Curran Appointed Director of Business Services

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Matt Curran has accepted the position of director of business services, effective December 19, 2016.

Matt has been with Middlebury since 2014, when he joined us as accounts payable manager. Prior to Middlebury, Matt was assistant controller at Small Dog Electronics, where he was involved in all financial aspects of the organization. Matt also has 6 years of public accounting and finance experience with Stowe and Degon, LLC in Westborough, MA. Matt graduated from Assumption College with a BA in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration.

Matt brings experience and a proven track record of success in retail, accounting, and finance, which will be a tremendous asset to help us meet our institutional goals and objectives. I would like to thank my colleagues who participated in the selection process.

Matt will be located in Marble Works and can be reached at  Please join me in congratulating Matt on his new role.




Mike Thomas

Vice President for Finance

Envisioning Teaching and Learning – CTLR’s Winter Term Contemporary Teaching Series

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Research is pleased to present an array of sessions that will help us envision teaching and learning in the immediate and extended future. The series includes presentations and conversations to inspire, challenge, and educate Middlebury faculty, staff, and students. The sessions will be led by both outside experts and Middlebury’s faculty, staff, and students.   

Opening presentation and discussion:

Tuesday, January 10, 11 a.m. in the CTLR Suite
Evidence-Based Curricular Design: The Story of The Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine (UVM) by William Jeffries, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, The Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine

The Contemporary Teaching series continues during Winter Term, and most of the plenary sessions include lunch. This year, we are offering a number of workshops that develop a practical dimension of the broader topic for that day.  For more information and to sign up for individual sessions, please visit the series website. 

OneDrive Sharing Settings Update

For security reasons, we’ve set the default when sharing files in OneDrive to only share with specific people. You will still be able to generate a link that will work for anyone in Middlebury College if you so choose, for example if you want to make a GO link for the whole community and/or link to a particular file from a departmental website.

We are also disallowing anonymous global sharing. If you share a document with someone outside the Middlebury organization, they will need to create a Microsoft account and login to see it.

Finally, users outside the organization can no longer automatically re-share items they don’t own; they will need to request access for anyone else from the original owner.

Thank you for your patience as we strive to provide the best experience and keep our systems functioning optimally.

New year, new platforms

A number of library content providers have made significant changes to their platforms in the last several weeks, or they will early in 2017. Listed are some of the major ones, and where you can find out more.

There are probably others; this post may be updated in the near future. If you encounter any problems, please contact or your liaison.

Weekly Web Updates – December 19, 2016


Fixes and Tweaks

  • Improved the video shortcode processing in Drupal to handle additional forms of Vimeo URLs.
  • We’ve added Varnish caching in front of the New Library Items site, which should cause it to load much faster if it’s been visited recently.
  • There is a new “trainee” role in the Drupal Training website, which includes everyone with an account to better ensure that permission to use the site is limited to people signed in through CAS.
  • We have limited the allowed file types for uploaded files in Drupal to include common image and document formats.
  • Older versions of the Middlebury Student Life site should no longer get indexed by search engines. We are working on removing old copies of their content in a way that does not impact the live site.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • A small redesign of the Middlebury News Room to bring it more inline with the newsletter.
  • Building out the configuration of our Omeka, CAS and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, and GO services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.