Multiple-copy withdrawals

You may have noted some withdrawal work going on the D-F ranges lately. Collections Management and Circulation Services are working together to remove multiple copies with very low circulation, in order to recover some badly needed space for routine stacks operations. In D and E, many shelves are completely full, with the remainder overcrowded. In F, many shelves are overcrowded, and all three ranges are strong growth areas.

Overall, 5.1% of the items in those three ranges are being withdrawn as multiple copies with low usage. Further ranges to be analyzed and weeded are JC-JV, K, P-PC, and PN. Duplicate items with any significant usage (more than 5 combined checkouts and renewals) are being retained, and in the process checked for condition. In all cases where items are withdrawn, the copy in better condition is retained.

Please note that no titles are being withdrawn entirely. Overall bibliographic coverage will not be affected; nor will the EAST data or programmatic weeding to be done later.

Prof. Shalom Goldman, guest DJ on WRMC’s Stacks & Tracks

Our first guest DJ, Professor Shalom Goldman (Religion) joins Stacks & Tracks, the Special Collections & Archives radio show

Monday, November 2, 9am-10am

Tune-in to hear a half-century of rock, folk, reggae, and punk music, inspired by biblical stories.
With commentary, of course.
albumsbible

91.9FM | iTunes radio | listen online | on your phone

Data-Planet (Trial through Dec. 17, 2015)

Students, faculty, and staff at both Middlebury College and the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey have free access to Data-Planet for a limited period of time.

Data-Planet’s two interfaces, Statistical Datasets and Statistical Ready Reference, provide access to the extensive Data-Planet repository of standardized and structured statistical data. Users can search and browse 25 billion data points in over 4.3 billion datasets sourced from over 70 authoritative public, private, domestic and international sources. Subjects covered include Statistics and Data, Business/Finance, Social Sciences: Political Science, criminal justice, social work, Demography, International Studies, Economics, Agriculture, Education, Nursing/Public Health, Environment/Climate Data/Energy and more.

Data-Planet has two access points:

  • Data-Planet Statistical Datasets provides users with various analysis tools to manipulate datasets, compare multiple indicators, and view in various charts such as trends, rankings, pie charts and maps. Multiple export options are also available..DataPlanetStatData
  • Data-Planet Ready Reference  provides refined searching of the Data-Planet repository. The Ready Reference interface allows for a more simplified tool for the novice researcher getting to the same data interested in accessing a quick statistic, chart, graph, etc. A quick number or statistic for a state or country may also be quickly retrieved in this interface.DataPlanetReadyRef

Please let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your liaison.

Happy Hallowe’en from Special Collections and Archives: Student Costumes Through History

Today’s dose of Special Collections spookiness comes from our series, From the College Archives, curated by Josh Kruskal, ’15. Josh drew on 200 years of Kaleidoscope yearbooks in search of quotidian and familiar moments, captured across time.

1910
1910

 

1952
1952

 

1959
1959

 

1969
1969

 

1991
1991

Weekly Web Updates – October 26, 2015

New Features

We have added the Featured Video Plus plugin to our WordPress sites. If you are using a theme which supports featured images for posts, you can enable this plugin to replace those featured images with videos.

The MIIS website homepage was updated to include new dynamic content from across the site. In addition to the MIIS Spotlight on the right, you can now page through an additional set of hand-picked stories on the left.

Additional messaging has been added when working with recycled items in Drupal. If an editor is on a page that has a link to an item in a recycle bin, a message will display above the content indicating that the file won’t be viewable by people who cannot edit it, and provides a link to the recycle bin so the editor can either permanently delete the file or restore the file.

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Additionally, when trying to download a media item that has been recycled, an alert will display instead of the original item with the email address of the last editor to modify the item.

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Updates

Fixes & Tweaks

  • The old WordPress.com Stats plugin has been removed. You can still get site stats using Jetpack or Google Analytics.
  • The Drupal Instagram content type stopped working because the IDs of the images were larger than the database expected. We have changed this to anticipate even larger photo ID numbers.
  • A small fix to MiddSTART to account for the case when the column identifying the type of donor is empty, to ensure that they are given credit on the project page.
  • All staff in the Library and in ITS should now be able to edit the Library & ITS Wiki. If you’re in one of those areas and can’t edit, please let us know.
  • We have updated the code we use to create test WordPress sites on our development server to disable plugins like Jetpack and Subscribe2 so that you should no longer see Jetpack notices about your site URL changing or receive emails when posts are published on our development server.

Telephone System Disruption

The campus telephone  system had a large data loss over the weekend.  Our vendor is adding back the data, but it will take several hours to do so.  At present the following functions are affected.

  • Extensions that were newly assigned or changed location since June 2012 may have no dial tone or are not assigned to the correct location.
  • Incoming calls not answered are diverting to the main campus voice mail greeting instead of an individual’s personal voice mailbox.
  • Outgoing toll calls cannot be made by dialing 9.  A telephone authorization code is required.

Another update will be posted later this evening.

Regards,

Peggy Fischel

ITS Telephone Services

Systems Maintenance this Sunday, Oct 25th

During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, Oct 25th from 6 am – 10 am we have the following activities scheduled:

  • One of our two Internet circuits will be down for maintenance and upgrades from 7am to 10am. We have sufficient redundancy between providers that there will be no Internet outage during this maintenance. Some sensitive systems will alert as routing paths change during failovers.
  • The ability to setup new VDI sessions will be down for about 10 minutes during server maintenance

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

 

Regards,

Billy

 

 

Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Middlebury College