New online library resources for 2015

Over November and December of last year, the library purchased access to a number of fascinating library resources:

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library – we now have access to everything in the Gale Virtual Reference Library that was published prior to August 2014.GVRL
  • Alexander Street Drama – loaded with information about theatrical productions and with full-text scripts for many (but not all) plays by a wide breadth of playwrights, Alexander Street Drama includes Black Drama, Asian-American Drama, Latino Drama, and more.asd
  • Kanopy Streaming – members of the Middlebury College Community can now watch films from Kanopy (“Netflix for colleges”). Our access to this uses a “Patron-Driven Acquisitions” model. A film in the collection can be watched by any authorized user (student, faculty, staff member) anywhere, anytime – just click this link. The fourth time a given film is viewed, a purchase will be “triggered” and we will have licensed access to that film for a year. Kanopy
  • American History in Video – a student requested that we trial this collection of newsreels, documentaries and other historical film works. Browse by event, person, place, and more. ASP_AHV
  • National Anti-Slavery Standard – still in pre-publication, this is a database of images and some full-text from the National Anti-Slavery Standard – the official weekly newspaper of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Founded in 1833 by William Lloyd Garrison and Arthur Tappan, the society sought to extend the rights of slaves across the country and implied not only suffrage rights for colored males, but also advocated suffrage for women.NASS
  • London Review of Books – by popular demand, we now have full access to current and past online content of the LRB! LRB
  • CQ Researcher Archive – we now have access to the full archive of CQ Researcher, going back to 1923. We’ve also filled in some gaps in our access to CQ Almanac, and added CQ’s Guides to U.S. Economic Policy, U.S. Environmental Policy, and U.S. Health & Healthcare Policy.
  • Coming Soon – Celebrity Studies, a new journal subscription

Friday links – January 9, 2015

Libraries are in the technology industry, says Rick Anderson. “… When we talk publicly about technological change in libraries, it seems to me that it’s too often in one of two ways: either we’re patting ourselves on the back for being so ready to embrace it, or we’re talking about how a particular change is just a fad and really doesn’t really apply to us. But the information world has become, decisively and whether we like it or not, a technology industry. … Confusing the sacredness of ends with the sacredness of means is one symptom of a disease that could easily kill us. …”

Historic NYC Post Card Exhibit at Davis Family Library

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Who would guess that an artist born and bred on a Vermont farm would create some of the most iconic postcards of New York City? Rachael Robinson Elmer’s ground-breaking “Art-Lovers New York” postcard series is currently on exhibit at the Middlebury College Davis Family Library, on the upper level, through April 17th, 2015. The exhibition, on loan from RokebyWashington-Arch Museum and sponsored by Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives, presents all twelve cards, as well as biographical information, historical context, and the three postcards of London that originally inspired Rachael.

Rachael Robinson Elmer changed the aesthetic of American postcards. She pioneered the fine art city view card when her Impressionist paintings of popular scenes in her beloved New York City were produced as postcards by P. F. Volland in 1914. Her “Art Lover’s New York” cards were immediately copied by dozens of artists in New York and elsewhere.

artist Rachael Robinson Elmer was born at Rokeby to artist parents Rowland Evans and Anna Stevens Robinson in 1878. Her art education began before she had even started school and continued with a young people’s summer art program in New York City and later, at the Art Students League. She moved to New York as a young woman and commenced a successful career as a graphic artist. Rachael married businessman Robert Elmer in 1911 and died prematurely in February 1919 in the Spanish flu epidemic.

 

The Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives holds the extensive historical correspondence collection of the Robinson Family on long-term loan from Rokeby Museum.  The books of Rachael’s father, Rowland E. Robinson, are part of the Abernethy Collection of American Literature and the Flander’s Ballad Collection.  See our previous blog post, Reading Rowland Out Loud, for more on that.

 

Sophos Anti-Virus Updates to 10.3.x – Restart Required

College-managed Windows computers which have Sophos EndPoint Security suite installed have automatically received a Sophos update to version 10.3.x. This update requires a reboot of the computer to complete.

Middlebury’s software management application, (KACE), may display a “desktop alert” message requesting that your computer be rebooted to complete the Sophos update. This is a legitimate and valid alert! If you see this KACE “desktop alert” message, please save your files and restart your computer as soon as possible, thank you.

Questions related to this update may be directed to infosec@middlebury.edu.

New Button Appearing in Your NExpress Search – Preview of new resource sharing service coming in January.

Thanks to a new agreement with ConnectNY we will be expanding our direct request options beyond the NExpress consortium. Both systems retain separate databases; records aren’t shared between catalogs, rather searches are transferred from one system to another. NExpress has licensed Peer-to-Peer software to connect to the ConnectNY consortium. If a patron doesn’t find what he/she is looking for in the NExpress catalog, there will be a button in place to search for the item in the ConnectNY Catalog. If the item is found in ConnectNY, patrons will be able to place the request, just as they would place a request in the NExpress system. They will be authenticated with the appropriate user information and select a pick up location for delivery.  While the ConnectNY search button is appearing now in the NExpress search, it will not be open for use by Middlebury patrons until we go live on January 22, 2015.

