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Illegal File Sharing and the Higher Education Opportunity Act

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In April 2008 the Department of Education drafted the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). HEOA deals with unauthorized file sharing on campus networks and enforcement of this act’s provisions began July 1, 2010. Institutions of higher education must make an effort to comply with the provisions of this act. The Educause website provides an excellent overview of the provisions of the act, as well as suggestions for complying. Here’s a relevant excerpt from Educause’s site:

Several sections of the HEOA deal with unauthorized file sharing on campus networks, imposing three general requirements on all U.S. colleges and universities:

  • An annual disclosure to students describing copyright law and campus policies related to violating copyright law.
  • A plan to “effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials” by users of its network, including “the use of one or more technology-based deterrents”.
  • A plan to “offer alternatives http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent to illegal downloading.”

To comply with the act, Middlebury College has undertaken the following steps:

  1. Legal alternatives to illegal downloading are described in the Computing Policies section of the handbook: go.middlebury.edu/p2p
  2. Copyright laws and policies are published through Middlebury College’s copyright page (go.middlebury.edu/copyright), as well as the Computing Policies section of the Handbook, in particular go.middlebury.edu/p2p
  3. A plan is in place to combat unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials. The plan relies on a combination of packet shaping and NAC technology, as well as education:
    • Every year, students register their computing devices through our network registration process. Part of the registration involves reading and agreeing to our Responsible Use policy. Network registration is enforced through a NAC appliance from Bradford networks.
    • We respond promptly and regularly to DMCA notices. The College has a DMCA agent that promptly contacts the user that is in violation according to the DMCA notice. Repeated offenses result in loss of network access.
    • The use of posters that regularly appear in commonly used public spaces, such as the Davis Family Library.
    • This plan is reviewed periodically through the work of the security team.

Note that Educause offers a selection of Role Model Institutions that have implemented a variety of similar compliance strategies.

“Dear James” Exhibit

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The exhibit entitled “Dear James,” currently on view in the Davis Family Library Atrium exhibit cases, was curated by Emmie Donadio, Asst. Curator of the Middlebury College  Art Museum, in collaboration with Special Collections, and mounted in the Library by Ms. Donadio and Special Collections Assistant Curator Danielle Rougeau.

The artist Ben Schonzeit wrote daily letters to his son, James Schonzeit, Middlebury Class of 2010, during James’s four years at Middlebury, and on each envelope he painted a portrait. The work came to the notice of Emmie Donadio who approached Special Collections to consider an exhibition of these unique and beautiful works for the entire Middlebury community to enjoy in the Davis Library Atrium, one of the highest traffic areas on campus. Mounted in mid-May, the exhibit was on display in time for Commencement week when James Schonzeit’s classmates and their families could  admire these extraordinary watercolor paintings. The exhibit, which continues to make a great impression on Library visitors, will be on display through the end of July with a possible extension through mid-August, after which the materials will be returned to the Schonzeit family.

Ben Schonzeit is the subject of a handsome monograph: Ben Schonzeit,  Paintings, by Charles A. Riley II [NY; Harry N. Abrams, 2002], and he maintains a website at www.benschonzeit.com.  None of the portraits is reproduced in the monograph, but the website may have examples of his portrait paintings.

[This post was contributed by Andrew M. Wentink, Curator, Special Collections & Archives.]

Video tutorial quick start

Categories: Midd Blogosphere, video

Joy and I created some short video tutorials on finding music CDs in MIDCAT, and since we posted them here we’ve been asked by various people within LIS to share what tools we used to create them. We were looking for a quick way to create screen capture videos with audio (aka screencasts). Here’s what we used:

Equipment needed

USB microphone or headset (available for checkout at Davis Family Library, Armstrong Library, & the Music Library)

Tools needed

Community clips (click to download; for info, click here)

Any Video Converter (click to download; for info, click here)

Upload space (Middmedia; 500MB of space, free to all Middlebury College users)

Publishing platform (e.g. LIS Blog/Wordpress, or a wiki, or a course website)

Steps

  1. Create a script and practice. Keep it simple; don’t use jargon (if you must, then explain it!) Keep your video short and to the point!
  2. Using Community clips and the microphone, make your video.
  3. Use Any Video Converter to convert the file from the .wmv to .mp4 (mpeg-4) file format. (NB: With a bit of trial and error, we set the conversion frame view to 720×576 and the bitrate to 768, but you should experiment and see what works best for your needs.)
  4. Upload your video to Middmedia.
  5. You can now embed your video directly from Middmedia into your blog, wiki, or website, or get a link to send it via email. To embed the video in this Wordpress blog, we followed the instructions here.

