Please join us as we engage in a conversation and demonstration about the possibilities of iPad in Higher Education with Apple Systems Engineer, Lars Ljungholm on Monday, December 9th.
We are currently undergoing a shift in the education landscape. Students are now growing up in – and graduating into – a connected, information-rich world which presents both challenges and opportunities for educators. Faculty can use mobile learning tools to help personalize learning, engage and motivate students, and practice authentic assessment. At this session, we will be discussing and demonstrating the use of iPad and various apps that you can use to enhance your personal productivity and professional work both in and out of the classroom.
There will be a morning and an afternoon session in rm 105 in the Davis Family Library.
If you would like to attend please sign up for one of the sessions using this link - https://docs.google.com/a/middlebury.edu/forms/d/12vcWvum-OKFagVpiE4R-GzXFin5Im4SE2UsAHJQ2fkc/viewform
Due to the holidays and shipping madness, the increased risk of losses, and the lack of open libraries 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. 15th 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.
The Davis Family Library will be providing extended hours during the last week of classes and the exam period.
24/7 hours will start at 9:00 am on Sunday, 12/2 and will end at 10 pm on Sunday, 12/15. Bring your ID – card access is required between 11 pm and 7:30 am (9 am on Saturday and Sunday). Guest passwords for computer access will not be issued between the hours of 11 pm and 8 am.
Armstrong Library will have regular hours during this period, with later closing times on Friday 12/13 and Saturday 12/14.
Check here for up to date hours at all Libraries.
Thanks to the hard work of the LIS Education and Training team, LIS now offers a help gateway that collects great resources from all corners of our department and makes it easy for you to find what you need. You’re also quite likely to discover some new tools and ways to learn about technology and library resources along the way. Don’t take our word for it — visit go/lishelp and see for yourself. Here are just a few things you can do:
- Search LIS web pages and wiki lore to get answers to your questions.
- Submit a HelpDesk ticket to request assistance or search the FAQ database for answers.
- Find who in LIS can help you.
- Use quick links to access “how to” information tailored to different audiences.
- Check systems status.
- Learn how LIS can help you acquire more technology and library skills.
Is your department head asking you to update the department’s web page? Does the thought of adding a sidebar make you call the Helpdesk? Fear not, join me for a Drupal Intro class. We’ll learn the basics of Drupal so you’ll be adding links, pictures, and a host of other cool things to your page the very next day. For you more advanced users who may be struggling with needs beyond the basics, join us for a work session. We’ll help you get the job done and you’ll leave with the “know how.” You can look for upcoming workshop dates at go/lisworkshops and sign up for the class that fits your needs. See you on the sidebar or maybe in a subpage.
We now have a new (easier) way to make videoconference calls amongst our locations: a short alias (six digit number) can be used to place calls between videoconference rooms in Middlebury, Monterey and DC. It is no longer necessary to enter the entire (12+ character) IP address of our videoconferencing units. A list of all the aliases for our videoconference rooms is available here (login required.)
- For example, if you wanted to place a call from the Service Building room 209 to Van Buren 499, you would simply enter 831499 on the videoconferencing unit in room 209.
- Similarly, if Van Buren 499 wanted to place a call to our RAJ room, simply enter 802803 on the videoconferencing unit in Van Buren.
- However, if another institution (e.g. another college) wanted to call any one of our rooms, they would still need to dial the IP address.
- Similarly, if you needed to dial to another institution (e.g. another college) you would still need to dial the other institutions’s IP address.
Dialing the alias will route the call through our new infrastructure, ensuring call quality & reliability. In addition, dialing the alias will make it quicker and easier to make calls between our locations, since it’s shorter and easier to remember.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Help Desk if you have any questions.
Recently, we at the Helpdesk have spoken with many individuals who were disappointed with the interface and performance of NetStorage, but were unaware of other, usually superior ways to access their files.
In an effort to improve awareness, and in consultation with Central Systems and Network Services, we will be changing the go/middfiles shortcut, currently pointed directly to Netstorage, to lead to our main documentation about Middfiles. Using this documentation, users should be able to quickly connect using faster, better methods and be on their way.
We realize that this will be a significant change for some in our community, but we anticipate that over time, this will help people distinguish between Middfiles, the server system, and Netstorage, a web application that permits limited access to that system and is not intended for daily use. Netstorage will still be accessible via go/netstorage for edge cases like mobile devices that cannot use WebDAV.
As always, we invite your feedback via comments. The current plan is to make the switch early next week. [ETA: This has been postponed pending a server update that should improve performance, especially with OSX 10.9.] If you have questions or need help, please feel free to call, click, or visit us anytime.
The Middlebury campus community can find out what’s happening with global IT trends with access to research, news analysis and trends from Gartner Inc.
Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. Middlebury has a campus subscription to Gartner’s online research database. To access Gartner, simply visit http://go.middlebury.edu/gartner-login and authenticate using your Middlebury username and password.
Students can benefit by using Gartner to find research for assignments, learn where IT is headed and how it will shape our world, discover an area of interest, or even get ideas on careers. Gartner research enriches the educational experience by providing timely, objective real-world examples and content.
Faculty & Staff can benefit by using Gartner to stay current on IT industry trends. Gartner provides insight to the application of technology to real-world problems and enables understanding of the long-term trends and issues that current and future IT decision makers will face.
Should you have any problems accessing this resource or have any questions pertaining to Gartner research, please contact Chris Norris.