Equipment reminders to circ staff members (including subs)!

This is a reminder to avoid making extensions on our equipment loans, including laptops. We need to keep the due dates as they are, so we can circulate these items to other patrons. Digital cameras, camcorders, laptops, and iPads are part of this inventory. Due dates need to be honored, so please do not change them.

We can certainly loan out the student Dell PCs and chargers for two weeks to students with laptop issues, such as  a crash, theft or a break.

We can also contact the Help Desk for specific media requests. They can loan out longer-term laptops for those who need that assistance.

Thank you for all of your work and for your attention to this topic.

President’s Course on Water

President's Course on Water

Heads-up to anyone who helps students find things-

Next week, the first President’s Course at Middlebury and Midd-Monterey will begin. It’s called Water in an Insecure World: Symbol, Resources, or Commodity (INTD 0285A). 20 Middlebury students and 20 MIIS students are enrolled in the course. In addition, alumni have been invited to follow along separately. You might receive questions like the ones below….

Where and when does the course meet?

  • For enrolled students at Middlebury, the course meets on Monday nights downstairs in LIB105a. (Part of each session will be spent online in a group videoconference with MIIS students, and part will be smaller in-person discussions on each campus.)
  • Alumni have been invited follow along at their own pace separately.

Where is the course website?

  • For enrolled students, there is a Canvas site. Middlebury students will get to the site via the Middlebury course hub. They’ll need to log in, then look for a link under “Resources.”

Where are the course readings?

  • For enrolled students, nearly all of the readings and videos are available via MIIS E-Reserves. To access the resources in MIIS E-Reserves, students need to:
    1) Log in to the Canvas site for their course, which they can get to via the Middlebury course hub
    2) Go to the syllabus, which provides the MIIS E-Reserves link and password
    3) Log in to MIIS E-Reserves and search for instructor Brayton, Patton, or ZarskyIn addition, there are two books required for this course. They are available on both campuses via Print Reserves. The books are not available via E-Reserves.


More questions? Ask Carrie (, x5018) or Bill (, x5002).

Circ meeting minutes 1-26-17

Present: Nancy, Kim, Shawn, Janine, Dan, Todd, Rachel, Kat, Kellam.
Notes compiled by Dan.

There have been two laptops stolen from the library this week. Pass the word and stay vigilant!

Janine reminds everyone to be diligent about checking for all parts, removing data, cleaning, charging, etc. Also, please return to the proper shelf and make sure cases are closed properly.

Dan didn’t mention this in the meeting, but meant to, so here you go: Please make note of the tweaked instructions for dealing with iPads when they are returned:

Shawn introduced the idea of having a student supervisor position at Armstrong, specifically for evenings and weekends, paid at the Level B rate. Todd said that we used to have this, back in the day. 4 or 5 students who would sub for each other and cover those hours needed. Kim wondered what this would gain us, especially given that there is a supervisor at Davis all the time. Issues like the plotter, the library not being unlocked, etc were discussed. Armstrong is also in the process of getting a lockbox for its keys, so that may alleviate some of the need. If we do want to explore the student supervisor position, we’ll need to make cuts elsewhere in the student calendar to keep the budget flat. Shawn will continue to mull and consult with Dan as necessary.

Todd is thinking of reducing students for stacks, as there is not enough work to keep them busy. Similarly, Kim is thinking about reducing some of the shifts at the desk due to lack of activity. Janine is keeping hourly gate counts in the evening during J-term to see if it is worth staying open till 1.

Jesus may or may not have been in Armstrong recently, reading a 1907 chemical journal.

Shawn may offer a plotter tutorial for students in the spring.

Discussion about CBB leaving NExpress and what that means for the future. Dan will discuss with Terry.

Rachel reports that there is an issue with patrons requesting CDs from CBB schools. Dan checked the loan rules and nothing in there should be affecting this. It is an open ticket with iii.

Dan ran a list of EAST items and it is indeed many more items than the original ~6000 that we surveyed. So it is likely that many on the list have been missing for a while. Rachel will discuss with Terry a plan for getting those replaced. Dan includes anything with an EAST note on the to-be-replaced quarterly list.

Kellam informed people about the President’s Water course being taught here and at MIIS this Spring.

Dan gave an update on the summer housing and hiring discussions that are going on. Not much progress is being made, but we’re trying.