Category Archives: LIS Staff Interest

Systems Maintenance this Sunday, Nov 8th, 2015

During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, Nov 8th, 2015 from 6 am – 10 am we have the following activities scheduled:


  • Our DNS and DHCP servers will be upgraded in Middlebury, VT and Monterey, CA. No service outages are anticipated.
  • We’ll be removing unneeded network devices in two data centers on the VT campus. There may be very brief outages of Internet service, on the order of a few seconds.


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






Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Middlebury College

Digital Media Bootcamp 2016

The Digital Media Bootcamp offers the same workshops that we use in our Digital Media Tutor training during the month of January, and are open, à la carte, to all interested faculty, staff and students. This is the same training that we have been using for the Summer Digital Media Tutor program, plus a few additions based on feedback from last year’s Bootcamp.

The following sessions will introduce the attendees to a wide variety of technologies and uses, including computing practices at Middlebury, concepts and software for developing media, and devices for creating and consuming media. Most sessions will run for 90 minutes and will take place in the Wilson Media Lab in the Davis Family Library.

New This Year

Digital Liberal Arts Data Bootcamp

  • Instructors: Ryan Clement, Alicia Peaker, TBA
  • Description: Are you new to working with data for digital scholarship? In this DLA sponsored workshop series, we will teach you some of the basics of working with data as well as some free (and mainly web-based) tools you can use to visualize data, map data, and analyze textual data. The series will include one required course on the first day, as well as three à la carte course over the following three days. Attend one, or attend all three! All courses will be 3 hours long and will include discussions of background concepts as well as hands-on work.

    Because these courses will be tailored to the participants’ interests and disciplines, the deadline for signing up is January 1st. Please contact Alicia Peaker or Ryan Clement with any questions.

Current Sign-up Sheets

Title Date  
Intro to Visual Literacy and Presentations @ 2:45pm 4-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Intro to Audio Literacy @ 2:45pm 5-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Quicktime, SnapZ Pro, MPEG Streamclip @ 2:45pm 6-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Equipment Demo: Scanners, Plotters and more @ 1pm 8-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Copyright, IP and Creative Commons @ 1pm 11-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Audio Software @ 2:45pm 11-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Adobe InDesign @ 1pm 12-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Adobe Illustrator @ 2:45pm 12-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Equipment Demo: Cameras @ 1pm 13-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Adobe Photoshop @ 2:45pm 13-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Equipment Demo: Space and Place @ 1pm 14-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Liberal Arts Data Bootcamp –
Working with Data @1pm until 4pm
19-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Introduction to Information Literacy @ 2:45pm 25-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Safe Computing Practices at Middlebury @ 1pm 25-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Online Identity: Your Story to the World @ 2:45pm 26-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Online Recording Lab: SANSSpace @ 1pm 27-Jan-16 View & sign-up »

Weekly Web Updates – November 2, 2015

New Features

The latest update to the Drupal Monster Menus module introduces some features to make managing your content simpler. When you click on the Reorder link in the Edit Console you can now drag content from the main “Content” region of the page into one of the other regions, like Right Sidebar or Carousel. Also, when you delete a node that appears on more than one page you now have the option to remove it from just the current page or from all of the pages.

We still need to do a bit of work to get this configured, but this update also allows us to clear the cache when you edit a node on the site, meaning that you’ll no longer need to wait five minutes to see your changes reflected on the live site. We expect to have this set up by next week.


Tweaks & Fixes

  • The 2016 Online Donor Roll is now live.
  • The dateline on MIIS news stories will now just include the date and not the time.

Multiple-copy withdrawals

You may have noted some withdrawal work going on the D-F ranges lately. Collections Management and Circulation Services are working together to remove multiple copies with very low circulation, in order to recover some badly needed space for routine stacks operations. In D and E, many shelves are completely full, with the remainder overcrowded. In F, many shelves are overcrowded, and all three ranges are strong growth areas.

Overall, 5.1% of the items in those three ranges are being withdrawn as multiple copies with low usage. Further ranges to be analyzed and weeded are JC-JV, K, P-PC, and PN. Duplicate items with any significant usage (more than 5 combined checkouts and renewals) are being retained, and in the process checked for condition. In all cases where items are withdrawn, the copy in better condition is retained.

Please note that no titles are being withdrawn entirely. Overall bibliographic coverage will not be affected; nor will the EAST data or programmatic weeding to be done later.

Prof. Shalom Goldman, guest DJ on WRMC’s Stacks & Tracks

Our first guest DJ, Professor Shalom Goldman (Religion) joins Stacks & Tracks, the Special Collections & Archives radio show

Monday, November 2, 9am-10am

Tune-in to hear a half-century of rock, folk, reggae, and punk music, inspired by biblical stories.
With commentary, of course.

91.9FM | iTunes radio | listen online | on your phone

Weekly Web Updates – October 26, 2015

New Features

We have added the Featured Video Plus plugin to our WordPress sites. If you are using a theme which supports featured images for posts, you can enable this plugin to replace those featured images with videos.

The MIIS website homepage was updated to include new dynamic content from across the site. In addition to the MIIS Spotlight on the right, you can now page through an additional set of hand-picked stories on the left.

Additional messaging has been added when working with recycled items in Drupal. If an editor is on a page that has a link to an item in a recycle bin, a message will display above the content indicating that the file won’t be viewable by people who cannot edit it, and provides a link to the recycle bin so the editor can either permanently delete the file or restore the file.


Additionally, when trying to download a media item that has been recycled, an alert will display instead of the original item with the email address of the last editor to modify the item.



Fixes & Tweaks

  • The old Stats plugin has been removed. You can still get site stats using Jetpack or Google Analytics.
  • The Drupal Instagram content type stopped working because the IDs of the images were larger than the database expected. We have changed this to anticipate even larger photo ID numbers.
  • A small fix to MiddSTART to account for the case when the column identifying the type of donor is empty, to ensure that they are given credit on the project page.
  • All staff in the Library and in ITS should now be able to edit the Library & ITS Wiki. If you’re in one of those areas and can’t edit, please let us know.
  • We have updated the code we use to create test WordPress sites on our development server to disable plugins like Jetpack and Subscribe2 so that you should no longer see Jetpack notices about your site URL changing or receive emails when posts are published on our development server.

Telephone System Disruption

The campus telephone  system had a large data loss over the weekend.  Our vendor is adding back the data, but it will take several hours to do so.  At present the following functions are affected.

  • Extensions that were newly assigned or changed location since June 2012 may have no dial tone or are not assigned to the correct location.
  • Incoming calls not answered are diverting to the main campus voice mail greeting instead of an individual’s personal voice mailbox.
  • Outgoing toll calls cannot be made by dialing 9.  A telephone authorization code is required.

Another update will be posted later this evening.


Peggy Fischel

ITS Telephone Services

Systems Maintenance this Sunday, Oct 25th

During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, Oct 25th from 6 am – 10 am we have the following activities scheduled:

  • One of our two Internet circuits will be down for maintenance and upgrades from 7am to 10am. We have sufficient redundancy between providers that there will be no Internet outage during this maintenance. Some sensitive systems will alert as routing paths change during failovers.
  • The ability to setup new VDI sessions will be down for about 10 minutes during server maintenance

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






Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Middlebury College