“We Have Sound!” is the title of the IRENE/3D Seeing Sound Blog post from the Northeast Document Conservation Center when they announce that the new recording system is up and running. Middlebury College is fortunate to be part of a grant to reformat the wax cylinder recordings in the Flanders Ballad Collection. See the announcement here, along with more blog posts that follow. You can even listen to some of the recordings!
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 Monday March 3 from 1:30-2:50pm in LIB 105. Registration is limited to 10 persons to ensure there will be adequate time to answer your individual questions.
If you want to attend either session and don’t already have access to Google Analytics, please submit a Helpdesk ticket for “Other Software Issue” 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. If you need help with these, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a one-on-one meeting to discuss Google Analytics.
Format: The workshop will last an hour with additional time for questions and discussion, as needed.
Materials: Available ahead of the workshop at http://go.middlebury.edu/analytics-workshop and hard copies will be made available at the session.
More information about LIS workshops is available at go/lisworkshops.
Over February Break LIS upgraded the audio/video equipment in these classrooms on-campus:
La Force 121
Here is what has changed:
- added a new type of connection (HDMI) but kept the existing video connections
- replaced the DVD player with a Blu-ray player that can play DVDs as well as Blu-ray discs
- removed the VCR (3 loaner VCRs are available at the Davis Family Library and 1 will be available at Armstrong soon; VCRs can be plugged into the auxiliary video input at the rack)
- replaced the aging touch panel with a slightly larger one that we’ve found is easier to use (very similar to the touch panels in many other classrooms)
We’d be happy to schedule an orientation session – just contact us at email@example.com. You can also watch a video on how to use the new equipment.
Throughout the rest of 2014 we plan to upgrade the equipment in several other classrooms:
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President Harry Truman once said “The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know.” Because the site around Twilight Hall and the Middlebury Municipal Building has recently been a topic of community conversation, we thought people might be interested in these photos from the Middlebury College Archives. For more information on the history of the site and adjacent buildings, see pages 11 and 12 of A Walking History of Middlebury.
Click on the photos to enlarge them and see more detail.
On February 2nd at 11pm EST, Remote-Learner will be updating our Moodle instance. This is a minor upgrade that includes updates to performance and security, as well as the following feature enhancements:
- Option to auto-save during quiz attempts (administrative setting)
- You will be able to search the list of users enrolled in a large course
- Drag and drop file upload progress indicator in filepicker
- New forum setting ‘Display word count’
For a user-friendly comprehensive list of changes please visit: http://docs.moodle.org/25/en/New_features
Please expect Moodle to be unavailable for a short time between 11pm and 1am.