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Systems Maintenance this Sunday, Dec 20th

During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, Dec 20th from 6 am – 10 am we have the following activities scheduled:


Recently, Windows 10 computers have been unable to connect to the MiddleburyCollege wireless network on campus. To address this and other issues, we plan to push a new security configuration for MiddleburyCollege wireless network. (No changes will be made to the other wireless networks.) Your device will likely prompt you to accept a new certificate and/or re-enter your credentials the next time you try to connect. If, after doing so, you encounter any connection difficulties, please contact the Helpdesk.


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






Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Middlebury College

Friday Links — December 18, 2016

Virtual Reality

Image: Shawn Whiting, Erin Carson/TechRepublic

Virtual reality in 2016: The 10 biggest trends to watch – one point of view on what to expect, and what not to expect, in virtual reality in the coming year.

The 10 most important lessons IT learned in 2015 – Before moving on to the new year it is a good idea to reflect back on lessons learned during the previous 12 months. It is also a good idea to compare our experience to that of others.

Important software updates

A vulnerability in the Adobe Flash Player software installed on many computers on campus has the potential of allowing a computer to be taken over via an email read (or even previewed) by Outlook.  Information Technology Services typically does not interrupt you for software installations and patching, but the severity of this issue requires immediate action.
ITS will be automatically patching Adobe Flash Player on college computers that have outdated versions installed.  If you are logged into an affected computer, you may see a Dell KACE pop-up window in the lower right corner of your screen indicating the update is being applied.
There are also updates to Office released December 8th by Microsoft to address this vulnerability.  These updates should already have been installed automatically as part of Microsoft Updates.  ITS will check the status of these patches.  This will slow your computer down for about 15 minutes, and you will see a KACE pop-up if your machine is being patched.
This is a good reminder that we are empowered to maintain software on computers that are assigned specifically to us.  Please install all Microsoft, Adobe (and Apple, if you are using a Mac, or Apple software on Windows) patches to keep your computer safe.  While there are occasionally problems introduced by patching, their impact is unlikely to be as severe as a virus infection, or the like.
Please contact the helpdesk if you have any questions or concerns about this update.   802-443-2200,, or create a ticket at (providing us with the “Property of Middlebury College” number of the computer).

Weekly Web Updates – December 14, 2015

New Features

There is now a view in the Middlebury Drupal site that can display a list of specific news stories. Using the following shortcode and replacing the last two numbers with the node ids of the stories to be displayed:


This is being used to compile a “top stories of 2015” list, but could also be used for lists of related stories.

We have added the Sentinel and Whitney web fonts. These will be used going forward in place of text that had to be an image file because it used the Bembo or Memphis fonts.


Tweaks and Fixes

  • A programming error prevented showing more than 19 items at a time using the Drupal RSS Page content type. We have resolve this, though you will need to edit your existing content and re-save it with the desired number of items if it is not already displaying correctly. The issue only affected RSS Page nodes where more than 10 items were to be shown.
  • All comments on the MIIS Drupal website now must be approved before being displayed. Previously, people who were logged in to the site could bypass the approval process.
  • We are in the process of retiring the “Translucence” theme from our sites. We have removed those which were not being used, including Freelance Database, Blue Landscape, Green Scholar, Classics, ShadowBox, Translucence Map, and Translucence Suite.
  • Though we have not yet had to use this, there is an emergency alert bar on the Middlebury and MIIS Drupal websites that can be used to show short messages. We have corrected this so that it will appear above the editing interface when you’re logged into the site and will stay attached to the top of the page as you scroll.
  • The results from the Online Directory’s web service are now limited to 100 records at a time. These are the results returned when you click “Directory” on the Drupal search results page.
  • The MiddSTART site theme was updated to ensure that links appear correctly in the “Media” section of project posts.
  • MIIS admissions has moved to a new online application form and we’ve updated a number of server-side redirects in our Drupal site and CDN to send people to the new system instead of the old self-service-Banner form.

Digital Media Bootcamp Update

We have added another workshop to the Digital Media Bootcamp series in January.
Wilson Media Lab

Wilson Media Lab

Zotero for Everyone: Organize Your Research @ 4:30pm in LIB 201

Date: January 14, 2016

Are you drowning in journal articles and books, but not sure how to keep track of it all? Are you working on a senior project or need help managing your resources? Let us help you on the next stage of your journey as a power researcher. After this workshop, you’ll be an expert in Zotero, the citation management tool that can help you save, organize, and cite your sources, and you’ll be able to create bibliographies with the click of a button. This workshop will be taught by Middlebury research librarian Stacy Reardon. PLEASE NOTE THE ALTERNATE ROOM.

