Tag Archives: Facebook

Learning is FUN with lynda

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!

New Library Databases and Resources

This spring/summer the library added a number of new resources or expanded coverage of existing resources.  See the New & Trial Resources guide for full descriptions. For example:

Summon (our new search tool)
Ebook Library (EBL)
More online journals / periodicals (Elsevier, Sage, Nature, Economist, Times of India, PAO, JSTOR)
Britannica Global Reference Center
Oxford Handbooks Online
Naxos Music Library
Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics
American County Histories
Archives Unbound (digitized primary source documents)
Scopus (similar to Web of Science)
Gartner Research (Technology research)
UlrichsWeb Global Serial Directory
And more!

Welcome to our summer students

Welcome to the summer Language School and Breadloaf students.

  • Find useful tips on the LIS pages (go/lis), (go/lib), and (go/helpdesk)
  • Use (go/subjectguides) for links to databases, CDs, video and more
  • Begin your research, searching for articles across both databases and MIDCAT (the library catalog) with Summon.
  • The music collection has moved into the Davis Family Library, link here to view a map depicting the updated location of materials.
  • Study Carrel Suites have been set aside for use by specific Language Schools; individual carrels within the Language Suites are available on a first come, first served basis and may not be reserved; the Language Suites are intended for the exclusive use of the language specified. MAP
  • If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to Ask a Librarian.

Library Learning Lunch – June 22nd

Staff Council is aware that many Middlebury College staff members do not know that they can use the Library’s resources just as students and faculty can. So, as part of its ongoing series of Learning Lunches, Staff Council is grateful that Brenda Ellis has agreed to offer a (re)introduction of some of Davis Family Library’s resources to interested staff and faculty members.

The Learning Lunch will not only help staff members become aware of some of these resources, but will also showcase what’s new in the Davis Family Library now that the contents of the former Music Library have been moved in. We also have a new search method for finding answers to your research needs (“Summon”), and more!

Please join us as Brenda shows us what’s new (and not so new) about the Davis Family Library and its resources!

Wednesday, June 22, noon until 1pm
Room 145 of Davis Family Library

Search Everything!

New! Whether you want books, or newspaper articles, or images, you now can start in just one place. Summon is our newest and most effective tool for searching many resources at once, so we’ve put it right at the center of the library home page (look for the “Summon” tab in the “Library Quick Search” box). Summon searches just about everything we own. Try it out!

Library Quick Search

In a few cases, you’ll still need MIDCAT and other research databases. The “Catalogs” tab takes you to MIDCAT, NExpress and WorldCat (and it now has a link to ILLiad for interlibrary loan, too!). We’ve also added a “Databases A-Z” tab to make it easier to get directly to resources like JSTOR and PsycINFO. But remember, Summon searches almost everything so it’ll usually be the best place to start.

Read more about Summon here. You’ll find more help documents in Summon, and we’ll be creating a tutorial for it soon. Please send us feedback here, or look for the “Feedback” link in the Summon interface. If feedback is about a particular search result, use the “report an error” link in the “Get it @ Midd” results window.

Do Macs get viruses? (or “Just say NO to MACDefender”).

Viruses on Macs? You don’t say!
The Helpdesk is occasionally confronted with this question: Do Macs get viruses? The short answer is yes, they do. Actually, there are quite a few viruses, worms and trojans that target Macs (see the iAntivirus Threat Database). That’s why we offer antivirus software for Macs: http://go.middlebury.edu/sav. Note that Symantec has been included on faculty/staff computers for several years. It’s also offered to all students (though we might not do a good job advertising that).

What’s MACDefender?
Recently, a new malicious software has been targeting Macs (SANS, Symantec, Cornell). The software is (deceptively) named MACDefender. Strictly speaking, MACDefender is not a virus, it is a trojan but for most people there is purely a semantic difference. It should be noted, however, that a computer trojan, much like its historical counterpart, relies on deception and requires our “help” to infiltrate a computer. Computer viruses and worms on the other side don’t depend, as much, on us humans.

How do you know if your computer has been infected with MACDefender?
Well, at this time, if your computer is infected with MACDefender you may see the symptoms outlined on the Intego antivirus page. However, a better approach would be to update your real Mac antivirus (you have one, right?) Here are the instructions for updating Symantec Antivirus for Mac and running a virus scan. Don’t have Symantec for your Mac? Get it now: http://go.middlebury.edu/sav.

macdefender - fake antivirus