Category Archives: LIS Staff Interest

Weekly Web Updates – December 19, 2016

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Improved the video shortcode processing in Drupal to handle additional forms of Vimeo URLs.
  • We’ve added Varnish caching in front of the New Library Items site, which should cause it to load much faster if it’s been visited recently.
  • There is a new “trainee” role in the Drupal Training website, which includes everyone with an account to better ensure that permission to use the site is limited to people signed in through CAS.
  • We have limited the allowed file types for uploaded files in Drupal to include common image and document formats.
  • Older versions of the Middlebury Student Life site should no longer get indexed by search engines. We are working on removing old copies of their content in a way that does not impact the live site.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • A small redesign of the Middlebury News Room to bring it more inline with the newsletter.
  • Building out the configuration of our Omeka, CAS and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, and GO services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.

“Cloudiness” Made Clear (a.k.a. Making Sense of Midd’s Cloud Storage)

cloudsWhen you hear the words “cloud,” “sync,” and “local” all in one sentence do your eyes glaze over?  You are not alone.  Please take a look at our new handout (easily revisited using http://go.middlebury.edu/cloudpic) to help you understand Middlebury’s cloud storage and some key points about its use.

Pssst…  If you find our handout helpful, please don’t tell your friends about it — let them learn the hard way, eh?

Think you’ll miss RefWorks? Learn Zotero!

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As a reminder, the Library is canceling its subscription to RefWorks citation software (Legacy RefWorks and RefWorks 3) next summer, effective June 30, 2017. After that date, students, faculty, staff and alumni will not be able to use RefWorks through Middlebury’s subscription. For rationale, alternatives and next steps, see The Library is canceling RefWorks next year.

Do you think you’ll miss RefWorks? If so, you should try Zotero citation management software. In January, we’re offering a few Zotero workshops here at the Davis Family Library. Our Zotero guide has scheduling and signup instructions. A librarian would be glad to provide one-on-one advice, too — contact us at go/askus/  and we’ll get you started.

@MiddInfoSec Phishing Alert – “To All Faculty/Staff” messages are confirmed phishing attacks.

Be on the alert for suspicious emails purportedly sent from tom.carrick@na.exide.com” with the subject line “To All Faculty/Staff“. These are confirmed phishing messages, designed to trick you into disclosing your Middlebury credentials. Do not click on the links in the message or reply to the message. If you find a copy of the message in your inbox, please delete it. If you find a copy of this message in your spam quarantine, please ignore it and do not release it. The message will be deleted from your quarantine automatically in the next few days.

For more information about phishing attacks, please visit http://go.middlebury.ed/phishing

For more information about the spam quarantine, please visit http://go.middlebury.ed/spam

Weekly Web Updates – December 12, 2016

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • CAS now requires TLS 1.2 when connecting to its service in order to provide additional session security. The Online Directory was upgraded to .NET 4.5 to accomodate this change.
  • We’ve added a Google Tag Manager plugin for Omeka and one for MediaWiki. Custom support for this was also added to MiddMedia.
  • Scholarships are now included in the post types shown on the MiddSTART homepage and several coding errors were resolved that were preventing comments from working as intended.
  • Fixed a login issue with MediaWiki that prevented some users from being able to edit.
  • Panopto is now included in the video provider options for the Davis Projects for Peace site.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • A small redesign of the Middlebury News Room to bring it more inline with the newsletter.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, and GO services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.

@MiddInfoSec Phishing Alert: don’t fall for “Thammasat Great Journal, Thailand” scam email

Be on the alert for a suspicious email purportedly sent from “thammasat@goconnext.com” with the subject line “Thammasat Great Journal, Thailand“. This is a confirmed phishing message, designed to trick you into downloading a malicious file. Do not click on the links in the message or reply to the message. If you find a copy of the message in your inbox, please delete it. If you find a copy of this message in your spam quarantine, please ignore it and do not release it. The message will be deleted from your quarantine automatically in the next few days.

 For more information about phishing attacks, please visit http://go.middlebury.edu/phishing. For more information about the spam quarantine, please visit http://go.middlebury.edu/spam.

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