Well, to be specific, medieval paper was actually parchment, made from animal hides, rather than trees and literally all of our knowledge of the Middle Ages was preserved on skins made from calves, sheep, or goats. To better understand the chemistry, art, and labor of parchment, Middlebury College’s Special Collections & Archives, together with Professor Eliza Garrison’s Medieval Manuscripts seminar, hosted Jesse Meyer from Pergamena. Watch us scud a goatskin (remove stubborn hair from the skin) and wield a lunarium (a crescent-shaped blade) to remove the fat and flesh. Follow this link to read a longer article about our adventure in medieval life.
Why do people who love libraries love libraries? – Why do people who love libraries love libraries? This has been on my mind a lot lately. Whenever I find a patron who is passionate about their library I try to decode those tangible and intangible qualities that made the experience so powerful for them.
All Banner environments and associated system will be unavailable between the hours of 8pm ET Saturday September 27th and 12pm (noon) ET Sunday September 28th while these systems are undergoing maintenance.
Systems Impacted: All Banner environment including Internet Native Banner (INB) and Banner Web/Self-Service (SSB) plus all associated systems such as Hyperion EPM 11 Reporting, Nolij Document Management System, etc.
Schedule: 8pm ET Saturday September 27th through 12pm (noon) ET Sunday September 28th 2014
What is happening during this time?: Ellucian, the manufacturer of the Banner software and company currently hosting our Banner environments, will be relocating all of our hosted systems and associated infrastructure to a new data center.
We apologize for any impact this extended maintenance window has on your operations and activities.
This Friday morning at 6:30am EST we will be performing emergency equipment replacement involving one of our border gateway routers. The expected impact to services is minimal as Middlebury has adequate redundancy between Internet bandwidth providers. Existing point-to-point VPN tunnels may see two brief outages up to a minute each while paths re-route during failover.
We appreciate your patience as we strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.
Topic: My Very First MOOC. Led by Steve Bertolino. Who’s Invited: All liaisons and anyone who might be interested Who’s “Required”: Primary liaisons, please try to attend if you can. Sorry in advance for any conflicts. Where and when: Wednesday, October 8, 10-11 am. LIB145. Description: Steve took a 12-week MOOC and survived! Come for an overview of what the course was like. We’ll have a discussion exploring the pros and cons of the MOOC style of online learning.
*** “Liaison Discussion Section” meetings address research and/or technology topics of interest to liaisons. They can be conversations, or presentations, or both. Anyone is welcome to attend.
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 us for a Drupal Intro class. We’ll cover 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 (such as converting your forms), join us for a work session or two. We’ll help you get the job done and you’ll leave with the “know how.”
You’ll find all the upcoming workshop information at go/techworkshops; sign up for the class that fits your needs. See you on the sidebar… or maybe in a subpage.
Our own Professor of Psychology at Middlebury College Barbara Hofer writes about the modern day iConnected Parent, constantly in contact with their College-bound kids through cell phones and Skype…well, the archives recently exposed something of a connected parent, but from over 80 years ago.
Here’s a letter from October 18, 1932. The mother of Charles Edward Stevenson, Jr., Class of 1936, writes to the Director of Admissions (scroll down for the full transcription):
I am writing you to find out if Charlie Stevenson is alright and if he is I want to know why he does not write his mother it will be to [sic] weeks Friday since I had any word from him I sent him his laundry and a little pocket money post office money order I am trailing that now to see if he cashed it. I know that boys are dilatory about writing sometimes but I never knew Charley Stevenson to do that before that is why I am worried about him if I do not get a letter from you I am going up there to find out what is going on.
Please answer write away
Very truly yours
Mrs C.E. Stevenson
One day later, Mrs. Stevenson received a typescript reply (again, transcribed below to help with the faded ink):
Dear Mrs. Stevenson,
Your letter of October 18th is at hand and I have seen your son this morning and sent you the following telegram: “Your son is well and says has written you today”. I trust that you received the wire promptly so that you have not had to worry longer as to your son’s welfare. He seemed to be in perfect health when I saw him this morning but said that he had been very busy for the last few days. As you know, the fraternity rushing has been going on for the last two weeks and the boys have little spare time, as a rule, during that period. I presume that your son had not realized how long a time has elapsed since he wrote you, but you will doubtless receive his letter right away, if it has not already reached you.