The Library is canceling its subscription to RefWorks citation software (Legacy RefWorks and RefWorks 3) next year, effective June 30, 2017. After that date, students, faculty, staff and alumni will not be able to use RefWorks through Middlebury’s subscription.
Why is the library canceling its subscription to RefWorks?
When we began offering RefWorks ten years ago, there were only a few options for citation management software. RefWorks was one of the most reliable and inexpensive options, and it included most of the citation styles that our students and faculty needed. There are many more options now, and some of these options are more user-friendly, more powerful and less expensive. Specifically, the Library recommends Zotero. As the number of Zotero users at Middlebury has grown, the number of RefWorks users has decreased. Zotero is free to use, open source and portable, and it includes hundreds of citation styles. Our Zotero guide has advice on how to get started.
How can I save my RefWorks citations?
We have begun contacting all RefWorks account holders via email. lf you have a RefWorks account and would like to keep the citations you have stored there, you will need to export them before next summer. We have instructions on how to do that here:
Questions? Ask a librarian! http://go.middlebury.edu/askus
Several issues contributed to cause our Middlebury WordPress site to run slower than normal early last week. We believe we have mitigated most of these issues, but are still investigating a few. If some operation in WordPress is taking more than ten seconds to respond, please let us know by opening a ticket and telling us the site URL, what action was slow, and the time it happened, as precisely as possible. Thanks for your help and patience.
Separately, there was a Google Calendar outage for much of last Thursday and some of the features of our site, such as Library hours, had to be temporarily removed.
We have added the Instagram Feed plugin to the Middlebury and MIIS WordPress sites. You can activate and configure this plugin on your site to display a grid of images from Instagram. This replaces the Simple Instagram plugin, which stopped working after a recent Instagram API update.
We’ve created a separate, dedicated site for use in Drupal training workshops.
Fixes and Tweaks
- Recent updates to the MIIS global navigation were applied to the Directory, forms, Course Catalog, and GO sites.
- Fixed a hidden image gallery on the Middlebury Library site.
- Resolved an issue creating WordPress sites through the Course Hub caused by a change in our production Drupal environment.
- Resolved an issue in the Course Hub where class-groups were not getting updated regularly.
- Applied some style changes to the accordion menu in the Omeka NeatLine module.
- Added new menu and style settings for the Envisioning Middlebury site to its contact form and fixed its menu for mobile devices.
- Corrected an issue with shortcodes in the NextGEN Gallery WordPress plugin that would sometimes crash a site.
Our team spent much of last week finding and fixing a number of errors related to the Drupal production environment migration to Chef. If any additional errors pop up that we might not have caught, please let us know via the Helpdesk.
Fixes and Tweaks
- A “More Link” field has been added to the rss_page content type on www.middlebury.edu.
- We copied over some missing rewrite rules for www.miis.edu from our old Drupal cluster.
- The URL fragment has changed from “studentlife” to “student-life” on forms.middlebury.edu.
- The case in FetchProxy where multiple entries existed for the same header is now being properly handled.
- After our production environment switch, Course Hub roster photos were failing to sync. This has now been fixed.
- Fixed an issue in the Course Hub that prevented instructors from being able to create spaces for lab/discussion sections.
- An Runtime Error has been resolved on directory.middlebury.edu, when attempting to view a list of results in which one row did not contain an email field.
- The WordPress language files have been updated.
On Sunday we worked with our colleagues in CSNS to migrate our Drupal sites to an updated cluster of web-hosts managed using the Chef configuration management system. This migration represents an exciting shift as we strive for more consistency and recoverability of our infrastructure. While the primary functions of all Drupal sites have been tested and validated prior to and after the migration, please submit a Web Helpdesk ticket if you notice anything newly broken in a Drupal site.
We have removed the wp-jquery-timelinr plugin from our WordPress sites. When it was enabled, editors were unable to use the WordPress editing interface. The plugin had not been updated in some time.
Fixes and Tweaks
- We fixed some accessibility issues present in our Drupal site templates including an empty header on the BLSE site, a duplicate element in some of the branding blocks, lack of alt tags on the Sustainability site tag icons and MIIS site arrow images.
- Applied a fix to improve the speed of cascading permissions in Drupal.
- The “Middlebury in the News” feature of the Newsroom sidebar will no longer load its templates from the Sustainability site theme.
- A fix was made to the directory to solve an error that occurred when returning results that didn’t have an email address value.
When editing a Drupal “RSS Page” node, you may now select to sort the results by date with the newest items shown first (the default option) or with the oldest items shown first.
Fixes and Tweaks
- Due to a change in the terms of service for the Instagram API, we have had to remove the Instagram module from our Drupal sites. The one instance of this module being used on a live site was replaced with a static image linking to the Instagram account.
- We have removed the Flickr plugin from our MediaWiki installation. The plugin was not being used and no longer recommended for use by its developer.
A phishing email message was sent to many @middlebury.edu mailboxes today with a subject line of “Notice!!!” or “Verify”. DO NOT RESPOND ON THIS MESSAGE!
The phishing email message is an attack designed to trick people into disclosing their username and password. Do NOT follow the instructions in the message, as it could lead to your Middlebury account being compromised.
Instead, please forward the suspect message to email@example.com.
If you think you might have fallen victim to these or any phishing attack RESET YOUR PASSWORD IMMEDIATELY at http://go.middlebury.edu/password
If you have lost access to your email account, please reset your password and contact the Helpdesk at x2200 for further assistance.
Here’s a sample of the phishing email message:
College Of Middlebury, would be having maintenance as from 12 midnight which your present password would expire due to maintenance updates.
To avoid suspend login error Submit HERE
Failure to comply admin would suspend your account due inactive response.
We hope you enjoy reunion! Here are a few tips to help you feel at home in the libraries.
Computers and Library Databases
Our computers and library databases are fully available if you are here in the library. Just ask for a guest username and password when you visit. You may also be interested to know that JSTOR and Project Muse are available for free to Midd alumni. After signing up for a Midd alumni account, you will be able to use JSTOR and Project Muse from anywhere. For more information including instructions on how to sign up, see How do I get Alumni Access to JSTOR and Project Muse?
To connect your phone or other device to the wireless network, create a guest account by following the instructions here: Get started with wireless.
Borrowing, printing and more
You may also find our information (including borrowing privileges and printing advice) for guest and alumni patrons useful: Guests and Visitors to the College.
Just for fun
Find yourself in a yearbook! Our yearbooks are in the Browsing Collection on the main level of the Davis Family Library, just beyond the graphic novels.
The ILLiad Web pages will be down at 10:00 am today while we upgrade the ILLiad software. The ILL web site should be inaccessible for only a short time, assuming all goes well with the update.
If anyone has problems after 2:00 pm please contact Rachel Manning at x5498 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.