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Friday Links – December 20, 2013

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The 5 in 5 – This year, IBM researchers are exploring the idea that everything will learn – driven by a new era of cognitive systems where machines will learn, reason and engage with us in a more natural and personalized way. These innovations are beginning to emerge enabled by cloud computing, big data analytics and learning technologies all coming together.

Obama Is Advised to Let Market Forces Decide Fate of MOOCs – Massive open online courses could help increase access to higher education while driving down its costs, but President Obama should not intervene in order to push the MOOC movement in that direction.

November 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

  • 159 (247) new people liked our Page, while 42 (33) people unliked our Page.
  • 864 (1535) 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]
  • 16354 (71173) unique people saw one of the items shared in that way. [Daily Viral Reach]
  • 58028 (128053) 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. Photos and story from Homecoming ’13! Reach: 7136, Engagement: 634
  2. Three NESCAC championships in one weekend! Congratulations to Panther field hockey, football, and women’s soccer. Women’s Cross Country won their title a couple of weeks ago. Full coverage here: http://www.middlebury.edu/athletics/ Reach: 6108, Engagement: 421
  3. College Value Rankings Reach: 5836, Engagement: 1025
  4. Middlebury in DC Comes to Washington Reach: 5420, Engagement: 451
  5. U.S. Women’s Hockey Team defeated Finland 5-1 in Kenyon Arena today, then stuck around to sign autographs for the big crowd of Middlebury kids who came to see them play.. Reach: 4710, Engagement: 325

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 Athletics sections of the site.

Shares By Channel

  • Facebook: 86 (68) Shares, 6447 (3122) Clicks
  • Email: 49 (40) Shares, 343 (254) Clicks
  • Twitter: 32 (20) Shares, 692 (521) Clicks
  • LinkedIn: 8 (7) Shares, 10 (0) Clicks
  • Google+: 2 (0) Shares, 0 (0) Clicks

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November 2013 Web Stats

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

Traffic

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 448,980 (445,731) visits from 260,230 (260,788) people
  2. sites.middlebury.edu: 67,394 (69,936) visits from 56,212 (57,364) people
  3. catalog.middlebury.edu: 36,063 (11,159) visits from 28,608 (9,978) people
  4. menus.middlebury.edu: 35,255 (37,825) visits from 19,571 (19,595) people
  5. mediawiki.middlebury.edu: 21,648 (27,336) visits from 20,454 (25,518) people
  6. courses.middlebury.edu: 15,181 (18,020) visits from 12,254 (13,426) people
  7. biblio.middlebury.edu: 12,768 (12,307) visits from 10,206 (11,285) people
  8. portal.middlebury.edu: 12,424 (14,340) visits from 7,069 (8,227) people
  9. web.middlebury.edu: 10,729 (12,307) visits from 10,094 (11,285) people
  10. eres.middlebury.edu: 6,993 (9,869) visits from 5,883 (8,054) people

Top Pages

  1. www.middlebury.edu: 215,158 (227,130) pageviews
  2. catalog.middlebury.edu/schedules/index/catalog/catalog/MCUG/term/term/201420: 85,548 (9,481) pageviews
  3. www.middlebury.edu/athletics: 37,042 (28,629) pageviews
  4. menus.middlebury.edu: 36,457 (37,906) pageviews
  5. www.middlebury.edu/academics: 25,351 (26,568) pageviews
  6. www.middlebury.edu/academics/lib: 20,709 (22,927) pageviews
  7. www.middlebury.edu/academics/resources/scheduling: 20,633 (5,954) pageviews
  8. www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports: 20,147 (16,412) pageviews
  9. portal.middlebury.edu/home: 15,930 (18,780) pageviews
  10. www.middlebury.edu/admissions: 15,889 (21,047) pageviews

