Heather Stafford

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Wilson Media Lab – Summer Stats

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We’ve finished tabulating the usage counts for the Wilson Media Lab which can be found in the Piktochart below or here. Some interesting differences from last year’s summer session include:

  • An increase in requests for help from 11% in 2014 to 33% of users in 2015.
  • We are also seeing an increase in graphics and video usage and a decrease in text usage

If you haven’t visited the newly redesigned Wilson Media Lab we encourage you to do so!

Embedding a Kanopy Streaming Video in a Course Site

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Good news! Thanks to our partners in ITS, faculty can now embed a video from Middlebury’s repository of Kanopy streaming videos in their WordPress sites. We’ve documented the process here. Below is a sample of what this would look like once it is embedded in the site.

You can do this in Moodle as well. The process is a little different, and is documented here. (Look in the section “Additional Options” below the YouTube instructions.)


Friday Links – February 27, 2015

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Adobe Photoshop is a pretty amazing application, but in the hands of artists, it’s breathtaking. Check out the work of Erik Johansson via this post in Mashable. I’ve included a Behind the Scenes video below that shows you how he works his magic. (Hint: LOTS of layers.)


“Why digital natives prefer reading in print”


Summer Help with Media Projects for your Courses

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Over the course of the summer the library and the digital liberal arts initiative employ, train,  and mentor students as they assist faculty with various digital projects. If you are interested in receiving assistance with a digital project this summer whether curricular or research related, we’d like to hear from you!

If you have any interest in participating, please send an email to hstafford@middlebury.edu  with all the information  you currently have available about the project that you’d like to pursue (for example, a general description or interest in a conversation about an idea). We will use this information to determine the number of students to recruit as well as the technical and academic skill sets needed for the projects. In addition, it will help us match your project with a staff mentor and a student.

Past projects have included:

  • Conversations and planning around innovative ideas you may have for classroom projects, and/or using digital methods in your scholarship and the scholarship of your students.
  • One on one instruction in a variety of software applications, including, but not limited to: image and document creation (including posters and diagrams); audio (podcasting, voiceovers); video (digital stories, other video applications); digitization of audio and video, and social software (blogs, wikis, LMS).
  • Consultations to discuss what is possible, and help you decide what technologies would best suit your needs
  • Development of course web sites in WordPress or Moodle

These projects will be completed during the months of June, July and August. Please be sure to specify in your email message if your timeline is different from this schedule.

I’ll be in touch with you towards the end of the spring semester to set up an initial meeting and connect you with your student tutor. We look forward to hearing from you!

-Heather Stafford, Multimedia/Curricular Technologist


Figure Skating Lessons for Children

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Registration for the 2014-2015 Middlebury College Figure Skating Club will take place on Thursday, October 2nd, from 4:30-6:00pm at Crossroads Cafe in McCullough. This club is open to children of all faculty and staff (Middlebury College ID holders), from ages 5 through high school.

If you are unable to attend registration, please complete these documents (registration and waiver):

2014-15 Figure Skating Club
2014-2015 Winter Skating Middlebury College Waiver Form

You may send the documents and payment to Barbara Walter at 303 Sunderland Language Center.

If you have questions, please contact Barbara Walter (bwalter@middlebury.edu) or Heather Stafford (hstafford@middlebury.edu).

Skating practice will begin on Sunday, October 12th! We look forward to seeing you on the ice!


Friday Links – January 24, 2014

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With a tagline like this: ”A spectacular historical atlas refashioned for the 21st century” who can resist? Check out the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States presented by the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond to view a digital version of Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright’s atlas that was originally published in 1932.


Exciting! Students and staff at University College London serendipitously discovered a type 1a supernova in M82 on January 22. Read about it here!

Supernova in M82, before and after, by  E. Guido, N. Howes, M. Nicolini
Supernova in M82, before and after, by E. Guido, N. Howes, M. Nicolini, January 2014.

If you are very keen, check out the IAU Transient Object Followup Reports.

Research Desk Poetry (and more at the LIS Facebook page):


Is your refrigerator running? Then it might be spamming people.

Google is pulling the plug on guest blogging for increased ranking.

If you put an email address in a Google Calendar event’s title, that person will get a reminder of the event, even if you don’t share it with them. This is “expected behavior” according to Google.

Friday Links – January 10, 2014

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Hmmmm…it’s pretty snazzy looking but how do I know if I should I trust that infographic? Fast Company has some good tips here.  (Spoiler alert: the article title is “Infographics Lie. Here’s How to Spot the B.S.”)

Interested in a story for everyone? Check out the Big History Project and “explore 13.7 billion years of shared history…”

Speaking of stories – the New York Times has compiled “2013: The Year in Interactive Storytelling” Be sure to scroll down to view the Explanatory Graphics section. You can learn about the Higgs Boson or untangle the fast choreography of a successful field goal on the football field.

How do the Digital Humanities translate to the classroom? The Chronicle spotlights UCLA and Emory in “How the Humanities Compute in the Classroom”.

How many times do people switch devices in an hour? Quite a few, according to a UK study.