Everyone, please join me in welcoming Sonny Cloward to ITS. Sonny joined the ITS team on April 24th as a new Salesforce Administrator- Analyst in Enterprise Applications.
Sonny brings over 17 years of IT experience including over 12 years dedicated to the Salesforce platform in government, for-profit, non-profit, and higher education environments. Sonny has participated in the implementing over 50 Salesforce systems including working with some of our partners in the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium.
Sonny will be located in Painter House with the Enterprise Application, but will work primarily remotely from his home in Montpelier.
We are very excited to announce that Melissa Floyd has accepted the position as a Business Analyst on the Administrative Systems Team in Enterprise Applications. Melissa will move into her new role effective April 1st.
Melissa has been at Middlebury since November 2015 where she has worked as a Software Engineer on the Web Technologies and Services Team. Prior to coming to Middlebury, Melissa spent 13 years at IBM filling numerous roles including Project Manager, Software Engineer, and Solutions Architect.
We are very excited to see Melissa transitioning into her new role as a Business Analyst.
A change in Summer Hours for Special Collections on the Lower Level of the Davis Family Library was approved by the LIS Area Directors at their recent meeting. The following hours will be in effect immediately:
Tuesday, May 31-Thursday, June 2 By Appointment Only
Friday, June 3 Open 1-5 p.m. for Reunion Weekend
Saturday, June 4 Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for Reunion Weekend
June 5-19 CLOSED
Monday, June 20-Friday, August19 By Appointment Only
On Tuesday May 31st we’re going to change the categories on this blog, so if by any chance you’re using a feed of a specific category, that’s going to break. We suggest subscribing to the whole blog for maximum enjoyment! If you’re not a LIS staff member & would like to filter out the more staff related posts, you can subscribe to the new “Middlebury Community Interest” category after May 31st. The other categories will be “LIS Staff Interest”, and “Post for MiddPoints” which will cause the post to be added to the MiddPoints blog too. All the old categories except “The Essentials” will be converted to tags for easy searching.
The LIS Web team developed this new scheme, following recommendations that came out of the open meeting about the future of the LIS Blog (including a call for simplified categories). The AD Team reviewed and approved these changes. We welcome your comments.
The IUG (Innovative Users Group) conference was a great experience. Keynote speaker, futurist, and ex-IBM engineer Thomas Frey from the DaVinci Institute kicked it off with a fascinating peek into the future of libraries and how they are entering a period of rebirth. With information exploding everywhere, libraries are becoming the “crown jewels” of their communities. He ignited enthusiasm by stating libraries may offer a mix of media and book havens with a real-time info wall, virtual world areas, rooms to create videos, a place for gaming and music use, blogger studios, etc. The conference offered a complete variety of classes. I attended Circ and media-related classes and forums (Mill Time Savers, Circ Forum, Mill Circ Update on Products & others). I spoke with conference attendees about specific work procedures. It was fun to be a part of the info exchange in these forums by informing others of why, how, and what we are doing (i.e. condensing Music Library into Davis Main) and also to listen to them. It was interesting to see how other schools handle their media, which often depends upon academic programs. Some schools offer gaming courses so they loan iPads (generally revving up, Kindles remaining strong). If you want to check out a variety of conference programs, go to: http://www.innovativeusers.org/index.
I placed a few Power Point presentations in the folder on the O drive, so please add any that might be useful to your area O:\orgs\LIS\LISstaff\ILS III Millennium User Materials\IUG2011 materials
There were brief presentations each day by Innovative and SkyRiver staff highlighting tips and support info. They also had a poster area which showcased new ideas.
The Innovative Interfaces Info Center was available during the entire 3 days, and the staff told me the new product, “Sierra” is coming very soon (no date). What I was told about Sierra is that it is a service-oriented architecture, acts as an integrated resource management and work flow with one piece of software (no modules), and users have a choice of a cloud or local-based deployment. Millennium will continue to be supported of course, with a new release underway.
If you would like to contact the Innovative Interfaces service rep Deborah Devine, she welcomes communication:
Internet: http://www.iii.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org