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Hours for the Thanksgiving break

The Libraries will have reduced hours for the upcoming Thanksgiving break.

Tuesday 11/24: 7:30 am – 8 pm
Wednesday 11/25: 9 am – 5 pm
Thursday-Saturday 11/26-28: CLOSED
Sunday 11/29: 9 am – 1 am

Tuesday 11/24: 7:45 am – 5 pm
Wednesday-Saturday 11/25-28: CLOSED
Sunday 11/29: 4 pm – midnight

As always, complete hours can be found at go/hours/

New “Go” Link — called LLG: an Accessible Map for our Language School Patrons

Our circulation student staff member Evan, created a Go link for our language students.  It is called go/llg and it is found in the Middlebury Gotionary. It accesses a map which shows the Davis library locations of  language areas, including dictionaries for all languages, literature for Hebrew, Russian, Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and German.

We are also keeping a sign of this map on our circulation desk for visitors.

Thank you Evan!


Sundays at Circ

For the past eight years, I have been covering the circ desk on Sundays, either at Music or here at Davis. That era now comes to an end, and I pass the torch to Lexa deCourval. Starting Sunday, June 23rd, Lexa will be behind the desk during the days on Sundays. I will finally return to a normal M-F schedule the week of July 1st. Do they still show football games on Sundays?

How to find foreign language music CD’s

If you are looking for foreign language music CD’s, here is the best way to do it.

1. Go to go/subsplus
2. Select the language you want (from the Subject drop-down)
3. In the right hand column, near the bottom, there should be a link that says “Chinese (or whatever langauge) CD’s”. That takes you to a specialized MIDCAT search.

Please ask Dan (x5928) if you have any questions.

DVDs, Local Browsing Books and Popular Magazines at your Fingertips

With the new year comes change, and LIS is no exception. Check out the varied display of local books on the main level next to our DVD area.  From Patti Smith’s Just Kids, to Chris Bohjalian’s The Night Strangers, you will appreciate our range of topics. One particular standout is from faculty and author Andrea Olsen, an absolute treasure in the dance department. Her recent publication, Body and Earth, An Experiential Guide, features a forward written by John Elder, & preface from Bill McKibbon, so you can’t miss, considering this Midd triumverate. Then there is the true story, The Man Who Cycled the World, by Mark Beaumont, detailing how he demolished the Guinness World Record in 81 days. Several outstanding novels are on the shelf; The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht is one of the ten best books on the NY Times Book Review, and Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin, is a National Book Award Winner, just to mention a couple. If you wander downstairs you will see popular magazines lining the front racks. Current issues of Esquire, PC World, Vogue, Mother Jones, Time, National Review and many others are conveniently displayed, so you can keep up with weekly news and entertainment events in a comfy setting.  Add a cup of joe or hot tea from the cafe, and the joys of a Midd J-Term winter’s night can be cozy and as imaginative as you wish! Welcome 2012, and to your J-term!

Access Services Conference – Atlanta GA

Valuable information was gathered at the recent Access Services conference held at Georgia Tech. Learning various customer service styles and techniques utilized in libraries ranging from student populations of 2,000 to 48,000 was eye-opening. The major takeaway was how change is the “new normal.”  Integrating new technologies and innovation with excellent customer service were major themes. Tips on Reserves policies & procedures, merged libraries, media, student employees & professionalism at the Circ Desk, Reference, and privacy/confidentiality issues were topics of interest. Info regarding maximizing customer and employee satisfaction was particularly enlightening. Power Point presentations will be available from the conference site in January 2012, but I am receiving some of these presentations directly from specific schools for my reference. I will place them in our Conference folder in the 2011 Orgs drive.