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August 31, 2015

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August 31, 2015

As some of you may recall, last Summer ITS embarked upon an extensive effort to procure a new central storage system for use in our datacenter.  Prior to this, notices that maintenance was underway due to “problems with our centralized storage system” were all too common.  At the start of Fall ‘14, we had selected a product and completed the initial installation but had not yet begun the daunting task of moving our several tens of terabytes of production data over to the new storage.

We spent most of Fall ‘14 mulling over our options for how we could migrate the data with minimal disruption to the community but as we entered the Winter break, our hand was forced when our old storage hardware began showing signs of imminent failure.  ...

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August 31, 2015

Wishing you had access to software to help you with editing photos, audio, or video? The latest and greatest Adobe Creative Cloud applications are now available on all "Creative Stations" in the Academic Commons. Access them on the 3 PC and 3 Macs on the Academic Commons first floor near the door to IR Operations/ITS staff as well as on all computers in the oMac lab on the ground floor.

You may also remember that the oMac computer lab in the Academic Commons is now a “dual boot” lab allowing for running either the Mac operating system or Windows. Creative Cloud is accessible on the Mac side, and the usual complement of Academic lab software is accessible on the PC side. Instructions for switching between operating systems are...

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August 31, 2015

The Center for Digital Liberal Arts is excited to announce the official launch of Oxy’s Critical Making Studio! The CMS is a collaborative space open to any member of the Oxy community who might be interested in exploring the learning experiences afforded by a hands-on engagement with digital technologies. Thanks to the generous support of the Michael J. Connell Foundation, we are equipped with a range of tools and platforms, including DSLR camera kits, computer workstations outfitted with the Adobe Creative Suite, ...

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August 31, 2015

The diagram shows Preservica's powerful preservation, access and workflow features.
During this next year, the Special Collections & College Archives Department will be embarking on a project to help determine best practices for preserving digital assets.  Over the past several years, the department has created close to 12TB of digitized historical material that includes photographic material dating back to the late-19th century, film from as early as the 1930s, yearbooks and other student publications, and audio of campus events and speakers (including Oxy presidents, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ansel Adams...
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August 26, 2015

The Jeffers Room now features collections of books and other media that have influenced the intellectual development of several faculty members, and the third floor of the new wing has been refurbished as student study space. 

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August 26, 2015

The CDLA welcomes Michelle Baca and her ongoing work to enhance the language learning experience for students and support the teaching and learning needs of language faculty.  Michelle Baca graduated from Occidental College in 2008, majoring in Economics for Business Management and minoring in Latin American Studies. Michelle became the Lab Manager for Oxy's Keck Language and Culture Studio after working for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Kentucky. For the last several years, Michelle has worked with faculty and students on language and media projects. Now joining the CDLA, Michelle...

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August 26, 2015

The new Moodle version for the 2015-2016 academic year includes several new enhancements that offer added functionality.  Among the changes you'll see are some improvements to the Gradebook, a new text editor, and some streamlining in the creation and editing of quizzes. More information on the site enhancements and new...

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August 26, 2015

On May 30th, ITS replaced Oxy’s 25 year old phone switch and deployed roughly 300 digital handsets throughout the campus.  

Photos of the old phone switch, cutting out the old cables, taking out the old rack and putting in the new phone switch server rack

This cut over was the culmination of much preparatory work done throughout the previous academic year.  Most notably, ITS physically surveyed, cataloged, and tested every phone on campus.  In the days following the new switch installation this process was repeated to verify functionality of all campus lines.

Instructions for your new digital handset or voicemail were distributed to you when we replaced or checked your phone and are available on the ITS site.  If you are having problems with your phone please let us know by emailing helpdesk@oxy.edu or calling 323-259-...

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August 26, 2015

ITS made great progress this summer on our plan to improve classroom AV equipment.
Classroom upgrades were completed in the following locations:


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