LIS Workshops for March – April: Google Analytics, Drupal and Video-based Learning

Our current workshop schedule is now available.  Visit go/lisworkshops to view upcoming offerings and sign up for topics of interest.  Choose from Drupal introductions that cover basic web site maintenance skills, work sessions where you can get help with specific questions about how to improve your departmental web site, as well as Google Analytics to learn how to unlock the mysteries of your website’s traffic patterns.

We are also offering several opportunities to learn how to access and use  lynda.com  — Middlebury’s fabulous online learning resource that uses short videos to help you acquire new business and technology skills.  Anyone who is unfamiliar with this “no-cost-to-you” training benefit is missing out!

Lynda’s recently added courses include such varied topics as “Up and Running with Excel What-if Analysis,” “Delivering Employee Feedback,” and “The Art of Photoshop Compositing.”  Watch a single video or work through an entire course, but be warned — it’s addictive.

Sunday morning maintenace

We have two maintenance actives this Sunday morning.

Between 8 and 9 am we will be moving our on-line guest registration web application (https://middguests.middlebury.edu/) to a new server.  We do not anticipate a noticeable interruption of service.

Between 10 and 10:30 am we will be upgrading the central authentication service (CAS) component of Moodle, we expect a less than 5 minute service interruption.

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

Friday Links – February 28, 2014

Audiobooks and the Return of Storytelling – Audiobooks are growing in popularity, returning us to childhood storytelling and invoking a literary tradition as old as the Illiad. Browse audiobooks at the library.

6 Innovative Uses of Lecture Capture – Teachers are increasingly using lecture capture tools for interactive lessons, content sharing, and multimedia assignments.

Alan Alda keynotes the meeting of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) – discussing the importance of communication with the public in STEM fields. “… Some members of the U.S. Congress also struggle with jargon and therefore are faced with the ‘difficulty of giving money to something they don’t understand,’ Alda cautioned.”

Civil War Letters Come Home to Vermont - Featuring not only the letters, but also Rebekah Irwin and Special Collections!

Got my carrel! - From the Senior Admissions Fellows Blog.

A little look at Middlebury’s dwarf-sized books

We’ve been talking a lot about little things in the College’s Special Collections & Archives as we pay extra attention to pocket-sized books in our midst. Our smallest book (so far) is a 2 inch tall History of the Bible, published in Cooperstown, New York, in 1836 (pictured below).  The general definition of a miniature book is anything under 3 inches. We’re assembling miniature books up to 5 inches, since we’ve found big books and tiny books don’t play nicely on the shelves together and can cause damage to each another over time. You can learn more about miniature books here or visit us and ask to see our mini books yourself.

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Thanks to our hand-model, Joseph Watson, Preservation Manager and Special Collections and Archives .

Oxford Biblical Studies Online – trial through March 24, 2014

For the next month, we have free access to Oxford Biblical Studies Online,

The Harlot of Jericho and the Two Spies (oil on canvas)

One of many images from Oxford Biblical Studies Online

on a trial basis.

Oxford Biblical Studies Online provides a comprehensive resource for the study of the Bible and biblical history. The integration of authoritative scholarly texts and reference works with tools that provide ease of research into the background, context, and issues related to the Bible make Oxford Biblical Studies Online a valuable resource not only for college students, scholars, and clergy, but also anyone in need of an authoritative, ecumenical, and up-to-date resource.

Take an introductory tour of the site by clicking here.

Let us know what you think – send an email to eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your liaison.

Strategies for Using Moodle to Increase Learner Engagement

This webinar is being offered by Remote-Learner, our Moodle host. There is a small group in LIS that will be attending together, please let me know if you would like to join us by emailing jantonio@middlebury.edu.

March 13th  2:00pm EST

A good eLearning solution requires more than good content. Identifying and implementing the right types of media and instructional strategy can make all the difference and will help increase learner engagement, resulting in an increase in learner mastery. Research has shown that appropriate use of Moodle tools keeps learners interested and motivated, and this increases learning. Let us show you a few ways we can use proven strategies combined with Moodle tools to meet your eLearning needs.

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Historical Newspapers – Chinese Newspapers – New purchase!

We are pleased to announce that the Middlebury College community now has permanent access to the Historical Newspapers – Chinese Newspapers Collection.

We trialed this last Fall and received highly positive feedback. Thanks to those who responded – you help us keep our collections relevant to your needs.