New new books

A couple of notes now that we are purchasing “shelf-ready” books;

1. They still need to be checked in to clear the “in process” status
2. There will no longer be book jackets, so for new books, just find interesting paperbacks
3. The accuracy of call numbers will be checked downstairs, so no need to be an eagle eye while checking them in

That’s all.

NEH Fellowships binder on temporary holdshelf

A NEH Fellowship binder is currently located on the temporary holdshelf and available for faculty to borrow for a two-hour loan period. This item was brought to us from Franci Farnsworth in the Academic Affairs office. She anticipates that just a few faculty will need access to the binder over the next week or so. Please let me know if you have any questions, and thank you for accommodating this special request!

It’s almost time to re-register some computers (or, What to do if you can’t log in to Millennium)

If you turn on a computer and try to login to Millennium and nothing happens in the next few weeks, here is the likely culprit: Every 300 days, we have to register the computers with the network or some such. According to my calculations, that 300 days is about up. So if you experience difficulties, here is what you do.

1. Open up IE or Firefox (not Chrome)
2. Follow the registration instructions
3. It is fine to use your own username – it just needs some sort of verification that you are an actual Middlebury user.
4. It may ask you to restart the computer.
5. If all of that still doesn’t work, call the Helpdesk.

Additional information and instructions can be found HERE.

Intercom issues

Beeeeeep. Beeeeeep. Beeeeeep. (repeat)

When the intercom system decides to act up (as it did late this afternoon on three occasions), it’s helpful to know what to do. First, if it occurs during regular business hours, contact Joseph, our fearless facilities coordinator. If Joseph isn’t in, Charlie Conway is skilled in the ways of intercom repair. It the issue occurs after hours, please call Public Safety. They can coordinate with Facilities to access the intercom system (located in the server room on the lower level). The fastest solution is to simply turn off the intercom.

The issue today seems to have been resolved by shutting down the system and then turning it back on. Other occasions may warrant turning it off for the rest of the day/evening. It’s good to know that we can resolve strange and annoying intercom issues rather quickly, returning the library to its natural state of peace and quiet.

New York Times

The New York Times recently announced that it will start charging for online content.  If you haven’t been asked about it yet, you probably will be soon!  Our researchers want to know if the library has a subscription.  Read these two blog posts so you’ll be ready for them.

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