Cynthia Slater

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

Categories: Helpdesk Alert, ITS, libitsblog, library, lynda.com, Middlebury Community Interest, Post for MiddNotes

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.)

 

Printing to Public Printers — Minding P’s & Queues Just Got Easier

Categories: Labs and Public Computing, LIS Staff Interest, lisblog, Post for MiddNotes, print, print release, printers, printing

Blue PrinterDo you print at the College libraries?  At any of our public computing labs?  If so, on your next visit, expect a streamlined list of printer choices offering expanded locations where you can go to release your print job(s).  It’s easier and more flexible!

Look for two new print queues — Library_Printers and Non_Library_Printers — that are now available for use.    (FollowMeBW will be retired.)

Remember…  For fastest results, print directly from a lab computer.  Visit go/howtoprint to view our updated instructions on how to print to a public printer.

Macintosh – Middfiles – Mmmmm… News You Can Use

Categories: LIS Staff Interest, Mac, middfiles, Middlebury Community Interest, Post for MiddNotes, Post for MiddPoints, servers

Mac users…  Are you having the best possible experience with Middfiles?  It may be time to update how you connect to Middfiles, as well as create some useful shortcuts!

First, check your connection.  In the Finder, click on the Go menu, then click Connect to Server.  You should use cifs://middcloud.middlebury.edu/middfiles and remove any “smb” middfiles favorites you may have stored, as shown.

Go>Connect to Server

Removing outdated SMB favorite

Now it’s time to create some powerful Sidebar favorites for easy access to your frequently-used folders (see sample below).  Sidebar favorite locations are visible in all your programs!  Refer to our wiki article for complete details on how to create these favorites & get rid of outdated ones.

Sidebar Favorite Sample

Sidebar Favorite Sample

Technical stuff:  We use the SMB protocol to connect to Middfiles almost exclusively on campus and the latest revision is CIFS.  To use the most current version of SMB you must specify CIFS in your connection.  Outdated connections may results in errors when saving to Middfiles or be slower.

Announcing the new LIS Help & Support site — the gateway for great help

Categories: help, LIS, LIS Staff Interest, Middlebury Community Interest, Post for MiddNotes, Post for MiddPoints

AnnounceThanks to the hard work of the LIS Education and Training team, LIS now offers a help gateway that collects great resources from all corners of our department and makes it easy for you to find what you need.  You’re also quite likely to discover some new tools and ways to learn about technology and library resources along the way.  Don’t take our word for it — visit go/lishelp and see for yourself.  Here are just a few things you can do:

  • Search LIS web pages and wiki lore to get answers to your questions.
  • Submit a HelpDesk ticket to request assistance or search the FAQ database for answers.
  • Find who in LIS can help you.
  • Use quick links to access “how to” information tailored to different audiences.
  • Check systems status.
  • Learn how LIS can help you acquire more technology and library skills.

 

 

Ready to Learn about Technology? Your lynda.com tutor never sleeps!

Categories: Education & Training, learning, LIS Staff Interest, lynda.com, Post for MiddNotes, Post for MiddPoints, training, workshops

lynda_logo_72x72  Did you know that Middlebury College offers self-paced learning 24/7?  Our fabulous online learning resource, lynda.com, uses short videos to help you acquire new business and technology skills and is available to faculty, staff, and current students.

To find out more, sign up for “Using Online Learning at Middlebury” on Tuesday, October 15 at 4:15 pm.

For more details about learning opportunities visit go/lislearn.

Follow-Me Printing Update: Easier-to-Remember Print Queue Name

Categories: Follow-Me, LIS Staff Interest, Post for MiddNotes, print, print release, printers, printing

Woman-PrinterFans of Follow-Me Printing will be happy to know we have changed the print queue name, making it easier to remember.  When submitting your print job, look for FollowMeBW which has replaced Virtual BlackandWhite, effective 10/4/13.

Students, if you haven’t yet tried “Follow-Me” you’re making your printing life more difficult than it needs to be.  Visit go/followme to learn more or check out our earlier blog post.  This time saver allows you to print to a single print queue, then go to any participating print release station to release your print job(s).

Remember…  for fastest results, use Follow-Me Printing on a lab computer.

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

Categories: LIS Staff Interest, Post for MiddNotes

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 FollowMeBW 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 FollowMeBW 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 FollowMeBW 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

How Can I Learn About Technology? Workshops and More!

Categories: Education & Training, learning, LIS Staff Interest, lynda.com, Middlebury Community Interest, Post for MiddNotes, Post for MiddPoints, workshops

With a host of new faces on campus and the start of the fall semester now underway, Library & Information Services (LIS) wants to spread the word that we provide a variety of learning opportunities for faculty, staff and students to acquire or improve their library and information technology skills.  Our open workshop offerings are just one of these ways; LIS staff offer workshops here on campus that are open to the College community.  To view the current schedule and sign up for topics of interest, visit go/lisworkshops.  Check back as we are still adding offerings!

We also offer self-paced learning through lynda.com  — a fabulous online learning resource that uses short videos to help you acquire new business and technology skills.  This is available to faculty, staff, and current students.

For more details about learning opportunities visit go/lislearn.

 

 

 

Life After Midd & lynda.com video-based learning

Categories: Education & Training, learning, LIS Staff Interest, lynda.com, Middlebury Community Interest, Post for MiddNotes

lynda.com logo

Students…  Interested in skills you can use in Life Beyond Midd?  lynda.com has everything you need!  Just click any of these course links, log on with your Middlebury username and password and you’re on your way.  Work through an entire course or view just the movie segments you need — it’s up to you.

This small sampler of business skills topics is just the beginning — lynda currently offers over 1600 course titles from which to choose.

Need a hand getting started?  Sign up for our lynda.com overview session at noon on March 15.