Categories: Labs and Public Computing, LIS Staff Interest, lisblog, Post for MiddNotes, print, print release, printers, printing
Do 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.
Categories: LIS Staff Interest, lisblog, Middlebury Community Interest, middpoints, Post for MiddNotes, Post for MiddPoints
Space and Motion
We will have the Oculus Rift and the LeapMotion available for faculty, students and staff to use next week at the following times and locations:
Tuesday, May 13th
The Wilson Media Lab in the Davis Family Library
From 11am until 3pm
Wednesday, May 14th
Room 205 in McCardell Bicentennial Hall
From 11am until 3pm
No appointment is necessary, these are open demos for anyone to attend. Other gadgets for virtual space and motion may be available.
Our colleagues in Communications will be demonstrating the Quadcopter outside the Davis Family Library at 2pm on Tuesday the 13th (if we have rain on Tuesday, they will be joining us at 2pm on Wednesday at McCardell Bicentennial Hall, specific location TBD.
Categories: Helpdesk Alert, Helpdesk Alerts, LIS Staff Interest, lisblog, Middlebury Community Interest, Post for MiddNotes, Post for MiddPoints, Windows XP
Microsoft will end support for the Windows XP operating system and Microsoft Office 2003 software on April 8. Microsoft will no longer release security updates or provide technical support for either product after this date.
Both Windows XP and Office 2003 will continue to function, but computers running either product will become increasingly vulnerable to malware and other forms of cyber-attack.
Due to the risk these vulnerabilities create, the Information Security group considers it necessary that Middlebury College students, faculty and staff have an upgrade to better protect personal and College data.
If you are not sure whether you are using Windows XP, Microsoft has created an easy-to-use website you can use to help at http://amirunningxp.com.
If you have a College-owned device that is running Windows XP, please contact the helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org, or create a ticket at https://webhelpdesk.middlebury.edu/ to discuss the best course of action. The Technology Helpdesk has already begun the process of migrating all College-owned computers to Windows 7.
Students, faculty, and staff with personal computers running Windows XP will need to upgrade their computer operating system to be able to connect to the Middlebury network or VPN at some point in the future, so please take action as soon as possible.
For questions or assistance, contact the Helpdesk at X2200 or visit https://webhelpdesk.middlebury.edu/ to create an online ticket.
Categories: LIS Staff Interest, lisblog, Post for MiddNotes, priorities
We’ve posted the March 2014 Update from LIS.
As has become our custom, we write this update three times a year to provide ourselves and rest of the community with a review of recent accomplishments, and more importantly, a roadmap for what to expect in the next three to six months. In addition, we make a nod to what we see as future issues and challenges further down the road.
Highlights since the last LIS Update include:
We continued to co-sponsor with CTLR the Academic Roundtable to encourage cross-campus conversation on important topics having to do with pedagogy, scholarly inquiry, and student learning.
We also continued our planning for the digital liberal arts initiative.
We continued to build out new library subject guides
In Special Collections, we supported students and faculty during Winter Term including A People’s History of Middlebury and Field House Museum, Adventure Writing, Space and Place in the Graphic Novel, and Matt Longman’s seminar on higher education.
We started to archive Ward Prize-winning student essay in our online archive
We made more progress in building out our new videoconferencing infrastructure and upgraded a number of classroom.
We continued to encourage our community to use Web Help Desk to request service from us.
We created a new guide to training options that include both on-line, off-site, and on campus options.
Key goals for the next three to six months include:
As part of the broader faculty governance conversations taking place on campus, we in turn are thinking about a wide range of governance questions. How do we ensure appropriate consultation with our students, faculty, and staff to ensure that our planning and prioritization is aligned with the needs of the community that we serve?
We are hiring! We are currently running searches for a director of academic technology, a senior systems administrator, a head of collections, a media services specialist, and a network security analyst.
We are discussing the technical and policy implications of converting our google apps from a pilot to a full-supported production system.
We will also be discussing the process for evaluating new options for our email/calendaring system, and updating our analysis of the privacy and security implications of moving certain services to the cloud.
We are busy planning for the move of the CSNS and Security work groups to Exchange Street, the move of the Enterprise Applications area to Painter House, and the re-use of space within the Davis Family Library to support the digital liberal arts initiative.
We are planning an upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft Exchange.
We’ll be rolling out a Network Access Control system that will allow us to more carefully control which devices can join our network.
We’ll be reconfiguring the wireless network to make it simpler and more secure. As part of that, we’ll be putting in place a guest registration system to allow for those who only need to use it on a temporary basis.
We will be working closely with many offices across campus to develop a multi-year plan for Nolij, the document imaging system that allows for offices to automate many of their paper-based processes.
We’ll be upgrading Drupal, the software that powers our website to the latest version.
We’re also working with the Office of Communications on rolling out a new design for the homepage and some of the key pages that are linked to from the home page.
We will have an external security review of our systems as part of a consortial effort to improve our security stance.
We will continue our efforts to study trends in the ways our public computer labs are used to help us plan for the future of providing computing resources to our students.
We will start a pilot project where you can check out a bicycle from the circulation desk.
We’re writing a Request for Proposal as part of our investigation into a new campus phone system.
While we pursue all of this, we will of course keep doing all of our regular stuff: prepping for Language Schools, upgrading classroom and lab technology, adding more wireless access points, updating various systems, teaching information literacy courses, buying and cataloging library materials, and distributing new computers.
One goal that we are very keen to pursue is to invent a fool-proof, indestructible stapler that no one can steal.
If you have questions, comments, or suggestions on any of this, please feel free to contact me (Mike Roy, email@example.com) or do so on-line at http://sites.middlebury.edu/lis/2014/03/27/march-lis-update/ .
Categories: Library Spotlight, LIS Staff Interest, lisblog, Middlebury Community Interest, middpoints, Post for MiddNotes, Post for MiddPoints, Special Collections
The Northeast Document Conservation Center reports that they’ve recorded one hundred of the two hundred and fifty cylinders in the Flanders Ballad Collection. Quite a milestone! See the recording system at work and listen to the hundredth cylinder in the NEDCC blog post here! Take a look at some of the previous posts to learn more about this new sound scanning technology.
Categories: lisblog, middpoints, Post for MiddNotes, Post for MiddPoints
For the spring semester, the library study rooms on the lower level (the 150 rooms) will be now available for students on a first come, first served basis. If the room is empty, feel free to just start using it. These are for group study, though, so an individual using the room may be asked to leave if a group needs the room.
These spaces are often used for meetings and interviews by various departments from across campus. Reservations can still be made for these events. To do so, please contact Doreen Bernier (firstname.lastname@example.org or x5595). Schedules will be posted on the door to each room.
Categories: Library Spotlight, LIS Staff Interest, lisblog, Middlebury Community Interest, middpoints, Post for MiddNotes, Post for MiddPoints
“We Have Sound!” is the title of the IRENE/3D Seeing Sound Blog post from the Northeast Document Conservation Center when they announce that the new recording system is up and running. Middlebury College is fortunate to be part of a grant to reformat the wax cylinder recordings in the Flanders Ballad Collection. See the announcement here, along with more blog posts that follow. You can even listen to some of the recordings!