Author Archives: Jess Isler

About Jess Isler Liaison to Dance, Theatre, and Studio Art, Music Cataloger, LIS Website Team Leader.

WordPress for Course Sites

(Cross-posting from WordPress @ Middlebury):

WordPress and Moodle are the primary alternatives to Segue for course sites at Middlebury.  A number of workshops have been scheduled on how to use WordPress for course sites and how it is integrated with the Course Hub.

  • 11:00 am -12:00 pm, Wednesday, August 31, Library 105
  • 11:00 am -12:00 pm, Thursday, Sept 1, Library 105
  • 4:00-5:00 pm, Tuesday, Sept 6, Library 105
  • 3:00-4:00 pm, Wednesday, Sept 7, Library 105

To attend one of these sessions, please fill out our sign up form, see:
WordPress / Course Hub Workshop Sign Up

These sessions have been scheduled before or after similar sessions on Moodle, Middlebury’s new learning management system (LMS).  To learn more about how these platform compare, see: Curricular Technologies Platform Overview. If you’d like to attend one of the Moodle sessions, there is still time to sign up: Click to sign up for a Moodle Workshop.

August LIS Staff Recognition

The LIS Recognition & Recreation Crew is pleased to announce the recipients of the LIS Employee and LIS Crew of the Month for August 2011:

  • Jun Chen – LIS Student Employee of the Month
  • Lisa Terrier – LIS Employee of the Month
  • LIS Website Team – LIS Crew of the Month (Jim Beauchemin, Richard Jenkins, Matt LaFrance, Barbara Merz, Jess Isler, Team Leader)

The comments submitted by nominators in support of these awards were read aloud at the August all-LIS staff meeting. Congratulations to Jun, Lisa, and the LIS Website Team!

Nominate your colleagues for recognition at the web form here: Staff Nomination form

Wondering what to say in the “Scenario / Justification for Nomination” field? Use this to explain why the nominee deserves recognition. Include a few details about the work that was accomplished and the way in which it was accomplished.

July LIS Staff Recognition

The LIS Recognition & Recreation Crew is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the LIS Employee and LIS Crew of the Month for July 2011:

  • Mike Schuster – LIS Employee of the Month
  • LIS Space Team – LIS Crew of the Month (Kellam Ayres, Peggy Fischel, Hans Raum, Lisa Terrier, Joseph Watson, Team Leader)

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Friday links roundup 7/15

The State of Millennials = a compendium of recent data outlining behavioral statistics of the Millennial Generation on slideshare, from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project:

Loading the Wikipedia homepage on a 300 baud acoustic modem from 1964:

Discussing failed experiments . Making a case that we should discuss our failed experiments (along with our successes). – from the Scholarly Kitchen

LIS site improvements since usability testing

Soon after the launch of the new Middlebury web site, the LIS website team conducted usability testing on the LIS parts of the site (see report 1, report 2). Many improvements have been made based on the feedback received during testing. Since part of the Team’s charge for this year included following-up on these recommendations, we thought it best to share some of the highlights. These changes were made with the help of many content managers and website editors; we thank you for your contributions!: Continue reading

Introducing the Middlebury College LIS Facebook Page!

We invite you to visit the new LIS Facebook Page, and if you have a Facebook account, please “Like” the Page!:

For the past few weeks the Reference & Instruction workgroup has taken the lead on posting content to this Page. Today we write to invite Fans and feedback from all of LIS (and beyond), and explain how you may help us make this page a vibrant and vital part of our online presence.

Who is this for/What is going to appear on the Page?:

We hope to focus the Page primarily toward students, but we also think the content and information shared there will be of interest to Staff and Faculty. We received feedback from SLAC (Student LIS Advisory Committee) that content postings to the Page should not be too frequent.

How will things be added?/I’d like to share something!:

If you have content you’d like to have featured on the LIS Facebook Page,  get in touch with the social media community managers, Jess Isler and Joy Pile.

Please let us know if you have questions or feedback to share about the Page. Thanks! Oh, and “Liking” the Page counts as feedback, too!