Connect NY search button

Please send any problems to

Circulation:  802-443-5494 or library_circulation@middlebury.edu

Interlibrary Loan:   802-443-5498 or mdyill@middlebury.edu


What is ConnectNY:

ConnectNY (CNY) is a membership-driven academic consortium in New York which currently includes 18 institutions. CNY’s mission is “to share collections, leverage resources, and enhance services through cooperative initiatives and coordinated activities.” All the academic libraries involved in ConnectNY share a common union catalog, powered by Innovative Interface’s Inn-Reach system. The combined collection that is shared by the members includes ten million printed books and an emerging collection of e-books.

Who are the current members of CNY?

  • Adelphi University Libraries, Garden City, New York
  • Bard College Libraries, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
  • Canisius College Libraries, Buffalo, New York
  • Cazenovia College Library, Cazenovia, New York
  • Colgate University Libraries, Hamilton New York
  • Hamilton College Library, Clinton, New York
  • Hobart & William Smith Colleges Library, Geneva, New York
  • Le Moyne College Library, Syracuse, New York
  • Medaille College Libraries, Buffalo, New York
  • Pace University Libraries, New York, New York
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Research Libraries (RPI), Troy, New York
  • Rochester Institute of Technology Libraries (RIT), Rochester, New York
  • St. Lawrence University Libraries, Canton, New York
  • Siena College Library, Loudonville, New York
  • Skidmore College Library, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Union College Library, Schenectady, New York
  • United States Military Academy Library, West Point, New York
  • Vassar College Libraries, Poughkeepsie, New York

Webmail’s New Look — Coming Soon

MaskThe upgrade of our email environment over the holiday break will bring a cleaner, more minimal look to Webmail (also known as Outlook Web App – OWA), designed with “touch” devices in mind.  The appearance of the Webmail login screen has already changed, but the workings once logged in will not change until after your account has migrated.

  • Student mailboxes will migrate Wed, Dec 17 through Fri, Dec 19.
  • Faculty & Staff mailboxes will migrate Sat, Dec 20 through Sun, Dec 21.

The most noticeable differences in Outlook’s new “face” are the shift of many buttons/links to the upper right corner and the fact that Public Folders are no longer accessible when using the Web App. You will be able to adjust many settings by clicking the Settings (gear) icon located in the top right corner (beside the ? icon).

Here’s how you can quickly get up to speed on the changes:

* Watch a brief lynda.com movie (under 9 minutes!) to get familiar with the new look:
Exploring the OWA Interface
* Read Microsoft’s brief summary of the highlights:   What’s new in Outlook Web App
* Visit go/webmailhelp for more details, resources and FAQs!

 

 

ITS system and network maintenance plans over the 2014 Holiday Break

Dear Colleagues,

 

Every year we take a brief period during the Holiday Break to perform needed maintenance and upgrade of our infrastructure and core systems. Below is a description of what we are planning for December 20th,21st, 22nd and 23rd, and how it may impact you.

 

  • Exchange email environment will be upgraded from version 2010 to 2013
  • The new 2013 cluster is already built and integrated together with our 2010 cluster.
  • We will migrate student mailboxes beginning Wednesday, Dec 17th through Friday, Dec 19th. Faculty & Staff mailboxes will migrate beginning Saturday, December 20th through Sunday, December 21st.
  • Once all of the Outlook accounts have been migrated, you will see two or more restart messages. If you have access to multiple mailboxes, you will see more restart messages. Except for that, we do not anticipate any other impact for you.
  • The interface for webmail will be changed, with an updated design that is reflective of the Outlook 2013 interface.
  • We have identified an issue that relates to the existence of both Exchange 2013 and Exchange 2010 servers that affected relatively small percentage of mailboxes, however many of them belonging to Faculty.  These mailboxes were not accessible for much of Monday, Dec 16th, to resolve this problem, these mailboxes have been migrated to Exchange 2013 ahead of schedule.  Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience this cause these individuals during this transition.

 

  • PaperCut printing management service will be upgraded on Sunday, Dec 21st between 8 am and Noon. There will be several short printing service interruptions during this window.

 

  • Wireless Infrastructure Upgrade on Monday, Dec 22nd between 9 and 11 am.

o   During this upgrade all wireless access points on campus will be rebooted, resulting in up to 15 minutes of wireless connectivity downtime throughout the campus, Bread Loaf and the Snowbowl.

 

  • Middlebury core network routing changes on Tuesday, Dec 23rd

o   We will be adjusting parts of our core network and routing between 8 AM and Noon. There will be 30-45 minutes of network service interruptions to McCardell Bicentennial Hall and separately, 30-45 minutes of network service interruption to residence halls on the North side of campus.

 

  • Internet related outages – starting at 2pm on Tuesday, Dec 23rd

o   Beginning at 2pm, we will be testing Internet and network component failover procedures. We expect there will be 3 to 5 interruptions of Internet connectivity to and from the Middlebury network, each lasting about 5 minutes.

 

Thank you for your patience and support as we perform these necessary upgrades,

 

Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT  05753