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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Join your colleagues from both the Middlebury and Monterey campuses for a presentation and discussion on critical cybersecurity issues including phishing and cracking.

  • On October 29th at 12:30 Eastern time, Information Security will host a Cybersecurity Roadshow.
  • You can join the discussion in Lib105A on the Middlebury Campus or on PolyCom 710205
  • Central Monterey meeting location TBD.

Please join us for this discussion. It is open to students, faculty, staff and the community. Computer security is the responsibility of us all.

For more information call Information Security at 802-349-5805

BrowZine trial, take two (Trial ends Nov. 6)

We trialed BrowZine in mid-summer and got some good response, but since then they’ve enabled a Web-based version which we think will be useful to more of our community, so we’re trialing it again.BrowZine_Snip

BrowZine is a unique product that “knows” Middlebury’s journal subscriptions and allows you to browse or search our journals in a visually interesting and convenient interface. BrowZine2

On mobile devices (and soon in the web version),  you can create your own shelf of journals, on which new issues will appear as soon as they are published. BrowZineShelf

It’s modeled after the experience of browsing the periodical shelves in the library, but it’s on your mobile device. There are many more features, too.

We would really like to get some feedback from all parts of our user community this time – staff, faculty, and students! Try out BrowZine – the web version, or download the app – and let us know what you think: email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your liaison.

ForeignPolicy.com (trial ends Oct. 19, 2015)

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 foreignpolicy.com, 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 eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your liaison.

Write Your Thesis with Scrivener: Open Workshop

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Thu, Oct. 8th
4:30 – 5:30 pm

Are 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 work space. You will learn how to create a new writing project in Scrivener, import existing work, and how to outline, research, and write with Scrivener’s unique features. A limited number of free licenses can be obtained by thesis students who participate in the Middlebury pilot. Instructor: Stacy Reardon. To sign up, visit go.middlebury.edu/scrivenerworkshop.

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

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

Let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or contact your liaison.

The Canvas Pilot

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.

New Survey Tool: Qualtrics

As of July 2015, Middlebury has adopted Qualtrics as its on-line survey platform for faculty, students and staff.

  • Qualtrics is currently considered the industry-leading provider of online survey software.

  • It is already being used by members of Middlebury as well as in other educational institutions for administrative, academic and research purposes. For example, Amherst, Bowdoin, Colby, Hamilton, Pomona, and Wesleyan are among peer institutions that offer site wide access to Qualtrics.

  • It offers powerful features, such as 90 different question types, the ability to add multimedia to surveys and panel management that set it apart from KeySurvey, our current software.

  • Finally, the switch resulted in significant savings for the College.

Our previous survey platform, KeySurvey, will be available until the end of September and users are strongly encouraged to export their surveys and data before September 30th.

To create a Qualtrics account and learn how to transition from KeySurvey to Qualtrics, go to http://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/Qualtrics or contact Bill Koulopoulos (bkoul@middlebury.edu).

Security Notification: Ransomware Delivered Through Phishing Attacks

A year ago the Internet saw a rash of malware known as ransomware. This malicious form of cyber attack is known for infecting a computer and encrypting a drive. The victim is then unable to recover their data until paying a ransom to the attacker. Middlebury, like many other institutions was not immune to this form of attack.

A week ago the FBI announced a new variant on a common form of these attacks known as CryptoWall. This form of ransomware is known to have four methods of infecting a computer.

  • Phishing: the attacker may lure a victim into downloading an infected attachment through a phishing campaign and thereby compromising the drive on their system.
  • Phishing: the attacker lures the victim into clicking on a link to a malicious web site where the victim unknowingly downloads the malicious software onto their system and compromises their drive.
  • Infected ad: the attacker posts and infected ad on a website which a user might click thereby causing the download of malicious software.
  • Compromised website: the attacker compromises a website so when a user visits the website they unknowingly download malicious software and compromise their system.

According to the FBI, by far the most common method of attack is phishing, particularly with attachments in the message.

What you can do to protect yourself:

  • Never open attachments or click links in emails that you do not recognize or trust.
  • Know what a phishing attack is and how to spot one. visit http://go.middlebury.edu/phish or http://phishing.org
  • If you think you have fallen for a phish change your password. then call x2200
  • If you believe you system is compromised, unplug it from the power and the network. Shut it down immediately. Do not worry about saving your work. then call x2200.
  • Backup your data routinely. If you save your data to Middfiles or your home directory it will be backed up automatically.
  • Never disable your antivirus software.
  • Send any suspect emails to phishing@middlebury.edu
  • Only download software from known vendor sites.
  • Don’t click on ads in web sites. Visit vendor websites directly.

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You CAN search library databases from off campus!

You can search library databases from off campus! Just start at the library site: http://go.middlebury.edu/lib.  JSTOR, ebooks, audiobooks, Summon and all of our online journals, magazines and newspapers are there for you…no matter where you are!

When you’re off campus, links that are on library web pages (for example, Research Guides, Summon and the Journals list) will ask you to log in with Midd credentials. It’s as easy as that!

Seniors: Ask a librarian about alumni access to library databases!

Enjoy the summer!

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