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Better World Books and library book sales

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Instead of holding book sales to get rid of unwanted books, we’re now sending withdrawn books to Better World Books, a company that turns them into money for the good of humanity.

In recent years, the quality of our local book sales has been declining because we are receiving fewer large gifts of books than in the past. When we accepted large gifts in the past, we often sorted through them and added appropriate books, which was sometimes a small percentage of the total gift, and put the rest of the books into the book sale. Our book sales had interesting duplicate copies and fun books that wouldn’t be appropriate for an academic library. Without that influx of gift books, the local books sales just consist of withdrawn academic books that relatively few people are interested in purchasing. After all, the reason those books are being withdrawn from the library collection is because nobody is using them, so it’s not surprising that hundreds of those books were left over at the end of the last sale. (We couldn’t even give them away for free.)

Rather than sending them directly to recycling, we found the Better World Books library program. We ship our withdrawn books to them at no cost to us, they market them to a world-wide audience, and when they sell them, a percentage of the profit comes to us and a percentage goes to the BWB Literacy Partners. It’s a very efficient way to dispose of our withdrawn books while benefiting both Middlebury and the world beyond.

If we ever have a quantity of books that we think will be of interest to our local community, we’ll probably put them in a sale, but for now, no book sales are scheduled for the foreseeable future.

October 2013 Social Media Stats

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The following stats refer to activity on the Middlebury College Facebook page, the Middlebury College Twitter account, and share buttons on the main Middlebury College website. For trend comparison, the previous month’s statistics are included in parentheses, where appropriate.

Facebook Insights

  • 247 (247) new people liked our Page, while 33 (31) people unliked our Page.
  • 1535 (1190) unique people shared stories about our page. These stories include liking our Page, posting to our Page’s Wall, liking, commenting on or sharing one of our Page posts, answering a Question we posted, RSVPing to one of our events, mentioning our Page, phototagging our Page or checking in at our Place. [Daily People Talking About This]
  • 71173 (41464) unique people saw one of the items shared in that way. [Daily Viral Reach]
  • 128053 (95009) unique people saw content associated with our Page. [Daily Total Reach]

Top Five Facebook Posts

“Reach” is the number of people who saw the post. “Engagement” is the number of people who clicked on the post.

  1. Spectacular aerial footage of the Middlebury campus during foliage season. Reach: 18536, Engagement: 1180
  2. Check out some of the beautiful photos from Fall Family Weekend. Reach: 7216, Engagement: 732
  3. Nice story in L.A. Times about Team Middlebury College Solar Decathlon 2013. Reach: 7096, Engagement: 515
  4. Team Middlebury College Solar Decathlon 2013 is in first place for the People’s Choice Award! There’s still time to vote: http://www.solardecathlon.gov/pca/pca_register.php Reach: 6552, Engagement: 416
  5. Photos and story from Homecoming ’13!. Reach: 6312, Engagement: 618

ShareThis

ShareThis is a service that tracks the clicks on the sharing buttons on our website. These buttons are shown on news postings, which are primarily found in the News RoomArtsSustainability, and Athleticssections of the site.

Shares By Channel

  • Facebook: 68 (6) Shares, 3122 (125) Clicks
  • Email: 40 (5) Shares, 254 (258) Clicks
  • Twitter: 20 (1) Shares, 521 (21) Clicks
  • LinkedIn: 7 (0) Shares, 0 (0) Clicks

Data Sets

October 2013 Web Stats

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For trend comparison, the previous month’s statistics are included in parentheses.

Traffic

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 445,731 (321,114) visits from 260,788 (187,648) people
  2. sites.middlebury.edu: 69,936 (56,713) visits from 57,364 (45,003) people
  3. menus.middlebury.edu: 37,825 (29,971) visits from 19,595 (14,102) people
  4. mediawiki.middlebury.edu: 27,336 (28,841) visits from 25,518 (27,042) people
  5. courses.middlebury.edu: 18,020 (23,137) visits from 13,426 (18,402) people
  6. portal.middlebury.edu: 14,340 (14,653) visits from 8,227 (8,903) people
  7. biblio.middlebury.edu: 12,307 (11,127) visits from 11,285 (8,706) people
  8. web.middlebury.edu: 12,307 (13,612) visits from 11,285 (11,477) people
  9. catalog.middlebury.edu: 11,159 (23,137) visits from 9,978 (19,717) people
  10. eres.middlebury.edu: 9,869 (11,107) visits from 8,054 (9,264) people

Top Pages

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 227,130 (175,965) pageviews
  2. menus.middlebury.edu: 37,906 (30,652) pageviews
  3. www.middlebury.edu/athletics: 28,629 (15,983) pageviews
  4. www.middlebury.edu/academics: 26,568 (20,444) pageviews
  5. www.middlebury.edu/academics/lib: 22,927 (12,229) pageviews
  6. www.middlebury.edu/admissions: 21,047 (12,220) pageviews
  7. courses.middlebury.edu/dashboard: 20,324 (25,256) pageviews
  8. portal.middlebury.edu/home: 18,780 (19,543) pageviews
  9. www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports: 16,412 (14,204) pageviews
  10. web.middlebury.edu/database/directory/Default.aspx: 16,412 (19,438) pageviews

Search Terms

  1. Search Midd: 540 (391)
  2. moodle: 354 (221)
  3. academic calendar: 321 (215)
  4. middfiles: 300 (42)
  5. mojo: 177 (93)
  6. homecoming: 157 (34)
  7. menu 134 (77)
  8. sites.middlebury.edu: 121 (90)
  9. jobs: 111 (29)
  10. fall family weekend: 102 (42)

Browsers

  • Safari: 33.65% (36.68%)
    • Desktop Safari: 19.49% (25.04%)
    • Mobile Safari: 13.11% (11.57%)
    • Safari (in-app): 1.05% (1.04%)
  • Chrome: 29.14% (28.00%)
  • Internet Explorer: 17.61% (15.54%)*
    • IE8: 8.74% (7.69%)
    • IE10: 4.56% (4.08%)
    • IE9: 2.42% (2.08%)
    • IE7: 1.85% (1.65%)
    • IE6: 0.03% (0.04%)
  • Firefox: 17.51% (16.68%)
  • Android Browser: 1.09% (1.03%)

* Note: Google Analytics is currently unable to identify traffic from IE 11.

