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September LIS Staff Recognition

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The LIS Recognition & Recreation Crew is pleased to announce the recipients of the LIS Employees and LIS Crew of the Month for September 2011:

  • Erik Fendik – LIS Student Employee of the Month
  • Sue Driscoll – LIS Employee of the Month
  • Summon Implementation Group – LIS Crew of the Month (Bryan Carson, Arabella Holzapfel, Barbara Merz)

The comments submitted by nominators in support of these awards were read aloud at the September all-LIS staff meeting. Congratulations to Erik, Sue, and the Summon Implementation Group!

Submit nominations via the web form here: Staff Nomination form

Please be sure to explain why the nominee deserves recognition. Include a few details about the work that was accomplished and the way in which it was accomplished.

August LIS Staff Recognition

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The LIS Recognition & Recreation Crew is pleased to announce the recipients of the LIS Employee and LIS Crew of the Month for August 2011:

  • Jun Chen – LIS Student Employee of the Month
  • Lisa Terrier – LIS Employee of the Month
  • LIS Website Team – LIS Crew of the Month (Jim Beauchemin, Richard Jenkins, Matt LaFrance, Barbara Merz, Jess Isler, Team Leader)

The comments submitted by nominators in support of these awards were read aloud at the August all-LIS staff meeting. Congratulations to Jun, Lisa, and the LIS Website Team!

Nominate your colleagues for recognition at the web form here: Staff Nomination form

Wondering what to say in the “Scenario / Justification for Nomination” field? Use this to explain why the nominee deserves recognition. Include a few details about the work that was accomplished and the way in which it was accomplished.

July LIS Staff Recognition

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The LIS Recognition & Recreation Crew is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the LIS Employee and LIS Crew of the Month for July 2011:

  • Mike Schuster – LIS Employee of the Month
  • LIS Space Team – LIS Crew of the Month (Kellam Ayres, Peggy Fischel, Hans Raum, Lisa Terrier, Joseph Watson, Team Leader)

The comments submitted by nominators in support of these awards were read aloud at the July all-LIS staff meeting. In summary:

Mike Schuster received a quarter of the total individual staff nominations for July for his work efforts helping both individuals, campus departments, and beyond.

The LIS Space Team was recognized for extraordinary work and planning that went beyond the Team’s original charge, consulting stakeholders and community members affected by the move of the Music Collection from the Music Library to the Davis Family Library.

Please remember to nominate LIS Student Employees, LIS Employees and LIS Crews for recognition at the web form here: Staff Nomination form (log in with your Middlebury username and password)

Congratulations to Mike and the Space Team!

Thanks to LIS – Spring Student Symposium

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Beacuse LIS is such a large and multi-faceted organization, we are not always aware of what various parts of the organizaton do. I thought it might be useful to describe LIS’s critical role in supporting the Spring Student Symposium on April 14-15. As a member of the planning committee, I would like to thank the many LIS staff and student workers who made the event run so smoothly. If I’ve neglected to mention someone who participated, my apologies.

Over the last few years, the symposium has grown from a small number of science students presenting posters of their research to a College-wide event celebrating the academic research that permeates the entire curriculum.  This spring, for the first time, the symposium included evening events celebrating the arts and humanities. Also, this year, the Spring Preview program  for accepted students and their parents, run by Admissions,  coincided with the Symposium enabling these students and their families to attend Symposium  events. In short, this was a very high profile event both within and beyond the College. Making the technology run smoothly was a challenge that LIS met most successfully.Prior to the start of the symposium, Mack Roark conducted workshops on creating and printing posters.  The digital media tutors, Ben Meader, Ansally Kuria, Catherine Kemboi, Alexander Russo, Ewen Bazirake, James Maru, Kevin Thorsen, Laurel Taylor, Maria Lloyd, Alhaji Jalloh, Laxman Timilsina, Christian Woolson, Erik Fendik and Xuefeng (Quincy) Liao worked in the Media Lab to help students with their posters and presentations and staffed the rooms in Bicentennial Hall Monday through Wednesday evenings so that students could rehearse.

On Thursday evening, June 14th, the symposium began with President Liebowitz introducing the keynote speaker, Brad Corrigan ’96 in the Concert Hall. Media Services provided the necessary expertise to project the audio and video of the keynote address to overflow venues. In particular, Scott Witt and his student assistants, Adeeb Choudhury, Preethi Mangar, Redwan Rokon and Savant Shrestha,  insured that the proceedings went smoothly, without a hitch.  Following the keynote,  there were two 45 minute sessions including open dance (Dance Theatre) and theater rehearsals (Seeler Studio), classical and jazz performed by students in the concert hall, a student film presentation in the Rehearsal Room and costume design in the Upper Lobby.  A last minute concert by Brad Corrigan was added to the schedule, beginning at 10:30. This further increased the support load on Media Services who handled it with great skill and aplomb.

Friday’s events featured poster presentations (about 40) in the  Great Hall  and  oral presentations in 8 classrooms in McCardell Bicentennial Hall (MBH).  Additional events were held in the lobby, gallery and pit of the Johnson Building. The oral presentations ran concurrently with a new presentation every 15 minutes. Some of the presentation sites had built in podia and computer.  Because the students used both Mac and PC’s platorms, we setup both in each presentation space. Thanks to Petar Mitrevski and Bryan Foley for configuring these machines to meet the specific needs of the students, enabling the smooth downloading of the presentations from middfiles to the local machines. And thanks to Media Services for checking all projectors, expected bulb life and running extra controls for rooms without computers.

Each presentation room was staffed during the day by an LIS staff person to troubleshoot any problems. Thanks to: Joe Antonioli, Bryan Carson, Alex Chapin, Dave Guertin, Brian Foley, Matt La France and Ian McBride  for staffing these rooms.  Some of Joe’s digital media tutors (listed above) were also on hand to help students with their presentations and avoid problems.

