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All members of the Middlebury College community will have full access to Foreign Policy for the next 30 days. FP

In addition to articles published in Foreign Policy magazine, this includes:

  • direct, seamless access to all content on, which is added to many times per day and covers all regions of the world,
  • Advanced search capabilities,
  • All content from daily alerts,
  • Full archive of the magazine back to 2010, and coming soon, a 45-year archive.

Let us know what you think – email or contact your liaison.

Ancestry Library Edition (Trial ends Oct. 21, 2015)

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For the next thirty days, the Middlebury College community has free access to Ancestry Library Edition – the library’s version of AncestrySearch census records; birth, marriage, and death records; city directories, and much more.

Let us know what you think – email or contact your liaison.

The Canvas Pilot

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Our current Learning Management System (LMS), Moodle, was adopted back in 2011. Four years later we are reflecting on whether Moodle is still the best LMS to serve the growing needs of Middlebury. This fall we are doing a pilot to evaluate Canvas and determine whether we want to continue with Moodle or move to Canvas. You can learn more about Canvas and Middlebury’s evaluation by following this site –

Since it has launched over 1,200 colleges, universities and school districts have adopted Canvas, including many of our peer and neighboring institutions, including Amherst,  Williams, Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth. It uses modern technology and service management, has a user-centric design, and the features that are common to an LMS are easier to find and use.

Some of the appealing features that are worth exploring are:

What about Moodle?

Middlebury adopted Moodle as its LMS in 2011 after a year-long evaluation ( At that time it was decided that we would use Moodle for a minimum of 5 years. At the end of the 5 years we would ask ourselves: Is Moodle still the right LMS for Middlebury? The 5 years will end in August of 2016.

The Canvas evaluation should not be considered as a sign that Middlebury intends to stop using, supporting, or expanding the platform. This is simply an opportunity to consider other options and review our use of Moodle.

Exam Hours at the Libraries

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The Davis Family Library will offer extended hours starting Sunday, May 3rd. We will open at 9 am that day and be open 24 hours through Friday, May 8th, when we will close at the regular 11 pm. Saturday, May 9th will be regular hours, 9 am – 11 pm. 24/7 will resume on Sunday starting at 9 am and the library will close at 8 pm on Tuesday, May 19th.

Armstrong Library maintain regular hours, with extended hours on Friday and Saturday, May 15th and 16th.

Full hours can be found at go/hours.

Scrivener: Software for Writers Workshop

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Write Your Thesis with Scrivener
Library Workshop
Wednesday, April 29th

library workshopAre you working on a large writing project? Scrivener can help! Scrivener is a software program that breaks down your writing into manageable “chunks,” and brings your research and writing together into a single conceptual workspace.

The library will offer a Scrivener workshop on April 29th at 4:30p.m. Participants will learn how to create a new writing project, how to import existing work, and how to outline, research, and write with Scrivener’s unique features. This workshop is aimed at thesis writers but is open to all members of the College community. For more information on Scrivener and to sign up for the workshop, visit

Moodle Maintenance on Friday, March 27th, 2015

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In order to increase the resilience and reliability of our cloud platform we will be conducting network maintenance on 3/27/2015 between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m., EST. During this time sites will be unavailable for extended periods of time.

Remote-Learner Technical Support

Reduced Library Hours for Spring Recess

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The libraries will have reduced hours for the Spring recess starting Friday, March 20th. Regular hours will resume Monday, March 30th. A full listing of the hours can be found here, or at go/hours.

Please note the libraries will be closed on Thursday, March 26th for in-service.

Systems Maintenance Sunday, Feb 8th

Categories: Helpdesk Alerts, ITS, library, LIS Staff Interest, Post for MiddNotes

During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, February 8th  we have the following activities scheduled:


  • Starting at 5am EST the Middlebury website,, will be put into a read-only mode for approximately 5 hours for an upgrade. After the upgrade completes the site will be put into full read/write mode.
    • What’s available during this read-only period?: All publicly-accessible content on our website will be available.  Links will continue to work.  Drupal webforms are hosted on another site and can be accessed and edited as normal.
    • What’s not available during the read-only period?:  Commenting on news stories, content that requires logging in before viewing, content editing on the main Middlebury website.


  • The hosted Hyperion and Banner applications, including Banner INB and SSB, will be updated and unavailable between 8am and 9am EST. The development environments for those services will be unavailable between 9am and 10am EST.


