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Fire Extinguisher Training

Submitted by Joseph Watson
Your LIS Emergency Preparedness Committee encourages you to take a few minutes out of your busy day and take one of these training sessions.
Knowing how to put a small fire out is critical in fire loss prevention and in Life Safety.  On Wednesday, July 22d
we will hold our annual fire extinguisher training for all College employees.  Fires can occur any time and knowing
how to use a fire extinguisher can mean the difference of saving a life or a home.  Please join us somewhere around McCullough (depending on construction) for a short presentation and hands on practice in putting a fire out.
Times:   9:00 am, 9:30 am, 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm
Each session should run about 20 minutes.  Rain date will be July 29th, same times and location.  Just show up, no reservations needed.
Contact Ed Sullivan, Environmental, Health & Safety at sullivan@middlebury.edu or x 5726

Mary Ruth’s Last Day – June 12, 2009

Submitted by Brenda Ellis

How do you create a disturbance in the collection management area?  Sneak up on Mary Ruth on her last day of work upon retiring and catch her working! Boy was she surprised by the camera and sneaky photographer. 


But wait, what’s that commotion?  Kristin and Joanne can’t wait for their own retirment day and they get in on the celebration!


 But wait…another retiree.  Judy jumps in and now no one can keep a straight face.


Ok stop clowning around – now its time for the (relatively) serious shot


And finally, Mary Ruth and her long-time colleague Bill Warren pose for their own photo.


What a day!  We will miss all our retires – it won’t be as fun here without them.  More photos can be found on the server in the path N:\Orgs\LIS\LISstaff\People & Social\MaryRuth Crawford Retirement.

LIS Website Team Blog

I tweeted a bit earlier about how I’m now a member of the LIS Website Team. We’re still in the very early stages of this project, but we’ll be firming up our vision and charge in a meeting later today. The concept of teams is also the topic of the next LIS Staff Meeting in July. I have to say, as someone who is typically very cynical about these types of activities, I’m actually feeling good about how this project will work out and hope the Team model is one we repeat in future LIS projects.

You can follow all of our team’s updates through our team blog and keep informed of our notes and documentation through the team wiki page. We’ve also enabled email subscription to the blog, for those who would prefer to receive updates using that rather than RSS.

EXH!BITED-LIS Staff Arts and Crafts

Submitted by Doreen Bernier

June 10th was the opening day of “Exh!bited”, the LIS staff arts and crafts exhibit.

Special thanks to all the LIS artisans for their truly beautiful contributions. This was a great opportunity to showcase our special talents and interests and bring the community together – and also surprise and delight users and visitors.


The opening reception was graced with beautiful live music, courtesy of Dan Frostman.


Early arrivals enjoyed the only edible craft piece – chocolate dipped strawberries.


Included below are some photos from the reception.


The exhibit organizers, Morgan, Doreen and Elin, would like to thank Joseph for his invaluable assistance in setting up the space. Thanks also to Scott and Rachel for their contributions, and with thanks to all for taking the time out from your busy schedules to assist in bringing this exhibit to life.


The exhibit will run until June 26th.

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Nelinet IT Conference 2009: Open Source in Your Library


June 10, 2009

“Rainy Day” Edition

NELINET IT Conference 2009: Open Source in Your Library
October 9, 2009 – Olin College, Needham, MA




NELINET is proud to present its 5th Annual IT Conference, “Open Source in Your Library.” This exciting event will show you how libraries are implementing open source products for a variety of uses and will expand your understanding of the advantages of using open source products in libraries. Listen to our panel discussion delve more deeply into this topic and learn first hand about implementation and maintenance of open source products from those who are using them!  A fantastic group of open source innovators include:Dan Scott, Systems Librarian for Laurentian University, barista, library geek, and open source dabbler will be NELINET’s keynote speaker. You may know him from such projects as PHP (PEAR’s File_MARC package and PDO documentation), Apache Derby, and the Evergreen open-source ILS project.
Karen Coombs, Library Journal 2009 Mover and Shaker, trend spotter and Head of Web Services at the University of Houston Libraries, will discuss how her library is using Drupal for its intranet and for a pilot project involving digital library materials.

Joe Lucia is the University Librarian and director of Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University. His advocacy for open source led his library to develop VuFind, an open-source discovery layer for library catalogs.




Conference Cost for Unlimited Members: $85   (Middlebury is an unlimited member)

Attention Accidental Webmasters!
Accidental Webmaster Series: Just Enough MySQL – Just Enough PHP

Starts July 14th – ONLINE SERIES
In this six-week series, you will learn just enough PHP and MySQL to explore, understand and implement dynamic tools and content. Each week, you will take part in a 1.5-hour online lecture and discussion to introduce new concepts and techniques. Between online live meetings, you will work at your own pace to practice what you’ve learned, share ideas with colleagues and receive individualized guidance and feedback in Moodle, our open source online learning management system.

Workshop Series cost: $150

Big Events!

How to Stay Relevant in Your Institution
June 24, 2009 – NELINET, Southborough, MA

Co-sponsored by the Boston Chapter of the Special Libraries Association





Introduction to METS
July 7, 2009 – NELINET, Southborough, MA



Robert L. Cunningham Annual
Bibliographic Services Conference 2009
November 13, 2009 – College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA



New Wireless Access Points

Submitted by Howie McCausland
We have just completed installing Wireless Access Points to provide full coverage throughout Coffrin and Stewart dorms, and have installed an extensive new network infrastructure (wired, and wireless) throughout the newly-renovated Proctor to support the new expanded College Book Store.
Good wireless signal is now available in about 90% of campus building interior spaces, as shown on the accompanying map.
 wireless map 6-09





Getting to Know Drupal

drupal-logo1You’ve probably heard Drupal mentioned in discussions about our new website, but you might not know what Drupal actually is. Drupal is a web-based Content Management System, similar to the software that our current website runs on, but also different in many ways. In this session, Ian McBride will discuss the things that makes Drupal unique, why we chose Drupal as a platform for our new site, and look at some examples of the ways we can extend Drupal to improve our website.  We’ll spend some time looking at an extension developed by Amherst College, the only other school running its entire web presence on Drupal, named Monster Menus which we’ll be using as part of the core functionality of our site.

This session requires no technical knowledge of our website, content management systems, or programming, but is a great opportunity for you to ask questions on those topics.

When:  Monday, June 15 from 3:30-5 pm
Where:  LIB 105