Predatory Publishers Strike Back
Predatory publishing is what happens when open access publishing is subverted by manipulation, exploitation, and spammer mentality. Jeffery Beall is a librarian who uses his blog to expose predatory publishers, and they would rather he didn’t. Beall has written a Nature column piece about predatory publishing, and his blog is Scholarly Open Access.
There are just under 600 wireless access points (WAPs) in buildings across the main Middlebury campus, in college-owned buildings in town (e.g. Marble Works and the old Court House), as well as at the Breadloaf campus and the Snow Bowl. The demands for robust, ubiquitous wireless service have increased dramatically in recent years, and the sheer number and variety of devices accessing our wireless infrastructure can present challenges to both our budget and our Help Desk staff.
As LIS plans to improve and expand wireless coverage to meet these demands, we are seeking help from the community. If you are aware of a particular area where the wireless service seems consistently sub-optimal, please use this form (Login required) to report it to us. (Note: if you experience problems with wireless access in multiple buildings, please see the LIS Wireless Troubleshooting page.)
This new form is not a substitute for the Help Desk; you should continue to report specific problems to them. We may not personally respond to every problem reported via this form, but we will definitely use this information, in conjunction with other tools, to identify under-served areas of the campus as we plan improvements in our wireless services.
Students fill the Wilson Media Lab in the Davis Family Library, completing media projects for the end of the semester. A good number of students in this picture are finishing up posters for their theses.
Present: Terry Simpkins, Mary Backus, and Doreen Bernier
Guests: Bryan Carson, Joe Antonioli, Carrie Macfarlane, Joy Pile
The Language School task force joined us to discuss their proposal for providing curricular technology support for this summer’s Language School programs. The team asked the ADs to review and approve various proposals, including:
Update curricular platforms documentation
Minor changes to current documentation will be made as needed;
Documentation that needs more extensive updating will be marked to alert users;
CTT will periodically review and revise documentation tagged as being in need of updating;
Joe A. will look into options for “tagging” [4/27 update - he has identified a couple of appropriate tags to use for this];
An annual documentation review should be planned; this may be something the Curr Tech Team can assume ongoing responsibility for.
Curricular technology questions, unscheduled
Joy has met with Mills coordinators and walked them through Moodle and the CourseHub. Mills coordinators can now “masquerade” as other users to help troubleshoot issues themselves;
Joe A. has met with Joe D., Linda and Marty to introduce them to the CourseHub and Moodle platforms.
Vacations may need to be staggered to ensure continuous coverage, especially during the July 4 holiday;
ADs will ask their managers to balance vacations schedules within their groups.
Curricular technology questions, scheduled.
The ADs would like to discuss this in a small group setting with support providers;
Support for this, like most of the other LS tasks, will need to be revisited next year.
Onboarding Workshops for faculty/staff.
We are hoping support can come from the Ed and Training Team. Mary will communicate with them about this;
Bryan will provide a list of skills has has covered in the past when doing this training.
Courseware Workshops for faculty/staff.
We would like LS bilinguals to shadow LIS staff this year as LIS staff conduct workshops. We will discuss this idea with coordinators and directors.
Curricular resource site creation
Bilinguals and faculty who use curricular technology frequently will be asked to place request for site creation needs in advance to allow LIS to assess demands. At this point, there is no guarantee LIS can fill every request. Time spent performing this work may limit time available for other, equally important tasks;
Joe A. is meeting with LS coordinators next Wednesday. He will set a deadline for LS departments to communicate needs/requests;
Joe A. noted that a temporary and fairly straightforward means for site creation would be to use our pilot implementation of SANSpace. The down side to this would be if decided not to move SANSpace into production; we would then need to find another platform suitable for these sites;
Joe A. will also find out from the coordinators when the bilinguals will be arriving.
Conversations with the team will be continued through email to make sure the appropriate conversations are taking place.
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