  • Middfiles, which includes Orgs, all Classroom, and home directory folders, will be rebooted and unavailable for approximately 10 minutes starting at 8am EST.


  • The Exchange email environment will undergo resource reallocations impacting 8 servers. The email environment is sufficiently redundant that we expect no impact to availability during this maintenance.


We appreciate your patience as we continuously strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.



Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT  05753

New Button Appearing in Your NExpress Search – Preview of new resource sharing service coming in January.

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Thanks to a new agreement with ConnectNY we will be expanding our direct request options beyond the NExpress consortium. Both systems retain separate databases; records aren’t shared between catalogs, rather searches are transferred from one system to another. NExpress has licensed Peer-to-Peer software to connect to the ConnectNY consortium. If a patron doesn’t find what he/she is looking for in the NExpress catalog, there will be a button in place to search for the item in the ConnectNY Catalog. If the item is found in ConnectNY, patrons will be able to place the request, just as they would place a request in the NExpress system. They will be authenticated with the appropriate user information and select a pick up location for delivery.  While the ConnectNY search button is appearing now in the NExpress search, it will not be open for use by Middlebury patrons until we go live on January 22, 2015.

Connect NY search button

Please send any problems to

Circulation:  802-443-5494 or

Interlibrary Loan:   802-443-5498 or

What is ConnectNY:

ConnectNY (CNY) is a membership-driven academic consortium in New York which currently includes 18 institutions. CNY’s mission is “to share collections, leverage resources, and enhance services through cooperative initiatives and coordinated activities.” All the academic libraries involved in ConnectNY share a common union catalog, powered by Innovative Interface’s Inn-Reach system. The combined collection that is shared by the members includes ten million printed books and an emerging collection of e-books.

Who are the current members of CNY?

  • Adelphi University Libraries, Garden City, New York
  • Bard College Libraries, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
  • Canisius College Libraries, Buffalo, New York
  • Cazenovia College Library, Cazenovia, New York
  • Colgate University Libraries, Hamilton New York
  • Hamilton College Library, Clinton, New York
  • Hobart & William Smith Colleges Library, Geneva, New York
  • Le Moyne College Library, Syracuse, New York
  • Medaille College Libraries, Buffalo, New York
  • Pace University Libraries, New York, New York
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Research Libraries (RPI), Troy, New York
  • Rochester Institute of Technology Libraries (RIT), Rochester, New York
  • St. Lawrence University Libraries, Canton, New York
  • Siena College Library, Loudonville, New York
  • Skidmore College Library, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Union College Library, Schenectady, New York
  • United States Military Academy Library, West Point, New York
  • Vassar College Libraries, Poughkeepsie, New York

Digital Media Bootcamp Update

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Wilson Media Lab

Wilson Media Lab

We have added one more workshop to the Digital Media Bootcamp series in January. Heather Stafford and Cynthia Slater (a.k.a. Pij) will be leading a session on infographics and storytelling with data.

Title Date
Infographics: Storytelling with Data @ 2:45pm January 28, 2015

It’s no secret the using charts and diagrams can make a big impact on your audience by visualizing your data and contextualizing the numbers by making trends more evident. What may be more secretive is how you can find and manipulate data points, and translate that information into a visual. This session will walk you through some of the options that are available to you.

We also have a number of seats still available in the following workshops that cover a range of topics, including browser-based video recording services, how the world perceives us on the internet, and opportunities to use equipment like the Leap Motion and Oculus Rift. Visit the DMBootcamp web site for more information.

Title Date

Safe Computing Practices at Middlebury @ 2:45pm

The ITS-Information Security Roadshow is a conversational opportunity to discuss and learn about techniques and strategies to keep yourself safe while working on the internet. It also discusses both regulatory and personal reasons why information security concerns are important to both you as an individual and a member of the Middlebury community.

January 5, 2015

Adobe Photoshop @ 1pm

You will learn the basic tools, design concepts, and work flow needed to manipulate photos for your personal or project related use. Concepts such as selection, cropping, rotation, repair, scanning photos for use in Photoshop, and others will be covered.

January 5, 2015

Equipment Demo: Scanners, Plotters and more @ 2:45pm

This is an overview and demonstration of the scanners, plotter, and capture station located in the Wilson Multimedia Development Lab. You will learn the basics of how to operate these devices and the software associated with them.

