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Using GO (2013)

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What is GO?

GO is an aliasing and redirection application. Don’t let the jargon intimidate you, just think of it as a way to make and use shortcuts to College resources. If you’d like to visit a GO shortcut when you’re connected by VPN or on campus, simply type it into your address bar in your web browser. For instance type “go/lisblog” and hit “enter” to get to the LIS blog. If you’d like to see a list of shortcuts that are currently available type “go” and hit “enter” to visit the “Gotionary”. Go is also available as a text box at m.middlebury.edu for mobile devices, or as an optional panel on your portal page.


Tip: When off campus add “go.middlebury.edu” to any GO shortcut in lieu of “go”.

Browser Quirks

If you’re using Chrome or Safari you may find a search is triggered instead of a redirect. There are multiple ways to circumvent the integrated search feature when using GO.


  • Add a slash at the end of your GO link. Example: go/lisblog/
  • Alternatively, put “http://” in front of your GO request. Example: http://go/lisblog
  • If you prefer to select from options, look for the “Go to Site” option in the drop-down that appears below the address bar.



Chrome will permanently disable the search behavior for any request starting with “go/” if you follow these steps:

  • Type a code in and hit “enter”. A search results page will appear.
  • Below the address bar it should say “Did you mean to go to http://go/…” Click on that to follow the link to the go/shortcut. After that Chrome should automatically resolve any go shortcuts.


GO Shortcuts as Permalinks

You can use a GO shortcut as a link URL for any page internal to middlebury.edu. Example: <a href='http://go.middlebury.edu/lisblog'>LIS Blog</a>. You’ll want to use a GO shortcut rather than a direct link for any resources you are linking to that could change location. As long as the shortcut admin updates the shortcut when a content location changes you won’t need to update any of your links.

Tip: Don’t forget to use the full url “go.middlebury.edu” so that users from off-campus will be able to use the link.

GO eased the launch of the new site by allowing links in content to be easily updated en-mass. GO has also become central to our search strategy as GO shortcuts are provided as suggestions and automatic-redirects when you enter search terms on the main site.

For additional information see: http://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/GO

“Follow-Me Printing” now available! (Um, what does that mean?)

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Follow-Me Printing allows you to print to a single virtual print queue, then go to any participating print release station to release your print job(s).   Presently, Follow-Me print jobs can be released from any of six different stations on campus; see the list below.

Choosing the new Virtual BlackandWhite print queue means you can head to the Davis Family Library…  or Sunderland…  or BiHall.  Changing your mind no longer means having to resubmit your print request!

For fastest results, use Follow-Me Printing on a lab computer:

It’s easy to do this when your documents are safely stored on Middfiles:

  1. Select Virtual BlackandWhite from the drop-down list when choosing a printer.
  2. Proceed to any of the six participating print release station locations (see list below) and log on with your Middlebury username and password.
  3. Release your print job by clicking “Print” located on the right-hand side.

Follow-Me Printing using PaperCut’s Web Print:

You can print documents to the new Virtual BlackandWhite print queue from your personally-owned computer using PaperCut’s Web Print.  Please note that you may experience delays using Web Print.  For fastest results, submit your print job from a lab computer using the instructions above.

Which printers can “Follow Me”?

Printer Name

Printer & Release Station Location

BIH203K Bicentennial Hall 203
LIB142 Davis Family Library 142
LIB242 Davis Family Library 242
LIB242K Davis Family Library 242
LIB303 Davis Family Library 303
SDL121K Sunderland 121

Clearing up confusion about film screenings

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The beginning of the academic year brings new leadership of student clubs and new faculty and academic coordinators.  Copyright issues are confusing! We thought we’d use this post to clear up some common misconceptions about screening rights.  If you are planning a film screening and are not sure whether you should acquire a license or need permission to screen a film, please contact Sue Driscoll in LIS.

  • We’re a college, so the screening must be ‘educational,’ right?  So we should never need to pay a fee!

It is true that, as a college, most of our lectures and discussions are educational in nature.  However, copyright law allows only face to face interactions in a classroom setting to be exempt from licensing fees. This means that, in order to take advantage of the educational exemptions in the law and avoid paying additional fees, the film screening must take place within the context of teaching a class, to registered students, in a location that is usually used for educational activities. If the screening is advertised publicly, or shown in a public area, to people other than registered students, you have to secure rights by paying a licensing fee.

  • But, what if we don’t charge admission?  Surely we don’t need to pay a fee then?

Here at Middlebury, there is no admission charged for film screenings, but in most cases, you still need to secure rights and pay a fee to show a film. The Library buys some documentaries at a higher ‘institutional rate’ and these have ‘built-in’ public performance rights. As long as we do not charge admission and limit the audience size, a group can screen these films without paying additional fees.

Each film company is unique and has different rates and requirements, so before you make the decision to show a film, please contact Sue Driscoll in LIS to determine whether or not a licensing fee will be required. She can let you know the cost ahead of time so you can work within your budget.

Students: Start the year off right

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Flickr photo by weesen

Flickr photo by weesen

We’ve all had moments where we’ve thought, “Next time, I’ll do it the other way!”

Whether you’re a new student or you’re returning, learn these 4 things now and you’ll start the year off right.


4 Things to Start the Year off Right

  1. Get your laptop connected to the fastest wireless. Midd-secure or Midd-Standard
  2. Store your documents where they won’t be lost if your laptop crashes. Middfiles
    These tech tips and more at Top Things Students Should Know about Technology at Midd
  3. Use the scholarly sources your professors want to see in your bibliographies. Start your research at the library home page. go/lib
  4. Speaking of bibliographies, learn how to cite your sources! It doesn’t have to be difficult. go/citations
    These research tips and more at Ask Us

If you have questions at any point, you can find answers at the LIS Help & Support page.

Open RoadShow on Information Security

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LIS Information Security and the LIS Security Team will be hosting a lunch time RoadShow on information security and basic ways to protect yourself while working on Internet connected computers. This discussion is open to the full College community. Please join us Aug. 28th at noon in Davis Family Library room 145. For more information please visit: http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/technology/infosec/education/CBT/RoadShow

“Holding Walden” recently…

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Snippet of The Roost blog.

Snippet of The Roost blog.

Sandy Stott of the Thoreau Farm recently visited Special Collections at Davis Family Library to see Henry David Thoreau’s personal copy of Walden with his notes in the margins. Stott wrote about his visit in this very nice blog post–   http://thoreaufarm.org/2013/07/holding-walden/

Thoreau’s personal copy of Walden is invaluable and one of Middlebury College’s most significant holdings.  Special Collections plans to digitize the pages with Thoreau’s marginalia so that this unique content can be shared widely on the web.  In order to preserve the hard copy safely for future generations, access to it is strictly limited and an advance appointment is necessary.  Please see the Special Collections page for more information.


Tis the season: tornadoes and hurricanes

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Hurricane season has officially started and the tornado season isn’t over.  To stay informed about severe weather conditions the following government websites are worth checking:

Storm Prediction Center

National Hurricane Center

National Weather Service — Type in your ZIP code to get local weather forecasts.