Rebekah Irwin

Director of Collections & Archives at the Middlebury College Libraries.

Posts by Rebekah Irwin

Physics and Special Collections featured in the Boston Globe

What do experimental physics and Middlebury Special Collections have in common? The Boston Globe featured the work of experimental physicist Carl Haber, the Northeast Document Conservation Center, and Middlebury College Special Collections as well as Harvard University and the Woody Guthrie Archives in a recent article, “Technology saves echoes of past from silence.” Our newly […] Continue reading

“2-D printing, meet 3-D printing.”

The Korean American novelist Chang-rae Lee’s newest novel, On Such a Full Sea appeared in January with a technological twist: Lee collaborated with the 3-D printing company MakerBot to create a first-of-its-kind, limited edition 3-D printed cover, formed from a corn-based bioplastic and made on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. “What I like about this project is […] Continue reading

Reading Rowland Out Loud

Recently, while digitizing some song recordings from the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection, we discovered an undocumented recording of a man reading from Rowland E. Robinson’s book Uncle Lisha’s Shop: Life in a Corner of Yankeeland.  We recognized it as a Robinson story because of the characters mentioned, so we searched the online version of […] Continue reading

Deep archives of the New Yorker, Harper’s, New York Review of Books

The Middlebury College community now has access to the full archives of  Harper’s (starting in 1850-current), The New Yorker (1925-current), and The New York Review of Books (1963-current).  Until now, we’ve had a patchwork of years through databases, microfilm, and print. Starting today, access all … Continue reading Continue reading

Middlebury College named in grant to convert rare and historic audio collections

Middlebury College’s Library & Information Services (LIS) will participate in a federal grant rewarded to the Northeast Document Conservation Center to digitize wax cylinder recordings in the Flanders Ballad Collection, one of the nation’s great archival collections of New England folksong, folklore, … Continue reading Continue reading

New to the Library for 2012-2013

Selected new books and DVDs for 2012-2013 New journals subscriptions for 2012 New audiobooks for iPod/mp3 players and new ebooks for Kindles, Nooks, etc. New Library collections in Environmental Studies New library acquisitions for the study of China New Library … Continue reading Continue reading

Put a Book in Your Ear (or Your iPod) and on Your Kindle (or Nook)

Middlebury students, faculty, and staff can “check-out” from the Library eBooks for Kindles (or the Kindle app), Nooks, or other eReaders and audiobooks for your iPod (or any other mp3 player). Visit our eBook & AudioBook Home, or visit go/bookstogo … Continue reading Continue reading

Download library ebooks to the Kindle Fire

In addition to the iPad, iPhone, Android devices, and Nook, tens of thousands of our ebooks can be downloaded directly to the Kindle Fire with the free Bluefire app. Here are the steps: With the Bluefire app on your Kindle … Continue reading Continue reading

Discover New Books, Without Stepping Foot in the Library

Though we love to see you in the library, we’ve added a new website where you can view a changing sampling of new books, DVDs, and other materials as we acquire them for the College’s Libraries. Check out our new … Continue reading Continue reading

A Facelift for Middlebury’s Digital Collections Archive

The Middlebury Libraries pulled back the curtain today to reveal a new face for our Digital Collections archive. Please visit and search through thousands of historic books, postcards, photographs, maps, illustrations, manuscripts, and recorded campus lecture videos from the holdings of … Continue reading Continue reading