Posts by Cynthia Slater


Take Two (minutes, that is) for Life-long Learning

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The LIS education and training team has arranged for a College-wide trial of web-based instruction offered by  You can learn new software skills to help at work or home by watching 2-3 minute videos or by taking an entire course.  Our Lynda trial is only available through March 30 so don’t miss the chance to try this exciting product, described by some as “addictive.”

Here’s how to get started:

1.     Type go/trylynda in your web browser’s address field from any computer connected to the college’s network.
2.     Create a personal profile as directed in the right-hand panel to set up a username and password to use during our free trial.  (Important note:  You cannot simply log in with your Middlebury credentials.)  On future visits to the site enter the username and password you created in the left-hand panel to log in; your course history and bookmarking will be retained.
3.     Using any of the four drop-down menus, the “search” feature, or the list of course titles, select a tutorial or course of interest.
4.     Click on any video segment and the tutorial should start in a popup window.
5.     Watch, learn and enjoy – and jot down your reactions to share with us.

In return for this learning opportunity we’d love to hear your thoughts.  Did you find it easy to use Lynda’s web site?  Could you find videos and courses of interest easily?  Did you feel the material was useful and presented clearly?  Would you use Lynda if it was available in the future?  Please send your feedback or any questions to LIS Education and Training Team.

Cynthia “Pij” Slater, Education and Training Team Leader
Brenda Ellis
Kim Ehritt
Ben Molberger
Mack Roark
Andy Wentink

Sunderland network outage

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Update 2/18: The issue was resolved yesterday just before 5 pm, and Sunderland is back online.
Sunderland is currently experiencing a network outage.  The issue is being addressed but may carry over until Friday morning, 2/18.  This post will be updated when the issue is resolved.

SHH! Don’t tell… LIS Training Opportunities are Alive and Well

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Chances are good that you don’t know how LIS can help you learn about information technology.  Why is that?  Because we haven’t told you lately!  Just to whet your appetite, here are few bite-size morsels to consider:

  • You can sign up for free workshops here on campus.  Here’s our current schedule.
  • You can request an online learning account with Element K and study at your own pace.  Choose from over a thousand courses covering programs such as Excel, InDesign and Acrobat Pro as well as topics such as security awareness.  Review specific topics of interest or take an entire course.  Not sure where your knowledge gaps are?  Take a course assessment to help you find out.
  • You can ask LIS to pick up the tab for day-long, instructor-led courses offered by KnowledgeWave in South Burlington.  It’s quite likely we’ll do it!  Staff members taking advantage of this opportunity recently are enrolled in classes on advanced Excel, Access and new features of Office 2007/2010.
  • You can round up a group of friends/colleagues and ask LIS for a training session at a time that works for you.  Resources permitting we are happy to arrange workshops for groups of ten or more.

Please contact the Technology Help and Support Desk (email or call 443-2200) to obtain more information about any of the above offerings.

“Orange” You Glad It’s Friday?

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Members of User Services show their colors.  Feel left out?  Join us in the wearing-of-the-orange every Friday.