Current list of Workshops

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 »
Presentation Kick-starter @ 1pm 7-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 (Oculus Rift, Leap Motion, etc.) @ 1pm 14-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Zotero for Everyone: Organize Your Research @ 4:30pm in LIB 201 14-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Liberal Arts Data Bootcamp – Working with Data @1pm until 4pm 19-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Liberal Arts Data Bootcamp – Visualizing Data @1pm until 4pm 20-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Liberal Arts Data Bootcamp – Mapping Data @1pm until 4pm 21-Jan-16 View & sign-up »
Liberal Arts Data Bootcamp – Analyzing Textual Data @1pm until 4pm 22-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 – December 7, 2015

We’ve launched two new static micro-sites. The coding and design for these was done by our Office of Communications & Marketing with ITS handling the deployment and configuration on our servers. The first is a viewbook for MIIS and the second is information about the Shakespeare First Folio events.

All existing Omeka sites now use CAS for authentication, as will newly created Omeka sites.


Tweaks and Fixes

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  • The Library & ITS blog is looking forward to getting some snow this month!
  • The logo used on the ADFS sign-in page, which you’ll most commonly see right now when accessing Google Apps, has been changed from “Middlebury College” to “Middlebury”.
  • The MCSE website now has a left-hand widget sidebar on most pages and an updated footer.
  • Videos embedded on the MIIS Drupal site will now properly fill the width and height of the box, maintaining their aspect ratio.
  • We have removed the custom “Comments” text filter from the Middlebury Drupal site. This was a legacy of the Drupal 6 version of the site and was no longer being used. Comments on the site are processed as plain text.

Exam Hours at the Libraries

The Davis Family Library will offer extended hours starting Sunday, December 6th. We will open at 9 am that day and be open 24 hours through Friday, December 11th, when we will close at the regular 11 pm. Saturday, December 12th will be regular hours, 9 am – 11 pm. 24/7 will resume on Sunday starting at 9 am and the library will close at 10 pm on Sunday, December 20th. A Middlebury College ID will be required to enter the library after 11 pm during this period.

Armstrong Library will maintain regular hours, with extended hours on Friday and Saturday, December 18th and 19th.

Full hours can be found at go/hours.

Digital Media Bootcamp Update

We have added four more workshop to the Digital Media Bootcamp series in January, including three sessions for the Digital Liberal Arts Data Bootcamp.

Wilson Media Lab

Wilson Media Lab

Title Date
Presentation Kick-starter @ 1pm January 7, 2016

You are in a group of people that have been given the task of giving a presentation on a topic, now what do you do? This workshop will walk you through some rapid prototyping and iterative feedback steps to create a draft of your presentation.

Digital Liberal Arts Data Bootcamp

Title Date
Liberal Arts Data Bootcamp – Visualizing Data @1pm until 4pm January 20, 2016
Liberal Arts Data Bootcamp – Mapping Data @1pm until 4pm January 21, 2016
Liberal Arts Data Bootcamp – Analyzing Textual Data @1pm until 4pm January 22, 2016
  • Title: Visualizing Data
  • Instructors: Ryan Clement & Alicia Peaker
  • Prerequisite: Working with Data

Description: In this session, we’ll cover some of the basic theory of visual communication, including how to choose the best visual representation for your data, and best practices for preparing visualizations for print, the web, or presenting. We’ll discuss traditional representations, including bar, line, and scatterplots, as well as touching on more advanced representations. After a discussion of how visualizations are used (and advanced) in humanistic research, we’ll use freely available web-based tools to create our own visualizations.

  • Title: Mapping Data
  • Instructors: Ryan Clement & Alicia Peaker
  • Prerequisite: Working with Data

Description: In this session, we’ll work through how to prepare, use, and present spatial data. We’ll start with an overview of spatial literacy topics, including how to select a projection (and why it’s important), working with map layers, and basic cartographic theory. We’ll then explore some library resources for creating maps and obtaining spatial data, and then create our own maps using free, web-based tools.

  • Title: Analyzing Textual Data
  • Instructor: Alicia Peaker
  • Prerequisite: Working with Data

Description: In this session, we’ll work through how to prepare, use, and analyze textual data (e.g. novels, newspapers, journals, plays, survey responses, etc.) to address humanistic research questions. While quantitative approaches may be appropriate for some research questions, this session will primarily focus on text mining as an exploratory practice that leads to or helps refine analysis.

We also have a number of seats still available in the following workshops that cover a range of topics, including browser-based video recording services, how the world perceives us on the internet, and opportunities to use equipment like the Leap Motion and Oculus Rift. Visit the DMBootcamp web site for more information.