January 6, 2015

Introduction to Information Literacy @ 1pm

What is information literacy, what skills do we want our students to have, and how do you fit in supporting it? What kind of support do librarians provide and how can you get help? Includes tips for searching for images and audio resources with Summon and Google.

January 7, 2015

Wiki software @ 3:30pm

“What is a wiki? Why would I want one? Once I’ve got it, how do I use it?” Learn the answers to these and other questions as we explore the platform that powers the sixth most popular website in the world. There will be a brief intro and Q&A, followed by a hands-on workshop session.

January 7, 2015

Equipment Demo: Cameras @ 1pm

In this training session we will be focusing on the two most popular video cameras available to borrow through the Circulation Desk, the Canon Vixia and Canon XA10. We’ll cover menu options, preferred set up and exporting of files as well as basic trouble shooting.

January 8, 2015

iMovie @ 2:45pm

Attend the iMovie training session to learn how to put together your own video using different components of the iMovie interface. We’ll cover audio, video and text editing as well as how to share your work once it is complete.

January 8, 2015

Quicktime, SnapZ Pro, MPEG Streamclip @ 1pm

This workshop will teach you the basic functionality of Apple’s Quicktime, how to use SnapZ Pro to do a screen capture of video, and how to use features of MPEG StreamClip to view and convert video clips.

January 12, 2015

Adobe InDesign @ 2:45pm

In this workshop, you will learn basic editing tools and design concepts used in desktop publishing. This program is used widely on campus from the layout of Middlebury Magazine to many publications produced by Reprographics.

January 12, 2015

Intro to Visual Literacy and Presentations @ 1pm

We will spend time thinking critically about the images that are presented to us, and use this information to create our own visual media.

January 13, 2015
Copyright, IP and Creative Commons @ 1pm January 14, 2015

Building Digital Exhibits with Omeka @ 2:45pm

Create beautiful online exhibits of your art or archival materials with Omeka, an open-source digital archival platform sometimes referred to as “WordPress for museums.” This workshop may also be of interest to faculty who would like to build digital archives or collections in their classes. (

January 14, 2015

Online Identity: Your Story to the World @ 1pm

With every click, post, tweet, checkout, like, search, digg, friend, tag and other activities we have created a record of our time spent interacting with web sites that are viewable from anywhere in the world. What do our web sites and social media activity say about us? This workshop will explore the meaning that others give to our online identities, and present some strategies for managing our identities in the digital space. NOTE: Attendees must be comfortable with having their name searched for.

January 19, 2015

Portfolios Using WordPress @ 2:45pm

WordPress is best known as a blogging platform, however its flexibility and ease of use also makes it a great option to use to display your digital work. Join us as we explore the best way to configure WordPress as a showcase for your expertise. Participants should come prepared with some ideas and materials that they wish to highlight.

January 19, 2015

Moodle and WordPress @ 2:45pm

Most course sites at Middlebury are built using either Moodle or WordPress, here we will look at the features and benefits of both services.

January 20, 2015

Exploring SecondLife and 3D Virtual Worlds @ 1pm

Yes, Middlebury has an island. This workshop will introduce participants to 3d virtual spaces, and their place in education.

January 21, 2015

Crafting Digital Narratives with Scalar @ 2:45pm

From non-linear storytelling to rich, scholarly annotations, this workshop will encourage new ways of thinking about writing in digital environments. Using a web application called Scalar, you will begin to craft a media-rich digital narrative. Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways. (

January 21, 2015

Adobe Illustrator @ 1pm

In this workshop, you will learn to use basic editing tools and some fundamental design concepts. The workshop is taught as though it were a class teaching students to design a poster for a class or seminar. It is the same instruction that participants in the Spring Student Seminar receive.

January 22, 2015

Audio Software @ 2:45pm

Podcasts, interviews, sound tracks, and voice overs are examples of how audio makes an impact in media. We will introduce a few tools to help you sculpt the audible material for your multimedia project.

January 26, 2015

Online Recording Lab: SANSSpace @ 1pm

Last year, Middlebury piloted and launched a new service, SANSSpace, a browser-based recording service that allows faculty to add feedback inline.

January 27, 2015

Equipment Demo: Space and Place @ 1pm

This equipment demo presents the Oculus Rift, Leap Motion, Swivl and portable whiteboards, as devices that help us understand, and break out, of space and place.

January 28, 2015