Category Archives: LIS Staff Interest

MLA Bibliography Has Moved to EBSCOhost

The Modern Language Association (MLA) has decided to make the MLA Bibliography available exclusively on the EBSCOhost platform. For this reason, we have moved our MLA Bibliography subscription from the ProQuest platform to EBSCOhost. You may already be familiar with EBSCOhost if you’ve accessed our eBook collection, or any other number of databases hosted by EBSCO.

What does this mean for you?

The content is the same! It’s still the MLA Bibliography, but it looks slightly different now. What, exactly, has changed? The basic and advanced search forms, buttons for emailing and saving records, and links to access articles and books via full-text databases, MIDCAT, and Interlibrary Loan — all of these appear in slightly different locations, fonts or colors. But overall, MLA via EBSCOhost will feel at least somewhat familiar, we expect.  

MLA Search Form
Search form for MLA via EBSCOhost

How to adapt to this change?

Visit MLA on the EBSCOhost platform and take a look around. Then, update any personal bookmarks to point to the MLA via EBSCOhost:  http://go.middlebury.edu/mla.

Questions or concerns?

Please reach out to your library liaison for assistance.

Weekly Web Updates – June 10, 2019

Updates

  • Drupal 8.7.3
  • Drupal address 8.x-1.7
  • Drupal entity 8.x-1.0-rc3
  • Drupal link_attributes 8.x-1.7
  • Drupal role_delegation 8.x-1.0-rc1
  • MediaWiki: 1.31.2
  • WordPress enable-media-replace plugin 3.3.0
  • WordPress foobox-image-lightbox plugin 2.7.1
  • WordPress foogallery plugin 1.7.7
  • WordPress jetpack plugin 7.4
  • WordPress nextgen-gallery plugin 3.2.4
  • WordPress redirection plugin 4.3
  • WordPress seriously-simple-podcasting plugin 1.20.2
  • WordPress the-events-calendar plugin 4.9.3
  • WordPress hueman theme 3.4.24

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Re-enabled a dynamic system for blocking spammers attacking WordPress and Drupal sites at our firewall based on their spam attempts.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.
Stewart Lane portrait photo

Goodbye Stewart Lane!

Stewart Lane is retiring on June 14th, after 25+ years of service!
Stewart has been the real embodiment of a Media Services and ITS staff. Courteous, expedient and willing to take on any task, from helping a faculty with their laptop in a classroom, to screening Hirschfield films on late nights, to running a video camera, to supervising our students, to redesigning a classroom and programming lighting systems. He’s been a real go-getter, with a can-do attitude! I can’t count the emails and other positive feedback that I’ve received for him from customers over the years.

Stewart would like to thank Norm Cushman and Bryan Merril for giving him a job and a chance to become part of Middlebury back in the 90s.

We will miss you dearly Stewart, especially your dedication to work, as well as your cheer and lightheartedness.

A tip of the hat to Stewart!

Some of the kind words of thanks that Stewart has received over the years:

  • …phenomenal! #epic…
  • Thank you for your swift and diligent support. This was an excellent service provided.
  • “…incredible effort you have put in to get ready for this year’s Fest. There are so many fabulous films that are screening at Dana…”
  • It’s been great working with you over the years…
  • Many thanks for the timely save yesterday–I’m glad you and Jen remained unflappable.
  • took a lot of pressure off of my shoulders.
  • terrific
  • We’re very fortunate here to get such personal attention from you and other Support staff!!
  • thank you for your help and patience
  • thank you again very much for going above and beyond the call of duty
    heartfelt thanks to you
  • It’s a pleasure to work with such professional and capable colleague
  • thank you for saving me last week with that screening
  • Thank you SO much for being patient with the laptop and us, non-techies.

Welcome Back, Alumni!

Welcome Alumni

Take a break from your busy schedule to enjoy a few moments of tranquility at the Davis Family Library.

Special Collections (LIB 101, Lower Level) invites you to an Open House on Friday from 1-4 p.m. “Object Poems” are on exhibit all weekend — learn more about them in the Atrium, Lower Level and Special Collections.

And in case you couldn’t fit yours in your carry-on…yearbooks!!! Look for them on the Middlebury blue book carts in the Atrium!

Weekly Web Updates – June 4, 2019

This week we launched new versions of the Schools Abroad, Study Abroad, and School of the Environment sites. These are now running in Drupal 8 with the Middlebury design system created by Digital Pulp and Middlebury’s Digital Services team. Nearly all of the features used on these sites will be available for other school and offices sites we set up on this platform.

Updates

  • WordPress badgeos plugin 2.4
  • WordPress seriously-simple-podcasting plugin 1.20.1
  • WordPress wp-accessibility plugin 1.6.10
  • WordPress hueman theme 3.4.22

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Fixed an issue where the breadcrumb was appearing twice on the Offices and Services homepage.
  • Updated the Course Hub Canvas integration to remove extra sections from a Canvas site when it is used as a resource for more than one course, and then removed from one of the courses.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.

Foreign Language DVDs in Browsing

Dear Community Library Users and Fans of our Foreign Language DVD Collection:

This note is to inform you that starting Friday, May 31st, 2019, the next foreign language DVD you search for in the stacks may in fact be found in the foreign language browsing collection as we prepare for the Language Schools. Please see the map below and note the circled section on the main level, behind the browsing books collection. A selection of foreign language DVDs will be shelved there under headers that indicate their language, for example “Español.” Not all of the foreign language DVDs will be there as they will not all fit. Also, languages with schools located off campus, like Arabic and Italian, will remain in the regular DVD stacks. So please budget in extra time to seek out what you would like to find and feel free to ask library staff for assistance in locating what you seek.


a map
Find some foreign language DVDs behind the browsing books section on the main level of the Davis Family Library.

Weekly Web Updates – May 27, 2019

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Fixed a caching issue that was preventing updates to the addresses or calls-to-action on the new Office site from becoming live immediately.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.

Overdue – a poem

Thanks to poet Gary Margolis for sharing this library-related poem.

The library sends you a notice to return
three hundred books of theirs
shelved in your personal library.

No other patron has asked to borrow
one of them over these years.
Before there were security men

and x-rays, a chip, to let the circulation
desk know where a book has been.
On a shelf. Next to a bed. In a satchel

left on a train, traveling from Paris
to Bonn and back again. You have no
way of retrieving. Or remembering

if that book was rare.
If there were notes in the margins,
you, or some other reader, wrote in pen.

Another offence against you,
in this borrowed lifetime.
Which is never long enough to pretend

you’ll have enough time, in the after-
life or here, to renew yourself.
Ignore all the overdue notices

that used to arrive by boat,
to your unaddressed island.
Where, you’re happy to assume,

no one can reach you. Or that drone
overhead, dropping its hook,
to retrieve what you don’t believe

isn’t yours. Which you can keep for
as long as there are writers,
who want you to read what they have written.

Editors and publishers who believe
in more than one reader. And buildings
as large as computers, to hold all

the books in the world, for someone
like you to take out, forget whether you have
read them or not. And where they belong.

-Gary Margolis Ph.D.
Executive Director, Emeritus,
College Mental Health Services
Associate Professor of English
and American Literatures
Middlebury College