From Remote-Learner, our Moodle host:
In order to increase the resilience and reliability of our cloud platform we will be replacing our network firewalls. Upgrades on the firewalls will be conducted during the February 28th maintenance window between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., ET.
During most of this period your site will be operational, but there may be short periods of connection loss to the internet.
For the spring semester, the library study rooms on the lower level (the 150 rooms) will be now available for students on a first come, first served basis. If the room is empty, feel free to just start using it. These are for group study, though, so an individual using the room may be asked to leave if a group needs the room.
These spaces are often used for meetings and interviews by various departments from across campus. Reservations can still be made for these events. To do so, please contact Doreen Bernier (firstname.lastname@example.org or x5595). Schedules will be posted on the door to each room.
The Korean American novelist Chang-rae Lee’s newest novel, On Such a Full Sea appeared in January with a technological twist: Lee collaborated with the 3-D printing company MakerBot to create a first-of-its-kind, limited edition 3-D printed cover, formed from a corn-based bioplastic and made on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.
© Riverhead books
Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, copy number 465
“What I like about this project is that it re-introduces the idea of the book as an art object. Content is what’s most important, but this [3D edition] is a book with a physical presence too.” Chang-rae Lee.
Chang-rae Lee using a MakerBot Replicator 2 Photo © MakerBot
Middlebury’s limited edition copy, number 465 of 500 copies, will be on display in Special Collections and Archives in the Davis Library this spring.
“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!
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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