Category Archives: LIS Staff Interest

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).

Weekly Web Updates – April 3, 2017

The embed code on MiddMedia no longer includes a Flash player option. We will be retiring the Adobe Flash Media Server and moving to strictly HTML5 video, which works on all modern browsers, mobile browsers, and Internet Explorer 9+.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • The event content type on the Middlebury Drupal site now has an “anchor” field allowing direct links to events when they are shown in a list view.
  • Several minor updates to the inquiry form on the Language Schools site, including addition of fields for collecting current university and degree sought.

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).

New Library Water Fountain Helps the Environment and Those with Disabilities

Facilities installed a new ADA-compliant water fountain in the Davis Family Library that is designed to fill water bottles too.  The Library Space Team successfully applied for an Environmental Council grant to cover the cost for one.  The fountain will calculate the number of disposable plastic bottles that are saved by using it.  Next time you are thinking of buying bottled water, think instead about using a refillable container (and thus avoid landfill waste or the energy and financial costs of recycling).  It will also be the only ADA-compliant fountain in the Library, so if someone in a wheelchair needs a water fountain, be sure to direct them to this one, which is just opposite the print copy room on the main level.