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August 25, 2013

In keeping with the Academic Commons Task Force’s 2011 recommendations regarding Library collections, the Library has taken memberships in two organizations, the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and the OCLC Research Library Partnership (ORLP)  in order to augment access to materials, particularly specialized, research-level, historical and archival materials. Both organizations have a national membership base among large research libraries as well as some college libraries, and both speak to Occidental’s need to support ambitious programs of student and faculty research.

The Center for Research Libraries in Chicago (http://www.crl.edu/...

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August 25, 2013

ITS implemented an aggressive upgrade plan for the campus wireless network this summer. 224 new and more powerful wireless access points(APs) were installed in the following buildings:

  • Fowler Hall - previously had 7 APs, now has 24 APs
  • Hameetman Science Center - previously had 3 APs, now has 20 APs
  • Mosher 1,2,3 classrooms - previously had 2 APs, now has 7 APs
  • Johnson Hall - previously had 8 APs, now has 30
  • Rangeview Residence Hall and Classrooms - previously had 38 APs, now has 70 APs
  • Wylie - 14 APs replaced
  • Bell Young - 14 APs replaced
  • Erdman - 10 APs replaced
  • Norris - 24 APs replaced
  • Chilcott...
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August 25, 2013

In the winters of 2009, 2011, and 2013, Information Resources administered a national survey called MISO (Measuring Information Service Outcomes, http://www.misosurvey.org/). The survey, which has customizable versions for faculty, staff, and students, was developed for internal purposes at Bryn Mawr College over ten years ago; it is now used nationally and maintained by a team from several liberal arts colleges. The survey results help IR

  • better understand how the College community views library and technology services,
  • concentrate on improving the service areas most important to the campus, and
  • compare survey results to those of other schools in order to determine best practices.

The survey asks about frequency of use, importance of, and satisfaction...

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August 25, 2013

The Michael J. Connell Foundation granted Occidental's request for approximately $70,000 to establish a Digital Production Studio to support multimedia and computational work across the curriculum, especially in departments that do not have their own equipment and training programs. The grant will fund the purchase of video and audio production equipment, GPS devices, digital cameras, post-production software, and a suite of physical computing equipment. The production equipment will be available for checkout and use by students and groups on campus. At the same time, the CDLR will offer a series of workshops, studio sessions, and labs on topics such as digital storytelling, oral/video history methods, web design, and critical making. These offerings will provide training to students from any...

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November 30, 2012

A few months back, Google announced that it would stop supporting Internet Explorer 8.  The reason for this is because Google's practice is to only support the two latest versions of any given browser and once Microsoft released Internet Explorer 10, that meant IE8 was now outside of that scope.  As a result, at some point in October, Google began displaying a warning to anyone using Google's suite of services with IE8.

You can dismiss this warning if you want to, but you won't have access to all of the features when using services like Gmail...

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October 9, 2012

On September 19th, our anti-virus software went insane.  Specifically, Sophos mistakenly issued an update which caused our anti-virus software to detect itself as a virus.  This, as you can imagine, caused all sorts of problems.  Below, you can see a snapshot of what ITS' anti-virus alerts mailbox looked like.  Note the number of messages.

We know a lot of you were affected by this issue and it caused all sorts of annoying pop ups and we apologize for the troubles this caused.

For those who are interested in learning more about the issue, please read on for more details about what went wrong, what we did to try to contain and then fix it, and where we stand now.

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August 29, 2012

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May 17, 2012

For those of you running Windows, you may have noticed that the icon for the Sophos antivirus scanner in the notification area looked a little different this morning. Why did it change? Because you were upgraded to a newer version.  Specifically, you went from version 9.7.7 to version 10.0.4 and in addition to some improvements in the underlying scanning technology, Sophos decided to give the new version a bit of a facelift.

April 23, 2012

736 Trillion Bits in Synchronized Formation

Happy belated Earth Day, Oxy! While other efforts here at IR have yielded positive results for the environment, there's quite a bit that my team is doing behind the scenes to do our part as well.... Read More

April 13, 2012

Oxy's Internet link coming through Armadale

Oxy's Armadale Entrance

As you may have noticed, we told you that maintenance work we're doing on the networking equipment in HSC will disrupt campus Internet access for 10-15 minutes. Why? Because our Internet link enters campus via Armadale Avenue and terminates in HSC, where our...

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