The Education & Training team started the new year by welcoming four new members: Jamie Carroll (HelpDesk/Service Requests), Jeff Lahaie (Central Systems & Network Services), Ian McBride (Web Development) and Cindy Peet (Enterprise Reporting). Brenda Ellis (Research & Instruction), our valued link to student information literacy efforts and more, continues to bring her expertise to the group and Pij Slater (HelpDesk/Service Requests) carries on as leader of the merry band, along with sponsor, Mary Backus.
We offer a round of thanks to the following outgoing members for their efforts in the group since its inception in 2010: Mack Roark, Andy Wentink and Kim Ehritt (College Advancement).
On Tuesday May 31st we’re going to change the categories on this blog, so if by any chance you’re using a feed of a specific category, that’s going to break. We suggest subscribing to the whole blog for maximum enjoyment! If you’re not a LIS staff member & would like to filter out the more staff related posts, you can subscribe to the new “Middlebury Community Interest” category after May 31st. The other categories will be “LIS Staff Interest”, and “Post for MiddPoints” which will cause the post to be added to the MiddPoints blog too. All the old categories except “The Essentials” will be converted to tags for easy searching.
The LIS Web team developed this new scheme, following recommendations that came out of the open meeting about the future of the LIS Blog (including a call for simplified categories). The AD Team reviewed and approved these changes. We welcome your comments.
We invite you to visit the new LIS Facebook Page, and if you have a Facebook account, please “Like” the Page!:
For the past few weeks the Reference & Instruction workgroup has taken the lead on posting content to this Page. Today we write to invite Fans and feedback from all of LIS (and beyond), and explain how you may help us make this page a vibrant and vital part of our online presence.
Who is this for/What is going to appear on the Page?:
We hope to focus the Page primarily toward students, but we also think the content and information shared there will be of interest to Staff and Faculty. We received feedback from SLAC (Student LIS Advisory Committee) that content postings to the Page should not be too frequent.
How will things be added?/I’d like to share something!:
If you have content you’d like to have featured on the LIS Facebook Page, get in touch with the social media community managers, Jess Isler and Joy Pile.
Please let us know if you have questions or feedback to share about the Page. Thanks! Oh, and “Liking” the Pagecounts as feedback, too!
The first workshop in the 6th annual CTLR Pedagogy Series was a discussion of LMS platforms lead by Mary Ellen Bertolini, Jason Mittell and Louisa Burnham. Online discussion, assignments and grading were all hot topics.
Sakai Overview and Training
Yesterday, Scott Siddall from Longsight, an open source service provider, lead a day long training session in Sakai. A number of faculty have agreed to pilot Sakai this spring and attended the afternoon session to get an overview of the platform and hands-on training. There will be more training sessions next week. Here are dates:
Tomorrow and Friday, I’ll lead a workshop on Moodle, providing an overview of this LMS platform and then hands-on training for faculty who have agreed to pilot it. Here is schedule:
2 – 3:30 pm, Thursday, January 13, Library 105 – Alex Chapin
2 – 3:30 pm, Friday, January 14, Library 105 – Alex Chapin
While all of these training sessions are primarily for pilot participants, other faculty and staff are encouraged to attend at least the first part of these sessions where we’ll give an overview of the platforms and their distinguishing characteristics.
As part of its charge, the LIS Website Team has identified staff who are willing and able to oversee the various sections of the LIS website. These people will:
Serve as main contact persons for questions about their sections of the site
Ensure their section of the site is current and accurate (which may involve delegating tasks to others).
Be aware of formatting, style, and other conventions used on the LIS/College web site and follow them when making changes.
Keep current with the necessary skills and tools do this (or receive training)
Consult with stakeholders before implementing major refresh & enhancements.
The team has created a wiki page (go/liswebcm) that describes the role of the content manager, lists the names of content managers and the areas for which they are responsible, describes tools they can use to maintain content, and includes an FAQ section for anyone who may visit this page looking for answers. There is now also a “Problem with this Page?” link on each LIS page which can be used to communicate with the content managers about issues with pages such as broken links, misspellings, outdated content, etc.
We’d like to emphasize that content managers are not the only ones who make contributions to and work with the LIS website. The purpose of this contact list was to create quick access to specific “go-to” people responsible for the major parts of the site so that LIS staff would not have to spend much time determining whom to contact with questions.
If you have responsibility for a sub-section of the website, your content manager is not superseding you–you’re still responsible–but now you will hear from your content manager when you have to fix broken links, or when a design change needs to be made. More granular permissions for LIS pages in Drupal are managed using web data groups.
The Curricular Technology Team is pleased to announce that its primary recommendations for how to segue from Segue has been approved by the Library and Information Services (LIS) Area Directors Team. In essence, the team recommended the development of a “course hub” architecture that would enable faculty to create collections of resources for a given course using a variety of platforms that would be aggregated in a single location referred to as a “hub.” For more information, see: Segue from Segue > Course Hub
The team is now researching which platforms to include within the course hub. WordPress and MediaWiki are obvious choices since many faculty are already using these for course sites. The team also recognizes that some sort of learning management system (LMS) should also be an integral part of hub sites and is reviewing a number of LMS to present to the community as possible candidates.
The LIS Website team has set up four quick tests to see if we’ve placed links to resources and information in the right place on the page and used the correct labels. For each test, you’ll be asked 5 questions like, “Where would you click to find out when the next Cookie Night will be?” You can click anywhere on the screenshot and can leave multiple clicks for each question. To add a comment to one of your clicks like, “I’d click here, but only because I know to find Cookie Night information on the blog…” you can click the plus (+) sign above and to the right of your placemark.
We’ve created one test for each of the four areas of the LIS Website. Each test has a different set of five questions. A test should only take 1-2 minutes to complete. Thanks for your help!