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What do librarians do when the library is closed?

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Many thanks to The Middlebury Campus for sharing the Middlebury College librarians’ efforts to serve our community in the story linked below. The seven librarians in the research and instruction group meet regularly to talk… Read More

Words for Wellness in the Times of COVID- 19 (III of III)

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By now, we hope that you’ve been able to establish some sense of stability, if even occasionally tremulous, despite having so much of what we understand about our college and higher education experiences… Read More

Words for Wellness in the Times of COVID- 19 (II of III)

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It’s been over a month since most students have left Middlebury. A broad array of normal campus functions have shut down and classes have gone fully online. These transitions, no doubt, are massive… Read More

Words for Wellness in the Times of COVID- 19 (I of III)

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Needing a little encouragement? Or perhaps to desperately adjust your worldview in the face of these, uh, “unprecedented” and trying times? The libraries decided to develop a 3-part-series, “Words for Wellness,” to introduce… Read More

Mental Health Awareness Month

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Literatures and Cultures Librarian Katrina Spencer interviews Madeline “Maddie” Hope, the Assistant Director of Health & Wellness Education, for Mental Health Awareness Month. Visit the Davis Family Library to engage with a thematic display on this topic. Credits go to Dr. Raquel Albarrán of the Department of Luso-Hispanic Studies and students Jayla Johnson, Class of […]

Audiobooks on Overdrive and You

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What are audiobooks? Audiobooks on OverDrive are digital versions of a book, often a novel, that allow you to listen to a book’s text. Many come in downloadable MP3 format files and are therefore portable on many electronic devices like iPods. Sometimes the authors read their works to you with modest sound effects or other […]

On A Real Tip: Slang In Trying Times

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Like myself, many of the MiddKids with whom I frequently interact are people of color. Many, too, are New Yorkers, come from urban environments and employ a colorful use of language I have yet to encounter outside of the North. In a loosely anthropological study, I have prepared  the briefest of satirical dictionaries to highlight […]

fat ‘n’ hairy: ways i’m failing the patriarchy

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Respondents Katrina Spencer (KS) is from Los Angeles, California. She is the Literatures & Cultures Librarian and has been at Middlebury for just over a year. Karin Hanta (KH) is from Vienna, Austria. She is the Director of Chellis House-Women’s Resource Center and a Visiting Lecturer in Linguistics/Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. She has worked […]

Celebrating Multiracial Heritage

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Participants: senior Rachel Nelson (RN) sophomore Coralie Tyler (CT) sophomore Reg Eva Bod (EB) In terms of multiracial identity, how do you identify? RN: I’ve started identifying as “Not Black, Not White” or maybe just “Not”. Most of my life I identified as black and white. CT:  I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Raised between […]

Hair Me Out: A Black Hair Celebration

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The collaborative, locally sourced, internationally themed, contemporary and historical exhibit “Hair Me Out” is now installed on the Upper Level of the Davis Family Library and includes multimedia components in the atrium. It explores the political, diasporic and stylistic phenomena surrounding Black hair from all around the world. This exhibit will be installed from February […]

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