Tag Archives: ★ The Essentials

Who Needs What — Education and Training Team Shares Findings

As part of the LIS Education & Training Team’s charge, we have developed an inventory of information and technology skills and knowledge needed by LIS staff, as well as College faculty, students and staff.  On our inventory we also indicate why and to what extent the skills are needed and include some of the resources currently provided by LIS to support faculty, students, and staff.  The team hopes to determine where educational and training resources are either inadequate or missing and to propose more effective ways of delivering essential education and training.

We reviewed a variety of sources including Helpdesk tickets, user logs, and the Middlebury website, and used our own experience with our constituents to come up with this list.

The team concluded that everyone at Middlebury should be expected to have at least an awareness and basic understanding of a large percentage of the computer skills and technologies identified, while some skills are needed by less than 5% of the community.  We were surprised by the amount of educational and training resources already available to the College community.  The problem is how to create awareness of and effective access to those resources.

The team is now working on the next part of our charge, which is to recommend how to build LIS staff development goals into the performance process; to work in cooperation with campus departments to identify specific information and technology training needs; and to make recommendations for training program development and delivery methods for faculty, staff and students.  The recent Lynda.com trial is the first of a number of possible solutions we’re exploring that may be recommended to meet these needs.

Weekly Web Development Round-up April 11-15, 2011

To give our colleagues a better idea of what’s changed in our web applications each week, we’ll be preparing this quick list for publication each Friday. Not all of the details of each change are included below, but we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have in the comments.


  • Webform emails have been fixed to correctly send as HTML. Each field will be shown on a single line (except multiline fields) with the field title bolded. If you want to get really fancy with your webform emails, you can create your own email templates.
  • We’re now using the Open Source Media Framework’s Strobe Player to play videos on the site. This improves the playback performance with better support for buffering streaming videos, so the content will load faster for you.
  • The “waveform” or “equalizer” feature on some of the top-level pages, like Student Life and Academics had so many stories that the title of the page wasn’t displaying. This is a good problem to have, and it’s now fixed in all browsers except Internet Explorer.
  • The Online Donor Roll is now configured to automatically switch from using the Banner reporting database to the Banner production database in the event that the reporting database is not available.
  • Lots of fixes to the New Edit Console, including a way to go back to the old Edit Console if you decide you don’t like it.


  • Upgraded WordPress to version 3.1.1 and upgraded the XML Google Maps plugin.
  • Added the Stout Google Calendar plugin allow easier embedding of Google Calendars.
  • Added the Plugin Stats and Theme Usage Info to allow admins to monitor plugin usage and remove unused ones.
  • Posts with multiple authors (like this one) will now show information about all of the authors at the bottom of the post when you’re in a single post view. If you don’t appear in the list of authors on a post where you’re an author, you may need to configure your profile in WordPress.
  • The FeedBurner FeedPress plugin will no longer redirect all of your tag feeds to the blogs main feed address. You can now use this plugin and tag feeds at the same time.



Interesting news and posts from around the web about web development this week.

System Maintenance Early Sunday Morning

This coming Sunday morning at approximately 3:00 am system patches will be applied to two production servers (Disel, Protos) that will require a restart and hence a brief interuption (approximately 5 minutes) of services.

The services affected include: 

On-line Directory

Campus Map

Several e-commerse forms

Dinning menus

Lyris Email List Server

Network upgrade in Athletics complex this Sunday morning

This coming Sunday morning, during the regular maintenance downtime period from 8:00 am to 10:00 am, we will be upgrading network infrastructure equipment throughout the Athletics complex (including the faculty offices, fitness center, natatorium, football stadium,  and rink).  Network service will be interrupted in various locations throughout the complex of buildings as we replace equipment.   All services should be restored by 10:00am.   The rest of campus should not be affected.

Spring Student Symposium 2011

Featuring the work of over 300 students!  The Spring Student Symposium starts tonight and continues all day tomorrow.  It’s organized by the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research (CTLR).  Lots of LIS staff have helped with the preparation and more will be helping during the event.

Visit the Spring Student Symposium page for a schedule and presenters list.


Shared Shelf is Launched!

ARTstor has notified us that all of the Middlebury Visual Resources images have now been ingested into our Shared Shelf collection in ARTstor.  There are 3,143 images in the collection (This is, to date, the largest Shared Shelf Collection in existence.)  The collection is quickly growing as we add images for teaching your courses.

These images will turn up when you search all collections in ARTstor, or you can choose to search just the Middlebury VR collection.

New Keyboards at Circ; Checking OUT Equipment at Circ Desk

Greetings Circ Staff Students and Supervisors,

We now have 3 new MUSIC KEYBOARDS in our equipment inventory! Dan just received the cases for them, so they are now tagged, cataloged and ready for checkout to our aspiring composers. Pretty cool, no-nonsense piece of equipment that utilizes a USB.

Also, when it comes to equipment, we are in a steady successful rhythm for our CHECK-IN procedure at the desk.  Now I am reminding everyone who CHECKS OUT equipment, to please notice that all items are inside of each case during check-out, with particular attention to laptop checkouts. We have had instances lately where patrons have told us that a mouse or a VGA adapter was not in the case when they brought their equipment home. To avoid this, I have been checking the laptop cases “behind the scenes” in the cabinet. It will also be helpful for everyone to pay attention to this as well during checkout, especially since we need to open each case to scan the bar codes.  Thanks for your attention to this.