This week Ian and Adam are in Chicago for the bi-annual DrupalCon developer conference. Drupal is the software that we use to manage the Middlebury and MIIS websites, as well as a couple others.
Read on for notes on the sessions we attended.
What follows is a report on the state of notable web applications and sites in use at Middlebury including the College website, the Middlebury instance of WordPress (i.e. sites.middlebury.edu) and a variety of key web applications that provide services widely used by faculty, students and staff. Continue reading
Beginning in December, Chris Norris will be offering a series of Google Analytics workshops for LIS staff. These workshops will cover the basics of how Google Analytics works and how this data can be used to better understand (and help improve) the online services that we provide to the community. The first workshop will be held on Thursday, December 9th, 2010 in Davis Family Library 105 from 1:30p to 2:30p. If you are interested in attending, please email Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Curricular Technology Team is pleased to announce that its primary recommendations for how to segue from Segue has been approved by the Library and Information Services (LIS) Area Directors Team. In essence, the team recommended the development of a “course hub” architecture that would enable faculty to create collections of resources for a given course using a variety of platforms that would be aggregated in a single location referred to as a “hub.” For more information, see:
Segue from Segue > Course Hub
The team is now researching which platforms to include within the course hub. WordPress and MediaWiki are obvious choices since many faculty are already using these for course sites. The team also recognizes that some sort of learning management system (LMS) should also be an integral part of hub sites and is reviewing a number of LMS to present to the community as possible candidates.
Watch this for a lovely feature by the Addison Independent on Middlebury College Special Collections and Andy Wentink’s journey to his current place as Curator!
Also of local/Middlebury College interest: the music on the video is by Middlebury alumna Anaïs Mitchell from her recent “folk-opera”, Hadestown.
Editors on the Middlebury and MIIS sites can now add a search box to their site that returns results from the current site, or a list of sites you specify. When you click “Add” in the Edit Console in Drupal, you’ll see a new content type named “Google Search”. Continue reading
In the past 18 months, LIS has gone through a set of major staffing changes. 25 people have left LIS, seven have been promoted within LIS, four have jointed LIS from other parts of the College, and three have joined us from elsewhere. In addition, there are 5 positions that are still open. Collectively, we have lost over five hundred years of experience! Our FTE level has dropped from an all-time high of 104 to 83.5. For those who are interested in how we are now organized, you can find an organizational chart at http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/technology/lis/about/organization . We’ve also listed below the names and titles of the promotions and new hires.
Kellam Ayres to Circulation Services Coordinator, Reserves
Steve Bertolino to Reference & Instruction Librarian
Charlie Conway to Media Services Specialist 2
Dan Frostman to Circulation Services Manager
Jess Isler to Reference & Instruction Librarian
Mike Lynch to Area Director, Central Systems & Network Services
Carrie Macfarlane to Head of Reference & Instruction
Petar Mitrevski to Tech Media/Services Manager
Scott Witt to Media Services Specialist 2