Archive for April, 2009

Display more location info in Midcat

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

This is not really my suggestion; I’m passing it along:

A user from outside the Middlebury College community (a college library director from another Vermont institution) using the Middlebury catalog remarked that it was difficult to determine which library housed the particular item she was interested in. A patron of hers planned to travel here to use the item, and wanted to make sure she had her destination correct.

I have no way of knowing whether or not this is a common concern, but I wonder if it might warrant exploring additional options for displaying additional location information? Would it help to add “Main Library/Armstrong library/Music library” in addition to the current location information for those patrons who don’t know what “Armstrong stacks” or “Main stacks lower level” mean? (Or to help those who aren’t even aware that we have branch libraries?)


From Jess Isler

Link to course descriptions from course schedule page

Monday, April 13th, 2009

it would be nice if you could get to the course descriptions straight from the course schedule page. At the moment, when you click the CRN of a course on the page it takes you to a BannerWeb page labeled “Class Schedule Listing.” Could the course descriptions that are on the various academic department pages be linked or pasted into this BannerWeb page?

From Nolan Maier

Add a street address to “Campus Maps” page

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Let’s add a street address for Middlebury College to our “Campus Maps” page so that visitors can enter the address into their car’s GPS.  The St Michael’s map does this.

Twitter account for Middlebury printers

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Often I print from a computer only to find that the printer I have chosen is out of order. How about a twitter account devoted to middlebury printers that displays what printers are out of order or offline, so students could check before they click print. This twitter account could easily be updated by the help desk or the tech center.

From Brendan Mahoney