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Friday Links – August 28, 2015

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NMC has released the second Library Edition of it’s Horizon Report, it explores academic and research libraries in a global context. You can download the report here:

Download theNMC Horizon Report > 2015 Library Edition (PDF)

The report explores some of the same trends and challenges that we are talking about. Below is a video summary.

Systems Maintenance this Sunday, Aug 30th

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During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, August 30th  from 6 am – 10 am we have the following activities scheduled:


  • Our Exchange email environment will receive the latest patch from Microsoft (Cumulative update 9)
    • There is no service outage planned with this maintenance, though active Outlook Web Access (webmail) sessions may be prompted to re-login


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






Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Middlebury College

Weekly Web Updates – August 24, 2015

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We reached a significant milestone this week. With the upgrade of the Middlebury Course Hub and the MIIS Course Hub to Drupal 7, we are no longer running any Drupal 6 sites. We started work on the Drupal 7 migration project on October 31, 2011 on Drupal version 7.9 and finished on August 20, 2015 on Drupal version 7.39. In that time we made over 3,000 changes to the code.

We’d like to thank everyone who helped out in this effort, especially those who helped test the site upgrades and our site editors for their patience during this process.

New Features

We have upgraded both of our WordPress servers to version 4.3, which allows you to set a custom site icon, provides markdown support in the editor, adds a way to customize your menus in the theme customizer interface, and turns comments off by default for new pages.

On the MIIS Drupal site, editors can now add social media sharing icons to Basic Content nodes by checking a box in the editing interface. The same icons and service links are used on all News nodes on the site.


Tweaks and Fixes

We made many accessibility improvements to our Drupal sites this week, including:

  • The Quick Access content type now includes a submit button. Additionally, the selector for the Quick Access node on the Middlebury Office & Services page was updated so that the search will work again.
  • The Google Custom Search content type now has a proper field label for the search input.
  • In the Google Calendar content type you can list multiple calendars. If you choose not to overlay the calendars, a select box will appear above the first calendar allowing you to switch to other calendars. This select box now has an appropriate label.
  • If you set a page in Drupal to have an “Archive” a set of select boxes will appear at the bottom of the page allowing you to filter to a particular year, month, week, or day. We have updated these select boxes to have appropriate labels.
  • We have updated the four forms that let you search for Library resources from the Drupal site to have appropriate labels for their select and input elements.

Other fixes this week:

  • Profiles on the Middlebury Drupal site were not listing the office location. We have updated these so that the full mailing address will appear when viewing the full profile and the office building and number will appear when viewing a “teaser card” listing of profiles.
  • The WordPress NextGEN gallery will no longer overlap other page elements in Chrome.
  • Four forms that allow you to search Library resources were updated to use Drupal’s block system, rather than being embedded in content. This allowed us to remove the “Extended HTML” input filter that provided some editors with an extended set of allowed HTML tags, including form elements.
  • The WordPress WPML Translation Analytics and XLIFF plugins are now included in WPML Translation Management and were removed.
  • When embedding .mp3 audio files from MiddMedia, Firefox now uses the HTML5 <audio> tag for output.

Windows 10: What’s Happening?

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With Microsoft offering free Windows 10 upgrades to current owners of Windows 7 and 8, Information Technology Services (ITS) has received questions about this new operating system and our plans for the future.  ITS currently recommends that individuals do not install Windows 10 if they are prompted to do so on a college-owned machine.  Until thorough testing of Windows 10 functionality with College resources has been completed, ITS will continue to install and support Windows 7 on college-owned computers.  Windows 10 will be made available on campus computers later on, after any significant issues are resolved and important supporting documentation has been updated.

As we put Windows 10 through its paces, our observations, known issues, and training resources will be gathered for convenient access.  Visit http://go/win10 for the latest information.

Interested in a peek at what lies ahead?  Check out this brief lynda.com course, Windows 10 New Features (~ 40 minutes).

Weekly Web Updates – August 17, 2015

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New Features

We are working with the Office of Communications & Marketing to roll out new styles related to the identity system, including font and color changes. We applied the first iteration of these changes to the Office of the President website.

We have added a WordPress plugin to embed ThingLink interactive images.

New Documentation

Replacing files in Drupal appears to now be working as it did prior to the Drupal 7 upgrade. We have prepared documentation on how to replace File Uploads.

Our website privacy policy has been updated with new information about how we track usage of our web platforms and how to opt out of tracking, should you wish to do so. We recommend everyone read and understand this policy.


Tweaks and Changes

  • The trailing slash on any request to any of our Drupal sites will now be removed. This removes confusion for search engines wondering which of the URLs is the canonical version. It will also make Google Analytics reports easier to understand, as there is now only one version of the URL.
  • The sub-domain blse.middlebury.edu now exists and goes to the Bread Loaf School of English website.
  • The MIIS wordmark no longer contains the “Formerly… ” text.
  • When searching for files using the link in the Edit Console, URL encoded characters (such as %20 which represents the space character) will now be properly decoded before trying to find matching filenames.
  • The miis_alumni Drupal view, which displays a list of stories about alumni from particular problems, will no longer print out two pagers at the bottom of the list, just one.
  • Fixed an issue with Jetpack’s slideshow displays that was the result of a faulty merge operation in our version control system.
  • The height of images in the flexslider slideshow on the sites.miis.edu homepage is no longer hard-coded to be 405px, allowing the image to resize proportionally depending on the browser window size.
  • The BLOGS DOT MIDDLEBURY Landscape, Map, Metrics, Minimalist, Translucence, and Translucence Dark themes are no longer available to be enabled on new sites.
  • The Dining Menus Drupal site has been updated to use the core Middlebury theme, allowing us to eliminate a third party theme system from our codebase.
  • We have added the Google Tag Manager code to the Dining Menus, Reunion Yearbook, and Non-College Housing websites.

Course Hub Upgrades, Tuesday (MIIS) and Thursday (Midd)

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This week we will be upgrading the Course Hub sites from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 before the beginning of the fall semesters. These upgrades will cause the Course Hub sites to be offline for approximately 2-3 hours while the database and configuration are upgraded.

The planned schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, August 18th from 8am – 11am EDT (5am – 8am PDT) – http://courses.miis.edu/
  • Thursday, August 20th from 7am – 10am EDT (4am – 7am PDT) – http://courses.middlebury.edu/

During these upgrades, direct access to Moodle, WordPress, SANSSpace, or other curricular tools will still work however new course spaces will not be able to be provisioned until the upgrades complete.

Friday Links – August 14, 2015

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Language Schools are over; Fall term is yet to start. Is it the Silly Season at Middlebury? (not counting Bread Loaf where BLWC is in full-swing.)