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Moodle Maintenance on Friday, August 15th

This message is from Remote-Learner, our Moodle host:

Remote Learner will be conducting database maintenance August the 15th from 01:00 AM EST until 04:00 AM EST on the Kansas City data center. During this window we will be improving the performance and resiliency of our database system. During this time you may experience periods with loss of connectivity to your hosted site. Thank you for your patience as we continue improving our services.

Sincerely,

Remote-Learner Technical Support

Key Survey Scheduled Maintenance & Downtime on July 5

KeySurvey LogoThe following information is important only for individuals having a Key Survey account used to create, distribute, and work with surveys and response data.

WorldAPP is excited to announce that our Key Survey / Form.com application will be upgraded to the new version 8.5 on Saturday, July 5th, 2014, between the hours of:

EST:   1 AM and 9 AM / GMT:    6 AM and 2 PM

Please note that your account will be unavailable during the system upgrade, (including all surveys, forms, voting and reports).  Your respondents attempting to access surveys/forms or reports will receive a friendly notice of the system maintenance in progress.  Once the maintenance has been completed, the application and all survey/form/report links will be accessible.   We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

What’s new in version 8.5?  This update is intended to enhance application capabilities and provide more powerful functionality, as well as introduce the Key Survey and Form.com Mobile apps.  Here are a few resources provided by WorldApp to help you get familiar with the new features and offerings:

LIS Workshops: find summer reading, movies, & more + website development

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.

Sign up online or visit http://go.middlebury.edu/lisworkshops to view the full workshop schedule.

“Finishing the Term in the Library” – a poem

Thanks to poet Gary Margolis for sharing this timely work!

Finishing the Term
in the Library

It was most likely me
I’m remembering, one
of the last to leave,
to finish not sleeping

in the red leather chair.
Three floors down
from street level. Trying
to write the last sentence

of a semester’s paper.
Trying to become more
complete all by myself.
There in the stacks

there was another book
I’d rather be reading
and not searching for
a word to send me

home. Home being up
three flights, where tonight’s
late night librarian was closing
his book. Reading being all

he could do to pass the course
of his time. To close the big door
behind him. To turn off
the magnificent, fading, central

hall light. So the two of us could
walk out together, him to his car
and me to my passing, now-I’m-done
summer.

Drupal, Moodle, WordPress, Mediawiki & More: Upcoming workshops

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, expanded website 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 prefehttp://go.middlebury.edu/lyndainfor 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.

Macintosh – Middfiles – Mmmmm… News You Can Use

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.

Go>Connect to Server

Removing outdated SMB favorite

Now it’s time to create some powerful Sidebar favorites for easy access to your frequently-used folders (see sample below).  Sidebar favorite locations are visible in all your programs!  Refer to our wiki article for complete details on how to create these favorites & get rid of outdated ones.

Sidebar Favorite Sample

Sidebar Favorite Sample

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.

Oculus Rift and LeapMotion

Trip the Rift and Leap into Motion

Space and Motion

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.

White House report and website on campus sexual assault receives national press coverage

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.