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August 25, 2013

ITS made significant progress on our plan to improve classroom AV equipment.

Learning space upgrades were completed in the following locations:

  • New system installation in Fowler 108
  • Full system upgrades in Mosher 1, BioScience 113, CAE Seminar Room (to be completed by 8/30)
  • AV Control Systems configured/upgraded:
    • Dumke Commons
    • Fowler 110, 111, 112, 209, 302, Mosher 1
  • Projector and Screen replacements:
    • Fowler 110, 111, 112, 209, 302
    • Rangeview 232, 243, 244

ITS upgraded all public lab and lectern computers to Windows 7.  We upgraded memory and installed new hard drives in 150 lab/lectern computers to increase the performance of the machines. 25 lab/lectern computers were replaced with newer machines.  The oMac computer lab in the Academic Commons is now a “dual boot” lab allowing for running either the Mac operating system or Windows.

James Uhrich (uhrich...

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August 25, 2013

Since President Veitch first articulated the vision for a library renovation and creation of an Academic Commons, the college has taken many steps toward  "making visible our commitment to a 21st century liberal arts and sciences education.” Among them are the 2010 Mellon Grant, the 2010-11 Task Force on the Academic Commons (part of the integrated planning process), the 2011 IR Reorganization, Brown LearnLab remodel, and the integrated InfoCenter. The Academic Commons is a key component of curricular and scholarly transformations in Occidental’s 2012-2017 Strategic Plan: “Advance the Academic Commons as the campus intellectual center bringing together students, faculty and staff with access to extensive technology, innovative programming and services, flexible learning and teaching spaces, peer tutoring, research support,...

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August 25, 2013

In the last couple of years, Library staff have begun to implement the 2011 recommendations of the Academic Commons Task Force (ACTF), a component of the Integrated Planning Process of 2010-2011. The recommendations include items for the offices and programs that will be housed in the renovated library, the nature of library collections, and the building itself, ongoing planning, and the conceptual role of the commons in campus intellectual life. Following a review of the ACTF recommendations about the Library’s circulating collections, readers will find an update about the completion of the first major phase of the collection review.

Based on the following assumptions about the future of the Library’s general, circulating materials--

  • readers and...
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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 (

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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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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


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