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Weekly Web Updates – November 18, 2019

This week we’ve updated WordPress to the new 5.3 version. This brings in a number of accessibility improvements to the block editor, including several which were identified by the audit commissioned by the WPCampus Higher Education WordPress users group.

This update also includes an admin email verification feature. Every six months, when you log into a WordPress site where you have Administrator privileges, you’ll be asked to verify the central contact email for your site. This is a helpful and important feature that will help us understand which sites are being actively maintained and who to contact should we need to change one of the features that site uses. More information about admin email verification is available here.

Updates

  • Drupal 8.7.10
  • Drupal allowed_formats 8.x-1.2
  • Drupal link 7.x-1.7
  • WordPress 5.3
  • WordPress badgeos plugin 3.3
  • WordPress bbpress plugin 2.6.1
  • WordPress enable-media-replace plugin 3.3.7
  • WordPress ml-slider plugin 3.15.2
  • WordPress regenerate-thumbnails plugin 3.1.2
  • WordPress the-events-calendar plugin 4.9.11
  • WordPress hueman theme 3.4.31
  • WordPress responsive theme 3.26.1

Fixes and Tweaks

  • The Big Number chart component in Drupal 8 now supports decimal places and the percent bar chart type will show the numeric percents next to the category labels.
  • The 25th Reunion site for the class of 1990 was using a third-party theme which is no longer supported due to an undisclosed security issue. We have remove the site.
  • A feature of the administration interface for the Non-College Housing site is no longer supported due to an undisclosed security issue. We have remove the code that provided this feature and notified the site admin of a workaround.
  • There is a new “blogger” role on the Library website for people who just need access to post news and blog items.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.

Learning about Tor and the Dark Web

I participated in DLINQ’s Crypto Party for Activists and Allies and learned a lot about Tor. Of course I’d heard of Tor beforehand, but I didn’t know how it worked and I only associated it with criminal activity and spy stuff. Turns out it is also an important resource for reporters needing to communicate privately with sources and for activists who also need privacy and may need to thwart a home country’s censorship of the internet. I prepared for the session I was part of by reading about Tor from the resources about web browsers we were given. After the Crypto party, some things were still a little, well, cryptic for me, so I wanted to learn even more. There’s an hour long course on Linked In’s Lynda.com that is very clear and explained Tor and encryption in more detail. The instructor is really good and explained it in plain English (with graphics) for the non-specialist. Here’s the link for the Lynda course Learning Tor and the Dark Web (you’ll need to login with your Midd credentials – we are subscribers).

If you want to know about the other topics from the Crypto party and see all of the resources that were provided, visit the Crypto Party page.

Weekly Web Updates – November 11, 2019

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Clicking the Log out link in the site footer in Drupal 8 now properly and fully logs the user our of Drupal.
  • When adding profiles to a profile list component on the new Offices and Services site, you will now see the name of the office where that profile lives in parentheses to help distinguish in the case where a person has profiles in multiple offices.
  • MiddSTART and MiddGOAL are now manually updated, so we have removed the back-end connection to Banner, which may have been causing errors in other applications running on the same server, including the Online Directory.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – October 28, 2019

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Set up new sites for MiddCore and the Provost’s Office in the Drupal 8 Offices and Services system.
  • Old versions of the Presidential Search site and information about transportation options to get to Middlebury were removed from search results.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – October 28, 2019

This week we launched a new website for the Language Schools as well as the new OTLM program at the Institute.

