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Friday Links – January 24, 2014

With a tagline like this: ”A spectacular historical atlas refashioned for the 21st century” who can resist? Check out the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States presented by the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond to view a digital version of Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright’s atlas that was originally published in 1932.


Exciting! Students and staff at University College London serendipitously discovered a type 1a supernova in M82 on January 22. Read about it here!

Supernova in M82, before and after, by  E. Guido, N. Howes, M. Nicolini
Supernova in M82, before and after, by E. Guido, N. Howes, M. Nicolini, January 2014.

If you are very keen, check out the IAU Transient Object Followup Reports.

Research Desk Poetry (and more at the LIS Facebook page):


Is your refrigerator running? Then it might be spamming people.

Google is pulling the plug on guest blogging for increased ranking.

If you put an email address in a Google Calendar event’s title, that person will get a reminder of the event, even if you don’t share it with them. This is “expected behavior” according to Google.

Friday Links – January 10, 2014

Hmmmm…it’s pretty snazzy looking but how do I know if I should I trust that infographic? Fast Company has some good tips here.  (Spoiler alert: the article title is “Infographics Lie. Here’s How to Spot the B.S.”)

Interested in a story for everyone? Check out the Big History Project and “explore 13.7 billion years of shared history…”

Speaking of stories – the New York Times has compiled “2013: The Year in Interactive Storytelling” Be sure to scroll down to view the Explanatory Graphics section. You can learn about the Higgs Boson or untangle the fast choreography of a successful field goal on the football field.

How do the Digital Humanities translate to the classroom? The Chronicle spotlights UCLA and Emory in “How the Humanities Compute in the Classroom”.

How many times do people switch devices in an hour? Quite a few, according to a UK study.

Are you interested in learning more about infographics? offers a collection of resources about creating infographics that can be found at this link: (after you log in using your Middlebury credentials). Not sure what an infographic is? Check out this example on the history of audio equipment via where the creators offer a mini-window into the work it took to pull it all together.

The Wilson Media Lab in the Library offers many multimedia tools that can be used to build infographics. Digital Media Tutors are available Sunday – Thursday from 1 pm – 1 am and on Fridays from 1 pm – 7 pm to assist users interested in using these tools.



Friday Links – September 27

Interactive Storytelling - There has been a lot of interest in the article “Snow Fall – The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek” as presented by the New York Times. (If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to check it out!) Bear 71 is another example of interactive storytelling. It is the “true story of a female grizzly bear monitored by wildlife conservation officers from 2001 – 2009.” The National Film Board of Canada presents this film as well as a variety of other interactive media which can be viewed here.

“Signals” help students graduate: “Signals … keeps track of how students approach class work. Taking in about 20 data points [from the CMS] such as whether or not a student has completed online reading or watched online lectures, it measures the data against test and assignment grades, and ‘signals’ students how they are doing with green, yellow, or red lights for each course. The signals are scheduled throughout each course by the instructor.”



Finds of the Week in the Wilson Media Lab

Just wanted to share some tool tips that some of the digital media tutors have found while working on projects in the lab:

  • Ask Sam M. about integrating hover text into a WordPress blog for language support
  • Ask Jaweed about password protecting a section of a WordPress site
  • Ask Zhenyu about his findings in testing out the Peer Review activity in Moodle

Did you learn something cool this week? Let us know!



June EFAP News

Wellness Corp LogoIn this month’s EFAP newsletter you can learn about:

  • Easy ways to improve your sight
  • Legal consultations and resources
  • Tips and guidelines for men of all ages to help you stay healthy

as well as attend a work/life webinar about the 7 habits of highly effective people, and find great recipes for grilled chicken thighs with roasted grape tomatoes and grilled stuffed jalapenos. To access the June newsletter please visit:

Did you know that you can also sign up to receive the EFAP newsletter via your email address? To do so, click here.

Featured Article: Easy Ways to Improve Your Sight

June Work/Life Webinar:  7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Based on the book by Stephen Covey, presenter Terry Gibney will present a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. You will learn a pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service and human dignity – all principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. Terry Gibney is a parent educator and consultant to the child care industry. He works with Head Start and other public programs for families, as well as consulting to child care providers in the private sector. Thursday, June 11, 2013. 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST. Please see the newsletter link above to find out how to register.

HR Update – This Week’s Employment Snapshot

There are currently 1 faculty position, 34 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 2 internal job postings on the Middlebury College employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities: go/faculty-jobs (on campus), (off campus)

Staff Employment Opportunities:  go/staff-jobs (on campus),  (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus), (off campus)