Due to the holidays and shipping madness, the increased risk of losses, and the lack of libraries open or willing to send things, the Interlibrary Loan Department limits ordering and shipping during the second half of December.
If you need anything before winter break request it now! Interlibrary loan requests submitted to ILLiad after Dec. 18th will be ordered in early January.
ILLiad article requests will continue to be filled by RapidILL through Dec. 20st, but requests must have a valid ISSN and year to be processed by Rapid.
For loan materials use NExpress: (http://go/NExpress). NExpress will stay open during break. Requests placed in NExpress go straight to the Lending Library for processing. Loans ordered from NExpress over break should arrive in early January.
Historic first landing on a comet! Check out the ESA Rosetta project page http://rosetta.esa.int/ or read a summary at NPR.org NPR
10 bad technology decisions that can come back to haunt you – As organizations build their tech roadmap for the years ahead, the wrong choices and strategies could have unfortunate repercussions. Here are some pitfalls to watch out for.
The art of data visualization – a brief essay and excellent video. “There are enormously beautiful visualizations but it’s as a by-product of the truth and the goodness of the information.” –Edward Tufte at around 0:50 in the video
The following information is important only for individuals having a Key Survey account used to create, distribute, and work with surveys and response data.
WorldAPP (our Key Survey host) is excited to announce that your Key Survey / Form.com account will be upgraded to the new software version 8.6. on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014, between the hours of:
EST: 1 AM and 10 AM / GMT: 6 AM and 3 PM
Loaded with variety of new features, this latest software update introduces many of the advanced task management and workflow capabilities that you, our customers, have asked us for.
Please note that your account may be unavailable during the system upgrade. Your respondents attempting to access surveys, forms or reports will receive a friendly notification of the system maintenance in progress. Once the maintenance has been completed, the application and all survey/form/report links will be accessible.
To learn more about version 8.6 software release ahead of time, visit the Fall ’14 Release Promo page.
If you have any questions about this update please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ten Ideas To Move Classroom Technology Closer To Blended Learning – There has been a lot of discussion as to what blended learning really means. Most of us have come to realize that it probably involves the classroom and technology. In fact, the 1 to 1 programs across the nation emphasize the technology as an important component of classroom instruction. Yet, is emphasizing technology in the classroom really Blended Learning? The answer is… maybe! A closer look needs to be taken in order to see how the technology is being used.
Photos: The life of Alan Turing
Alan Turing statute at Bletchley Park in England
Google has ‘outgrown’ its 14-year old mission statement, says Larry Page – Google’s chief executive says that the company “probably does need” a new statement about its corporate ambitions, but is in uncharted territory and ‘trying to figure it out’
10 reasons scholars should start writing BuzzFeed articles
Infographics in 3 Steps
NEW! Moodle Users Listserv – This group is for Moodle teachers who would like to use an email forum to ask, answer, and share Moodle questions and tips. To join the list you can either visit http://sites.middlebury.edu/ct and use the sign up form in the right hand column, or send an email message to email@example.com and include:
- subscribe in the subject field
- subscribe moodle-users in the text of the email
The monk’ s taking pictures
of what he made, this sand
painting in the lobby
of our library. We’re standing,
waiting for what will happen
to his million colored grains.
One of Buddha’s born designs.
He’ll sweep into his hand,
to let his prayers sift back
into Compassion’s vase.
I thought I was only here
to browse, to take out a book,
this late Sunday afternoon.
And not to walk by
and stop. To want
to hold what he was holding
for the mean time. Our invisible
hour glass. When a woman
nearby asked if he felt sad
letting go of what he made
(all that beautiful mind)
he didn’t quite say No.
Said. It’s natural, like death.
instead. Dismantling what
it took to free this kind
of love-making. What I found
myself doing as quietly
as I could, taking a picture, too,
for another time.
Do you need to learn how to edit your department’s website? Would you like to know how to add sub pages, pictures and sidebars? Our intro class will give you what you need to get started. We’ll cover the basics of Drupal so you’ll be able to add links, pictures, and a host of other cool things to your site right away.
For you more advanced users who may be tackling needs beyond the basics (such as converting your forms), join us for a work session or two. We’ll help you get the job done and you’ll leave with the “know how.”
Visit go/techworkshops/ to view the updated tech workshop schedule and sign up for the classes that fit your needs.
Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10.x), released on 16 October 2014 and is available as an upgrade for faculty and staff who are currently running Mavericks (10.9.x). If your machine is running Mavericks (10.9.x) or Mountain Lion (10.8.x) the upgrade will appear automatically in Software Updates under the Apple Menu. If your machine is running Snow Leopard (10.6.x) or Lion (10.7.x), you will need to contact the Technology HelpDesk to discuss upgrade options.
As with all operating system upgrades, there are potential issues of compatibility with applications and services and we are currently neither promoting nor discouraging the upgrade. New computers provided for faculty and staff will continue to have 10.9.5 (Mavericks) installed for now; public labs are not scheduled to be updated to Yosemite at this time. Knowing that there will be “early adopters” who opt to upgrade right away, we have created a site to share known issues and areas of concern. Visit go/yosemite/ to view — or add to — this work-in-progress.
Yosemite has several improvements, including better support of multiple monitors, handoff capabilities between Yosemite and iOS8 devices, and enhanced iCloud Drive capabilities. See Apple’s complete list of what’s new in Yosemite or take a personal tour using lynda.com’s new, hour-long course, Mac OS X Yosemite New Features.