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Network issues -7/17/2015

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Good Afternoon,
We have received some reports of brief network outages across campus. We are working to find the cause and correct it. Not everyone is affected, but saving your work is a good precaution. We will let you know when the problem is fixed.
Thank you for your patience.

Dictionary of Natural Products – trial through August 18, 2015

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By faculty request, we are evaluating CRC’s Dictionary of Natural Products on CRC’s CHEMNetBASE platform. This is a comprehensive database of 170,000 natural products effectively organized into a key information product. The wealth of data provided includes names and synonyms, formulae, chemical structures, CAS Registry Numbers, extensive source data, uses and applications, physical state, melting point, boiling point, pKa, and key literature citations. In addition a comprehensive type of compound classification scheme brings together compounds that are biogenetically related. All this information is readily searchable by text or by substructure, using flexible and intuitive software.

Let us know what you think – email feedback to eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your liaison.

Is there a journal, database, or other resource you think the library should subscribe to? Let us know at go/requests.

Weekly Web Updates – July 13, 2015

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New Features

We have added the FlatOn theme to the themes available on our WordPress sites.


Tweaks and Fixes

  • Searching by “Last Name” on the Directory will now include results from anyone whose last name contains your search query. Previously it only included people whose last name started with your search query. This made it somewhat difficult to search for people with “de” in their last name, hyphenated names, or multiple last names.
  • The “department” field for each person in Banner is a single line of text. For people working in multiple departments, their “department” will be “Dept A / Dept B”. When you search by department in the Directory, we include the people who work in multiple departments in the results. If a department was comprised of only people who worked in multiple departments, that department was not being shown in the list. They now are.
  • Accessibility: presentational attributes like ‘border’ shouldn’t be used on HTML elements, but rather specified using CSS. This is already how we handle many elements, but the site code would add a redundant “border=0″ to every image. We have removed this. Borders can still be specified on images using the Edit Image button in the editor, which adds a CSS style to the image.
  • We have disabled some of the components of the WordPress Jetpack plugin that may cause conflicts with our sites. These include: Custom Content Types, Gravatar Hovercards, Single Sign On, Site Management, Mobile Theme, Notifications, Photon, Post by Email, Protect, Videopress, Vaultpress.
  • The image slider on the Davis UWC Scholars site will rotate through its features faster.

Adobe Creative Cloud 2015

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Users of Adobe’s “Creative Cloud” products (formerly Creative Suite) may have noticed that in the Creative Cloud dashboard, there’s a prompt to “Update” any installed products to the CC 2015 editions. Although normally we recommend keeping software up-to-date, this is a major new version that comes with a few issues:

  • There have been some reports of instability with the new software as compared to the 2014 editions.
  • After updating from the CC dashboard, the license will not be recognized and the software will be in “trial mode”. This is an unfortunate side effect of the way Adobe does enterprise licensing.

At this point, our general recommendation is to stick with the 2014 version of your Adobe apps. We will update this post with more information as we test the new versions and establish a smooth upgrade path. In the meantime, those who wish to update to the 2015 editions (including “Adobe Acrobat Pro DC”), or have already done so, should make sure all new software that you want is installed, then update the license file. To do this, please do the following:

  • Mac users should go to Self Service and run “Adobe CC 2015 License”.
  • Windows users should submit a ticket with the MIDD number (on the blue sticker) of the computer in question, requesting to have the Adobe license updated.

If you have any questions, please contact the Helpdesk at 802.443.2200 or helpdesk@middlebury.edu. Thanks!

~Zach Schuetz
Information Technology Services

Weekly Web Updates – July 6, 2015

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Tweaks & Fixes

  • We have removed some extra markup from the Drupal RSS Page content type. There is no visual difference, but there had been some hidden content that included a link that directed people back to the same page they were already on. Google crawled this link and it had a minor impact on our site search engine optimization due to duplicate content being displayed.
  • We have updated the ROBOTS.txt file on public WordPress sites for both Middlebury and MIIS so that global media files (images, CSS, JavaScript) referenced by themes and plugins are allowed to be included in the index. Google changed their indexer to penalize pages that included references to resources that were being blocked by ROBOTS.txt.
  • Accessibility: we’ve added a hidden label to the Google Custom Search Engine fields that are embedded in Drupal site content, such as on the Helpdesk website. This is similar to the accessibility improvement that we made for the global search field in the top right.
  • Accessibility: the title of the section pages (e.g. ‘About Middlebury’, ‘Student Life’, ‘Sustainability’) is now included in the markup as text, in addition to the image used for the parallax effect as you scroll left-to-right in the waveform.

Systems Maintenance this Sunday, July 5th

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During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, July 5th  we have the following activities scheduled:


  • The WAN circuit dedicated to the Video Conference network at the VT campus will be down for up to 10 minutes for maintenance between 6:00am and 6:30am EST. During maintenance active video conference sessions in VT, DC, and CA will be terminated and no new sessions will be able to be initiated. After maintenance the service will be back to normal operation.


We appreciate your patience as we continuously strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.






Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Middlebury College

Security Notice: Middleburry.org Typosquatting

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Middlebury Information Security received information that fraudulent emails are being sent from a malicious domain, “middleburry.org”, to businesses that might provide equipment and supplies to Middlebury College.

The suspicious emails are crafted such that they appear to come from actual Middlebury College employees, though the contact information provided includes incorrect telephone numbers and email addresses.

Note that suspected bad actors are using a typosquatting technique – there are two R’s in “middleburry.org”, and Middlebury’s domain name ends in .edu, rather than .org.   Those details, however, are perhaps an easy thing to miss, especially at a quick glance.     ​

Efforts are underway to takedown the middleburry.org domain, and to suspend the domain holder’s email service.

Please contact InfoSec@middlebury.edu with questions.