Every session was run by a moderator. This is a honor typically reserved for faculty. However, this year, for the first time, several of the LIS liaisons acted as moderators: Brenda Elis moderated the “Do the Right Thing” session, Carol Peddie for the “Technology Influence & Communication” session while Andy Wentink moderated the “American Travel Writing Projects: Missionary Journals from the 1800′s” and “American Travel Writing Projects: Travel Journals from 1818-1918″ sessions.  Joy Pile moderated “Rereading/Rewriting: What We Learn from Translation and Adaptation” and Carrie Macfarlane moderated “Boats, Bees, Cows, and Trees: Local Initiatives. Thanks to Andy, Brenda, Carol, Carrie,  and Joy for a job well done.

While the presentations were going on, Ian McBride with the help of Laxman Timilsina, and Kevin Thorsen recorded video of some of the sessions so that the goings on could be included in the MiddLabs section of the web site. Thanks to Ian and students.

Following the day of poster and oral presentations, there was a reception in the Great Hall complete with a ‘surprise’ mob flash dance.  The sound setup for this and the requisite sound check were again handled smoothly by the Media Services group, Charlie Conway, Scott Witt and Stuart Lane in particular. On Friday evening, the symposium ended with more events at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, much to the delight of a tired but satisfied LIS crew.

All things considered, the symposium was a major success, there was a real buzz and sense of energy throughout Thursday evening and all day Friday.  For the LIS participants, it was a great opportunity to see the end result of a lot of our efforts supporting teaching, learning and research, and the excitement and joy such research generates among our faculty and students.  As you can see, these services are invaluable and integrally tied to the mission of the College.

New Books On Two Great Hollywood Directors

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New books, DVDs and Blu-Rays keep streaming through LIS & onto our shelves! LIS currently has a couple of gems which take a “behind the scenes” look at two giants in film, John Ford and Elia Kazan. The first book, “Ford at Fox: A Great Director’s Professional Home,” was published in 2007,  with an introductory by Joseph McBride. It follows Ford’s early years at Fox, where he began his career in 1920, while on loan from Universal. He stayed at Fox through its transition into Twentieth-Century Fox, after the Depression era in 1935.  Ford directed nearly 50 films at Fox, up until 1952. “His long and fertile relationship with Fox was among the most extensive director/studio relationships in the history of American film.”  In 1939 Ford directed “Up the River,” debuting young actors Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart in their first full length feature.  1939 brought Ford’s classic, “Young Mr. Lincoln” with Henry Fonda. The 40s’ decade offered  ”The Grapes of Wrath” and ”How Green was my Valley.”  This is a fascinating look into American icon John Ford and his work at Fox.

Also on the new books shelf is a look at Elia Kazan’s brilliant, yet sometimes controversial career. Simply titled, “Elia Kazan” by David M. Gillen, published in 2010, it chronicles the films of another Fox veteran, who began his career in 1944 at Fox to direct five films in the same amount of years.  Kazan bravely confronted pressing social topics in his time: class division, bigotry and corruption. Uncomparable works of directorial art were crafted; these films  include  ”A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” “Gentlemen’s Agreement,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “On the Waterfront,” “East of Eden,” “Splendor in the Grass,” Babydoll” and ”A Face in the Crowd.”  His last work was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s  unfinished novel, “The Last Tycoon” (1976) with Robert DiNiro. Oscar awards for recipients crowd the book’s pages, along with notes on celebrated actors and collaborators with whom Kazan created his cinematic masterpieces. Both books are fantastic “must-reads” for those who appreciate the art of film.

Two new staff in Central Systems & Network Services

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Please welcome two new staff members in CSNS:

  • Ian Burke started November 29th as our new Network Security Administrator; he is also on the LIS Security Team.  Ian comes most recently from Amherst, NH and was a Security Engineer for TJX in Framingham MA.
  • Jim Stuart started December 8th as System Programmer/Administrator.  Jim was Chief Technology Officer for Qvault, Inc. here in Vermont.   He previously worked here at Middlebury from 1993-1999 in various positions in ITS, prior to the merger which created LIS.

Changes at the Helpdesk

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There have been some changes in the Helpdesk structure that I would like to make you aware of. First, after managing the Helpdesk for over two years, Jim Beauchemin is taking a break from management and stepping into a Senior Technology Specialist role. Jim will join the team of Nate Burt, Mack Roark, Brian Foley, Lisa Terrier and Chris Tangora (who will join LIS in January). Each of the Senior Technology Specialists takes a leadership role at the Helpdesk and shares the duties of working with users in Service Requests, or second tier support. This is the group that takes on the issues that cannot be resolved during the initial phone call, walk in visit or email. In addition, each has unique projects for which they are responsible. Jim has had a tremendous impact on our complex equipment inventory and distribution process, and he will continue to shepherd those important functions, as well as continuing as a system administrator for Heat. Jim will continue to bring leadership and his excellent process management skills to the Helpdesk.

I will be assuming the management of the Senior Technology Specialist group and Service Requests, in addition to my role as Area Director for User Services.

Joe Durante, who joined LIS last year, has been supervising the Student Consultants who work at the Helpdesk. I am delighted to announce that Joe has been promoted to Helpdesk Manager – Call Center and Walk-in. Joe will manage the staff who receive initial Helpdesk calls, emails and walk in visits and resolve as many as possible during that initial contact. Joe will also continue to lead and build our Student Consultant team. Joe brings strong management experience to the management team of User Services, and I am so happy to have him in that group.

We are currently recruiting applications for the open Senior Technology Specialist position recently vacated by Dennis Hadley, and so will continue to see the team grow and evolve.
Please join me in congratulating Jim and Joe on their new roles.