Limited access to databases and journals this evening

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We have lost access to databases (JSTOR, PsycINFO, LexisNexis, etc.) and journals several times this evening. We are trying to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience at this very busy time of the semester.

This evening, if a link to a library resource brings you to a page that says, “The connection was reset,” or “This web page is not available,” (see images below), please contact the Technology HelpDesk at helpdesk@middlebury.edu or 802.443.2200.

The connection was reset

“The connection was reset…”

 

 

 

 

"This web page is not available"

“This web page is not available”

Respect the Mountains – Hike Safe – Hike Smart

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  • Respect the mountains. Plan your hike so you avoid sensitive vegetation and areas that may be damaged due to trail erosion from spring runoff.  Visit the Green Mountain Club website for hiking suggestions and current trail status reports at http://www.greenmountainclub.org/.

 

  • Hike safe. Wear boots that will keep your feet dry and warm. Dress like an onion, in layers. 1. Wear a wicking base layer. 2. Wear one or two insulated and ventilation layers for warmth. Cotton does not work well. 3. Wear a rain and wind protection outer layer.

 

  • At high elevation, weather changes are common and can be severe. Don’t get caught in sneakers, shorts, and a T-shirt.

 

  • Hike smart. Do some research and prepare for the worst-case scenario.  Hikers can get lost so be prepared for a night in the mountains. There is no guarantee you will find a cell signal. Bring the following essential items with you so you are well prepared:
    • Water
    • Map and compass
    • Extra wool or synthetic clothes
    • Rain gear
    • Knife
    • Matches or other fire starter
    • Flashlight or headlamp
    • First aid kit with any medicines you take regularly
    • Extra food
    • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen)

 

  • Leave your valuables at home. The Vermont State Police warn against leaving valuables in cars at trail head parking lots because of frequent thefts from cars at these locations.

Respect the Mountains – Hike Safe – Hike Smart

Categories: Midd Blogosphere
  • Respect the mountains. Plan your hike so you avoid sensitive vegetation and areas that may be damaged due to trail erosion from spring runoff.  Visit the Green Mountain Club website for hiking suggestions and current trail status reports at http://www.greenmountainclub.org/.

 

  • Hike safe. Wear boots that will keep your feet dry and warm. Dress like an onion, in layers. 1. Wear a wicking base layer. 2. Wear one or two insulated and ventilation layers for warmth. Cotton does not work well. 3. Wear a rain and wind protection outer layer.

 

  • At high elevation, weather changes are common and can be severe. Don’t get caught in sneakers, shorts, and a T-shirt.

 

  • Hike smart. Do some research and prepare for the worst-case scenario.  Hikers can get lost so be prepared for a night in the mountains. There is no guarantee you will find a cell signal. Bring the following essential items with you so you are well prepared:
    • Water
    • Map and compass
    • Extra wool or synthetic clothes
    • Rain gear
    • Knife
    • Matches or other fire starter
    • Flashlight or headlamp
    • First aid kit with any medicines you take regularly
    • Extra food
    • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen)

 

  • Leave your valuables at home. The Vermont State Police warn against leaving valuables in cars at trail head parking lots because of frequent thefts from cars at these locations.

Annual College Counseling Workshop

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The annual College Counseling Workshop sponsored by the Admissions Office has been scheduled for Friday, June 5, 2015 of Reunion Weekend at McCardell Bicentennial Hall.  High school age children and grandchildren of Middlebury alumni, faculty and staff as well as students from Vermont high schools are invited.  Preference is given to juniors in high school. This program gives an overview of the general selective college application process and does not focus on Middlebury College.  It runs from 8:15 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. and covers five areas of the college application process:  1) choosing a college;  2) how to visit a college;  3) how a college admits its class;  4) financial aid;  and 5) understanding the common application–a hands on session.  Following the final presentation, individual afternoon appointments can be scheduled with Student Financial Services.

In addition, for any students who are interested specifically in Middlebury College, a group information session will be conducted at 1:30 P.M. and campus tours will be offered at 2:30 P.M.

Register Here for Info Sessions and Tours

The required registration deadline is Friday, May 29, 2015.  Parents are invited to all activities. There is no cost.

Register Here for Workshop

Questions?  Contact the Admissions Office at aap@middlebury.edu.