Platforms

  • Windows: 42.61% (39.02%)
  • Macintosh: 39.22% (44.46%)
  • iOS: 15.00% (13.50%)
  • Android: 2.06% (1.87%)
  • Linux: 0.38% (0.32%)
  • BlackBerry: 0.08% (0.08%)
  • Windows Phone: 0.08% (0.07%)

Gartner Technology Research Access for Middlebury

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The Middlebury campus community can find out what’s happening with global IT trends with access to research, news analysis and trends from Gartner Inc.

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. Middlebury has a campus subscription to Gartner’s online research database. To access Gartner, simply visit http://go.middlebury.edu/gartner-login and authenticate using your Middlebury username and password.

Students can benefit by using Gartner to find research for assignments, learn where IT is headed and how it will shape our world, discover an area of interest, or even get ideas on careers. Gartner research enriches the educational experience by providing timely, objective real-world examples and content.

Faculty & Staff can benefit by using Gartner to stay current on IT industry trends. Gartner provides insight to the application of technology to real-world problems and enables understanding of the long-term trends and issues that current and future IT decision makers will face.

Should you have any problems accessing this resource or have any questions pertaining to Gartner research, please contact Chris Norris.

Google Analytics for Higher Education Workshop

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I’ll be hosting two workshop opportunities to discuss how you can use Google Analytics to get information about and improve the Middlebury website. You can sign up for the workshop on Thursday October 31 from 10-11:30am in LIB 105. I will also host a trial session for interested LIS staff this Thursday, October 17 from 10-11:30am in LIB 105 where I welcome your feedback in helping polish up the material for the 10/31 session.

If you want to attend either session and don’t already have access to Google Analytics, please submit a Helpdesk ticket for “Other Software Issue” so that I can make sure you’re set up prior to the session.

Description: We can give you access to our Google Analytics reports so that you can look at traffic patterns for your website, but in order to get the most from this tool, you’ll need to do a bit of set up work and understand the basics of the platform. If you do not yet have a Google Analytics account, please indicate this in your sign-up.

What we’ll cover: Google Analytics tips & tricks, what number you should care about, search engine optimization, and getting your account set up.

What we won’t cover: Goals, conversions, AdWords, and on page events. If you need help with these, please send a note to helpdesk@middlebury.edu and ask for a one-on-one meeting to discuss Google Analytics.

Format: The workshop will last an hour with additional time for questions and discussion, as needed.

Materials: Available ahead of the workshop at http://go.middlebury.edu/analytics-workshop and hard copies will be made available at the session.

More information about LIS workshops is available at go/lisworkshops.

Cyber Security Awareness Month Event Today

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Just a reminder that LIS and the LIS Security Team are hosting a day of speakers starting at 9:00 in McCullough Social Space. Come enjoy the event and learn how to protect yourself against cyber threats. more information at http://go.middlebury.edu/CSAM.

September 2013 Social Media Stats

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

The following stats refer to activity on the Middlebury College Facebook page, the Middlebury College Twitter account, and share buttons on the main Middlebury College website. For trend comparison, the previous month’s statistics are included in parentheses, where appropriate.

Facebook Insights

  • 247 (142) new people liked our Page, while 31 (36) people unliked our Page.
  • 1190 (612) unique people shared stories about our page. These stories include liking our Page, posting to our Page’s Wall, liking, commenting on or sharing one of our Page posts, answering a Question we posted, RSVPing to one of our events, mentioning our Page, phototagging our Page or checking in at our Place. [Daily People Talking About This]
  • 41464 (21110) unique people saw one of the items shared in that way. [Daily Viral Reach]
  • 95009 (59144) unique people saw content associated with our Page. [Daily Total Reach]

Top Five Facebook Posts

“Reach” is the number of people who saw the post. “Engagement” is the number of people who clicked on the post.

  1. President Ron Liebowitz’s statement to the campus community about the Sept. 11th incident.. Reach: 11488, Engagement: 1874
  2. Where do students enroll when applying to top colleges? According to the Parchment Student Choice College Rankings, Middlebury is among the top 20 schools in the nation and top five among liberal arts schools. http://www.parchment.com/c/college/college-rankings.php. Reach: 10736, Engagement: 1274
  3. Middlebury President Ronald D. Liebowitz issues statement on divestment.. Reach: 8276, Engagement: 994
  4. Do you remember moving into your first-year dorm? This short video might take you back! Reach: 7292, Engagement: 803
  5. Welcome first-year students and their families who are arriving on campus today!. Reach: 7240, Engagement: 385

ShareThis

ShareThis is a service that tracks the clicks on the sharing buttons on our website. These buttons are shown on news postings, which are primarily found in the News RoomArtsSustainability, and Athleticssections of the site.

Shares By Channel

  • Email: 5 (6) Shares, 258 (17) Clicks
  • Facebook: 6 (23) Shares, 125 (1723) Clicks
  • Twitter: 1 (9) Shares, 21 (77) Clicks
  • Google+: 1 (3) Shares, 0 (0) Clicks

Data Sets