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Orientation Checklist for LIS Staff

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The Education and Training Team has developed a checklist for LIS supervisors to go over with new staff (although we think some not-so-new staff may appreciate this as well).  You can find it on the LIS page under “About LIS.”  We’ve incorporated input from the AD’s and manager’s group and it will change over time as we get more feedback.  Our intention is that the supervisor (perhaps with help from other designated colleagues) will work through this checklist with new hires, explaining and answering questions as they go along.  It is not meant to be a self-service learning tool, although new staff can use it to go back and explore topics more in-depth on their own.  You’ll notice some entries have a link and some don’t.  We only linked to things that weren’t already major links on our public LIS pages so new staff learn to navigate the LIS site as well as become familiar with major “go” shortcuts.  We hope our new checklist will help supervisors get new staff off to a great start in LIS!

– Your Education and Training Team: Pij, Brenda, Mack, Andy, Kim (College Advancement)

New Queue feature in Lynda.com (technology training tutorials)

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Want to keep track of video tutorials you want to view later? Add them to your queue. View ‘Creating and managing your queue’ from the “How to use lynda.com” course, by Garrick Chow.  Tutorial link: http://www.lynda.com/home/TutorialLanding.aspx?lpk4=97408

lynda Learning Spotlight: Using Windows 7 Jump Lists

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more about lyndaIf you have a computer running Windows 7 you can use “jump lists” to access frequently-used documents, folders and web sites…  but do you know how?  In less than four minutes lynda can show you:

  1. Login at go/lynda first.  (New to lynda?  Click here for details.)
  2. Now, click here to learn about this quick and easy way to access your favorite files and web sites.

This is just a taste from one of over 1,100 courses lynda offers.  If you haven’t yet explored this new resource, try it today.

Drupal, Moodle & lynda… Oh, my! (Oct/Nov LIS Workshops)

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The updated list of LIS workshop offerings is now available.  Signing up is simple — just click a workshop title then fill in the form.  Did you know you can easily call up the current schedule and course descriptions by typing go/lisworkshops in your web browser’s address field?  Check back often.

Lynda in the Limelight

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If you are asking yourself, “Who is Lynda?” then you are missing out on a wealth of fabulous learning opportunities.  Lynda is not a “who” but rather a “what” – it is a video-based online instruction resource now available 24/7 to all faculty, staff and students, both here and at Monterey.  Lynda currently offers over 1100 courses composed of engaging, easy-to-view short videos that, like eating potato chips, make it hard to watch just one.

Don’t take our word for it; try it yourself.  In just 1.55 minutes learn how to navigate the Lynda site and find video segments and courses that interest you.  Here’s how:

      • Type go/lynda (or go.middlebury.edu/lynda from off-campus) in your browser’s address field, then press Enter or Return.
      • From Middlebury’s authentication page, log in with your regular Middlebury username and password.
      • The first time you log in you will be asked to provide basic information for your Lynda profile.  At minimum fill in your first and last name; the rest is optional.  (The profile stores your personal video viewing history, bookmarks, certificates of completion, etc.)
      • After logging in, click “Navigating the site” to watch the video.

Bet you can’t watch just one.

Learning is FUN with lynda

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We are delighted to announce a new way to learn about technology!  LIS recently finalized arrangements for access to video-based online instruction through Lynda.com.  You can learn new software skills to help at work or home by watching short, 2-3 minute movies or by working through an entire course. 

This fabulous learning resource is now available to all faculty, staff and students, both here and at Monterey, using your Middlebury username and password.  Don’t take our word for it when we claim it’s addictive  — take five minutes, log in for the first time and find out for yourself.  Here’s how:

  • Type go/lynda (or go.middlebury.edu/lynda from off-campus) in your browser’s address field, then press Enter or Return.
  • From Middlebury’s authentication page, log in with your regular Middlebury username and password. 
  • The first time you log in you will be asked to provide basic information for your Lynda profile.  At minimum fill in your first and last name; the rest is optional.  The profile is used to store your personal video viewing history, bookmarks, certificates of completion, etc.)
  • Click “Update” to save your profile information; you will be re-directed to the Lynda site where you can begin your learning adventure.
  • Use the drop-down menus located in the black bar at the top of the site or use the “search” feature to find movies or courses of interest.  Look for links to “Take a guided tour” and “How to use lynda.com” at the top right of all course sites.  You may also select “How to use lynda.com” from the “New” menu for help getting started.

The next time you bump into someone from LIS, thank them for this great new resource.  Many of our staff helped get this project off the Wish List and on to the Try-It-Today List!

Are you reading this post via a feed reader? If so, read on…

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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.