Joy and I created some short video tutorials on finding music CDs in MIDCAT, and since we posted them here we’ve been asked by various people within LIS to share what tools we used to create them. We were looking for a quick way to create screen capture videos with audio (aka screencasts). Here’s what we used: Continue reading
Thanks to Rich Church for many years of service and many miles of books shelved.
Tomorrow, Thursday June 24th is Rich’s last day of work in LIS. At his request, we are not organizing an official send-off, but he’ll be around all morning if you want to stop by to wish him well before he hits the trail in search of new adventures.
Over the past few years the GO shortcut and redirection application has become central to the college’s web infrastructure, allowing easy-to-remember permalinks that can be updated as resources are moved.
Tomorrow morning we will be migrating GO from a multi-use Windows server to its own RedHat server. The primary impetus for this move is to resolve a PHP-on-Windows memory leak bug that has taken out GO for several minutes every few months. In addition to this bug fix, migrating GO to its new environment allows a few additional improvements at this time:
- GO will be on its own server, more isolated from interference from other applications
- GO will now fail-over to a secondary database should its primary database become unavailable.
- Improved user-information caching will dramatically speed up the self-service admin screens
- Redirects will now be re-written internally, requiring one less round-trip to the GO application for every redirect.
- go/shortcut should now work more reliably on the MIIS network without having to type the full go.miis.edu/shortcut URL in the address bar.
Note: the full http://go.middlebury.edu/shortcut or http://go.miis.edu/shortcut URL should still be used when putting links in websites or email.
- The GOtionary will now live under go.middlebury.edu and go.miis.edu, allowing go.miis.edu to have its own logo.
We do not anticipate that this migration process will result in any downtime as the new GO server and the old GO server will both continue to operate at the same time, against the same database. After we switch the DNS records for go.middlebury.edu and go.miis.edu users will slowly move over to the new GO server as their computers look up the address of go.middlebury.edu again. For on-campus users this may happen quickly, while for off-campus users it may take several weeks. After the vast majority of users are accessing the new GO server (likely two weeks or so), we will turn off the old GO server.
Update 1 – June 23rd
We successfully migrated go.middlebury.edu to the new host and haven’t had any problems. We’ll be waiting for a while for go.miis.edu to switch over.
LIS staff art show featured in this new blog here.
Anna Berry, a former library staff member in Starr Library in the 1970’s, died of a stroke on Tuesday, June 1. She was part of a team that converted our book collection from Dewey classification to the LC call numbers currently in use.
The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research is pleased to begin this year’s Summer Pedagogy Series with a Pedagogy and Technology Fair this morning, Wednesday, May 26th, 10 am – 12 noon, in the Great Hall of McCardell Bicentennial Hall. We invite you to join colleagues at a poster/presentation session as they share their stories and insights about effective and innovative uses of technology. Coffee and pastries will be provided. This fair is co-sponsored by the CTLR and Library and Information Services.
Presenters: Holly Allen, Tom Beyer, Jeff Byers, Bryan Carson, Catherine Combelles, Enrique Garcia, Jeff Howarth, Matt Landis, Tom and Pat Manley, Jason Mittell, James Morrison, Tim Parsons, Hope Tucker, Andy Wentink, Sasha Woolson.
The entire 2010 Summer Pedagogy Series schedule may be found online at 2010 Pedagogy Series.