On January 31, 2019, Information Technology Services (ITS) will enable a feature on the Virtual Private Network (VPN) system that will detect if your VPN software needs to be upgraded to the latest release. If an upgrade is indicated, you will see a popup window from the Pulse Secure VPN application informing you that “An upgrade is available for Pulse Secure.” Please click on “Upgrade” to complete the upgrade process. Keeping the client up to date will ensure that all security updates have been applied.
Users of the older Juniper VPN client should note that the system tray icon has changed. The Pulse Secure client icon now looks like a fancy letter “S.”
Throughout the year Media Services is always working on improving the classrooms around campus. This ongoing process involves removing old technology and introducing new technology.
For the 2018 – 2019 academic year, new laser projectors that don’t require bulb changes or maintenance have been installed. Media Services will be eliminating VGA cables and installing AppleTV for AirPlay (wireless projection) from any Apple device. Go to go/airplay for instructions on how this works. The updated classroom instructions will also include instructions on how to operate AppleTV.
HDMI cables and Blu-ray players will remain.
If you have questions about the classroom upgrades, please reach out to Media Services.
The library now offers patrons the option of receiving circulation notices via text message. If you choose to opt in, you will get overdue, hold pickup, and courtesy notices on your phone, in addition to via email. To opt in, login to My MIDCAT at go/renew, click the “Modify Personal Info” button, enter your mobile phone number, check the “Opt in” box, read the conditions, and click “Submit”. Opt out at any time by following the same procedure and unchecking the “Opt in” button. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The Middlebury library has purchased access to three sets of Oxford’s online bibliographies. Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides; these bibliographies combine the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia. The subjects we now have access to are:
Dear ILL Patrons: The ILL Department is currently experiencing a staffing shortage, and we apologize in advance if it takes somewhat longer than usual to process your orders, especially over weekends. We expect this to continue for the remainder of the summer, so if you have interlibrary loan needs, please try to give us as much lead time as you possibly can to fulfill your requests.
Our normal hours will continue as usual, with the exception of Monday, Aug. 6, when we will be closed for the day. Thank you for your understanding and please continue to submit new ILL requests! We will continue to fulfill them as quickly and thoroughly as we possibly can!
Now available for checkout from the Davis Family Library Circulation desk: a family pass (up to 8 people in one vehicle) for free entry into a Vermont Historic Site. This means you can go see and of these historic sites – the Bennington Battle Monument, President Calvin Coolidge, Chimney Point, Hubbardton Battlefield, Senator Justin S. Morrill, Mount Independence, Old Constitution House, President Chester A. Arthur, and Eureka Schoolhouse and Baltimore Covered Bridge – for the bottom line price of zero dollars! At that price, you can’t afford to NOT go learn some history! The pass is available for checkout by all college faculty, staff, and students for a three-day loan period.
Do you have any new staff members joining your team in the coming months? Information Technology Services (ITS) offers a monthly workshop with new hires in mind called “ITS & You: Technology Services Overview.”
We introduce services and resources provided by ITS to all Middlebury campus employees, including: email, file storage, account security, online learning, and how to obtain computing help. The workshop format is presentation-style with questions entertained along the way, followed by an optional half hour for hands-on assistance with specific questions. Our complete workshop schedule can be viewed at http://go/techworkshops/.
Although geared toward new or recent hires, everyone is welcome to attend — with the ever-changing world of technology, even not-so-new staff might surprise themselves with an “aha” moment or two. Please ask employees to sign up using our online form, or you can complete the form on their behalf.