The Middmedia page on the LIS Wiki has lots of information on how to embed video in the wiki, on blogs, and elsewhere.

There are other tools that make it easy to make video screen captures (like Jing). Take some time to explore the options, and please feel free to share tips and info. here so we can all learn from one another. Thank you to Dan Frostman for sharing Community clips with us, and to all the creators and contributors to the wiki documentation on Middmedia.

Interlibrary Loan Requests for Articles

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Requesting articles we don’t own has gotten even easier. Instead of searching NExpress first, you now can go straight to ILLiad. ILLiad will check the collections of all libraries, including NExpress, and it will send most requests directly to the owning library with no mediation from us. You should receive your article in a few days.

TIP: To take advantage of this fast, direct connection to other libraries, be sure to include the journal’s ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) in your request.

Need a refresher on how to find articles? See Find Articles (shortcut: http://go.middlebury.edu/findarticles).

A Shout-out for Libraries from US News

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US News & World Report advises prospective students to visit the college library before deciding which school to attend:

4 Reasons Why the Library Should Affect Your College Choice
The library is a home away from home for a lot of students, so get to know what it can do for you.

How to Get Announcements into the LIS eNewsletter

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An Outlook reminder just told Barbara, Linda and me to start preparing the next LIS eNewsletter, so now seems like a good time to give everyone else a reminder on how to get announcements into the eNewsletter.

1.  Quickest:  Post your own announcement  (see HOW DO I POST?)
2.  Or, you can ask someone else to write a post (bring it up in a workgroup meeting or use the Suggest a Topic form)

Once a month, Barbara, Linda and I review blog posts and topic suggestions.  In consultation with Mike Roy and the Area Directors, we compile a list of existing blog posts that would be of interest to faculty, staff and students, and we seek authors for suggested posts.  We add the “eNewsletter” tag to the posts in our list, then send links out to the campus.

If you want to be sure we consider your post for the eNews, please write to us.  We try to be inclusive as possible.  We also try to keep the message relatively short and readable.

We look forward to hearing from you!

LIS eNewsletter editorial team:  Linda Knutson, Carrie Macfarlane and Barbara Merz

The End (of spring term) is Near!

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book returnLeaving campus for good – or just for all/part of the summer?
Please be on the lookout for materials that belong to the Libraries and return them before you leave campus.
If you have any questions, problems or concerns with returning borrowed materials, please be in touch! Circulation Services staff can be reached by email at library_circulation@middlebury.edu, by phone at x5494, and in person at any of the Libraries. Our hours are listed here.
There are book drops available at the Armstrong and the Davis Family Library for returns during open and closed hours. Please return any loaner equipment to the Library it was borrowed from.
If all attempts to reach us fail and you need to urgently return something that cannot safely fit into the book drops, please contact Public Safety.
Before you leave campus, please log in to your library account on My Midcat (go/mymidcat) and alert us to any problems or questions about your account.
A reminder that you are responsible for all materials borrowed on your account. Read about our policies for long overdue, lost or damaged materials here. If you owe any charges, please resolve prior to leaving campus.
Using a Library locker and/or thesis carrel? Be sure to clear your carrels and lockers of all library and personal materials and return the locker/carrel key prior to leaving campus.
Need to borrow when off-campus? Simply request an extended due date at the time of check-out, so that you will not receive unnecessary library overdue and bill notices. If you will be in the vicinity of one of our NExpress partner libraries when off-campus, you can borrow directly from them with your Midd ID.
Thanks! Please be in touch with any borrowing related questions – we are here to help! :-)