Students, faculty, and staff at Middlebury now have access to over 140,000 e-books on the EBSCO e-book platform.
Ranging from history, religion, and the sciences to poetry, languages, and the arts, these books are available from on-campus or off-campus to multiple simultaneous users.
Over the next few days, these books will become discoverable in Summon, and can be found in Midcat in a few weeks. Let us know what you think – contact your liaison or firstname.lastname@example.org
The libraries are pleased to support the Art and Science of Mindful Engagement during the Clifford Symposium and beyond. Dip into a few recommended books on display, let a podcast walk you through a guided meditation, and disconnect from daily stressors in the Unplug and Recharge Room. (Or, borrow meditation cushions from the Circulation Desk and use them anywhere in the library!)
All will be available during regular library hours now through mid-October.
Library Book Display (Davis Family Library): Recommendations from faculty, students, and staff for mindfulness and meditation readings. Browse and borrow whatever you like! Located on the main level of the Davis Family Library.
Guided Meditation Station (Davis Family Library): Pick a blue chair, put on the headphones, and hit “play.” A professional will walk you through a short guided meditation exercise. Try it and see how you feel afterward! Located on the main level of the Davis Family Library.
Unplug and Recharge Room (Davis Family Library): Take a break and disconnect from daily stressors. A secluded corner of the library will be screened off to create a temporary Unplug and Recharge Room with meditation cushions and soft lighting. Located on the upper level of the Davis Family Library.
Meditation Cushions (Davis Family Library and Armstrong Library): Thanks to the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, we are able to offer loaner meditation cushions for the whole school year. Check them out from the Circulation Desk, and use them anywhere in the library for 2 hours.
Library hours at http://go.middlebury.edu/hours.
The upgrade is now complete.
The ILLiad web pages will be down from 9:00 am today while we upgrade the ILLiad software to v8.7. The ILL web site will be inaccessible for only a short time, assuming all goes well with the update.
If anyone has problems after 2:00 pm, please contact Rachel Manning at x5498 or email@example.com for assistance.
- Took some time to get the meeting going, meeting was not showing up in some people’s Hangout dashboard
- Sean showed Joe how to park a Hangout url, we will use that from now on
Canvas LTI Governance
- Joe shared Bill K’s feedback with the rest of the ACTT
- Requests should be submitted to ATG/DLC/ODL by faculty, requests should be shared with the ACTT
- ATG/DLC/ODL members will evaluate the LTI
- Test installation
- Confirm utility with requestor
- Check use of student data by the LTI
- Complete the SaaS if necessary.
- ACTT will confirm completion of the evaluation, and will evaluate for the sub-account and platform levels.
- A flowchart of the process is available here.
- Q: Can we create a list of LTIs and where they are in the process?
- A: yes. Let’s start with a spreadsheet, then see if that is adequate
- Q: Do we know what LTIs have been installed already?
- A: yes. Canvas can export an LTI report. Joe will run the report and share it.
- Attendance tool was disabled, it creates conflicts with the gradebook. We’ll collect requests, examine the feature, and maybe address the conflict with education for the following semester.
Web Conferencing/Adobe Connect Replacement
- Bob, Sean and Joe met with Petar and Mack to discuss a plan for looking at 4 services in a short amount of time. The hope is we can either eliminate a few, or identify one that is noticeably better than the others.
- In one meeting the Extended Team and other guests will spend 10-15 minutes in each services, test features, then jump to the next service.
- The invitation will be shared on the All Things Digital Slack channel, as well
- Interested faculty can join via invitation.
- Plan is to do this at the Extended Team meeting on October 4th.
- Bob, Sean, Petar, Mack and Joe will design a detailed plan on October 3rd, Joe will share out with the meeting invitation.
- We will have an open In-progress Project meeting on October 11th to discuss the results.
Whether you’re new to campus or returning from summer break, we welcome you to the libraries.
Midd Libraries Quick Guide
Ready for an introduction to library resources? You’ll find all the advice you need to get started in the Midd Libraries Quick Guide.
Want a deeper look at our collections? There’s a guide for every subject at http://go.middlebury.edu/guides.
It is important for each of us to be aware of the increasing security risks to our increasingly connected lives. From laptops and tablets to smartphones and wearable technology, and 24/7 access to our personal data, the risk of sensitive information being exposed is very real.
Travel with, save, or record ONLY the data that is necessary and essential. Always redact or remove unnecessary sensitive data. Always keep your data backed-up and encrypted, when possible.
Add a passcode to your cell phone, tablet, or laptop right now! iOS devices automatically encrypt your data once a passcode has been set. Android devices can encrypt your data with a few minor settings changes.
- Use Strong & Unique Passwords or Passphrases:
Especially for online banking and other important accounts.
- Use Multi-Factor Authentication when available:
Middlebury is introducing MFA for O365 and other services in 2016. Use MFA wherever possible.
- Check Your Social Media Settings:
Review your social media security and privacy settings frequently. Enable MFA whenever possible. Keep your social media accounts current or close them.
Stay informed about the latest technology trends and security issues such as malware and phishing. Visit http://go.middlebury.edu/infosec for more information. For targeted training visit: http://go.middlebury.edu/infoseced .
Contact ITS – Information Security at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a training session for your department.
The new ACT Team process includes Extended Team meetings. These closed meetings allow the Team to work with expert staff and focus on evaluating solutions that inform recommendations.
- Video Conferencing – Middlebury is investigating alternative video conferencing services for distance learning. Adobe will be discontinuing their education pricing for Adobe Connect licenses, doubling our costs. Services with comparable features are available with enterprise licenses at the same cost. – Mack
- Canvas LTI Governance – Middlebury is adopting Canvas, a Learning Management System developed and maintained by Instructure. Canvas has built-in features that support course activities in an online environment, like discussions, quizzes, and assignment submissions. Canvas also has an extensible architecture that allows for integration with other services. These services, commonly known as apps or LTIs, can be integrated at the course, program and service level. – Joe