Updates

  • Drupal auto_entitylabel 8.x-3.0-beta2
  • Drupal biblio 7.x-1.2
  • Drupal captcha 7.x-1.6
  • Drupal ckeditor_abbreviation 8.x-1.6
  • Drupal entity_reference_revisions 8.x-1.7
  • Drupal pathauto 8.x-1.5
  • Drupal simple_sitemap 8.x-3.4
  • Drupal title 7.x-1.0-beta2 and 7.x-1.0-beta3
  • WordPress auto-post-thumbnail plugin 3.6.0
  • WordPress editorial-calendar plugin 3.7.5
  • WordPress foogallery plugin 1.8.18
  • WordPress ml-slider plugin 3.15.1
  • WordPress seriously-simple-podcasting plugin 1.20.10
  • WordPress instagram-feed plugin 2.1
  • WordPress social-icons-widget-by-wpzoom plugin 3.4.0
  • WordPress subscribe2 plugin 10.31
  • WordPress the-events-calendar plugin 4.9.10
  • WordPress wp-postratings plugin 1.87
  • WordPress hueman theme 3.4.30
  • WordPress responsive theme 3.23
  • WordPress yoko theme 1.2.5

Fixes and Tweaks

  • When displaying lists of content in the Offices and Services administration interface, we now include the name of the office to which the content belongs to more easily identify it.
  • The nightly sync process from KeyServer to Web Helpdesk now includes the combined storage size of all volumes in the machine.
  • Fixed a few issues with the menus on the In Studio page of the WRMC site.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.

Open Access Week: What is It?

Open Access Week is an international event that raises awareness of the many benefits of making research free and open for others to use. This year’s theme is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge,” which asks libraries and researchers around the world to consider how they will create and support platforms for sharing knowledge that are “inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community. Asking ourselves and our partners ‘open for whom?’ will help ensure that considerations of equity become and remain central… .”

At Middlebury, we are considering “open for whom?” through two goals for the upcoming year: expanding our efforts to support campus-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives; as well as identifying our role in building and sustaining the infrastructure required for digital scholarship.

Other open access efforts at Middlebury include:

  • Digital Collections at Middlebury, our open-source repository that houses digitized works from our archives, along with student theses, scientific datasets, and faculty open access articles.
  • The Open Access policy, adopted by faculty in 2016, grants the college a license to republish scholarly essays by faculty in our online repository.
  • Lever Press, a consortial open access publisher focusing on “digital-first” online scholarly monographs. 
  • An examination of digital scholarship infrastructure, supported by a Mellon grant and led by Dean of the Library Mike Roy (along with a multi-school team of library professionals), with the goal of envisioning a more modern and sustainable system that would enhance scholarly communication at colleges, universities, and research libraries. 

Finally, are you wondering where to find open access research? Here are a few places to look:

New and improved (and inclusive) subject headings in Special Collections

We’ve been updating our records with new subject headings from the Library of Congress.

Snip of a MIDCAT record featuring newly added transgender subject headings from the Library of Congress.
Our copy of Chrisine Jorgensen: A Personal Autobiography, currently on exhibit.

Until last week, the above record for Christine Jorgensen’s autobiography had one subject heading: “Sex change — Biography.”

This means that despite the fact that Jorgensen was a transgender woman, and the first American to become widely-known for having sex reassignment surgery, you wouldn’t find her autobiography at Middlebury if you searched the catalog for “transgender.”

Preservation Manager Joseph Watson asked Cataloger Marlena Evans if the Library of Congress had perhaps updated their subject headings to reflect current terminology used to represent the transgender community.

Thanks to Marlena’s diligence, we now know that Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) include a number of terms (at least 47!) that we can use to catalog works by and about members of the transgender community. Marlena has also updated other records in Special Collections with new subject headings (see below!).

If you’ve ever wondered about those clickable subject headings in library catalog records, they are anything but arbitrary. The Library of Congress maintains a thesaurus of controlled, precise subject headings that catalogers and librarians all over the United States assign to their holdings and use to find works about similar topics.

Researchers use these too! You can click any one of the headings in a record and find similar and related works.

If you are interested in Jorgensen and other writers in the LGBTQ+ community, be sure to check out our current exhibit: Before and After Stonewall: Queer Stories Throughout American History.

Questions? Email specialcollections@middlebury.edu