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Overdue – a poem

Thanks to poet Gary Margolis for sharing this library-related poem.

The library sends you a notice to return
three hundred books of theirs
shelved in your personal library.

No other patron has asked to borrow
one of them over these years.
Before there were security men

and x-rays, a chip, to let the circulation
desk know where a book has been.
On a shelf. Next to a bed. In a satchel

left on a train, traveling from Paris
to Bonn and back again. You have no
way of retrieving. Or remembering

if that book was rare.
If there were notes in the margins,
you, or some other reader, wrote in pen.

Another offence against you,
in this borrowed lifetime.
Which is never long enough to pretend

you’ll have enough time, in the after-
life or here, to renew yourself.
Ignore all the overdue notices

that used to arrive by boat,
to your unaddressed island.
Where, you’re happy to assume,

no one can reach you. Or that drone
overhead, dropping its hook,
to retrieve what you don’t believe

isn’t yours. Which you can keep for
as long as there are writers,
who want you to read what they have written.

Editors and publishers who believe
in more than one reader. And buildings
as large as computers, to hold all

the books in the world, for someone
like you to take out, forget whether you have
read them or not. And where they belong.

-Gary Margolis Ph.D.
Executive Director, Emeritus,
College Mental Health Services
Associate Professor of English
and American Literatures
Middlebury College

Weekly Web Updates – May 20, 2019

Updates

  • Drupal views 7.x-3.23
  • Drupal video_embed_field 8.x-2.1
  • WordPress akismet plugin 4.1.2
  • WordPress jetpack plugin 7.3.1
  • WordPress ml-slider plugin 3.13.1
  • WordPress osm plugin 5.2.1
  • WordPress post-types-order plugin 1.9.4.1
  • WordPress regenerate-thumbnails plugin 3.1.1
  • WordPress parabola theme 2.3.2.2

Fixes and Tweaks

  • We’ve added two new components to our Drupal 8 sites: image gallery and button.
  • Basic Content pages on the Drupal 8 site can now activate a chaptered navigation, which will add a sticky right sidebar to the page letting you jump to each heading.
  • Captions and image credits are now displayed for the Drupal 8 page header images.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.

How to use library databases from off campus

You don’t have to say goodbye! Even when you’re off campus, you can connect to library databases like JSTOR and PsycINFO from the library website:

When you're off campus, you can connect to library databases from the library website.

go.middlebury.edu/lib

Links that are on library web pages (a few examples include Research GuidesSummon and the Journals list) will ask you to log in with Midd credentials when you’re not on campus. It’s as easy as that!

Seniors: Here’s how to get alumni access to library databases!

Weekly Web Updates – May 13, 2019

We have added a WYSIWYG editor to the Library & ITS Wiki. This is an option that we can enable on any other wiki on our MediaWiki site. Please send a request through the Helpdesk with a link to the wiki you manage.

Updates

Updates Drupal 8.7, 8.7.1, and the Drupal easy_breadcrumb module version 8x-1.10 are being tested and will need to be deployed during a downtime window, likely this week, as they require database updates.

Fixes and Tweaks

  • The Drupal 8 Offices and Services site now has several new components which can be used to add dynamic content to a page, including the Mega CTA (Call to Action), Themed Panel, Image with Text, CTA Group, Announcement, and Event Schedule.
  • Created a new static offline page that can be swapped to in the event of extended downtime.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.
  • Improvements to the Service Catalog.

Weekly Web Updates – May 7, 2019

Updates

  • WordPress cryout-theme-settings plugin 0.5.10
  • WordPress seriously-simple-podcasting plugin 1.19.20
  • WordPress the-events-calendar plugin 4.9.1
  • WordPress academica theme 2.0.5
  • WordPress sydney theme 1.55

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Offices: Fixed issue where office-site editors couldn’t see the homepage of an office-site after it was viewed by an anonymous user.
  • Institute, offices, and other Drupal 8 sites: We’ve added file-version tags to images and other assets that allows browsers to cache them indefinitely while safely getting informed of new versions by URL changes in the HTML markup. This speeds the browsing experience as previously-seen images don’t need to be re-downloaded.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.
  • Improvements to the Service Catalog.

Exam hours at the Davis Family Library

The Davis Family Library will be open until 2 am starting Monday night, May 6th. Regular hours resume for Friday and Saturday, May 10th and 11th, then the 2 am closing will be in place for Sunday night through Thursday night.  Regular hours resume for Friday and Saturday, May 17th and 18th.   2 am closing resumes for Sunday and Monday, then both Davis and Armstrong Libraries will close at 10 pm on Tuesday, May 21st.   A reminder that you will need your college ID to access the building after 9 pm.

Armstrong Library will have regular hours until May 21st.

A full calendar of the hours can be found at go/hours

Weekly Web Updates – April 29, 2019

Updates

  • WordPress subscribe2 plugin 10.28
  • WordPress the-events-calendar plugin 4.9.0.2
  • WordPress hueman theme 3.4.20
  • WordPress parabola theme 2.3.2.1

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Pages which are archived in Drupal 8 sites will now appear in menus when you are logged in if you have access to edit them with the text “[archived]” after their title.
  • Added support for the VWO A/B testing tool to the Middlebury Institute site.
  • Added a link to Oracle Cloud to the Middlebury Institute site footer.
  • Worked with Communications and Marketing to refine the number of 3rd party marketing tools running on the Middlebury Institute site, bringing it down from 114 requests to fully load the page to 49.
  • Fixed Course Hub site-building issue for upcoming Language School term.
  • Fixed Course Hub public/institution syllabus visibility issue. Syllabi were sometimes visible to only the class even if they were flagged as visible to the institution/public.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.
  • Improvements to the Service Catalog.