Categories: ITS, libitsblog, library, LIS Staff Interest, lisblog, Middlebury Community Interest, middpoints, Post for MiddNotes, Post for MiddPoints
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 – http://sites.middlebury.edu/canvas/
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 (http://sites.middlebury.edu/segue/2011/06/14/moodle-middlebury/). 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.
Categories: borrowing, circulation, Circulation Services, exam hours, hours, hours of service, library, library hours, Library News, libspotlight, LIS Staff Interest, lisblog, Middlebury Community Interest, Post for MiddNotes, recess hours
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.
Categories: borrowing, circulation, Circulation Services, hours, hours of service, library, library hours, Library News, libspotlight, LIS Staff Interest, lisblog, Middlebury Community Interest, middpoints, Post for MiddNotes, Post for MiddPoints, recess hours
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.
Categories: borrowing, circulation, Circulation Services, exam hours, hours, hours of service, library, library hours, Library News, LIS Staff Interest, lisblog, Middlebury Community Interest, middpoints, Post for MiddNotes, Post for MiddPoints
The Davis Family library is now open 24 hours a day through December 14th. After 11 pm, you will need your ID to access the building. The library will close at 10 pm on Sunday, December 14th.
Armstrong Library will have regular hours, with extended hours Friday and Saturday, December 12th and 13th (closing at 10 pm and midnight, respectively).
A full calendar of the hours can be found at go/hours
Categories: borrowing, circulation, Circulation Services, hours, hours of service, library, library hours, libspotlight, LIS Staff Interest, lisblog, middpoints, Post for MiddNotes, Post for MiddPoints, recess hours
Davis Family Library
Monday 11/24: 7:30 am – 1 am
Tuesday 11/25: 7:30 am – 8 pm
Wednesday 11/26: 9 am – 5 pm
Thursday-Saturday 11/27-29: CLOSED
Sunday 11/30: 24/7 exam period begins at 9 am. Card access only outside of regular library hours.
Monday 11/24: 7:45 am – midnight
Tuesday 11/25: 7:45 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 11/26: 9 am – 5 pm
Thursday-Saturday 11/27-29: CLOSED
Sunday 11/30: 4 pm – midnight
Categories: Armstrong, armstrong library, borrowing, circulation, Circulation Services, hours, hours of service, libitsblog, library, library hours, libspotlight, lisblog, Middlebury Community Interest, middpoints, Post for MiddNotes, Post for MiddPoints
The Libraries will have reduced hours this weekend for Fall break.
Davis will close at 8 pm on Friday and be open 9-5 Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. On Tuesday, we will open at 9 am and close at the regular 1 am.
Armstrong will close at 5 pm on Friday and be closed Saturday and Sunday. Hours Monday will be 9-5 and Tuesday will be 9-midnight.
Regular hours resume on Wednesday.
See go/hours for the full calendar.
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 email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org) or do so on-line at http://sites.middlebury.edu/lis/2014/03/27/march-lis-update/ .