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Sunday morning maintenance September 7, 2014

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This Sunday morning between 8 and 10 am ET we will be upgrading the Monterey Institute of International Studies website (http://www.miis.edu) from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7.

The upgrade will take approximately one hour during which the site will not be usable.

There will also be a short period of under one minute during the upgrade when file assets on the other Drupal 7 sites may not be available. These sites include:

  • Davis Fellows for Peace: http://www.davisfellowsforpeace.org
  • Davis Projects for Peace: http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org
  • Davis United World Scholars Program: http://davisuwcscholars.org
  • Middlebury Museum of Art: http://museum.middlebury.edu
  • Secure Forms for Middlebury: https://forms.middlebury.edu
  • Secure Forms for MIIS: https://forms.miis.edu

We do not anticipate any impact on other services.

Course Sites and New Services

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Last year we posted some course site suggestions for faculty. The information is still relevant, and here is a short summary for those who only need a reminder:

  • Where to find help for faculty - http://go.middlebury.edu/liaisons
  • Where to find help for students working on media assignments - http://go.middlebury.edu/dmt
  • Start at the Course Hub – http://courses.middlebury.edu
    • Add your syllabus as a web page, document, or link
    • In general, if you would like your course site to be private choose Moodle
    • In general, if you would like your course site to be public choose WordPress
    • If you make your course unavailable to students while you are building it, please make sure you make it available before students need access to it.

There are a handful of new services that are available for faculty to use in their courses:

SANSSpace

SANSSpace has a web-based video and audio recorder for class assignments. Students can record audio or video and save directly to the site, and faculty can respond by inserting text, audio or video in the timeline of the student’s submission. It is most commonly used for an online language lab environment, and also has applications for presentations, music, and writing. SANSSpace can be added to your course via the Course Hub.

Shared Moodle Resource

Currently, the only shared Moodle resource is the Academic Integrity Tutorial. This tutorial can be added to any course via the Course Hub.

Curricular Innovations

There have been many stories about curricular activities gathered over the years, and they have been shared across many sites. We have started to gather them in one place, the Curricular Innovations site, where faculty can see and share experiences in the classroom.

 

Personal tech tip: A colleague recently shared that they use a program called Eyeleo (http://eyeleo.com/) to help them to remember to take regular breaks when spending long amounts of time at a computer. Eyeleo works on windows computers, and there is a similar program, Time Out (http://www.dejal.com/timeout/), that works on Macs.

Lunch time Learning: Library Services & Resources at Middlebury

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Wed. Sept. 3rd, noon – 1pm, Davis Family Library Computer Lab (DFL 105) – lower level.  Drop-ins welcome or sign-up online (use the last box to tell us if there is something specific you want covered).

Description: Bring your lunch to the library and learn about what we have to offer you and your family.  We’ll introduce you to library services and resources available to Midd users and their families and show you how to search MIDCAT, the library catalog, and Summon (our “search everything” tool) to discover resources like books, articles, films, eBooks, audiobooks, and more. Learn how to access news and popular magazines online as well as find online resources aimed at all ages.  Questions will be answered throughout the session.

Pending print subscription cancellations

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Between September 2012 and June 2014,  Lisa McLaughlin, our über Collections Associate, tallied uses of all of our print journals. That is, Lisa counted magazines dutifully left by readers who followed the directions on our “Please-Do-Not-Reshelve-Your-Magazines” signs in the Current Periodicals section of the Davis Family Library.

191 of the titles we currently subscribe to were reshelved only one time or not at all during that 22-month period.

We are proposing canceling the Libraries’ subscriptions to these 191 print titles, but before we do, we would like to hear from you.

This spreadsheet includes the journals we think we should cancel. If you have used any of these, and reshelved them yourself (so they weren’t counted), or for any reason, you think the Libraries should continue one or more of these subscriptions, please send me an email by the end of August.

*The fine print:

  • We currently have online access to many of these titles through databases such as LexisNexis or ProQuest. Unfortunately, the title lists of these databases can change at any time and we cannot guarantee long-term access.
  • For titles with the comment “no online access post-subscription” (21 titles), this means that if we cancel the print subscription, we lose all access to publisher-hosted online content – the print remains our only access to content that we paid for.
  • Funds currently spent on these little-used or unused print subscriptions can be re-directed to gain access to more relevant library resources.
  • As faculty identify titles that we should continue subscribing to, the spreadsheet will be updated in green with the note “to be retained”.

NExpress downtime Monday, August 18th

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On Monday, August 18th from 11 am – 3 pm, NExpress will be unavailable for requesting while our vendor upgrades a server. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Possible NExpress service disruption

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Our vendor will be doing maintenance on the software that runs NExpress on Saturday, August 2nd from 11 pm to midnight. There may be a disruption of service, so you may have to wait until after midnight to request that book you need. Apologies for any inconvenience.

System Maintenance Update

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During our regular Sunday morning system maintenance today the swap between primary and backup NAS clusters was successful. The filesystems for Middfiles, Crux, and Augusta are all available for use. One side-effect of the cluster swap is some computers may need to be rebooted to see Middfiles or the home directory.

If you cannot see your home directory or Middfiles, or get prompted for a username and password when trying to, please reboot your computer. That should resolve the issue and force the computer to successfully recognize that the primary and backup clusters have swapped roles.

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