Category Archives: Middlebury Community Interest

NExpress downtime again tonight (Tuesday, 3/18/14)

The NExpress library system will be down after 10 pm EDT tonight for maintenance. The system will be unavailable for searching, requesting, and borrowing for approximately 3 hours. This is ONLY NExpress and does not affect regular library searching via Summon or MIDCAT, nor regular borrowing of materials at the circulation desk.

Friday Links – March 14, 2014

9 Tips for Creating a Sense of Community for Distance Learners - The article provides is geared towards fully online courses, but it is also good advice for faculty wanting to created engagement in a hybrid course.

Memes, Genes and Evolution on Facebook - The way memes evolve on Facebook is startlingly similar to the way genes evolve on Earth, say researchers who have carried out the first large-scale study of memetic evolution.

Photos: 3D printers, a tour of the top models – The MakerBot Replicator Mini is the cheapest of the versions at $1,375. It’s designed for home use and only weighs 18 pounds. Download the designs on the tablet app, connect the Mini to a USB cable, and print. The machine is optimized for PLA filament.

Two Middlebury Grads Offer Software to Help You See in 3D – Shane Scranton and Nate Beatty are developing software for the Oculus Rift to connect architecture, design and 3D modeling into an immersive experience.

Seduction in the Poster Session – Plan, learn and whatever you do – don’t use Comic Sans! This article provides poster making tips from Kathryn Everson, a PhD Student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks & University of Alaska Museum. Adobe InDesign and Illustrator are highlighted as two of the best tools to use for poster production and (GOOD NEWS!) these are both available at Middlebury in the Wilson Media Lab!

Five tips for creating a successful presentation with an iPad - connection and swapping between applications are just two of the considerations in this short list of recommendations.

NExpress downtime tonight (Wednesday, 3/12)

The NExpress library system will be down after 10 pm EDT tonight for maintenance. The system will be unavailable for searching, requesting, and borrowing for approximately 3 hours. This is ONLY NExpress and does not affect regular library searching via Summon or MIDCAT, nor regular borrowing of materials at the circulation desk.

Now’s the Time to Update Your OS & Apps: New Vulnerabilities Announced

burglarApple recently released software updates to iOS, Mac OS 10.7 and higher, as well as for Safari & QuickTime for Windows.  These updates address a vulnerability found in Apple’s implementation of SSL (secure sockets layer), a protocol computers use extensively for secure communications online.  While we are not aware of any specific information breaches at Middlebury College, and the steps necessary for someone to compromise these secure communications are far from trivial, we should all apply these important security patches to our Apple hardware and Windows computers running Apple software to mitigate these risks.  Please check your Apple software for available updates (especially iOS, Mac OS, Safari, and QuickTime updates).  Run your updates now and check again after the installation as some may have prerequisites.  For more information, links to specific updates for the SSL vulnerability and others are available at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

LIS Workshops for March – April: Google Analytics, Drupal and Video-based Learning

Our current workshop schedule is now available.  Visit go/lisworkshops to view upcoming offerings and sign up for topics of interest.  Choose from Drupal introductions that cover basic web site maintenance skills, work sessions where you can get help with specific questions about how to improve your departmental web site, as well as Google Analytics to learn how to unlock the mysteries of your website’s traffic patterns.

We are also offering several opportunities to learn how to access and use  lynda.com  — Middlebury’s fabulous online learning resource that uses short videos to help you acquire new business and technology skills.  Anyone who is unfamiliar with this “no-cost-to-you” training benefit is missing out!

Lynda’s recently added courses include such varied topics as “Up and Running with Excel What-if Analysis,” “Delivering Employee Feedback,” and “The Art of Photoshop Compositing.”  Watch a single video or work through an entire course, but be warned — it’s addictive.

Friday Links – February 28, 2014

Audiobooks and the Return of Storytelling – Audiobooks are growing in popularity, returning us to childhood storytelling and invoking a literary tradition as old as the Illiad. Browse audiobooks at the library.

6 Innovative Uses of Lecture Capture – Teachers are increasingly using lecture capture tools for interactive lessons, content sharing, and multimedia assignments.

Alan Alda keynotes the meeting of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) – discussing the importance of communication with the public in STEM fields. “… Some members of the U.S. Congress also struggle with jargon and therefore are faced with the ‘difficulty of giving money to something they don’t understand,’ Alda cautioned.”

Civil War Letters Come Home to Vermont - Featuring not only the letters, but also Rebekah Irwin and Special Collections!

Got my carrel! - From the Senior Admissions Fellows Blog.

A little look at Middlebury’s dwarf-sized books

We’ve been talking a lot about little things in the College’s Special Collections & Archives as we pay extra attention to pocket-sized books in our midst. Our smallest book (so far) is a 2 inch tall History of the Bible, published in Cooperstown, New York, in 1836 (pictured below).  The general definition of a miniature book is anything under 3 inches. We’re assembling miniature books up to 5 inches, since we’ve found big books and tiny books don’t play nicely on the shelves together and can cause damage to each another over time. You can learn more about miniature books here or visit us and ask to see our mini books yourself.

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Thanks to our hand-model, Joseph Watson, Preservation Manager and Special Collections and Archives .

Strategies for Using Moodle to Increase Learner Engagement

This webinar is being offered by Remote-Learner, our Moodle host. There is a small group in LIS that will be attending together, please let me know if you would like to join us by emailing jantonio@middlebury.edu.

March 13th  2:00pm EST

A good eLearning solution requires more than good content. Identifying and implementing the right types of media and instructional strategy can make all the difference and will help increase learner engagement, resulting in an increase in learner mastery. Research has shown that appropriate use of Moodle tools keeps learners interested and motivated, and this increases learning. Let us show you a few ways we can use proven strategies combined with Moodle tools to meet your eLearning needs.

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