Category Archives: LIS Staff Interest

On A Real Tip: Slang In Trying Times

Like myself, many of the MiddKids with whom I frequently interact are people of color. While I am a Californian from Los Angeles, many of the students I serve are New Yorkers and they employ a vivid use of language I have yet to encounter outside of the North. In a loosely anthropological study, I have prepared  the briefest of satirical dictionaries to highlight some of my favorite uses of the students’ slang. Let me know if I get them right– or, more likely, wrong. And also, like, #fuhrealsies, use the tips. Here are five examples of contemporary slang in trying times, used in *completely* fictional scenarios ;). Some hyperbole is used for dramatic effect: Continue reading

fat ‘n’ hairy: ways i’m failing the patriarchy

a banner announcing the fat 'n' hairy display

From April 16th- April 23rd, Chellis House-Women’s Resource Center will be hosting an interactive display in the Davis Family Library atrium called “fat ‘n’ hairy: ways i’m failing the patriarchy.” The display includes a variety of library materials and first-hand accounts from community members listing the ways they are failing the patriarchy. For more, read below.

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Weekly Web Updates – April 9, 2018

Removed WordPress Themes

In our efforts to upgrade WordPress to run on PHP 7.1 we continue to identify and remove unworking or unused plugins and themes.  This week we removed the following themes:

  • aluminiumism
  • clipboard
  • dfblog
  • garland
  • grey
  • neonsential
  • rockinnewspaper
  • shapeshifter-2


Fixes and Tweaks


Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site
  • Upgrading applications to run on PHP 7.1.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Upgrading CAS to 5.2.3

FREE Reference Books!!

The Library recently reviewed our Reference Collection and we have a number of withdrawn volumes Midd faculty, students, and staff are welcome to take for FREE.

All of these have an X over the call number.  No X ? – don’t take it.

  • travel guides
  • English dictionaries
  • Foreign language dictionaries (Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew…)
  • Bible dictionaries and related titles
  • Art & Music & Literature reference works
  • and much more!

There’s a cart by the Research Desk with FREE travel books and a sample of dictionaries.  Many more titles are on the lower level of the library – Please ask where to find these.

Celebrating Multiracial Heritage

a multicolor banner

In honor of Multiracial Heritage Month, student group Mixed Kids of Middlebury (MKM) has organized a multimedia display of works created by and featuring multiracial individuals, interracial couples and interracial families. Come to the Davis Family Library atrium from Monday, April 2nd through Monday, April 9th to see it. Three students of multiracial heritage respond to questions about representation and identity below.

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Weekly Web Updates – April 2, 2018

Drupal 8.5.1 & 7.58

The Institute site has been upgraded to Drupal 8.5.1, addressing a security vulnerability.  For full documentation of changes, please see Drupal’s development log.  All systems utilizing Drupal 7 have been updated to 7.58, which addresses the same security concern.  More information is available here.

New WordPress Plugin

We have added the WordPress plugin WP Accessibility which adds a number of helpful accessibility features with a minimum amount of setup or expert knowledge. Some features include:

  • Add a toolbar toggling between high contrast, large print, and desaturated (grayscale) views of your theme.
  • Enable skip links with WebKit support by adding JavaScript support to move keyboard focus.
  • Add a long description to images. Use the image’s “Description” field to add long descriptions.

Removed WordPress Plugins

In continuing our upgrade of systems to PHP 7.1, we discovered several more WordPress plugins that are no longer in use or no longer working and removed them. These include:

  • WordPress Twitter Widget Pro
  • WordPress Status Updater
  • WordPress Middlebury Photo of the Week
  • WordPress Dipity Embedder
  • WordPress Delicious For WordPress
  • WordPress Custom Image Sizes
  • WordPress Audio Player

Removed Drupal Modules

As part of the upgrade to Drupal 8.5.1, the following plugins were deemed unneeded and removed.

  • Drupal Module Upgrader


Fixes and Tweaks

  • Searching the online directory by phone extension now produces more accurate results.

Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site
  • Upgrading applications to run on PHP 7.1.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Upgrading CAS to 5.2.3

Exterior Davis Family Library doors will be card access only after 9 pm

Starting on Monday night, April 9th, the exterior doors of the library will be locked starting at 9 pm. A valid Middlebury student, staff, or faculty ID card will be required to enter the library after that time. This is being done to help ensure that Middlebury students have a secure and quiet place to work and study in the late hours of the evening.