Pending print subscription cancellations

Between September 2012 and June 2014,  Lisa McLaughlin, our über Collections Associate, tallied uses of all of our print journals. That is, Lisa counted magazines dutifully left by readers who followed the directions on our “Please-Do-Not-Reshelve-Your-Magazines” signs in the Current Periodicals section of the Davis Family Library.

191 of the titles we currently subscribe to were reshelved only one time or not at all during that 22-month period.

We are proposing canceling the Libraries’ subscriptions to these 191 print titles, but before we do, we would like to hear from you.

This spreadsheet includes the journals we think we should cancel. If you have used any of these, and reshelved them yourself (so they weren’t counted), or for any reason, you think the Libraries should continue one or more of these subscriptions, please send me an email by the end of August.

*The fine print:

  • We currently have online access to many of these titles through databases such as LexisNexis or ProQuest. Unfortunately, the title lists of these databases can change at any time and we cannot guarantee long-term access.
  • For titles with the comment “no online access post-subscription” (21 titles), this means that if we cancel the print subscription, we lose all access to publisher-hosted online content – the print remains our only access to content that we paid for.
  • Funds currently spent on these little-used or unused print subscriptions can be re-directed to gain access to more relevant library resources.
  • As faculty identify titles that we should continue subscribing to, the spreadsheet will be updated in green with the note “to be retained”.

Classroom Equipment Upgrades

The media equipment in Atwater A100, Atwater D102, Twilight 302, Monroe 222, 320, 404, and 405 is due for an upgrade.

Media Services has prepared the new equipment and we will be performing the upgrade during the August break .

Here is what would change:

- install a new, brighter, high definition projector with a longer lasting lamp

- retain the existing video connections and add a new type of connection (HDMI)

- replace the DVD player with a player that can play DVDs as well as Blu-ray discs

- remove the VCR

- replace the aging touch panel with a slightly larger one that we’ve found is easier to use (very similar to the new touch panels elsewhere on campus)

We can be available to provide an orientation of the new equipment before your first class following the break. Let Media Services know if you’re interested in an orientation session by contacting the Helpdesk.

 

Network Maintenance Tuesday Affecting Bread Loaf Campus, Aug 12th

One of our two Internet service providers FirstLight has fiber maintenance scheduled this coming Tuesday morning, Aug 12th. This is related to the railway modification plans in downtown Middlebury. Our Internet service should have little to no impact as we have redundant capacity between two providers.

 

The fiber circuit connecting the Bread Loaf campus to Middlebury campus will be down for up to 90 minutes sometime within the 12:01am to 5:00am maintenance window Tuesday morning. Bread Loaf will have no network connectivity during that time. FirstLight has scheduled the following two mornings as alternates in case of weather related delays.

 

Start Date: 08/12/2014-08/14/2014
Start Time: 0001  EDT
Estimated End Date: 08/12/2014-08/14/2014
Estimated End Time: 0500 EDT
Service Impact:    Loss of service for up to 90 minutes.

 

William D Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Middlebury College, Voter Hall B05

Middlebury, VT 05753

(802) 443-5769

Moodle Maintenance on Friday, August 15th

This message is from Remote-Learner, our Moodle host:

Remote Learner will be conducting database maintenance August the 15th from 01:00 AM EST until 04:00 AM EST on the Kansas City data center. During this window we will be improving the performance and resiliency of our database system. During this time you may experience periods with loss of connectivity to your hosted site. Thank you for your patience as we continue improving our services.

Sincerely,

Remote-Learner Technical Support

Summer Language Schools, looking back

Explore our newest online archive: Middlebury Language Schools. This collection includes archives from Middlebury’s Summer Language Schools, which began in 1915. When completed, the collection will include all the annual bulletins from 1915 through 2007, a history of the Language Schools up to 1975, annual reports, photographs, and scrapbooks.

Language School bulletin, 1949

Language School bulletin, 1949