Category Archives: LIS Staff Interest

Weekly Web Updates – May 8

An update on the state of the Drupal project, from last week’s conference, can be seen here. Highlights are that the six month release cycle is working well and that the next version of Drupal will maintain backwards compatibility, enabling easier upgrades.

There is an ongoing discussion of updating the Drupal project mission statement to reflect the new vision that “Drupal is for ambitious digital experiences”, which could help us explain when to use that tool compared to others we offer.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Re-saved the configuration of all reference fields on the Museum of Art Drupal site to ensure that new content can be saved when the field is empty.
  • Added a new view display which will show only five related stories, rather than the 10 shown by default on the MIIS Drupal site program pages.
  • The MiddSTART site now has an “anticipated funds” field for projects, so that funding which has not yet reached the Banner reports can be displayed on the site.
  • Course Hub term builders now have expanded permissions allowing them to create resources.
  • Fixed Course Hub issue that was preventing links to non-standard terms from working correctly.
  • Fixed WYSIWYG editor issue triggered by a recent update.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Archiving Moodle.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Integrating Panopto (streaming videos) and Canvas (LMS).

24/7 period for Davis Family Library

The Davis Family Library will be open 24 hours a day starting Sunday morning, May 7th. Regular hours resume for Friday and Saturday, May 12th and 13th, then 24/7 resumes until 8 pm on Tuesday, May 23rd. After 11 pm, you will need your ID to access the building.

Armstrong Library will have regular hours, with extended hours Friday and Saturday, May 19th and 20th (closing at 10 pm).

A full calendar of the hours can be found at go/hours

Please welcome Sonny Cloward to ITS

Everyone, please join me in welcoming Sonny Cloward to ITS.  Sonny joined the ITS team on April 24th as a new Salesforce Administrator- Analyst in Enterprise Applications.

Sonny brings over 17 years of IT experience including over 12 years dedicated to the Salesforce platform in government, for-profit, non-profit, and higher education environments.   Sonny has participated in the implementing over 50 Salesforce systems including working with some of our partners in the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium.

Sonny will be located in Painter House with the Enterprise Application, but will work primarily remotely from his home in Montpelier.

Please join me in welcoming Sonny to ITS.

Weekly Web Updates – May 1

Updates

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Integrating Panopto (streaming videos) and Canvas (LMS).

Systems Maintenance this Sunday, April 30th, 2017

During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, April 30th from 6:00 am to 10:00 am EST we have the following activities scheduled:

 

  • The PaperCut printing system will be upgraded
    • Any printing jobs sent during the maintenance window will be queued for printing after the maintenance is complete. We don’t expect any print jobs to be lost during this maintenance window, but it would be best to delay any printing until after 10:00 on Sunday
    • The print release stations will each need to be rebooted and updated after the PaperCut servers are upgraded.

 

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

 

Regards,

Billy

 

Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Middlebury College

Weekly Web Updates – April 24, 2017

Several of us will be in Baltimore this week attending DrupalCon 2017. The keynote sessions are typically streamed live and videos of the session talks are usually posted by the end of the day.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Reference fields on the Museum of Art site were migrated to Drupal’s entityreference module. The old references module was uninstalled from the Course Hub and Drupal forms sites, removing the ability to add tags to images on those sites.
  • Fixed an issue where the “click to expand” links on the top right of news story images weren’t working in the Middlebury Drupal site.
  • A few additional fixes to ensure that HTML in excerpts on the MiddSTART and MiddGOAL sites is not corrupted when loaded in the WYSIWYG editor.
  • The Panopto Embed plugin is now enabled by default on sites.miis.edu.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Building out the configuration of our  CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Integrating Panopto (streaming videos) and Canvas (LMS).

Weekly Web Updates – April 17, 2017

There is a SiteImprove extension for Chrome that can help editors catch broken links in their Drupal sites. We are reviewing a module to add this directly into Drupal for people who use other browsers.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Staff who take summer courses in the Language Schools will now display with their staff contact information during the both the summer and academic year on the Online Directory.
  • Pages in Drupal with multiple sidebar sub-pages will now show the “[Edit]” and “[Edit hidden]” links at the top of the sidebar region so that extra sidebar page can be removed.
  • Fixed an issue with HTML excerpts on the MiddSTART site.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Building out the configuration of our  CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Integrating Panopto (streaming videos) and Canvas (LMS).

Weekly Web Updates – April 10, 2017

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • The Classifieds site was taking too long to sync accounts, causing some people to be dropped from the site. We’ve changed the process so that it moves in users one group at a time, allowing the full list of accounts to get added.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Building out the configuration of our  CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Integrating Panopto (streaming videos) and Canvas (LMS).