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Weekly Web Updates – December 25, 2017

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

 

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

Adobe Creative Cloud 2018 Now Available

We are pleased to let you know that the Adobe Creative Cloud 2018 suite is now available for installation on eligible computers.

Current Adobe users will need to remove older application versions from their college computers first, then install the new 2018 versions to maintain compatibility with our labs and other colleagues.  To simplify this upgrade process, self service options are available for both Mac and Windows college-owned machines.

Here are the upgrade steps for college-owned computers:

Windows:

  1. Review details about how to use the self service website.
  2. Login at http://go.middlebury.edu/kss, then click the blue Want Software? button.
  3. Click the link for Install CCUninstaller to remove all older Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
  4. Confirm that Device to install software on shows your computer’s Midd sticker #, then click the Install button.
  5. This will bring you to a download history page.  Please wait at least 10 minutes, then check the Programs list from your the start menu to see if the Adobe apps are gone.
  6. Reboot your computer.
  7. Login again at http://go.middlebury.edu/kss, click Want Software?, then click the link for Install Adobe Photoshop (or Indesign or Illustrator).  Allow at least 15 minutes for the install to begin.

Mac:

Important:  Macs require El Capitan OS (10.11) or greater to install Adobe’s CC 2018 suite!

  1. Review details about how to find and use the Self Service utility.
  2. Save a copy of the Plug-ins folder from your computer’s Application folder (e.g., /Applications/Adobe Photoshop CC 2017/Plug-ins/) in advance, as the upgrade process may remove existing ones.
  3. Launch the Self Service utility.
  4. Click Featured in the right-hand pane.
  5. Click the Uninstall button to run Adobe CC Uninstall – through 2017.0 to remove all older Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
  6. Your computer should reboot automatically after the older Adobe software has been removed.
  7. Launch Self Service once again, then return to Featured.
  8. Click Install to run the Adobe 2018 application installers you need.  Important Note:  Adobe Acrobat DC will need to be re-installed if you had it before; it is available through Self Service as well.

Feel free to contact the Helpdesk during our open hours if you have questions or encounter any issues during your upgrade process.

Representations of the Apocalypse

During the Fall 2017 semester we worked with Professor Patricia Saldarriaga’s FYSE 1500A: Apocalyptic Representations class. The course explored theories and representations of “apocalyptic imagination” across many forms of media, including virtual reality. On Thursday, December 14th, students from the class gathered in the lobby of the Davis Family Library to present their final projects, virtual worlds representing the Apocalypse.

We recommend coming to the Library and immersing yourself in these worlds using the Oculus in LIB 240B. The worlds can also be explored using an up-to-date web3d-enabled browser. Here are some samples of the students’ work, along with links to all of the presented projects.

 

https://poly.google.com/view/73PRDSDa_dT

https://poly.google.com/view/4s_u7L6olPR

https://poly.google.com/view/2qDVZDLSCs0

https://poly.google.com/view/8d0u7LQnGHU

https://poly.google.com/view/1BmyJ1MldbF

https://poly.google.com/view/2ouipfvs5fd

https://poly.google.com/view/0FOFk4xAiyB

Weekly Web Updates – December 18, 2017

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

You Asked, We Listened

Photo of the 'You asked, we listened' billboard in the Davis Family Library Atrium

The Library Space Committee has created a billboard display in the atrium to showcase how student input impacts space decisions made here at the library.

Background: The Library Space Committee collected student feedback about the library, as part of a 2016 lobby survey and a media carrel area survey. With this information the Library Space Committee made or influenced changes to the library, including the creation of “The Nook” and the Unplug & Recharge Room. Also highlighted on the billboard display were other smaller changes that were made or supported by the team including: a new water bottle fountain, more plants, puzzle table, acquiring student art, better designated quiet areas, bean bag chairs, opening more carrels on the main level (by moving or removing equipment), and a self-schedule service for study rooms.Filled out survey, from Fall 2017 Library Space Survey

Last week the Space Committee concluded a three week seating survey.  The results will help the Committee to learn more about students seating habits and what improvements can be made to library spaces.

Weekly Web Updates – December 11, 2017

We upgraded WordPress to version 4.9 recently, but it didn’t make it into the updates post. You can review the changes in this new version of WordPress here. The most important changes are better previews for site design changes you make in the customizer and easier-to-use image and gallery widgets.

The Online Directory is temporarily not available off-campus. We have finished an update to this that hides email address and phone number from lists of results (they are still shown on individual records) for off-campus users and are waiting for a review before this is deployed. This change should make it more difficult to automatically harvest this information.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • The Panopto video embed plugin for our WordPress sites now works on both sites with http and https protocol URLs.
  • We deployed a new version of the New England Review site for our colleagues in Communications.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

Throwback Thursday: Zach Schuetz

 

Some of the employees working within the libraries once had other roles and separate affiliations with Middlebury. Follow their (r)evolutions on the first Thursday of every month this semester.

Name: Zach Schuetz  

Former Role(s) on Campus: Class of 2011, Japanese Major, Linguistics Minor; Japanese Language School 2009

Current Role on Campus: Senior Technology Specialist; Advisor, Xenia Social House

When was this photo taken? Fall 2008, at the Quidditch World Cup (then hosted in Middlebury.)

What were you doing in this photo?

Just observing, though in other years I competed or performed with the Mountain Ayres for the halftime show.

How have things changed in your life since then? I’ve gained a lot of perspective on what I want out of life and what I’m willing to do to get there. For example, I love teaching, so at the time I was planning to be a college professor. But I’m not that excited about doing original research, so instead I found a position where I still get to teach and answer questions, but in a less formal setting, and without the stress of grad school and adjunct hell.

What hasn’t? I still speak Japanese sometimes, and I still enjoy watching anime, playing tabletop games, and attending events at Xenia. I also wear my wizard hat to work on special occasions.

What’s your favorite thing about your job? The satisfaction of solving a difficult puzzle, helping students and faculty do all the awesome things they do (both in an IT context and at Xenia), and getting to live and work in the wonderful community at Midd.

What is on the horizon? Getting more involved with the community and seeking social and romantic opportunities here and in Burlington. Paying off student loans and saving up for a down payment on a house so I can start to think about settling down.

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