Weekly Web Updates – February 13, 2017

The client IP address will now be recorded in the Drupal Webform sites for form submissions from users who are not logged in. This information was previously left out due to the way our front-end caching system is configured.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Fixed an issue with the CategorySuggest MediaWiki plugin to ensure it works on the File Upload page.

Term end dates for Canvas sites created through the Course Hub are now twenty days past the official term end date to ensure that the site is accessible during that last day.

  • Swapped the order of sidebar items on the Middlebury Newsroom to ensure Middlebury in the News appears first.
  • Ensured the WYSIWYG configuration was correct on all the Drupal sites.
  • Added role and aria-label markup to interface elements in the Middlebury Drupal site to improve our site accessibility.
  • Removed a logo from the Middlebury Language Schools site footer.
  • We are now logging all class-group additions and removals in the Hub to track down inconsistent enrollments reported by several users.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Building out the configuration of our Omeka, and CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Integrating Panopto (streaming videos) and Canvas (LMS).
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.

Operation 451 at the Davis Family Library

Operation 451 at the Davis Family Library

Operation 451 at the Davis Family Library

We are proud to participate in Operation 451, a symbolic affirmation of library values celebrated by libraries and librarians across the country. Browse the books and DVDs that we have selected to showcase the importance of access to information, critical thinking, and free expression of ideas.

Tell us what you want us to add! Make suggestions at go/displaysuggestions

Vermont Online Library now available to anyone in Vermont

The Vermont Department of Libraries now provides access to the Vermont Online Library (VOL) to anyone accessing the internet from an IP address located in Vermont.

The VOL includes resources for school-age children, career explorers, automobile repair and maintenance from and much more from the Gale-Cengage family of resources. The Department of Libraries has taken on this expense so that public and academic libraries throughout the state can provide rich online resources to all of their patrons.

(Note that anyone traveling outside of Vermont who is not associated with an academic institution needs to arrange access to these resources, if possible, with their public library. These resources are incorporated into Middlebury’s library holdings; Middlebury students, faculty, and staff can access these from outside of Vermont by authentication through a link on a library website such as a search in Summon or through the library homepage.)

Weekly Web Updates – February 6, 2017

The Course Hub now offers the Academic Integrity Tutorial as a shared Canvas resource which can be added to courses by the instructors.

We discovered an issue with the Course Hub communicating with WordPress through the newer version of CAS and delayed the CAS upgrade announced last week until we’re able to resolve or work around the problem.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Fixed and issue that was preventing Canvas rosters for MIIS spring classes from updating in a timely fashion.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Building out the configuration of our Omeka, and CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Integrating Panopto (streaming videos) and Canvas (LMS).
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.

Systems Maintenance this Sunday, February 5th, 2017

During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, February 5th from 6 am – 10 am EST we have the following activities scheduled:

 

  • The PaperCut printing management system will be down for up to 1 hour. During the service outage printing will be unavailable.
  • There will be a number of servers rebooted for patching. Each will be unavailable for up to 15 minutes.
    • WordPress servers, for both Monterey and Middlebury
    • CAS servers, providing the Central Authentication System for users accessing many Middlebury resources
    • MiddMedia
    • The GO service

 

We appreciate your patience as we continuously strive to keep our systems functioning  optimally.

 

Regards,

Billy

 

Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Middlebury College

New Polycom Unit in Library 145

The older Polycom HDX unit in Library 145 has reached End of Life as defined by Polycom, and, after noticing a few minor issues, we’ve decided to replace it with a newer Group Series 500 unit.  Functionally, there are very few differences — users can still dial the same numbers and can use the same virtual meeting room, 710145, when using Library 145, and the microphones and camera haven’t changed.

What’s new:

  • New remote control — it’s much shinier and has fewer buttons.  Take a look here.
  • New user-interface — same functionality, different design.
  • Content sharing is automatic — to share content, place your call and then connect the HDMI cable to your computer.  Content will automatically be displayed.

If you have questions about using the new technology in the space, please feel free to check it out or send an email to mpauly@middlebury.edu.  The in room instructions will be updated to reflect the changes.

 

Voice Mail Messages not Accessible to Unified Messaging Users

Since sometime Monday, January 30, we believe no new voice mail messages have been received by the 250 unified messaging users in our system.  Messages may have been left, but the users cannot access via either email or phone, nor is there any notification.  Our vendor is working on the issue.  In the mean time, to be assured you receive a phone message, you can open a ticket with the Help Desk to request your voice mailbox be converted back to a standard voice mailbox until the problem is resolved.