Over the course of the next several weeks, we will be replacing the wireless networks at Middlebury. (UPDATE 03/13: The first two changes are complete. The final update is scheduled for next Wednesday, March 18th.)
What do I need to do?
Starting March 2nd, please connect to the new secure wireless network named MiddleburyCollege (like midd_secure but better). Middlebury Faculty, Staff and Students will login with your standard Middlebury username and password. Guests will need to create a Middlebury guest account and use it to connect to MiddleburyCollege. This is not a change for change’s sake – we are confident that the end result will be a wireless network that is more convenient and more secure for everyone.
Visit http://go/techworkshops to view upcoming technology workshop offerings and sign up for topics of interest. You’ll find Drupal introductions that cover basic web site maintenance skills and work sessions where you can get help with specific questions about how to improve your departmental web site.
Alexander Street Drama – loaded with information about theatrical productions and with full-text scripts for many (but not all) plays by a wide breadth of playwrights, Alexander Street Drama includes Black Drama, Asian-American Drama, Latino Drama, and more.
Kanopy Streaming – members of the Middlebury College Community can now watch films from Kanopy (“Netflix for colleges”). Our access to this uses a “Patron-Driven Acquisitions” model. A film in the collection can be watched by any authorized user (student, faculty, staff member) anywhere, anytime – just click this link. The fourth time a given film is viewed, a purchase will be “triggered” and we will have licensed access to that film for a year.
American History in Video – a student requested that we trial this collection of newsreels, documentaries and other historical film works. Browse by event, person, place, and more.
National Anti-Slavery Standard – still in pre-publication, this is a database of images and some full-text from the National Anti-Slavery Standard – the official weekly newspaper of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Founded in 1833 by William Lloyd Garrison and Arthur Tappan, the society sought to extend the rights of slaves across the country and implied not only suffrage rights for colored males, but also advocated suffrage for women.
Thanks to a new agreement with ConnectNY we will be expanding our direct request options beyond the NExpress consortium. Both systems retain separate databases; records aren’t shared between catalogs, rather searches are transferred from one system to another. NExpress has licensed Peer-to-Peer software to connect to the ConnectNY consortium. If a patron doesn’t find what he/she is looking for in the NExpress catalog, there will be a button in place to search for the item in the ConnectNY Catalog. If the item is found in ConnectNY, patrons will be able to place the request, just as they would place a request in the NExpress system. They will be authenticated with the appropriate user information and select a pick up location for delivery. While the ConnectNY search button is appearing now in the NExpress search, it will not be open for use by Middlebury patrons until we go live on January 22, 2015.
ConnectNY (CNY) is a membership-driven academic consortium in New York which currently includes 18 institutions. CNY’s mission is “to share collections, leverage resources, and enhance services through cooperative initiatives and coordinated activities.” All the academic libraries involved in ConnectNY share a common union catalog, powered by Innovative Interface’s Inn-Reach system. The combined collection that is shared by the members includes ten million printed books and an emerging collection of e-books.
Who are the current members of CNY?
Adelphi University Libraries, Garden City, New York
Bard College Libraries, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Canisius College Libraries, Buffalo, New York
Cazenovia College Library, Cazenovia, New York
Colgate University Libraries, Hamilton New York
Hamilton College Library, Clinton, New York
Hobart & William Smith Colleges Library, Geneva, New York
Le Moyne College Library, Syracuse, New York
Medaille College Libraries, Buffalo, New York
Pace University Libraries, New York, New York
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Research Libraries (RPI), Troy, New York
Rochester Institute of Technology Libraries (RIT), Rochester, New York
St. Lawrence University Libraries, Canton, New York
Siena College Library, Loudonville, New York
Skidmore College Library, Saratoga Springs, New York
Union College Library, Schenectady, New York
United States Military Academy Library, West Point, New York
The upgrade of our email environment over the holiday break will bring a cleaner, more minimal look to Webmail (also known as Outlook Web App – OWA), designed with “touch” devices in mind. The appearance of the Webmail login screen has already changed, but the workings once logged in will not change until after your account has migrated.
Student mailboxes will migrate Wed, Dec 17 through Fri, Dec 19.
Faculty & Staff mailboxes will migrate Sat, Dec 20 through Sun, Dec 21.
The most noticeable differences in Outlook’s new “face” are the shift of many buttons/links to the upper right corner and the fact that Public Folders are no longer accessible when using the Web App. You will be able to adjust many settings by clicking the Settings (gear) icon located in the top right corner (beside the ? icon).
Here’s how you can quickly get up to speed on the changes: