Posts by Jess Isler

 
 
 

Friday links roundup 6-17

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For our next all-LIS Staff meeting…: Talk-o-Meter: Monitoring flow and balance in conversation

Using map software to solve a James Joyce riddle: Yes! It is possible to cross Dublin without passing a pub.

Illustrious Omnibus of Superpowers. Which would you choose?

Friday links roundup

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End of Computers Infographic

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Graduating student employees select books

Friday links roundup

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An occasional, or perhaps even weekly, list of interesting articles, videos, etc., gathered by LIS staff.

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From The Chronicle of Higher Ed – the newest “library space invaders” – video game rooms.

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Conflict minerals: Genocide in your gadgets?

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The “flash mob” at the Spring Student Symposium in McCardell Bicentennial Hall on April 15th:

Short Network Outages in Academic and Administrative Buildings this Sunday morning

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During this Sunday’s regular maintenance window we will be upgrading the operating system on the Juniper network switches.  Each switch will need to be restarted after the upgrade and thus there will be a 5 minute network outage for the local network served by each switch in the following buildings at some point between 7 am and 10 am Sunday morning:

Athletics (including Natatorium and Rink)

Axinn

Bicentennial Hall

Center for the Arts

DKE

FIC

Hillcrest

Kitchell

McCullough

Munroe

Old Chapel

RAJ

Johnson

Service Building

Sunderland

Twilight

Voter

Warner

Youngman Field

Thank you.

For when we get tired of putting books on the shelves…

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Other uses for books.

LIS site improvements since usability testing

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Soon after the launch of the new Middlebury web site, the LIS website team conducted usability testing on the LIS parts of the site (see report 1, report 2). Many improvements have been made based on the feedback received during testing. Since part of the Team’s charge for this year included following-up on these recommendations, we thought it best to share some of the highlights. These changes were made with the help of many content managers and website editors; we thank you for your contributions!:

  • improved Google search has recently been implemented on the whole Middlebury site, which has already made searching for LIS content much easier
  • improved directory search results, so search “by department” displays the job titles for all members of the department. For example, the listing for all LIS staff
  • site banners that currently say “Library and Information Services” will soon display additional text for clearer branding of the different LIS website sections
  • quick links navigation items are now standardized across all parts of the LIS web presence
  • better color use in the “leaf” color theme for improved legibility
  • templates for the LIS blog that align with the Drupal site, with new design options for the LIS wiki in progress
  • on-page search boxes for pages that include sub-page lists is now labeled “Find on this page:” to distinguish from site-wide search boxes
  • added links to check ILL requests in My MIDCAT

Remember, there’s also an option for anyone to report issues with a page using the Problems with this Page? button, and you can get in touch with LIS Content Managers by finding them at go/liscm.

What’s next? We’re moving on from following-up on the old recommendations to working on marketing strategies for the site, and soon afterward, another round of testing, likely in the form of a user needs analysis and more usability testing. Feel free to send us feedback any time. Thanks!

TedxMonterey

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The Monterey Institute of International Studies is hosting a Tedx event.  TED refers to the wildly successful annual conferences that bring together people from technology, entertainment and design to give short talks about their lives.  Tedx events are community organized programs that following a similar format to the TED conferences.

TedxMonterey is happening on April 15 and will be livestreamed and live-interpreted to the web.   Speakers will include dancers (including Middelbury’s Andrea Olsen), drummers, environmentalists, researchers, entrepreneurs and artists.