 

Maeve on Juntos

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When people ask me what I do with our compañero, I tell them honestly that we just chat. As part of the Juntos Compañeros program, two other Middlebury students and I go to visit a farmworker named Gustavo every Friday for a couple of hours. I often get some confused looks and uncertainty about what the purpose behind “just chatting” is.
Sometimes we practice English words and phrases and work on specific things like communicating with staff at the bank or post office to send money back to his hometown in Tabasco, Mexico. Other times we will talk about the movie he was just watching on his “dia de descanso” (rest day) and get into a conversation about pop culture, television shows, and our favorite fútbol (soccer) teams. Most of the time though, the conversation slips into how he is doing day to day. If he’s warm enough when he goes out to milk in the early morning in the winter. If his employer has increased his payment above minimum wage at all. Gustavo puts a face to the issue. As an undocumented migrant farmworker in Vermont he works long untraditional hours, he is paid low wages, and he suffers hard conditions on a family dairy farm.

We are by no means solving the issues that Gustavo faces by just chatting. We are not confronting the crisis of immigration. We are not doing anything that would be published in the newspaper as revolutionary engagement in the community, but I think our little nuggets of conversation in broken English and Spanish provide some form of companionship and insight for both of us. It’s fun to talk about soccer and TV and our favorite foods. It’s two hours for Gustavo that don’t revolve around the farm’s milking schedule and two hours for us that don’t revolve around squeezing in lunch at Proctor between class and meetings. Just chatting lets us all take a break and just exist with one another for a while. It’s not the structural change that’s needed with immigration, but it feels like a little baby step to creating solidarity and a partnership across difference.

 

– Maeve Moynihan ’17

Weekly Web Updates – May 4, 2015

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Drupal Webform Update

We’re now on version 7.x-4.8 of webform for both the Middlebury and MIIS forms sites. Here are the new features in this release:

  1. Conditionals can now act on more than one component with the same rule.
  2. Conditionals can now make components required/optional and set component values, in addition to hiding/showing them.
  3. Tokens may now be used to set the file component upload directory, as well as create a pattern to rename each uploaded file.
  4. Grid components support a right-side header to create semantic-differential survey questions.
  5. Result analysis can now be customized with views, including creating exposed filters.
  6. Email addresses now support long-format names, such as "First Last" <flast@example.com>.
  7. The confirmation message may now be shown within the webform block, if desired.
  8. In addition to the first-saved timestamp, webform now tracks the first completed (not draft) and last modified timestamp.
  9. Submissions may be downloaded by date range, both via the user interface and drush.
  10. Numeric submission data may now be properly formatted, filtered, and sorted with views.
  11. The day/month/year may be made optional in date components.
  12. Time components may have a start and end time, including “over midnight” ranges, such as 10pm-3am.
  13. Date and time components only show options that fall within the start and end date/times.
  14. Anonymous users may submit Webforms confidentially, without their IP address being recorded.
  15. Multi-page drafts are now resumed where the user left off, rather than on page 1.
  16. The html5 required attribute is used on required components, providing in-browser validation.

Other Updates

Library Guides

Thanks to a suggestion, creation of the dropdown lists, and testing from Bryan Carson, the Library Quick Search feature on the Library site now features a selection of subject and course guides under the “Guides” tab.

Fixes and Tweaks

  • The link to the BLWC site on the Middlebury homepage is once again plural in reference to the conferences.
  • Elements of the MIIS global design are now rendered via Drupal’s block system, which we’ve been using for the Middlebury site since the upgrade to Drupal 7. This allows us to mix-and-match which elements show up without having to create a new theme and is part of the work we’re doing to port the Course Hubs to Drupal 7.
  • A number of programming errors that were preventing the Podcasting and Visual Links WordPress plugins from working on our sites have been corrected.
  • The “waveform” feature was not being displayed at the top of the Admissions site, but is now back in place.
  • The stylesheeets for the AD Group Manager are now loaded from the central CDN rather than the older “web” server, in preparation of retiring that machine.

TRAC Terrorism (Trial ends May 30, 2015)

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A student asked that we trial TRAC Terrorism, so a trial is now under way at both Middlebury College and the Middlebury Institute, ending May 30th.

Created by The Beacham Group, LLC, Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC) is a uniquely comprehensive resource for the study of political violence of all kinds. In cooperation with a team of 2800 experts, TRAC gathers the best information for exploration of this topic by faculty, scholars, students, government and defense professionals, as well as the general public.

Find guidance for how to use the site in this video:

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

Is there something you’d like the Middlebury libraries to trial? Let us know at go/requests.