Catalog issues: If course lists aren’t showing up in department sites or instructor profiles, check here to figure out where the data might need to be updated.

Tweaks & Fixes

  • The script that powers the pop-out video player (see the interview with Ron Liebowitz on the homepage for an example) is now loaded on all pages of the site, especially the homepage, and a small issue with the video caption supplied in the Drupal Story content type has been corrected. You can use the pop-out player in your own videos on Drupal with the “open:1″ parameter in the video shortcode.
  • To prevent spam submissions, the comment form for news stories on the Middlebury Drupal site now has a required CAPTCHA field.
  • We replaced the “waveform” bars at the top of the Giving website with a Drupal Slideshow.
  • If the caption of a Drupal Slideshow slide contains a link, the image for that slide will be wrapped in that link so that clicking on the slide directs the user to that URL.
  • Corrected an issue with the Drupal 7 Course Lists that was preventing the “exclusive” checkbox in the Level filtering to work as intended. Checking this and selecting just “Undergraduate” will now appropriately show just the undergraduate courses, excluding those offered in both undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • We re-write the display of Drupal Webform fields to force the field description to appear between the field label and the form field. Because of this, we weren’t supporting several new display options for webform field, such as prefix labels (e.g. putting a $ in front of a “Cost” field). We’ve fixed this so that all of the new field label options are supported.
  • Items in the left navigation of the Middlebury Drupal site are now styled as a “block” so that when their labels wrap to a new line they are indented by the same 6px as the line above them. See the ITS Teams & Workgroups navigation for an example.
  • The boxes for MIIS faculty profiles are now set to be the same height as the items to their left and right in a row of profile boxes. See the MBA faculty page for an example.
  • Links to the Campus Map and EthicsPoint now appear again in the Middlebury Drupal site’s footer.