OneDrive Sharing Settings Update

For security reasons, we’ve set the default when sharing files in OneDrive to only share with specific people. You will still be able to generate a link that will work for anyone in Middlebury College if you so choose, for example if you want to make a GO link for the whole community and/or link to a particular file from a departmental website.

We are also disallowing anonymous global sharing. If you share a document with someone outside the Middlebury organization, they will need to create a Microsoft account and login to see it.

Finally, users outside the organization can no longer automatically re-share items they don’t own; they will need to request access for anyone else from the original owner.

Thank you for your patience as we strive to provide the best experience and keep our systems functioning optimally.

New year, new platforms

A number of library content providers have made significant changes to their platforms in the last several weeks, or they will early in 2017. Listed are some of the major ones, and where you can find out more.

There are probably others; this post may be updated in the near future. If you encounter any problems, please contact or your liaison.

Weekly Web Updates – December 19, 2016


Fixes and Tweaks

  • Improved the video shortcode processing in Drupal to handle additional forms of Vimeo URLs.
  • We’ve added Varnish caching in front of the New Library Items site, which should cause it to load much faster if it’s been visited recently.
  • There is a new “trainee” role in the Drupal Training website, which includes everyone with an account to better ensure that permission to use the site is limited to people signed in through CAS.
  • We have limited the allowed file types for uploaded files in Drupal to include common image and document formats.
  • Older versions of the Middlebury Student Life site should no longer get indexed by search engines. We are working on removing old copies of their content in a way that does not impact the live site.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • A small redesign of the Middlebury News Room to bring it more inline with the newsletter.
  • Building out the configuration of our Omeka, CAS and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, and GO services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.

“Cloudiness” Made Clear (a.k.a. Making Sense of Midd’s Cloud Storage)

cloudsWhen you hear the words “cloud,” “sync,” and “local” all in one sentence do your eyes glaze over?  You are not alone.  Please take a look at our new handout (easily revisited using to help you understand Middlebury’s cloud storage and some key points about its use.

Pssst…  If you find our handout helpful, please don’t tell your friends about it — let them learn the hard way, eh?

Think you’ll miss RefWorks? Learn Zotero!

Legacy RefWorks logo RefWorks 3 logo

As a reminder, the Library is canceling its subscription to RefWorks citation software (Legacy RefWorks and RefWorks 3) next summer, effective June 30, 2017. After that date, students, faculty, staff and alumni will not be able to use RefWorks through Middlebury’s subscription. For rationale, alternatives and next steps, see The Library is canceling RefWorks next year.

Do you think you’ll miss RefWorks? If so, you should try Zotero citation management software. In January, we’re offering a few Zotero workshops here at the Davis Family Library. Our Zotero guide has scheduling and signup instructions. A librarian would be glad to provide one-on-one advice, too — contact us at go/askus/  and we’ll get you started.

@MiddInfoSec Phishing Alert – “To All Faculty/Staff” messages are confirmed phishing attacks.

Be on the alert for suspicious emails purportedly sent from” with the subject line “To All Faculty/Staff“. These are confirmed phishing messages, designed to trick you into disclosing your Middlebury credentials. Do not click on the links in the message or reply to the message. If you find a copy of the message in your inbox, please delete it. If you find a copy of this message in your spam quarantine, please ignore it and do not release it. The message will be deleted from your quarantine automatically in the next few days.

For more information about phishing attacks, please visit http://go.middlebury.ed/phishing

For more information about the spam quarantine, please visit http://go.middlebury.ed/spam