Information Resources


September 15, 2011

As you can guess from our schedule of activities for this Saturday, the point of maintenance boils down to keeping stuff up to date and fixing stuff that's broken. So why do we need to keep things up to date and why can't we fix the broken stuff some other time?
Automatic Updates

Where's the "Restart Never" button?

Excellent questions. Potentially unconvincing answers below the break.

Why bother with updates?

For a while, not updating systems was the norm and this was for all the reasons that are likely to be obvious to you -... Read More

September 12, 2011

ITS will be performing scheduled maintenance this Saturday, September 17th, 2011, from 9:00am to 12:00pm.  During this maintenance period, you may be unable to access ITS services.  If you encounter any problems, please wait until the maintenance period has elapsed and check if you still run into problems before reporting them to the Technology Helpdesk via email at or by voicemail at (323) 259-2880 (x2880 from on campus). We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this maintenance may cause. Have any questions about why we do the things we do and when we do them? Please feel free to send me an email or leave a comment and keep an eye on our blog - we'll have a maintenance FAQ/Q&A posted soon. Boring technical details about what we'll be doing this Saturday below the break. Here's the breakdown of how we'll be spending... Read More

September 8, 2011

Update - Didn't realize comments were disabled.  Sorry about that.  Still new to this.  Questions, comments or criticisms, they are all equally welcome. In case you didn't notice, our campus Internet connection was having problems yesterday afternoon, starting at about 2:55pm until about 4:10pm. You can see that outage memorialized on this activity graph for our Internet link:
Usage graph for 08 Sep 2011

Where did everyone go?

The green area represents download activity (including web browsing and streaming) while the blue line represents upload activity.  Clearly, the outage occurred when campus Internet usage was close to its... Read More

September 2, 2011

In a nod to "going green",

PDFITS is offering a new option for Banner users to save reports and programs into a PDF rather than printing them out. Simply specify PDF as the printer in the Printer Control block when you submit a job. The script converts the output into a PDF and puts your files into a new, Windows-accessible directory. If you would then always want the program in question to print into a PDF, the printer default of PDF may be saved on GJAJOBS for that program. However, that setting changes the print option for all users of that particular program, not just for you (although users can override it upon submission). ITS believes this will be a good (and green) service... Read More

September 1, 2011

Just in case you were wondering if that jolt was a truck driving by or an earthquake or, as Paul suggested, a truck driving into the library; it was an earthquake.  Check out our local seismograph: and from USGS: It's the large blue block north of San Fernando.  The small ones around it are aftershocks.  It was a 4.3, which is just on... Read More

August 25, 2011

The Information Resources (IR) division provides the Occidental College community with a rich environment of people, texts, technologies, and learning spaces designed to enable discovery, creation, and scholarship. Over the summer, the division reorganized to better meet changing needs of the Oxy community. This fall, IR staff launch a focused portfolio of new and existing services, as well as enhanced access to technology for students in re-arranged and remodeled spaces. With these first steps toward creating a more cohesive intellectual center for the Oxy community, the Academic Commons begins to materialize. Just inside the front door, a new comprehensive Info Center provides a single point for service and questions. A staff and building directory at the main entrance as well as new signage assist in navigation. The IR groups and services in the building include

Info Center

“Start here”…. for research...

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May 8, 2011

After receiving advice from students this spring semester, we are extending the Library's break hours per the chart below for academic year 2011/12. The net effect is that the Library will be open several hours later on holiday weekends and during the weeknights of spring break. We hope this change meets the needs of those, especially seniors working on Comps, who prefer to work in the Library. Staff will monitor the building during these hours so that we can gather data about use patterns.
Current Holiday Schedule for  Labor Day weekend, Fall break, Thanksgiving Saturday, Presidents weekend, spring break
Fri Close 5pm
Sat Open 10a-6p
Sun Open...
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March 29, 2011

Carmel Levitan, Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science,originally applied to last summer’s Digital Scholarship Institute because she wanted to explore how new academic technologies could help her create data collection platforms that would enhance her research efforts. Levitan had been impressed by the resources and expertise provided by the CDLR, so she suspected the team could help her sort through the mass of apps and software available today to hone in on the just tools she needed. “It's so much more efficient to have people who have already tried the various options show us the cream of the crop solutions -- and teach us how to use them. In truth, I could definitely have explored things on my own, but it would have taken me a lot longer,” she says. Levitan’s proposal “got the nod,” not simply because it was a...

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March 29, 2011

As part of the campus Integrated Planning process, the Resource Optimization Task Force requested that all non-academic departments each department undergo an in-depth examination of departmental organization and activities, the relationship of activities to the mission of the College and an assessment of the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of departmental processes and procedures. The expected results of this effort would lead to a better ongoing understanding of the activities being performed across the College, the expenditures associated with such activities and the needs and challenges each department faces in carrying out activities in the furtherance of the educational mission of the College. Information Resources spent much of the Fall 2010 semester gathering data and analyzing... Read More

March 28, 2011

In his 2009 inaugural address, President Jonathan Veitch called for Occidental to re-imagine the Library as a premier scholastic environment that makes visible our commitments as a 21st –century liberal arts and sciences college. Through that transformation, technologies, resources and services would be combined in new ways to deliver a more seamless, integrated experience for students and faculty. The transformation would be greatly informed by the growing impact of digital technologies and computing networks on learning, creating and teaching. And the existing Clapp Library facility would be renovated as a hub for scholarship and innovation.This forward-looking vision soon became known as The Academic Commons at Occidental College. The first step in...

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  • Info Center:

    (323) 259-2640

  • Technology Support Desk:

    (323) 259-2880

  • IR Operations Offices: (323) 259-2832