Grille Closing from August 17th-September 7th 2015

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Please note that the Grille will be closing for some maintenance issues on August 17th and will reopen September 7th, 2015. During this time, Midd Express Market will be open for snacks and Grab & Go options. Weather permitting, we are hoping to do some Pop Up Barbeques on the deck outside.

Online Training Site of Interest

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See the Library Journal article “Colorado State Library Expands Online Training Site” for information on technology training materials that may be relevant for the Library and ITS.


“The Colorado State Library (CSL) is continuing to build out its Library Creation & Learning Centers website, a free online resource where libraries throughout the state and beyond can access interactive technology and customer service training modules for staff, Maker space programming ideas, curated links to digital creation software, and more.”

“Using Articulate Storyline authoring tools, Faccioli also created a new series of interactive online training modules that communicate several key concepts from the in-person workshops, including how to conduct a technology reference interview; how to assess staff proficiency with technology; how to create resources to help with common questions; how to use effective one-on-one technology training techniques; how to deal with challenging patron situations in a positive way; how to tailor training techniques to the needs of adults; and how to design technology training classes for groups.”

Includes a Technology Proficiency Checklist for the really basics skills and instructional materials that would be helpful if ITS ever offers a basic computing class for staff.

Live Blogging the Republican Candidate Forum

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Weekly Web Updates – August 3, 2015

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New Documentation

Fixes & Tweaks

  • The Middlebury Drupal site and both the Middlebury and MIIS WordPress sites are now using Google Tag Manager to load the Google Analytics tracking code, rather than loading it directly. This change will continue to be rolled out to all of our services. WordPress sites we host that do not use the or domains can continue to load the Google Analytics tracking code in the old fashion.
  • We have fixed and improved the check that determines whether a region of the Drupal page is empty and you will no longer see empty carousels or quick links areas.
  • The WordPress Video Plugin, which is automatically enabled on all sites, now uses the Jetpack plugin’s method of generating the shortcode for SlideShare embeds as its own method is no longer supported by SlideShare.
  • The WordPress Sticky Front Page Categories and Tags plugin is now compatible with sites using a static front page.
  • Clicks on Drupal FAQ titles, which expand and contract the FAQ text, are now tracked using a custom event in Google Analytics. These can be found under Event Category “Drupal”, Event Action “Click”, Event Label “FAQ”.
  • The last 25% of stories on the Middlebury homepage were being excluded due to an error in the boolean logic that reduces the number of stories shown on the homepage to Internet Explorer 7 users by 50%. Everyone except IE 7 users will now see all the stories which have been selected for the homepage.

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 4 faculty positions, 56 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 5 internal job postings on the Middlebury employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities:

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus), (off campus)

Are Democrats Biden Their Time For The Last Hurrah?

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Two developments this weekend in the presidential race help illustrate the themes regarding how the media covers campaigns that I’ve been highlighting in recent posts. First, I tuned into the morning talk shows this Sunday to find multiple phone calls with Donald Trump occurring simultaneously. Both Chuck Todd on Meet the Press and Jon Karl […]

The Weeks’ Headlines

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Here are the weeks’ headlines from the News Room:

Summer Study: Dispatch from Alaska

School of English To Confer 70 Master’s Degrees on Three Campuses This Summer

New England Review Explores China Through Poetry, Fiction, and Essays

Forbes Names Middlebury One of “America’s Most Entrepreneurial Colleges”

Summer Study: Dispatch from Ethiopia

Centennial Medals Honor Individuals for Advancing the Study of Languages and Cultures

Middlebury Institute Experts Quoted Extensively on Iran Nuclear Agreement

Pursuits: Rana Abdelhamid ’15 is Helping Young Muslim Women Become Leaders

Celebrating 100 Years of Language Learning

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.