“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!
I would like you to join me in welcoming a new staff member to LIS. Laura Krahn began working in LIS on January 20th as one of the new Managers of Administrative Systems and Web Development within Enterprise Applications.
Laura brings to LIS 15+ years of experience as an Information Technology professional where she has focused on enterprise applications, commercial product development, and custom software. Prior to her new position at Middlebury College Laura worked with Competitive Computing (aka C2) in Colchester, Vermont where she held the position as Enterprise Project Manager. We are excited to have Laura’s extensive experience as an IT Project Manager, Web Applications Developer, and Senior Systems Administrator added to the assets of our team.
As part of welcoming Laura to LIS I would also like to announce a recent organizational change we have made in Enterprise Applications. As you know the Web Development team had been reporting on an interim basis to Chris Norris for the past year. As of February 1st the Web Development Team has been transitioned back into the Enterprise Applications area.
In the new organizational structure both the Administrative Systems Team and Web Development Team will be reporting to a joint management team comprised of Laura Krahn and Charlotte Pratt. Charlotte has been a Senior Programmer Analyst with LIS since April 2013. As of early this year, Charlotte was promoted to the position of Manager of Administrative Systems and Web Applications.
Together Laura and Charlotte will form a joint management team responsible for all aspects of Administrative Systems and Web Development. Laura will focus on project management and customer relationship management while working with our client base both outside and inside LIS. Charlotte’s focus will be directed at improving our technical infrastructure and applications frameworks while working closely with the developers in Enterprise Applications to improve our development processes and systems across the enterprise.
Please join me in welcoming both Laura and Charlotte to their new positions within LIS.
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:
Between 7 and 9 am we will be upgrading our Internet firewalls. While the Internet firewalls are a pair with failover, there can be an up to 30 second interruption of service as each failover takes place. We are expecting 3 less than 30 second Internet service interruptions during this period.
Between 8 and 10 am we will be re-routing connectivity to a specialized video conferencing network segment, the video conferencing service will be off-line during much of this window.
Between 8 and 9:30 am we will be upgrading Web Help Desk, there will be a less than 10 minute service interruption during this period.
Copies of various federal income tax forms are new available in the display racks at the Information Desk in the Davis Family Library. Many additional forms can be found online at the website of the Internal Revenue Service, at http://www.irs.gov/.
Booklets and forms for completing your Vermont income tax return are available online at http://www.tax.vermont.gov.
10 ways alternative energy is about to change the way tech gets powered – Solar-powered laptops, edible battery power, spray-on solar panels, mini windmills: This may be a game-changing year for clean technology.
Apple was just awarded a patent for a possible solar-powered MacBook display. Image: Apple/USPTO
Microsoft Names Satya Nadella Its New CEO: Nadella is the third CEO of Microsoft, and is expected to continue developing its cloud services.
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Two perspectives on how a scholarly journal – Cultural Anthropology – goes open access: “The PR side” from the Chronicle, and a deeper exploration of the economics and philosophy from Scholarly Kitchen.
President Harry Truman once said “The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know.” Because the site around Twilight Hall and the Middlebury Municipal Building has recently been a topic of community conversation, we thought people might be interested in these photos from the Middlebury College Archives. For more information on the history of the site and adjacent buildings, see pages 11 and 12 of A Walking History of Middlebury.
Click on the photos to enlarge them and see more detail.
View of Middlebury from Old Chapel in 1867. Notice the building site of the Academy (now Twilight Hall) that replaced the previous wooden structure.
Academy Building in 1893, seen from the east end of the park between College St. and Main St.
Graded School in 1900 seen from College St. just east of Weybridge St.
The Graded School in 1900 seen from the corner of Main St. and Cross St.