Due to the installation of a new firewall, the videoconferencing bridge and polycom software will be unavailable on June 16th, from 9:00am EST – 5:00pm EST. If you need access to videoconferencing software or bridging capability on June 16th from 9am to 5pm please contact me and I can provide you with an alternative.
In addition, any calls between videoconferencing rooms will need to be done using the backup addresses in the address book of each system. Please contact me if you have a video conference planned on June 16th.
We will follow up immediately after completing testing, and no later than 5:00pm on June 16th, to notify you that the software and the bridge are available.
The firewall is essential to better protect our videoconferencing equipment that is being used more extensively than ever before. We chose this date by looking at the schedule of videoconferences and the overall schedule of summer programs.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
LIS Workshop: Library Services & Resources at Middlebury
Wed, 5/28, 2:00 – 3:00 pm Davis Family Library 105 Computing Lab (lower level)
We’ll introduce you to library services and resources available to Midd users and show you how to search MIDCAT, the library catalog, and Summon (our “search everything” tool) to discover resources like books, articles, films, eBooks, audiobooks, and more. Learn how to access news and popular magazines online as well as find online resources aimed at all ages.
Website Maintenance Work Session
Thu, 5/29, 1:00 – 2:30 pm Davis Family Library 105 Computing Lab (lower level)
Do you maintain a website in Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki (wiki), or Moodle? Bring your work to this session and we’ll have staff on-hand to help you with any questions as you update or create your site. This is not a formal workshop; we will answer questions and problems as they come up. Work sessions will be staffed on a rotating basis by representatives from each of the following areas: Web Application Development, Curricular Technology, and User Services.
The LIS summer workshop schedule is now available. Visit go/lisworkshops to view offerings for May through August and sign up for topics of interest.
We’re happy to be able to offer new, expandedwebsite work sessions where you can get help with any of your websites — whether in Drupal, Moodle, Mediawiki or WordPress — we’ll have staff on hand who can help with all of these! We’ve scheduled regular opportunities throughout the summer so you can plan ahead. You’ll find a few Drupal introductions as well, covering basic website skills for those just starting out.
Do you prefer to learn on your own? Summer can be a great time for professional development. Check out lynda — a fabulous online learning resource that uses short videos to help you acquire new business and technology skills. Lynda is also available off-campus and does not require VPN, so no fair trying on that excuse; simply use http://go.middlebury.edu/lynda to go directly to Middlebury’s login portal and give it a whirl.
Mac users… Are you having the best possible experience with Middfiles? It may be time to update how you connect to Middfiles, as well as create some useful shortcuts!
First, check your connection. In the Finder, click on the Go menu, then click Connect to Server. You should use cifs://middcloud.middlebury.edu/middfiles and remove any “smb” middfiles favorites you may have stored, as shown.
Technical stuff: We use the SMB protocol to connect to Middfiles almost exclusively on campus and the latest revision is CIFS. To use the most current version of SMB you must specify CIFS in your connection. Outdated connections may results in errors when saving to Middfiles or be slower.
We will have the Oculus Rift and the LeapMotion available for faculty, students and staff to use next week at the following times and locations:
Tuesday, May 13th
The Wilson Media Lab in the Davis Family Library
From 11am until 3pm
Wednesday, May 14th
Room 205 in McCardell Bicentennial Hall
From 11am until 3pm
No appointment is necessary, these are open demos for anyone to attend. Other gadgets for virtual space and motion may be available.
Our colleagues in Communications will be demonstrating the Quadcopter outside the Davis Family Library at 2pm on Tuesday the 13th (if we have rain on Tuesday, they will be joining us at 2pm on Wednesday at McCardell Bicentennial Hall, specific location TBD.
On April 29 the White House released a report by the Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault which received widespread coverage in the national news media. The report, Not Alone, included a number of very specific recommendations. In addition, a new government website, NotAlone.gov, provides information how to respond to and prevent sexual assaults on campus and on finding a crisis service, finding out about your rights and how to file a complaint.