Categories: LIS Staff Interest, Middlebury Community Interest
Instead of holding book sales to get rid of unwanted books, we’re now sending withdrawn books to Better World Books, a company that turns them into money for the good of humanity.
In recent years, the quality of our local book sales has been declining because we are receiving fewer large gifts of books than in the past. When we accepted large gifts in the past, we often sorted through them and added appropriate books, which was sometimes a small percentage of the total gift, and put the rest of the books into the book sale. Our book sales had interesting duplicate copies and fun books that wouldn’t be appropriate for an academic library. Without that influx of gift books, the local books sales just consist of withdrawn academic books that relatively few people are interested in purchasing. After all, the reason those books are being withdrawn from the library collection is because nobody is using them, so it’s not surprising that hundreds of those books were left over at the end of the last sale. (We couldn’t even give them away for free.)
Rather than sending them directly to recycling, we found the Better World Books library program. We ship our withdrawn books to them at no cost to us, they market them to a world-wide audience, and when they sell them, a percentage of the profit comes to us and a percentage goes to the BWB Literacy Partners. It’s a very efficient way to dispose of our withdrawn books while benefiting both Middlebury and the world beyond.
If we ever have a quantity of books that we think will be of interest to our local community, we’ll probably put them in a sale, but for now, no book sales are scheduled for the foreseeable future.
Categories: LIS Staff Interest
I’m overjoyed to share two recent staff promotions from the ranks of library collections and archives:
Arabella Holzapfel has taken on a newly expanded role as Electronic Resources Manager and Library Systems Specialist. In this role, Arabella has taken on more responsibilities managing the lifecycle of the Library’s collection of online journals and databases. In addition, she’ll be providing more assistance to Bryan Carson with behind-the-scenes support of library-related systems and infrastructure.
Danielle Rougeau has a new title too: Assistant Curator of Special Collections and College Archivist. Officially, Danielle is now the recognized subject expert of the College’s historical archives and has significant oversight of the collecting practices, organization, outreach to academic and administrative departments, and the long-term preservation of the College Archives collection.
Cheers for Arabella and Danielle.
Categories: LIS Staff Interest, Post for MiddPoints
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.
Categories: Helpdesk Alerts, LIS Staff Interest
This Sunday morning during our maintenance window we will be performing the following activities:
(1) Between 6:30 and 10:00 am EST we will apply a service pack to our Exchange cluster that provides email services for @middlebury.edu and @miis.edu. Due to the redundant configuration of our Exchange environment we do not expect there will be a service disruption. You may be asked to re-authenticate during or following this window the next time you connect with an outlook.
(2) Between 7:00 and 8:30 am EST we will be adjusting the configuration of Web Help Desk as recommended by the vendor to support the access of content on 3rd party systems. There will be a less than 10 minute period when Web Help Desk is unavailable.
(3) Between 7:00 and 9:00 am EST we will be upgrading components of our real audio/video server (muskrat), it’s content is accessible and served by CONTENTDM. There will be a less than 10 minute period when the associated digital content hosted on this system is unavailable.
(4) Between 7:00 and 9:00 am EST we will be upgrading components of our ERes Library system (bearcat). There will be a less than 10 minute service interruption of ERes.
(5) Between 8:00 and 10:00 am EST we will be upgrading papercut to v13.4 – there will be a less than 10 minute service interruption to the following printing related servers during this window:
Additionally there will be an approximately 10 minute interruption of Web Print services generally and approximately 30 minute interruption of printing services generally when the papercut database is upgraded. Additionally a number of printing stations (generally Kyocera-Mita) will require a hands-on visit, a software update with a restart that will take place during the later hour of our maintenance window.
We appreciate your patience as these essential maintenance activities are performed.
Categories: LIS Staff Interest, Post for MiddNotes
Lynda.com offers a collection of resources about creating infographics that can be found at this link: http://www.lynda.com/Infographics-training-tutorials/1462-0.html (after you log in using your Middlebury credentials). Not sure what an infographic is? Check out this example on the history of audio equipment via fastcodesign.com where the creators offer a mini-window into the work it took to pull it all together.
The Wilson Media Lab in the Library offers many multimedia tools that can be used to build infographics. Digital Media Tutors are available Sunday – Thursday from 1 pm – 1 am and on Fridays from 1 pm – 7 pm to assist users interested in using these tools.
Categories: LIS Staff Interest, Middlebury Community Interest
For trend comparison, the previous month’s statistics are included in parentheses.
- www.middlebury.edu: 445,731 (321,114) visits from 260,788 (187,648) people
- sites.middlebury.edu: 69,936 (56,713) visits from 57,364 (45,003) people
- menus.middlebury.edu: 37,825 (29,971) visits from 19,595 (14,102) people
- mediawiki.middlebury.edu: 27,336 (28,841) visits from 25,518 (27,042) people
- courses.middlebury.edu: 18,020 (23,137) visits from 13,426 (18,402) people
- portal.middlebury.edu: 14,340 (14,653) visits from 8,227 (8,903) people
- biblio.middlebury.edu: 12,307 (11,127) visits from 11,285 (8,706) people
- web.middlebury.edu: 12,307 (13,612) visits from 11,285 (11,477) people
- catalog.middlebury.edu: 11,159 (23,137) visits from 9,978 (19,717) people
- eres.middlebury.edu: 9,869 (11,107) visits from 8,054 (9,264) people
- www.middlebury.edu: 227,130 (175,965) pageviews
- menus.middlebury.edu: 37,906 (30,652) pageviews
- www.middlebury.edu/athletics: 28,629 (15,983) pageviews
- www.middlebury.edu/academics: 26,568 (20,444) pageviews
- www.middlebury.edu/academics/lib: 22,927 (12,229) pageviews
- www.middlebury.edu/admissions: 21,047 (12,220) pageviews
- courses.middlebury.edu/dashboard: 20,324 (25,256) pageviews
- portal.middlebury.edu/home: 18,780 (19,543) pageviews
- www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports: 16,412 (14,204) pageviews
- web.middlebury.edu/database/directory/Default.aspx: 16,412 (19,438) pageviews
- Search Midd: 540 (391)
- moodle: 354 (221)
- academic calendar: 321 (215)
- middfiles: 300 (42)
- mojo: 177 (93)
- homecoming: 157 (34)
- menu 134 (77)
- sites.middlebury.edu: 121 (90)
- jobs: 111 (29)
- fall family weekend: 102 (42)
- Safari: 33.65% (36.68%)
- Desktop Safari: 19.49% (25.04%)
- Mobile Safari: 13.11% (11.57%)
- Safari (in-app): 1.05% (1.04%)
- Chrome: 29.14% (28.00%)
- Internet Explorer: 17.61% (15.54%)*
- IE8: 8.74% (7.69%)
- IE10: 4.56% (4.08%)
- IE9: 2.42% (2.08%)
- IE7: 1.85% (1.65%)
- IE6: 0.03% (0.04%)
- Firefox: 17.51% (16.68%)
- Android Browser: 1.09% (1.03%)
* Note: Google Analytics is currently unable to identify traffic from IE 11.
- Windows: 42.61% (39.02%)
- Macintosh: 39.22% (44.46%)
- iOS: 15.00% (13.50%)
- Android: 2.06% (1.87%)
- Linux: 0.38% (0.32%)
- BlackBerry: 0.08% (0.08%)
- Windows Phone: 0.08% (0.07%)