Beginning in December, Chris Norris will be offering a series of Google Analytics workshops for LIS staff. These workshops will cover the basics of how Google Analytics works and how this data can be used to better understand (and help improve) the online services that we provide to the community. The first workshop will be held on Thursday, December 9th, 2010 in Davis Family Library 105 from 1:30p to 2:30p. If you are interested in attending, please email Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’re invited! (Who? All LIS liaisons and others who might be interested. What’s an LIS Liaison? Find out at http://go.middlebury.edu/liaisons.)
Liaison Discussion Section
Thursday 11/18, 10-11 am in Lib 145
Topic: Support for curricular technology
We will talk about the ways in which we have provided support for curricular technology on behalf of LIS. What questions have we received about Segue, WordPress, MediaWiki, etc.? How have we answered? Have we been asked to recommend one platform over another? What was the scenario and how did we respond?
Pre-assignment: If you’re among those in LIS who have provided support for curricular technology then please be ready to share 2 questions or challenges that you’d like to discuss.
RSVP: Liaisons have received and responded to an Outlook invite. All others don’t need to respond. Just come if you’re interested!
What is “Liaison Discussion Section”? It’s a revival of librarians’ “Reference Training and Review” sessions. “Liaison Discussion Section” meetings will address topics of interest to liaisons: research and/or technology. They can be conversations, or presentations, or both. They take place most often on the third Wednesday of the month. In order to allow people who work different hours to attend, they’ll occasionally be scheduled for different days/times (for example, this one is on a Thursday!). Anyone in LIS is welcome.
Watch this for a lovely feature by the Addison Independent on Middlebury College Special Collections and Andy Wentink’s journey to his current place as Curator!
Also of local/Middlebury College interest: the music on the video is by Middlebury alumna Anaïs Mitchell from her recent “folk-opera”, Hadestown.
If you don’t have one yet, run to purchase a ticket to WIND IN THE WILLOWS put on by the Little City Players at the Vergennes Opera House. Arabella Holzapfel, Mike Lynch and Mack Roark are superb in this production. I saw it on Sunday afternoon and will try and go again. It’s absolutley magical.
October 22 & 23 at 8:00pm; October 24 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $12 general admission, $6 children 8 & under. Available at the Vergennes Opera House, Classic Stitching & www.brownpapertickets.com.
In the past 18 months, LIS has gone through a set of major staffing changes. 25 people have left LIS, seven have been promoted within LIS, four have jointed LIS from other parts of the College, and three have joined us from elsewhere. In addition, there are 5 positions that are still open. Collectively, we have lost over five hundred years of experience! Our FTE level has dropped from an all-time high of 104 to 83.5. For those who are interested in how we are now organized, you can find an organizational chart at http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/technology/lis/about/organization . We’ve also listed below the names and titles of the promotions and new hires.
Kellam Ayres to Circulation Services Coordinator, Reserves
Steve Bertolino to Reference & Instruction Librarian
Charlie Conway to Media Services Specialist 2
Dan Frostman to Circulation Services Manager
Jess Isler to Reference & Instruction Librarian
Mike Lynch to Area Director, Central Systems & Network Services
Carrie Macfarlane to Head of Reference & Instruction
Petar Mitrevski to Tech Media/Services Manager
Scott Witt to Media Services Specialist 2
Joe Durante, Technology Specialist, from Dining
Kim Gurney, Circulation Services Specialist, from Facilities
Danna Gianforte – Area Director, Enterprise Applications
Collection Development Acquisitions and Cataloging Manager
Please join me in welcoming Janine McDonald to LIS! Janine is a new Library Circulation Services Specialist II and will be working Sunday-Thursday evenings. She will be officially starting on June 21st, but will be around doing some training between now and then. Janine comes to LIS by way of the Career Services office, and we are very excited to have her as part of Circulation!
Anna Berry, a former library staff member in Starr Library in the 1970’s, died of a stroke on Tuesday, June 1. She was part of a team that converted our book collection from Dewey classification to the LC call numbers currently in use.