A number of library content providers have made significant changes to their platforms in the last several weeks, or they will early in 2017. Listed are some of the major ones, and where you can find out more.
Cambridge University Press – Cambridge’s journals and other content (such as Cambridge Histories Online) is now on an updated platform called Cambridge Core. See their video.
SAGE journals – SAGE Publishing has migrated their journals to a new platform. The URL for each journal has changed; old links will be re-directed to the new platform. More information here.
ITS has replaced the printers with paper decks in Davis Library 142, 242 and 303 along with the two in Armstrong library. The new devices are Konica Minolta multi-function copier/printers. They look very similar to the Library_Color printers in LIB 142 and Armstrong lower level, but they only print in black and white. We have removed all print-release stations since users can now log into Papercut using the touch screen on the device. Signage has been posted on the wall above each machine providing the new instructions.
Looking for an ebook you used recently but that seems to have vanished? Let us know right away; we can probably get it back. Our major ebook program is undergoing some changes due to soaring costs and increasing publisher restrictions on usage. A large number of titles will disappear from our catalog this week. The process is designed to leave available anything that’s been used recently, but because of behind-the-scenes technical work, there’s a lag between the vendor’s most recent usage reports and the actual catalog-record deletion. As a result, you may have used a title in the last two weeks and now can’t find it again. Just ask us to recover it, and if our supplier still has it available, we will!
The ILLiad web pages will be down from 9:00 am today while we upgrade the ILLiad software to v8.7. The ILL web site will be inaccessible for only a short time, assuming all goes well with the update. If anyone has problems after 2:00 pm please contact Rachel Manning at x5498 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
It is important for each of us to be aware of the increasing security risks to our increasingly connected lives. From laptops and tablets to smartphones and wearable technology, and 24/7 access to our personal data, the risk of sensitive information being exposed is very real.
Be Data Aware:
Travel with, save, or record ONLY the data that is necessary and essential. Always redact or remove unnecessary sensitive data. Always keep your data backed-up and encrypted, when possible.
Protect Your Device:
Add a passcode to your cell phone, tablet, or laptop right now! iOS devices automatically encrypt your data once a passcode has been set. Android devices can encrypt your data with a few minor settings changes.
Use Strong & Unique Passwords or Passphrases:
Especially for online banking and other important accounts.
Use Multi-Factor Authentication when available:
Middlebury is introducing MFA for O365 and other services in 2016. Use MFA wherever possible.
Check Your Social Media Settings:
Review your social media security and privacy settings frequently. Enable MFA whenever possible. Keep your social media accounts current or close them.
Through mid-August, our Middlebury and Monterey campuses have trial access to this database from Al-Manhal, the only provider of full-text searchable databases of scholarly and scientific publications from the Arab and Islamic world. Al-Manhal’s over 13,000 e-books and 300 peer-reviewed journals can be searched through the user-friendly platform linked above. The full-text content is also fully indexed in Summon. (Allow a few days after this post for all Al-Manhal content to be find-able in Summon by Middlebury and MIIS users.)