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Weekly Web Updates – June 11, 2018

CAS Upgrade this week
The CAS authentication service at login.middlebury.edu is currently scheduled to be upgraded on Thursday morning, June 14th. We plan to upgrade our CAS server to the latest release and new high-availability clustered hardware. During the transition and DNS switch-over period, authentication to applications authenticating via CAS will be impacted.  Affected applications include: Canvas, Course Catalog, CRFAccess, Course Hub (courses.middlebury.edu), Drupal sites (www.middlebury.edu, forms.middlebury.edu, etc), online Directory, GO, Lynda, MediaWiki, Omeka, MiddLink, Project Dashboard, SANSSpace, StudioAbroad, and WordPress (sites.middlebury.edu, etc). A likely cause if issues on the user-end will be cached DNS entries pointing at the old CAS servers. While it maybe be possible for users to flush their computer’s DNS cache, misconfigured DNS caching in home routers and ISPs may cause lingering problems for off-campus users for much of the day.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/
  • Upgrading applications to run on PHP 7.1.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Upgrading CAS to 5.2.9
  • Creating a photo sharing platform for the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference

Welcome back, alumni! Never stop learning

Welcome back to the libraries, alumni! We know that even though you’ve graduated, you’ll never stop learning. We want to be sure you’re aware that  the scholarly journals in JSTOR and Project Muse are available to you. After signing up for a Midd alumni Never stop learningaccount, you can use JSTOR and Project Muse from anywhere. For more information including instructions on how to sign up, see How do I get Alumni Access to JSTOR and Project Muse?

We hope you enjoy reunion! Here are a few tips to welcome you back to the libraries.

Computers and  Library Databases

Use our computers and library databases while you’re here in the library! Just ask for a guest username and password at the front desk. (Or, for quick a email inbox check, look for the computers that are already logged in on the main level of both libraries.)

Wireless

To connect your phone or other device to the wireless network, create a guest account by following the instructions here: Get started with wireless.

Borrowing, printing and more

You may also find our information (including borrowing privileges and printing advice) for guest and alumni patrons useful: Guests and Visitors to the College.

Just for fun

Find yourself in your yearbook! The yearbooks are right at the beginning of the Reference Collection on the main level of the Davis Family Library, just beyond the DVDs.

VT Historic Sites Pass now available at the Circulation Desk

Now available for checkout from the Davis Family Library Circulation desk: a family pass (up to 8 people in one vehicle) for free entry into a Vermont Historic Site. This means you can go see and of these historic sites – the Bennington Battle Monument, President Calvin Coolidge, Chimney Point, Hubbardton Battlefield, Senator Justin S. Morrill, Mount Independence, Old Constitution House, President Chester A. Arthur, and Eureka Schoolhouse and Baltimore Covered Bridge – for the bottom line price of zero dollars! At that price, you can’t afford to NOT go learn some history!  The pass is available for checkout by all college faculty, staff, and students for a three-day loan period.

Weekly Web Updates – June 4, 2018

We have added a new plugin to WordPress, Middlebury REST API Whitelist, that is now network active.  It addresses issues accessing the WordPress API that allows us to now upgrade some other plugins to their most current version.

CAS Upgrade this week
The CAS authentication service at login.middlebury.edu is currently scheduled to be upgraded on Thursday morning, June 7th. We plan to upgrade our CAS server to the latest release and new high-availability clustered hardware. During the transition and DNS switch-over period, authentication to applications authenticating via CAS will be impacted.  Affected applications include: Canvas, Course Catalog, CRFAccess, Course Hub (courses.middlebury.edu), Drupal sites (www.middlebury.edu, forms.middlebury.edu, etc), online Directory, GO, Lynda, MediaWiki, Omeka, MiddLink, Project Dashboard, SANSSpace, StudioAbroad, and WordPress (sites.middlebury.edu, etc). A likely cause if issues on the user-end will be cached DNS entries pointing at the old CAS servers. While it maybe be possible for users to flush their computer’s DNS cache, misconfigured DNS caching in home routers and ISPs may cause lingering problems for off-campus users for much of the day.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/
  • Upgrading applications to run on PHP 7.1.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Upgrading CAS to 5.2.9
  • Creating a photo sharing platform for the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference

Upcoming library catalog (MIDCAT) downtime – June 12

In preparation for our migration of the Middlebury and MIIS library catalogs to a new version of Innovative Interfaces, Inc., software, the library catalog (MIDCAT) will be unavailable on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

The library will remain open, but you will not be able to check out, return, or renew materials until the system upgrade is complete.  We do expect Summon (go.middlebury.edu/summon) to remain functional if you need to search our journals and databases, or if you simply want to use it to lookup an item to see if the library owns it.

Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Terry Simpkins
Director, Discovery and Access Services
Davis Family Library
802-443-5045

Weekly Web Updates – May 28, 2018

We have set the data retention policy in Google Analytics for the 58 properties we manage to “Do Not Automatically Expire“.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • We’ve removed some of the redundancies in the Institute site’s use of events and now have only one (down from four) component to list related events and one fewer display mode for events.
  • The “List of Programs” and “List of Centers” components on the Institute site can now only be added by the admin user. These components are only needed on a single page and have already been added to the site, so this de-clutters the editing UI slightly.
  • Users with the Web Editors role can now edit Newsroom content on the Institute site.

Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/
  • Upgrading applications to run on PHP 7.1.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Upgrading CAS to 5.2.9
  • Creating a photo sharing platform for the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference

Weekly Web Updates – May 21, 2018

The WordPress project has just provided a new release focused on Privacy and GDPR compliance. Read all about it.

GDPR

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Fixed content-caching for the Institute site that broke last week and was preventing edits from being visible to anonymous users.

Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/
  • Upgrading applications to run on PHP 7.1.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Upgrading CAS to 5.2.9
  • Creating a photo sharing platform for the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference