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Google Analytics for Higher Education Workshop on October 28, 2015

I’ll be hosting a workshop to discuss how you can use Google Analytics to get information about and improve the Middlebury website. You can sign up for the workshop on Wednesday October 28 from 1:00-2:30pm in MBH 161. Registration is limited to 10 persons to ensure there will be adequate time to answer your individual questions.

If you want to attend this session and don’t already have access to Google Analytics, please submit a Helpdesk ticket for “Software & Web Tools – Goolge Analytics Question” so that I can make sure you’re set up prior to the session.

Description: We can give you access to our Google Analytics reports so that you can look at traffic patterns for your website, but in order to get the most from this tool, you’ll need to do a bit of set up work and understand the basics of the platform. If you do not yet have a Google Analytics account, please indicate this in your sign-up.

What we’ll cover: Google Analytics tips & tricks, what number you should care about, search engine optimization, and getting your account set up.

What we won’t cover: Goals, conversions, AdWords, and on page events.

Format: The workshop will last an hour with additional time for questions and discussion, as needed.

More information about LIS workshops is available at go/lisworkshops.

Archive of materials from Reconstruction (Trial ends Oct. 27, 2015)

Students, faculty, and staff in the Middlebury College community have free trial access to

Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Enforcement of Federal Law in the South, 1871-1884

This Archives Unbound collection on law and order documents the efforts of district attorneys in states that fought in the Confederacy or were Border States to uphold federal laws. It includes correspondence between and among DAs, Attorneys General, marshals, judges, convicts, and citizens.Reconstruction_snip

These documents and images are cross-searchable on the Archives Unbound platform, where Middlebury has purchased access to 30 other collections.

Let us know what you think – email or contact your liaison. (trial ends Oct. 19, 2015)

All members of the Middlebury College community will have full access to Foreign Policy for the next 30 days. FP

In addition to articles published in Foreign Policy magazine, this includes:

  • direct, seamless access to all content on, which is added to many times per day and covers all regions of the world,
  • Advanced search capabilities,
  • All content from daily alerts,
  • Full archive of the magazine back to 2010, and coming soon, a 45-year archive.

Let us know what you think – email or contact your liaison.

FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals (Trial ends Oct. 31, 2015)

Until the end of October, members of the Middlebury College community have free access to FIAF, an international index of film periodicals.FIAF_snip

This is a bibliographic resource covering the foremost academic and popular film journals up to the present day. Many of these key titles are available in full text.

Let us know what you think – email or contact your liaison.

Is there a resource you think the library should consider? Let us know at go/requests.

Ancestry Library Edition (Trial ends Oct. 21, 2015)

For the next thirty days, the Middlebury College community has free access to Ancestry Library Edition – the library’s version of AncestrySearch census records; birth, marriage, and death records; city directories, and much more.

Let us know what you think – email or contact your liaison.


The Canvas Pilot

Our current Learning Management System (LMS), Moodle, was adopted back in 2011. Four years later we are reflecting on whether Moodle is still the best LMS to serve the growing needs of Middlebury. This fall we are doing a pilot to evaluate Canvas and determine whether we want to continue with Moodle or move to Canvas. You can learn more about Canvas and Middlebury’s evaluation by following this site –

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New to the Library – CRC’s Dictionary of Natural Products

Middlebury College now has subscribed access to the Dictionary of Natural Products on CRC’s CHEMnetBASE platform. The DNP is a comprehensive database of 170,000 natural products. The wealth of data provided includes:

  • names and synonyms,
  • formulae and chemical structures,
  • CAS Registry Numbers,
  • extensive source data,
  • uses and applications,
  • physical state, melting point, boiling point, pKa,
  • key literature citations.

In addition a comprehensive type of compound classification scheme brings together compounds that are biogenetically related. All this information is readily searchable by text or by substructure, using flexible and intuitive software.

Is there a resource you think the library should add? Let us know at go/requests, or contact your liaison or email

Windows 10: What’s Happening?


With Microsoft offering free Windows 10 upgrades to current owners of Windows 7 and 8, Information Technology Services (ITS) has received questions about this new operating system and our plans for the future.  ITS currently recommends that individuals do not install Windows 10 if they are prompted to do so on a college-owned machine.  Until thorough testing of Windows 10 functionality with College resources has been completed, ITS will continue to install and support Windows 7 on college-owned computers.  Windows 10 will be made available on campus computers later on, after any significant issues are resolved and important supporting documentation has been updated.

As we put Windows 10 through its paces, our observations, known issues, and training resources will be gathered for convenient access.  Visit http://go/win10 for the latest information.

Interested in a peek at what lies ahead?  Check out this brief course, Windows 10 New Features (~ 40 minutes).