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Security Note – ‘Shellshock’ Vulnerability

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As you may have read in mainstream news media outlets, a vulnerability was recently discovered in the Bourne Again Shell component of the Linux operating system. This vulnerability could allow an attacker to execute shell commands through the shell environmental variables. It has also been leveraged for denial of service attacks and other malicious activity.

ITS has already patched relevant local systems and is expecting vendors to patch any relevant externally-hosted systems. There is no evidence to suggest that Middlebury assets have been compromised.

More information about the vulnerability is available on the ITS Information Security web site’s ‘Threat Bulletin’ area: http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/486102/original/middlebury_threat_bulletin_shellshock.pdf

If you have specific questions, please feel free to email infosec@middlebury.edu.

More streaming video – trials and new access!

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You asked for it, we’re getting it! Many students, faculty, and staff members are asking for access to more streaming video, so the Middlebury Libraries are providing more and more of these options.

New for the sciences, from the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), we now have subscribed access to:

  • Science Education – 1 : a database of video instructions on General Laboratory Techniques, including the centrifuge, spectrophotometers, various aspects of microscopy, and more.
  • Science Education – 2 : video instructions focused on Basic Methods in Cellular and Molecular Biology, including gel electrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction, the Western Blot, and more.
  • JoVE Biology : a peer-reviewed journal of video protocols, procedures and methods.

For History, a trial through November 29th of American History in Video

Of general academic interest:

For the next thirty days, we can do a side-by-side comparison of the Criterion Collection from two different streaming platforms:

Please let us know your preference between these two options by emailing eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contacting your library liaison.

In addition, we are now set up for “a la carte” purchasing of any of the films Kanopy has at www.kanopystreaming.com. If you see a film there that you think would be interesting to all campus users, suggest a purchase by email.  Films we have purchased (or have trial access to) can be viewed at Middlebury’s own Kanopy site – http://middlebury.kanopystreaming.com

And don’t forget – Digitalia Film Library has films from around the world, as announced a couple of weeks ago.

Do you have other library recommendations? Let us know! or contact your liaison.

Friday Links, September 26, 2014

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Why do people who love libraries love libraries? – Why do people who love libraries love libraries? This has been on my mind a lot lately. Whenever I find a patron who is passionate about their library I try to decode those tangible and intangible qualities that made the experience so powerful for them.

Are you suffering from SSDS (Sidebar, Subpage, Drupal Syndrome)?

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NervousIs your department head asking you to update the department’s web page?  Does the thought of adding a sidebar make you call the Helpdesk?  Fear not, join us for a Drupal Intro class.  We’ll cover the basics of Drupal so you’ll be adding links, pictures, and a host of other cool things to your page the very next day.

For you more advanced users who may be struggling with needs beyond the basics (such as converting your forms), join us for a work session or two.  We’ll help you get the job done and you’ll leave with the “know how.”

You’ll find all the upcoming workshop information at go/techworkshops; sign up for the class that fits your needs.  See you on the sidebar… or maybe in a subpage.

Friday Links, September 19th

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Will the Next Classroom Disruption Be in 3-D? Facebook’s Virtual-Reality Company Thinks So – Brendan Iribe dropped out of the University of Maryland here, but before he did he amassed 227 parking tickets. And he managed to meet two business partners who would help him build the virtual-reality company Oculus VR, which Facebook bought this year for about $2-billion.

Killer Moodle Gamification Tips You Must Know – There are many ways through which you can use Moodle gamification to improve eLearning. Reliable studies show the gamifying the learning process can add a lot of value a part from enhancing the participation of the learners and teachers alike.

Samsung and Oculus partner to create Gear VR, a virtual reality headset that uses the Note 4 (hands-on) – Facebook’s Oculus VR is creating the Rift. Sony’s PlayStation is creating Project Morpheus. Google is… well, Cardboard exists. And now Samsung’s getting in on the virtual reality action, announcing Gear VR at IFA 2014 today in Berlin, Germany.

lynda.com Site Unavailable Sept 19 from 2:00-3:00 AM (EST)

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lynda_logo 72x72For the night owls out there, please note that our lynda.com online learning resource will be unavailable from 2:00 – 3:00 AM Friday, September 19, while web server capacity improvements are implemented.    (What’s that you say?   You haven’t heard of lynda??  Visit go/lyndainfo to see what you’re missing.)

 

ILLiad Web pages down for ILLiad Upgrade

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The ILLiad Web pages will be down at 2:00 pm today while we upgrade the ILLiad software.  The ILL web site should be inaccessible for only a short time, assuming all goes well with the update.

If anyone has problems after 4:00 pm please contact Rachel Manning at x5498 or rmanning@middlebury.edu for assistance.