Search Terms

  1. Search Midd: 438 (540)
  2. middfiles: 313 (300)
  3. schedule planner: 292 (27)
  4. academic calendar: 259 (321)
  5. moodle: 243 (354)
  6. my schedule planner: 134 (16)
  7. distribution requirements: 130 (37)
  8. sites.middlebury.edu: 109 (121)
  9. menu: 103 (134)
  10. registration: 95 (36)

Browsers

  • Safari: 34.73% (33.65%)
    • Desktop Safari: 20.70% (19.49%)
    • Mobile Safari: 13.07% (13.11%)
    • Safari (in-app): 0.96% (1.05%)
  • Chrome: 30.90% (29.14%)
  • Firefox: 16.70% (17.51%)
  • Internet Explorer: 15.24% (17.61%)*
    • IE8: 7.55% (8.74%)
    • IE10: 4.04% (4.56%)
    • IE9: 2.05% (2.42%)
    • IE7: 1.56% (1.85%)
    • IE6: 0.03% (0.03%)
  • Android Browser: 1.11% (1.09%)

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

Platforms

  • Macintosh: 42.35% (39.22%)
  • Windows: 39.81% (42.61%)
  • iOS: 14.84% (15.00%)
  • Android: 2.16% (2.06%)
  • Linux: 0.35% (0.38%)
  • BlackBerry: 0.09% (0.08%)
  • Windows Phone: 0.09% (0.08%)

24/7 exam period at the Libraries

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The Davis Family Library will be providing extended hours during the last week of classes and the exam period.

24/7 hours will start at 9:00 am on Sunday, 12/2 and will end at 10 pm on Sunday, 12/15. Bring your ID – card access is required between 11 pm and 7:30 am (9 am on Saturday and Sunday). Guest passwords for computer access will not be issued between the hours of 11 pm and 8 am.

Armstrong Library will have regular hours during this period, with later closing times on Friday 12/13 and Saturday 12/14.

Check here for up to date hours at all Libraries.

LIS Fall 2013 Update

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The LIS-Update-Fall-2013 from LIS is now available for your reading pleasure.

This update from LIS covers work accomplished this summer and early fall, and projects out into work we will be doing in the later fall and early winter. For those not familiar with this report, it is designed both to capture the contributions that LIS has made in its efforts to support the information and technology needs of the College, and also to ensure that those who work within LIS and those who work closely with LIS are aware of current priorities and initiatives. Because of its goal to provide useful, detailed information for those of us deeply involved in this work, it is a long and somewhat technical document.

For those who may not have the interest or patience to work their way through the over twenty pages within this report, here are some highlights:

  • We’ve recently revised our strategic directions for LIS, and defined a set of overlapping issues that will help us in our efforts to evolve to meet the evolving needs of the College, and the fast-moving world of technology and information services. We are looking at how we support innovation, new models for access to resources, our approach to sourcing various core technologies, how we can support efforts to improve administrative efficiency, and ways to define quality and reliability in the face of growing demand on our resources. You can learn more about this at http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/technology/lis/about/strategic_directions_and_goals

  • We have been working closely with our colleagues at MIIS and with the new DC office to establish a new videconferencing system that significantly improves the quality and reliability of this service.

  • We’ve installed a new system called web help desk that provides our users with the ability to create and track their own tickets, makes the assignment of tickets to workgroups far more efficient, and provides easy access to solutions to common problems.

  • We migrated the last reports from our AS400 data system (the system that Banner replaced) and shut down that system forever.

  • In response to the growth in demand for ubiquitous and robust wireless services across campus, we added access points to locations on campus where there was not adequate service.

  • This fall we have been engaged in a planning effort with our colleagues from the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research to establish new ways that we can work together to support faculty development in curricular technology, and to develop a plan for work in the digital liberal arts.

This list is just a sample of our many recently completed projects, and our current priorities. I invite you to read through the complete list. If you have any questions about any of this, feel free to contact me.

– mike

PS The graphic is from the Google Books Ngram Viewer, and shows the history of the use of the word Update over the last 500 years.

 

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

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