MIDCAT downtime tomorrow, Tuesday, 3/6/18

Hello again

This is another reminder that MIDCAT will be unavailable on Tuesday, Mar. 6, between 4AM-8AM.  This includes staff client side functions as well as the webPAC (go/midcat/) and includes all lookup and checkout functions, among other services.

Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Terry Simpkins
Director, Discovery and Access Services
Davis Family Library
802-443-5045

No more free Washington Post

For anyone who remembers that we ever had free Washington Post access, I’m writing to let you know that we no longer do. A bunch of years ago, it was possible to register with a .edu address to get 25 free articles per month. Arabella found this page which indicates that the opportunity is still available for .gov and .mil, but not .edu  (https://helpcenter.washingtonpost.com/hc/en-us/articles/115007248227-Start-a-free-subscription-with-a-valid-gov-or-mil-email-address).

The lib/its blog post that publicized this access has been deleted.

Upcoming library catalog (MIDCAT) downtime – take 2

Greetings!

As most of you probably are aware, Innovative’s first attempt at adding a 2nd serials and acquisitions unit to our Millennium library catalog was not successful.  Therefore, we are trying again on Tuesday, Mar. 6, between 4AM-8AM.  As with our first try, during this period, MIDCAT will be unavailable, including lookup and checkout functions.

Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Terry Simpkins
Director, Discovery and Access Services
Davis Family Library
802-443-5045

Weekly Web Updates – February 26, 2018

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • The new Middlebury Institute site homepage now has a spotlight feature with quotes from students and alums describing its programs.
  • The Middlebury Institute site search page now has refinements, allowing you to scope your search results to include just events, stories, or people.
  • Fixed an issue with Course Catalog schedules displaying incorrectly.
  • Various improvements to the new Middlebury Institute site for WCAG support.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

Upcoming library catalog (MIDCAT) downtime

In preparation for our upcoming merge of the Middlebury and MIIS library catalogs, our vendor, Innovative Interfaces, Inc., will be adding a 2nd serials and acquisition unit to our Millennium installation.  This addition requires a short period of downtime, which will occur on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 4AM-8AM.  During this period, MIDCAT will be unavailable, including lookup and checkout functions.

Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Terry Simpkins
Director, Discovery and Access Services
Davis Family Library
802-443-5045

Hair Me Out: A Black Hair Celebration

The collaborative, locally sourced, internationally themed, contemporary and historical exhibit “Hair Me Out” is now installed on the Upper Level of the Davis Family Library and includes multimedia components in the atrium. It explores the political, diasporic and stylistic phenomena surrounding Black hair from all around the world. This exhibit will be installed from February 21st through March 20th. Stop by to see it and visit go.middlebury.edu/hairmeout to see its digital representation. Continue reading

Weekly Web Updates – February 19, 2018

The week we launched a new website for the Middlebury Institute. This is the first site we’ve launched on Drupal 8 and features many improvements over our Drupal 7 system including better caching, performance, responsive design, and an easier to use editing environment that lets you build pages using discrete components. We look forward to rolling this out to other other Drupal-based sites over the next couple years as part of the redesign project.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Following the launch of the new Institute website we have added a homepage feature to spotlight programs with quotes from alums. We also allowed profiles and events to be editable by all site editors. Profiles can now include Vimeo and Instagram links.
  • Removed a module from the Drupal 7 archive copy of the Institute site that translated all relative URLs to absolute URLs, which was causing problems now that the hostname is changed.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.