Category Archives: LIS Staff Interest

Sunday morning maintenance September 7, 2014

This Sunday morning between 8 and 10 am ET we will be upgrading the Monterey Institute of International Studies website (http://www.miis.edu) from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7.

The upgrade will take approximately one hour during which the site will not be usable.

There will also be a short period of under one minute during the upgrade when file assets on the other Drupal 7 sites may not be available. These sites include:

  • Davis Fellows for Peace: http://www.davisfellowsforpeace.org
  • Davis Projects for Peace: http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org
  • Davis United World Scholars Program: http://davisuwcscholars.org
  • Middlebury Museum of Art: http://museum.middlebury.edu
  • Secure Forms for Middlebury: https://forms.middlebury.edu
  • Secure Forms for MIIS: https://forms.miis.edu

We do not anticipate any impact on other services.

New stuff for the New Year! Recently added to the Libraries’ collections

The libraries have purchased or subscribed to a bunch of new and wonderful resources over the summer (and late last academic year). Here are some of the highlights:

And these resources will be available very soon!

  • Digitalia Film Library (on order)
  • Chinese Cultural Relics – English translation of Wen Wu (we’ve subscribed and are awaiting publication of the first issue)

Trials expected during Fall Term:

  • Journal of Visual Experiments (JoVE) – streaming video science experiments
  • National Anti-Slavery Standard – primary source material
  • Alexander Street’s Criterion Collection – streaming video of classic movies

We are always adding new resources – make your wishes known here!

Library & ITS Summer Picnic on Thurs 8/28 from 3:30-5:30pm

We hope that everyone in Library and ITS (and their families/partners) can join us for a Summer Picnic on Thursday 8/28 from 3:30-5:30pm at the Hadley Barn on campus. The Hadley Barn is located just past the Kirk Alumni Center on Golf Course Rd.

We’ll provide the grills — please indicate on the sign-up sheet what you would like to bring or help with. Dogs and buns? Salad or brownies? Assorted mayonnaise-based side dishes? We could also use drinks and paper products, and help with set-up and clean-up. Please sign up for whatever suits you best.

Please be in touch with Kellam or Terry with questions. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon and celebrating the end of a great summer!

 

Friday Links – August 15

How Successful People Stay Calm (from LinkedIn)

  • Article explains optimal stress and includes 10 best strategies for managing stress (and emotions).

Churnalism: When Press Releases Masquerade as News Stories

  • British YouTube video illustrating “churnalism” (media articles based on press releases) with examples of how some fake press releases made it into mainstream media.  By Churnalism.com (promotes their churnalism detection extension for Chrome and Firefox). (Shared on the ili-l listserv by Maryke Barber).

Demand Media Infographic

  • Infographic illustrating how “content mills” work based on one example.  Shows how content (matching web search terms) is written for the internet to generate ad sales. (Also shared on the ili-l listserv by Maryke Barber).

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) seeks to weed out ‘predatory’ OA journals.

… following criticism of [DOAJ's] quality-control checks, the website is asking all of the journals in its directory to reapply on the basis of stricter criteria. It hopes the move will weed out ‘predatory journals’: those that profess to publish research openly, often charging fees, but that are either outright scams or do not provide the services a scientist would expect, such as a minimal standard of peer review or permanent archiving …

More background and perspective from Rick Anderson via the Scholarly Kitchen.

 

Classroom Equipment Upgrades

The media equipment in Atwater A100, Atwater D102, Twilight 302, Monroe 222, 320, 404, and 405 is due for an upgrade.

Media Services has prepared the new equipment and we will be performing the upgrade during the August break .

Here is what would change:

- install a new, brighter, high definition projector with a longer lasting lamp

- retain the existing video connections and add a new type of connection (HDMI)

- replace the DVD player with a player that can play DVDs as well as Blu-ray discs

- remove the VCR

- replace the aging touch panel with a slightly larger one that we’ve found is easier to use (very similar to the new touch panels elsewhere on campus)

We can be available to provide an orientation of the new equipment before your first class following the break. Let Media Services know if you’re interested in an orientation session by contacting the Helpdesk.

 

Network Maintenance Tuesday Affecting Bread Loaf Campus, Aug 12th

One of our two Internet service providers FirstLight has fiber maintenance scheduled this coming Tuesday morning, Aug 12th. This is related to the railway modification plans in downtown Middlebury. Our Internet service should have little to no impact as we have redundant capacity between two providers.

 

The fiber circuit connecting the Bread Loaf campus to Middlebury campus will be down for up to 90 minutes sometime within the 12:01am to 5:00am maintenance window Tuesday morning. Bread Loaf will have no network connectivity during that time. FirstLight has scheduled the following two mornings as alternates in case of weather related delays.

 

Start Date: 08/12/2014-08/14/2014
Start Time: 0001  EDT
Estimated End Date: 08/12/2014-08/14/2014
Estimated End Time: 0500 EDT
Service Impact:    Loss of service for up to 90 minutes.

 

William D Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Middlebury College, Voter Hall B05

Middlebury, VT 05753

(802) 443-5769